River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 26 cfsCurrent Temp: 34°F 
River Statistics:
»Below Lake Estes
Current:   26 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   26 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   26 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   26 cfs
Gage Height:   0.6 ft

Happy New Year!! Estes Park Finally looks like winter...take care wading the banks(heavy ice/snow)Dress for a high alpine winter day..... 6x/7x seems to be taking most if not all of the fish, fluorocarbon will drastically increase your winter hookups. . Small Midge patterns and RS@'s down to #22 have been fishing great, and the Rainbow Warrior is killing it as well. Small egg patterns on point with a baetis or midge trailed off the back will be a go to rig for the next 6-8 weeks. Crowds are thinning out, but it is still crowded below the dam and weekends are seeing the majority of pressure. Look for the dry fly fishing to be good with midges(very selective sippers...must have a drag free drift) Bugs have transitioned to smaller sizes, so don't be scared of fishing some #20-24's on 6x7x tippet(it's the only way it's gonna happen) Cold will be your biggest issue, ice in your guides and cold fingers. Bring hand warmers and cast a fixed length of line to reduce the amount of water picked up by the fly line. Some snow shoes, a December storm and the Big Thompson midge hatch sound great....just don't forget the thermos!

Report Updated On: 01/03/2015
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