River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 147 cfs
River Statistics:
»Below Gross Reservoir
Current:   147 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   147 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   142 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   144 cfs
Gage Height:   1.33 ft

Near Eldorado Canyon
Current:   35 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   34 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   35 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   35 cfs
Gage Height:   2.43 ft

SBC is back up to the 150 CFS range after a significant drop last week. The cloudy skies and rainy weather we've experienced lately can present opportunities for some fantastic fishing on both dry flies and small streamers. You'll find a bit more pockets, obvious holding water, etc., when the flow gets down around the 80-100 CFS range, but that doesn't mean it's not a great time to get out and check out pretty much all sections of SBC. Primary bugs have been PMDs, grey drakes, caddis, and midges on the coolest days. A few of our guides have even gotten creative with a three-fly hopper-dropper-dropper rig when the fish seem to be keying in on small bugs such as midges. Try leading with a foam hopper, and drop to a heavy nymph like a two-bit hooker, followed by a small zebra midge in sz 20. Slow moving water, back eddies, behind structure, inside seams, drop offs and banks are all places where fishable water can be found. When hiking into Walker Ranch, consider sight fishing a small, dark streamer on overcast days. I've had some great times tight lining a sz 14 mini leech with a tungsten bead on 4-5x tippet in there. In Eldorado Canyon, think about a dry dropper rig, leading with any sort of favorite foam hopper pattern or general attractor like a 409, Hippie Stomper, Foam-bodied Caddis, Rubber-leg Stimulator, etc. As is the case with most canyons like Eldo where you run into steep, loose, rocky banks, it's also worth trying an ant or a beetle -- especially on windy days when these guys tend to get blown around. Hint: try a streamer through any section of the SBC for some larger than average fish.

Report Updated On: 08/16/2017
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