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While it's not everyone's cup of tea thanks to a lack of seclusion and occasional crowds, the Big T below Lake Estes is one of the best late fall/winter fisheries available to us within an hour or so of Boulder. Flows get skinny, but the midge and baetis dry fly action on these tailwater fish can be pretty epic in November and December when a nice hatch comes off. And while some seem to pretty much write it off once we hit the colder season, the water downstream of the tailwater in the canyon off US 34 can also fish great with bugs like RS2s, WD-40s, top secret midges, small pheasant tails, poison tungs, and the list goes on. That's as long as it is ice free, as the canyon can get locked up during cold stretches of the winter. And remember -- with low flows come challenges such as needing to size down on tippet and split shot, lengthen leaders, be a bit more stealthy, etc., but you'll also have abundant sight fishing opportunities. On colder days fish are likely to pod into the deepest "winter lies," especially down in the canyon, but keep an eye out for good opportunities to spot nice fish in these water levels where they can't hide as easily. As we dip down into colder and colder temps, I often find tiny red midge larvae and small brown foamback RS2s to be a magic bullet on the Big T. Something about a red #26 midge pattern just seems to catch fish here in the winter, if you can see the eye of the hook to tie it on, that is...

Report Updated On: 01/03/2020
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Casting a fly in a tranquil mountain stream, feeling the tug on the line, and holding a beautiful rainbow trout makes us feel alive and intensely connected with nature. Fly fishing is our way of life and we are blessed with hundreds of nearby rivers and streams just a short distance away from Boulder. From the swift spring waters of the Clear Creek to the meandering bends of the South Platte, it's critical to consider fishing conditions in advance and prepare accordingly. We rely on our experienced guides who venture into the wild to let us know which rivers favor fly fishing, where fish are biting, and which fly patterns are most effective. Planning a successful fishing trip also requires knowledge of stream flows at various river points and an accurate weather forecast for a given destination. At Rocky Mountain Anglers, we are dedicated to providing all avid anglers with detailed and timely information about hatches, water, and weather conditions. So before you head out the door on your next fishing adventure, visit our web site to find valuable information that will prepare you for a successful trip. Have fun chasing after your next trophy trout and enjoy nature's beauty!The Rocky Mountain Anglers Crew
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