River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 643 cfs
River Statistics:
»Below Lake Estes
Current:   643 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   626 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   639 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   621 cfs
Gage Height:   4.51 ft

The flows are way up on the Big T. Expect this flow to stay high for the next week or so as we see the brunt of runoff in the Front Range. The high flows can seem like a negative but that's not always the case. There are fewer 'holes' to fish but when you find soft water, the probability that there is a plethora of fish stacked there is high. Often some of the largest fish of the year are caught during high flows. Fish really turn the feedbag on as there is so much food being put in their wheelhouse. That being said, know what they are keying in on is the tougher part. BWO's, caddis, sow bugs, stones, san juans, streamers, and the occasional PMD. The Big along with SBC will remain to be our most consistent fisheries as the flows go up around the state. Exploring the soft, deep water at the edges and behind structure with a two-fly nymph rig and plenty of weight to get those bugs down in the water column is a great way to fish in the spring. Soft hackle sow bugs, worms, pheasant tails, RS2s, and zebra midges/other midge patterns have all picked up their share of fish on recent outings to the tailwater. In the canyon, patterns suggestive of BWO such as the Micro May or JuJu Baetis have continued to produce, and caddis have begun to pop on warmer days. If you see caddis in the air, one of my favorite rigs for the Big T (in any section, really) is a dry dropper with a sz #14-16 olive or tan elk hair caddis with a small caddis pupa or all-purpose nymph like a soft hackle pheasant tail or frenchie in sz #16-18 as the dropper. Single dries like an extended body BWO will also continue to fish in the right situations (bugs in the air, fish coming up, water clarity not too off, etc.) As always, pay attention to flows this time of year and size up your terminal tackle accordingly. 4-5x mono will often get the job done on a nymph rig with flows high and the water clouded with sediment. Flows change daily during this time of year, please call the shop for the most up to date reports.

Report Updated On: 06/11/2017
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