River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 224 cfs
River Statistics:
»Below Lake Estes
Current:   224 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   230 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   224 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   273 cfs
Gage Height:   2.33 ft

Flows continue to be high, on average, in the Big T, with fluctuations up toward 800 CFS and back down to 400 CFS within a 10-day span. If you must get out to fish when flows are really bumped up, making it a "quality over quantity" kind of day by throwing some streamers on heavier tippet can be a fun option/change of pace. In terms of where to fish, there may be fewer fishable "holes," 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, knowing what they are keying in on can be the tougher part. Try BWOs, caddis, sow bugs, stones, san juans, and the occasional PMD. Exploring the soft, deep water at the edges and behind structure with a two-fly nymph rig is a great way to fish this time of year. The key to having a really productive day can often be experimenting with weight until you find that sweet spot. 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 are now really popping everywhere. 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. With streamers on a fast strip/swing, 1x or 2x is generally fine, especially when the water is especially cloudy. Flows change daily during this time of year, please call the shop for the most up to date reports.

Report Updated On: 06/26/2017
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