River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 91 cfs
River Statistics:
»Below Lake Estes
Current:   91 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   94 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   99 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   104 cfs
Gage Height:   1.33 ft

While flows below the lake are less than ideal, water temps have improved and the fish have definitely seemed happier lately. Recent guide trips have seen some nice late morning dry fly action with fish feeding voraciously in the upper part of the water column. Midges and small mayflies have been producing both on top and underneath, and caddis and small stones are definitely still a good menu item. Sometimes a #12-16 mini leech in a black or a wine color can do some major damage as a point fly on a nymph setup or twitched around like a small streamer at the tailwater meadow, even at lower flows like what we're dealing with right now. Go-to bugs right now are small parachute adams in BWO, black, and standard flavors in #16-20, and griffith's gnats or sprout midges in #18-22. We're definitely seeing the 6x tippet and smaller bugs type of conditions a little earlier this year than in some. The canyon has fished well all the way down towards the lower stuff above Drake; reliable players have been the CDC pheasant tail, Duracell jig, blue poison tung, micro may, and the notorious S.Q.U.I.R.M. has still been getting some attention, of course. Stimulators and para hoppers in #12-14 are still a good bet for some dry fly action in the canyon as long as we're getting the sunny days with temps in the 70s and overnight lows not touching the 30s.

Report Updated On: 09/08/2018
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