River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 17 cfs
River Statistics:
»Big Thompson in Moraine Park
Current:   17 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   19 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   20 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   22 cfs
Gage Height:   4.15 ft

Summer in the park....what dreams are made of. This is the peak season for fly fishing in Estes Park, and unfortunately, for the visitors. Have no fear, the fish are always hungry. It's about time we start finding options to beat the crowds and, better yet, the heat down low. Your best bet this time of the season is to get up early, stay late, or hike. And if that doesn't sound so wonderful to you, we still have other options. Try being the first (or second or third) on the river you wish to fish. If you can accomplish that, you're golden. You will see more bugs than just about everybody who follows you and most likely the most fish. Same holds true if you wait out the crowds and hang around late. If you are out early or late, you're in great shape to match the hatch. You can still throw general attractors but if you are seeing the bugs, try to match em' up. It's why we got started in this sport right? Early on, look for PMD's, Caddis and it won't hurt to throw on a midge emerger behind either of those selections. An emerger to mimic all bugs when you see the hatches is never a bad idea. Start on top, if that don't work, float all but the last 2 inches of your leader to give them that struggle in the film appearance. Don't be shy to throw a Spinner or a Caddis with a schuck either. If you are out in the middle of the day, throw your favorite attractors. If that doesn't tempt them, it's terrestrial time. In the park, think small and think sunken. In the hiking mood? Never a bad bet in the park especially if you slept in. All of the feeder creeks, and even the bigger ones are going to naturally see less pressure. These fish are going to be hungry for any thing you throw at them for the most part. Sometimes, the most fun on the smaller creeks that run out of the lakes and off the beaten path is to see what they won't eat. Tie on a fly, catch a few trout, and switch it up. Sometimes, this is the best way to learn some bug knowledge for those days if they do get picky. Time is still on our side everybody. Get out of bed, wake up early, take a hike and enjoy some Tight Lines.

Report Updated On: 07/24/2018
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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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