River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 22 cfs
River Statistics:
»Below Lake Estes
Current:   22 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   22 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   21 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   21 cfs
Gage Height:   0.56 ft

The Big T below Lake Estes is still running slow 'n low, hovering at around roughly 15-20 CFS over the past week or so. Look for highest concentrations of fish at the tailwater below Lake Estes to still be congregated in the deepest, slowest water; that being said, some nice fish have been sight fished out of the skinnier in-between stuff recently. Sunny days and daytime highs up in the mid-high 40s will have these fish moving around and even sipping bugs on top. We've started to see some good BWO hatches coming off here and in the upper canyon in the late afternoon, as well. Good bets in terms of point flies on a tandem nymph rig include Blue Poison Tungs, dark Zebra Midges, Micro Mays, Pheasant Tails, etc. in #18-20, dropping to small unweighted midges and emergers such as Sparkle Wing RS2s and WD-40s, Disco Midges, Bling Midges, Tailwater Tiny, Black Beauties, Top Secrets, Choco Foamback RS2, etc. #22-24. Word is that tiny red midge patterns have been money in here during the past month or so too -- if you tie small winter bugs, try a #24-26 red disco midge or just red thread/micro tube midge as your dropper on a tandem nymph rig. If you see midge sippers rising to the tiny, dark bugs that often come off in force up here, try a #18-20 Griffith's Gnat in the lead dropping to a midge like a Sprout Midge or Para Midge in #24-26. A long, technical dry fly leader is a must if you want to target these fish on top in the winter. A small egg pattern can also be a really good point fly as we step into spring. The Big T has a large concentration of rainbow trout who will begin their annual spawn in the weeks to come.

Report Updated On: 03/12/2018
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