River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 13 cfs
River Statistics:
»Below Lake Estes
Current:   13 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   13 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   23 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   24 cfs
Gage Height:   0.42 ft

Winter conditions are here at the Big T. With low flows and temperatures, look for highest concentrations of fish at the tailwater below Lake Estes to be congregated in the deepest, slowest water. That being said, it can be a fun challenge to try sight fishing to some of the fish that move around in the shallower stuff, especially if you see them midge sipping midday (usually this will be on a warmer day with some sun). If the tailwater is super crowded when you show up, the upper mile or so of the canyon could still be worth a look right now, depending on temps and flows. 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. 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 tiny midge dry 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.

Report Updated On: 01/02/2018
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