River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 49 cfs
River Statistics:
»Below Lake Estes
Current:   49 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   51 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   116 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   110 cfs
Gage Height:   0.85 ft

The Big T below Lake Estes, currently at 123 CFS, continues to be high for this time of year, which is great news for the fish feeling comfortable moving around and holding in more zones than just the deep "winter lies." Fish will be starting to pay little to no attention to terrestrials and bigger attractors like hoppers, so it's a good time to either dial in more of a "finesse" type dry dropper or nymph rig setup. For dry droppers, try smaller dries like Red Quills, BWOs, Parachute Adams, etc., in #16-18. Productive nymphs this time of year, whether below a dry or in a tandem nymphing setup, include Micro Mays, Soft Hackle PTs, JuJu Baetis, Sparkle Wing RS2s, Zebra Midges, and Poison Tungs in #18-20. We've also seen some fish rising all over the tailwater section at times to small, dark midges; try a double dry with a #18 Griffith's Gnat in the lead dropping to a tiny midge dry like a Sprout Midge or Para Midge in #24-26 when you see these midge sippers. If you feel inclined, a "dry-dropper-dropper" setup with the third fly being a tiny unweighted midge/emerger like a Top Secret or a Foamback RS2 can be a great way to fish as winter temperatures hit. The streamer bite down in the canyon has been good as well; the fluctuating flows can sometimes push baitfish and smaller trout out of their holds and you'd be surprised by the size of fish that will follow. Single hook sparkle minnows, sculpzillas, buggers, and brown trout patterns like the double dirty hippie platte version all do their part in turning fish. Smoke the far bank strip, strip, set!

Report Updated On: 11/13/2017
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