River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 181 cfsCurrent Temp: 59°F 
River Statistics:
»Below Lake Estes
Current:   181 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   176 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   127 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   127 cfs
Gage Height:   2.04 ft

As runoff begins, the Big T is fishing great both at the tailwater and through the canyon! With flows increasing, expect to find fish dispersed more widely vs just sitting down deep in their winter lies. Exploring the soft, deep water at the edges and behind structure with a two-fly nymph rig and plenty of weight to get those bugs down in the water column is a great way to fish in the spring. Soft hackle sow bugs, worms, pheasant tails, RS2s, and zebra midges/other midge patterns have all picked up their share of fish on recent outings to the tailwater. In the canyon, patterns suggestive of BWO such as the Micro May or JuJu Baetis have continued to produce, and caddis have begun to pop on warmer days. If you see caddis in the air, one of my favorite rigs for the Big T (in any section, really) is a dry dropper with a sz #14-16 olive or tan elk hair caddis with a small caddis pupa or all-purpose nymph like a soft hackle pheasant tail or frenchie in sz #16-18 as the dropper. Single dries like an extended body BWO will also continue to fish in the right situations (bugs in the air, fish coming up, water clarity not too off, etc.) As always, pay attention to flows this time of year and size up your terminal tackle accordingly. 4-5x mono will often get the job done on a nymph rig with flows high and the water clouded with sediment.

Report Updated On: 05/25/2017
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