River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 15 cfs
River Statistics:
»Big Thompson in Moraine Park
Current:   15 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   16 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   17 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   17 cfs
Gage Height:   4.13 ft

September is here, which is my favorite time of year to fish the park. The crowds taper off as the kids go back to school and vacationers become less of a presence (after that final Labor Day push,) and the fish tend to turn back on accordingly in the areas that get hammered in July/early August. The yellow bugs (sallies and PMDs) can still surprise you by being a major presence and will continue to be until we start getting colder overnight lows in the near future this month. Continue to think dry flies and dry droppers. There can be some excellent drake hatches all the way through September and into October, so keep an eye out for these big bugs in the air. Caddis, stones, and terrestrials (particularly black beetles and black ants) will also produce in a big way in the late summer/early fall, as will hoppers on warmer days when the sun really activates them. Consider throwing a double dry rig in the Park this time of year, leading with a larger, more buoyant bug like a #10-12 stimulator, #10-12 chubby chernobyl, or #10-12 parachute or foam hopper, and trail with a small black beetle or ant in #16-18, an elk hair caddis in #14-16, or virtually any small emerger or cripple in #16-18 on 14-16" of 5 or 6x tippet. A recent trip to the Wild Basin area found great success on parachute hoppers and small grey comparadun-style dries. Small streamers on the strip or swing on cloudier days can be a lot of fun in the park too, if you're feeling like switching it up. High lakes in the park continue to fish great on beetles, ants, midges, leeches, caddis, and attractor dries like Hippie Stompers and 409s. Remember that fish in the park are usually more picky about a good drag-free drift and a good approach than they are about flies.

Report Updated On: 09/14/2017
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