River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 14 cfs
River Statistics:
»Big Thompson in Moraine Park
Current:   14 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   12 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   14 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   11 cfs
Gage Height:   4.11 ft

Things are not far off from pretty much shutting down for the winter in the park. Overnight lows below freezing over the next week or so will ensure this, but if you're able to cast a line in the peak few hours of the day (on a sunny or mostly sunny day) you can find a few fish willing to sip a dry or take a nymph as they try to pack on a few final calories before winter. Recent trips have seen success on short dry dropper rigs with Green Drake and Parachute Adams dries in the lead dropping to small midges such as #22 Zebra or small mayfly imitations such as a #20 Micro May or Pheasant Tail. Lower Glacier Creek, the Big T, and Sprague Lake are good options if you can get out to fish between roughly 12-3 PM, when fish are most likely to be active right now. Fishing in the moraine is very challenging with the water so low and slow, so make sure you're making an extremely stealthy approach -- stay back from the banks, move slow, fish far and fish fine with flies/rigs that don't make too much "plop" on the water. A common sight during skinny water season before things in the park shut off completely is brookies holding in numbers in long, shallow slicks and beaver ponds. If these fish seem willing to move around and eat, consider trying an unweighted soft hackle/emerger such as a Biot Midge, Soft Hackle PT, or an RS2 behind a small dry, as the plop of a tungsten bead can put the spook into them.

Report Updated On: 10/27/2017
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