River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 8 cfs
River Statistics:
»Big Thompson in Moraine Park
Current:   8 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   9 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   10 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   8 cfs
Gage Height:   4.01 ft

Things have gotten a little skinny in the park drainages, which is the case most everywhere around the Front Range at the moment. This doesn't mean there isn't some great late summer/early fall fishing to be had in coming weeks, though. The terrestrial bite (beetles, ants, small hoppers) has still been on, but smaller bugs have been fooling more fish with consistency in the late season, lower water conditions. Dry dropper rigs will always produce; a good pick right now would be to run a #14-16 parachute adams, green drake, or caddis dry fly to a #18-20 beadhead nymph. Pheasant tails, caddis pupae and larvae, zebra midges, and general attractors like frenchies and small prince nymphs will always produce on the eager freestone fish up in the Park. PMDs are probably done, but sallies seem to hang around in the park for a little longer every year. A favorite rig of mine all the way through September tends to be a double dry with a small caddis or parachute adams dropping to a little black ant, beetle, or even griffith's gnat that's harder to see. If you're in the mood to hike/fish some stillwater, the prime time for that stuff is certainly dwindling, but depending on weather the high lakes will still be in play through at least a good part of September. Midges, small terrestrials, smaller leeches, sometimes even scuds, and caddis are all good producers at the alpine lakes in September. 6x tippet has definitely been a good idea in the park as of late, but 5x will likely still get it done. As always, call the shop for the most up-to-date info!

Report Updated On: 09/08/2018
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