Last Update: 10/30/2014. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 50 cfs below Lake Estes, 75 cfs above Lake Estes, 62 cfs near canyon mouth at Drake, 25 cfs at Moraine Park
Big Thompson Fishing Report:
The Big Thompson is fishing very well and now is the time to get up there and enjoy the nice weather and fall colors. It is elk viewing season up in Estes, the town can be busy on weekends through the next few weeks. The flows have been letting off the lake have been consistant and the fish have been extremely active. They are definitley looking up and eating on the surface, as well as feeding on typical smaller bugs ( Go2 Prince, san juans, Copper Rib RS2, ect...). Above Drake will still be the best option for consistent fishing. Focus your drifts on the edges and slackwater next to the fast stuff. Baetis will be the primary food source. On warmer, calm days the dry fly fishing can be lights out. Smaller streamers, stripped slowly has been getting attention from the aggresive browns. Also don't forget the sow bugs, these are another great food source for these fish. Like the Poudre, some bigger, brighter options should be a good bet and also will serve as great sources of natural weight on your rigs. Get out and enjoy some tailwater fishing!
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Recommended Flies for the Big Thompson River ::
Dries: Extended Body BWO's #20-22, CDC BWO #18-22, BWO Silhouette Dun #20, Sprout BWO #18-20, Film Critic BWO #18, Split Flag BWO #16-18 Eric's Midge #20-22, Shucking Midge #20-22, Sprout Midge #20-24
Nymphs:: Ray Charles #16-18, Spicy Scud #14-16, Flashback Pheasant Tail #16-20, Rainbow Warrior #18-20, Poison Tung #18-20, Desert Storm #22-24, Soft Hackle Emergers #18-20, Juju Midge(all colors) #18-22, Split Foam Back #18-20, Greg Emerger #18-20, Juju Baetis #18-22, RS2 #20-24, Micro Mayfly #18-22, Epoxy Back Stones #12-16, Hot Wire Prince #16-18, 20 inchers #14-18, Red Sparkle Worms, Cannon's Worm #10, Orange and Pink Micro Eggs, Sparkle Wing RS2 #18-20
Streamers: With October just around the corner, streamer fishing will be heating up. A couple of good flies to try would be Tung Thin Mint #6-10, Dude Friendly #8, and Vanilla Buggar #6-8.
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