Last Update: 05/28/2016. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 93 cfs @ Moraine Park, 243 cfs above Lake Estes, 124 cfs @ below Lake Estes
Big Thompson Fishing Report: The recent rains have bumped the flows up throughout the Big Thompson drainage. The T through Moraine Park is fishing well with a variety of worms; consider trailing them with medium sized mayfly nymphs of smaller stonefly nymphs. The river above Lake Estes has a very comparable flow to the river below Lake Estes right now. With that being the case, consider fishing similar patterns in both areas. Fish are being caught on smaller mayfly nymphs (BWO’s), Juju baetis, Juju midges, Split Foam-backs and tan sow bugs. Flashier patterns (Rainbow Warrior, Gabriel’s Trumpet, etc.) have been good lead patterns with smaller flies dropped below. Keep your eyes peeled for risers on cloudy days! BWO’s have slackened on the Poudre significantly but they’re still a force to be reckoned with on the Thompson.
Recommended Flies for the Big Thompson River ::
Dries: Ext. Body BWO #18-22, Q's Split Flag BWO #18-22, Purple Haze #18-20, Sprout BWO's #18-22, Parachute Adams #18-26, Film Critic BWO #18-20, CDC Wing BWO #20-22 Hi-Vis Midge, ARF Midge #22, Griffiths Gnat #18-24, Idyl's Stillborn Midge #20-22
Nymphs: Tung. Rainbow Warrior #16-20, BH Pheasant Tails #16-20, Copper Johns #18-22, Prince Nymphs #14-18, Tungsten Micro Stone #14-18, Micro May #18-20, Pocketwater Baetis #18-20, Two Bit Hooker #16-20, Sparkle Wing RS2 #18-22 Copper Ribbed RS2 #18-22, Juju Emerger #18-22, Tung. Juju Baetis #18-20, Iron Lotus #16-18, Poison Tung. #18-20, Split Foam Back #18-22, Zebra Midge #18-20, Mercury Baetis #18-20
Streamers: Thin Mints #6-10, Platte River Spider #4, Orange Blossom Special #8, Slump Buster Black #6, Aggravator Prince #6, 'Nilla Bugger #8-10
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