Last Update: 12/01/2015. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 26 cfs below Lake Estes, n/a cfs above Lake Estes, ICE cfs at Moraine Park
Big Thompson Fishing Report:
The Thompson, just like many of our local waters have made the final transition into winter. But that is the beauty of the Big Thompson. Having a tailwater so close means we will be able to fish throughout the winter and enjoy all that winter fishing has to offer. Places like these are special in that if you hit it during prime conditions, you will possibly find noses in the air, happily eating whatever may be hatching at that time. Blue Wings and midges will be the norm so arm yourself with plenty of those sneaky dries such as the Sprouts Emergers in BWO, black or cream midges. BWO Comparaduns and Sparkle Duns trailed with a Hi-Vis Midge, ARF Midge, or the trusty Griffiths Gnat will get some attention during surface feeding frenzies.
Nymphing will always be a productive way of finding fish and can also be less technical. We lean heavy on bugs like Poison Tungs, Two Bit Hookers, and Tungsten Rainbow Warriors to help get nymphs down to the fish, and trail a simple midge pattern behind it. 6x Fluorocarbon is standard procedure up here this time of year and even 7x may come in handy in certain situations. Just start casting and switch your rig up often to get the perfect combo of bugs. Sow Bugs below Olympus Dam can fish great as well.
From here on out, the tailwater will have the most consistent fishing, but keep an eye on the canyon stretch above Drake. Certain spots get more sun than others and there can be random pockets that stay open enough to drift some nymphs through after a warm snap. Watch the weather forecast and explore a little bit!
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Recommended Flies for the Big Thompson River ::
Dries: Para Adams #18-24, #14-16, Film Critic BWO #18-20, Purple Haze #16-18, BWO Extended Body #18-20, BWO Compardun #20-22, CDC BWO Dun #18-20, Sprout BWO #18-22 Eric's Hi-Vis Midge #18-22, Griffith's Gnat #16-24, Sprout Midge Cream and Black #20-24, ARF Midge #22
Nymphs:: Flashback Pheseant Tail #18-20, Rainbow Warrior #18-22, RS2 #18-22, Sow Bugs #16-18, Juju Baetis #18-22, Zebra Midge #18-22, Poison Tung #18-22, Desert Storm #20-24, Top Secret Midge #20-22, Bling Midge #20-24, Juju Midge #18-22
Streamers: Krystal Bugger Olive #6-10, Tung Thin Mint #6-10, Seal Bugger #8-10, and Vanilla Buggar #6-8.
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