Last Update: 5/21/2015. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 125 cfs below Lake Estes, 290 cfs above Lake Estes, , 110 cfs at Moraine Park
Big Thompson Fishing Report:
This is a great time to be on the Thompson. Even during the recent rains, the tailwater section has been hovering around the 100 cfs range which means the bugs will be consistent, and so will the fish. You will still see some color to the water but don't let that bother you. This an optimal flow for wade fishing this area! Off color water allows you to use larger tippet like 5X and using larger flies will be the way to go. Purple Prince Nymphs #14-16, Hot Wire Princes #14-16, Sparkle Worms and Girdle Bugs #6-10. Cloudy days are bringing midges and BWO's out in full force. Once you get above Drake, any open stretch of water has been fishing very well.
With the recent warmer temperatures, be on the lookout for smaller sized baetis hatching. Rising fish can be spotted in the slower moving pieces of water. Don’t forget about the year round presence of Sow Bugs, another great option to try out there. If right below the dam is crowded, downstream from here has been fishing well also. For the best fishing options stay above Drake. Take advantage of the warm spring weather and get to enjoy the tailwater of the Big T.
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Recommended Flies for the Big Thompson River ::
Dries: Eric's Midge #20-22, Shucking Midge #20-22, Sprout Midge #20-24, Griffiths Gnat #18-22 Sprout BWO #18-20, Film Critic BWO #18, Split Flag BWO #16-18.
Nymphs:: Juju Emerger #18-22, Ray Charles #16-18, Spicy Scud #14-16, Flashback Pheasant Tail #16-20, Rainbow Warrior #18-20, Zebra Midge #18-22, 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, 20 Inchers #14-18, Red Sparkle Worms, Cannon's Worm #10, Orange and Pink Micro Eggs.
Streamers: Krystal Bugger Olive #6-10, Tung Thin Mint #6-10, Seal Bugger #8-10, and Vanilla Buggar #6-8.
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