Last Update: 10/21/2016. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 10 cfs @ Moraine Park, 29 cfs above Lake Estes, 33 cfs below Lake Estes
Big Thompson Fishing Report: Accessing the Big T is a little difficult due to the road closures of Hwy 34 for construction. The road is closed from just downstream of Drake to Cedar Cove. So fishing below Drake is still possible and above Cedar Cove. To fish above the closure or get to Estes Park you will need to take Hwy 36 outside Longmont and drop in that way.
For a map of the closure click the LINK.
This being said fishing is still productive on the Thompson. Smaller flies seem to be the best way to go since the water is low and clear. BWO's are still flying about so have a good assortment of nymphs and dries. Hoppers are also a viable bug choice at least for a little while longer so don't be afraid to throw a dry-dropper rig.
If you are nymphing, try a small attractor nymph like a Poison Tung or a Rainbow Warrior and follow it up with some sort of emerger. As always don't forget the Sow Bugs for the Upper Canyon and just below the dam. Small leaders and small tippet will also increase your chances, as will playing around with the weight of your flies.
For info regarding guided trips to the Big Thompson, hit the LINK
Recommended Flies for the Big Thompson River ::
Dries: Ext. Body BWO #18-22, Film Critic BWO #18-20, Comparadun BWO #18-22, Para-Adams #18-20, CDC Dun BWO #18-20
Nymphs: Tung. Rainbow Warrior #16-20, BH Pheasant Tails #16-20, Micro May #18-20, Poxy Back PMD #16-20, Barr's Emerger PMD #16-20, Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail #16-20, Iron Sally #16-20, Tungsten Swing Caddis #16-18, Juju Baetis #18-20, Two Bit Hooker #18-20, Poison Tung. #18-20, RS-2 #18-20, Anatomay #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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