Last Update: 3/25/2015. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 25 cfs below Lake Estes, ICE cfs above Lake Estes, N/A cfs near canyon mouth at Drake, N/A cfs at Moraine Park
Big Thompson Fishing Report:
The Thompson has been one of our favorite destinations lately! The tailwater stretch has been extremely consistent in terms of flow (25-26 cfs) and is fishing alright. We’ve been focusing a lot of our effort a bit lower in the canyon. The river around Drake and down has been pretty locked up with Ice but what’s open upstream has been on fire! Cloudy days are bringing midges out in full force. Once you get above Drake, any open stretch of water has been producing fish.
The flows below Olympus Dam at Lake Estes have been consistent throughout the past months. This consistency provides the fish with regular eating patterns. The trout are keying in on smaller midges throughout the day. 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. The gin clear water suggests that 6x and 7x are a must when fishing the Big T. 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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