Last Update: 06/28/2016. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 176 cfs @ Moraine Park, 414 cfs above Lake Estes, 385 cfs @ below Lake Estes
Big Thompson Fishing Report: The Big Thompson is running fairly high both above and below Lake Estes. It is still fishing well, and the stretch through Moraine Park is at a very manageable flow. The T. through Moraine Park is still fishing well with a variety of worms; consider trailing them with medium sized mayfly nymphs of smaller stonefly nymphs. The river above Lake Estes is a bit higher then below the Lake right now. With that being the case, consider fishing a bit bigger and flashier patterns up top. With flows being higher up there the fish will be stacked up on the edges, and behind large rocks in the softer water. 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: Amy's Ant #12, Chubby Chernobyl #12-14, PMX #12-14, Para Hopper #12, Streambank Hopper #12-14, 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
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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