Last Update: 1/28/2015. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 21 cfs below Lake Estes, ICE cfs above Lake Estes, ICE cfs near canyon mouth at Drake, N/A cfs at Moraine Park
Big Thompson Fishing Report:
The weekend weather looks like warm temperatures throughout the day. Put on an extra layer or two and get those waders wet! Flows below Lake Estes continue to be consistent and fish have been actively eating. Focus on the smaller, more technical midge patterns and keep an eye out for Blue Wings. Fish are also occasionaly looking up and eating small dry flies on the surface ( Para-Wulff, Sprout Midges, Go2 Prince, San Juans, Copper Rib RS2, ect...). Below the Lake Estes dam will be the best option for consistent fishing with the possibility of open water above Drake. Smaller streamers, stripped slowly can get the attention of aggresive Thompson browns. Also don't forget the sow bugs, these are another great food source for these fish. Like the Poudre, some bigger, brighter options should be a good bet and also will serve as great sources of natural weight on your rigs. Get out and enjoy some tailwater fishing!
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Recommended Flies for the Big Thompson River ::
Dries: Extended Body BWO's #20-22, CDC BWO #18-22, BWO Silhouette Dun #20, Sprout BWO #18-20, Film Critic BWO #18, Split Flag BWO #16-18 Eric's Midge #20-22, Shucking Midge #20-22, Sprout Midge #20-24
Nymphs:: Ray Charles #16-18, Spicy Scud #14-16, Flashback Pheasant Tail #16-20, Rainbow Warrior #18-20, Poison Tung #18-20, 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, Hot Wire Prince #16-18, 20 inchers #14-18, Red Sparkle Worms, Cannon's Worm #10, Orange and Pink Micro Eggs, Sparkle Wing RS2 #18-20
Streamers: A couple of good flies to try would be Tung Thin Mint #6-10, Dude Friendly #8, and Vanilla Buggar #6-8.
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