Last Update: 8/27/2016. We will update these reports as often as necessary to keep our fellow anglers in tune with changes.
Current Streamflow : 25 cfs @ Moraine Park, 59 cfs above Lake Estes, 60 cfs below Lake Estes
Big Thompson Fishing Report: Flows below Lake Estes have remained consistent and the fishing has been great. Now that we are getting cooler nights and mornings, BWO's are making their presence known. If you don't see bugs, a dry/dropper rig has been our go to. It's the beginning of the beginning of hopper season so grab some big and buggy foam dries, and throw a small attractor nymph underneath. That being said, having a small buffet of droppers, emergers, and dries in your fly box to be prepared for any situation is highly recommended. Keep your eyes peeled for risers, especially from early to mid-morning and from evening to dark. This tends to be when bugs are hatching most consistently and fish feed more recklessly. Dry droppers will find the players if nothing is happening on the surface. As per usual, don't forget the sow bugs for the upper portions, this can be a great food source up there.
Fishing above Lake Estes on the T has been solid as well, but is always subject to precipitation. Big afternoon rainstorms can bump up the flow and throw clarity off so keep an eye on the weather. Barring that, it is full-on terrestrial season in the high country so make sure you have plenty of beetle, ant, and hopper patterns on hand. Attractor nymphs are always a great option for this time of year in the upper Big T.
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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 PMD #14-18, CDC PMD #14, Elk Hair Caddis #14-18, Foam Body Caddis #16-18, Ext. Body BWO #18-22, Film Critic BWO #18-20, Comparadun BWO #18-22
Nymphs: Tung. Rainbow Warrior #16-20, BH Pheasant Tails #16-20, Prince Nymphs #14-18, Tungsten Micro Stone #14-18, 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
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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