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Water flow: Under Lake Estes 44 + - cfs
Visibility: 36 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 42 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: PM warm up
Best stretch: Tailrace has the most fish,,,, CROWDED most of the time :).
Best access point: below Lake Estes down to Drake
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Below Lake Estes:, midges, BWO, micro streamers Upper T: open
Fish species: Brown and Rainbow Trout
Fishing season: All year
Nearest airport: Denver International Airport (DIA)
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 4 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Streamer Stripper Sink Tip Fly Line
The Big Thompson River flows out of the Rocky Mountain National Park and empties into Lake Estes. This short impoundment gives the Thompson a hybrid freestone/tailwater feel. The half mile section below the dam is strictly tailwater with midges and beatis the predominant hatch. As you head down stream(east) towards Loveland, the insect populations diversify with great Caddis, Stonefly, and even Tricos in the ...
slower sections flowing through Loveland. Other hatches include PMD's, Green Drake, and some of the largest Red Quills I have ever witnessed. Of course banging terrestrials starting in the high months of July/August can be very productive. The Big Thompson River has some reproduction for rainbows and certainly the browns have taken hold nicely. Some of the best fishing occurs in early Spring and late Fall, as the numbers of anglers diminish also. Please call Sunrise Anglers LLC if needing more information and tips.
Dries with Midges,Baetis,,, light nymphing with wind recommended... Streamers on a cloudy day for sure
historic flows put the river at 100 cfs on a normal year .... so flows are way below norm