Big Thompson, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Big Thompson, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Park Closure Rocky Mountain National Park Closed Rocky Mountain National Park is closed to park visitors due to fire activity on the west side of the Continental Divide. Estes Park has been evacuated,,,
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Big Thompson is currently Fish somewhere else this week

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Water flow: 22. Estes, 4. Upper T

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 46 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: AM below dam, any high country

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, baetis, October caddis Grey Caddis imitation for gypsy moth #12

Fish species: Brown, Rainbow, Cutthroat Trout

Fishing season: All year

Nearest airport: Denver International Airport (DIA)

Person Fishing in a stream

Big Thompson Description

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 ...

Techniques & Tips

Double dry with baetis options

7-Day Forecast

Please give your fellow anglers a wide birth,,, watch the parking areas

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