Big Thompson, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Big Thompson, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Soft Edges,,,, Look for the Golden Stone,,, makes a super indicator fly for heavy nymphs on a h/d rig,,, run and gun *Caddis are pupating and emerging with bright sun
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Big Thompson is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Sunrise Anglers

Water flow: 218 Estes, 88 Upper T

Visibility: 24 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 59 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: Any

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, eggs, worms

Fish species: Brown, Rainbow, Cutthroat Trout

Fishing season: All year

Nearest airport: Denver International Airport (DIA)

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

Rig up with a nymph rig as wind seems ever present ,, a second dry rod with (pmd, midges, caddis)

7-Day Forecast

Please give your fellow anglers a wide birth,,, watch the parking areas Upper section will be settling in with sweet flows and dropping water


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