Big Thompson, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Big Thompson, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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"Midges still make the world go round"
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Big Thompson is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Sunrise Anglers

Water flow: 36 + - Lake Estes

Visibility: 28 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 36 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,,micro streamers

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

Dries with Midges, light nymphing with wind recommended . wind can be troublesome,,, find bends in the river out of the wind tunnel :)

7-Day Forecast

Nice bump in flows has fish moving again. Edge ice is releasing as river thaws out

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