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Big Thompson River Sponsored by
Date 16-Sep-17
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Conditions : Big Thompson River - Water flow: Iratic under Lake Estes + 30 cfs upper t Visibility: 36 inches Water temperature at mid-day: 58 Degrees F Water condition: Clear 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, BWO, October caddis, micro streamers Fish species: Brown, Rainbow, Cutthroat Trout Hot flies: Hoppers Elk Wing Caddis Dark 14, 16, 18 CDC Loopwing Quill Emerger Beatis 16 - 22 Rosenbauer Parachute Beetle Peacock 10 - 18 Smith's Crippled Emerger Salt and pepper 20-24 CDC Emerging Caddis Darkbrown 16 P tails dark 18 Caddis pupas Dark 14-18 Prince Nymph peacock 12- 20 Midge pupa Black 18 - 26 Stay above drake for best fishing,,, light nymph rigs for shelves,,, down and dirty with weight for deeper pools

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About: - The Big Thompson River originates in Rocky Mountain National Park. Most of the river will flow through Roosevelt National Forest along U.S. Route 34. The river supports browns and rainbows which tend to be shorter than 12 inches. Below Lake Estes dam and downstream past the town of Drake, there are some good pockets and riffles. The Big Thompson's water level seldom necessitates the use of chest waders. In winter the river is normally frozen over with the exception of maybe a 1/2 mile below the dam. Best time to fishing the Thompson is late spring thru autumn.

Directions: To access the Big Thompson from the East, get on Interstate 25 going north to Loveland. Then take Highway 34 west to Estes Park. This highway runs along the river where you'll encounter the meadow section, then canyon, then Estes Lake.
  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Trout

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