Big Thompson River Report
Current Streamflow : Upper Big T at Moraine Park: 113 cfs, Big T above Lake Estes: 336 cfs, Big T Below Lake Estes: 224 cfs
Flows are dropping on the Big T and the fishing has been great. Water clarity has returned below the dam and dry fly's will work when risers are present. Regardless, nymphing tailwater patterns such as scuds, midges, and leeches will always produce more fish. Below the dam where these more pressured and educated fish reside, long 5x leaders and 6x tippet will fool fish. You will have the best luck on smaller dies representing small mayflies and caddis in the mornings and evenings on the Big T. Above Lake Estes water is still flowing at a good level. Fishing a single dry or dry dropper in the soft water with an attractor dry and a bead head nymph will produce eats. Now is the time of year we get to start venturing up into the higher reaches of the park, the streams start to lower to good levels and the high alpine lakes have iced off and begun to warm up. Keep in mind this water is still really chilly and we are still waiting for these fish to wake up from the winter slumber, so fishing may be slow the higher in elevation you venture. In any of these areas, small attractor/stonefly nymphs like Hotwire Princes, Purple Princes, and Chartreuse Copper Johns fished under smaller Chubbies and PMX’s is a great option for searching the water. As we continue into summer, attractor dries and terrestrials will become a go to both in the high country and low down on the Big T.
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Dries :: Foam Body Caddis #14-16, Purple Haze #16-18, Para Adams #12-18, EC Caddis Olive #14-16, Para Wulff #14-18, Headlight Caddis #14-18, Para Caddis #16-18, Hi Vis Ant #16, Royal PMX #14-16, Chubby Chernobyl #14-16, Fathead Beetle #14-16, Humpy #12-16, Stimi #10-16, Foam PMX Tan #10-12, Momba Ant #14, H&L Variant #14-16
Nymphs:: Guides Choice Hares Ear #14-18, Iron Sally's #16-20, North Fork Special #12-14, Micro Pink San Juan Worm #16-18, Hotwire Prince #14-18, Micro Mayfly #18-20, Jimmy legs #10-12, Sow Bug #14-18, Prince Nymph #14-18, Swing Caddis #14-18, The Ticket #16, Chart. Copper John #16-18, Anatomay Hares Ear #16-18
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