Big Thompson River Report
Current Streamflow : Upper Big T at Moraine Park: 33 cfs, Big T above Lake Estes: 80 cfs, Big T Below Lake Estes: 52 cfs
**Highway 34 is closed until May of 2017. Continue reading our Big Thompson Report for more details.**
Flows below Olympus Dam have been currently hovering around that 50 cfs mark. Blue Wings are coming off consistently and have been keeping those Thompson trout healthy and happy. Just like with the Poudre, as we near the runoff time bug life begins to diversify, allowing us as anglers to capitalize on multiple hatches all at once. Nymphing small stonefly nymphs with smaller Blue Wing and attractor nymph droppers has been finding fish anywhere where we can access the river. Dry-droppers are a great way to cover water this time of year. Small attractor dries like a #16 PMX or Chubby should get attention as our season continues to heat up, but still expect the majority of the action to come from the dropper. Midges and small emergers are always a good bet for the Big T, no matter what time of year your heading out, make sure you're armed.
If you're heading west from Loveland the Big T below drake is open and fishable up to one mile below Drake (mile marker 77). Make sure to have smaller tippet and leader (5x-6x), split shot, and lighter indicators when heading here. As with any tailwater, sow bugs and other tailwater patterns will be productive under the dam.
US 34 is currently closed between mile marker 77 and 80. The closure is predicted to open back up in May of 2017. For more details on this, visit the link.
For info on guided trips on the Big Thompson, hit the LINK.
Dries :: Thorax BWO #18-22, Split Flag BWO #18-22, Purple Haze #16-18, Para Adams #16-22, BWO Film Critic #18-20, Sprouts BWO #18-22, Headlight Caddis #16-18, Para Caddis #16-18, Hi Vis Ant #16, Royal PMX #14-16, Chubby Chernobyl #14-16, Fathead Beetle #14-16
Nymphs:: RS2 #18-20, Barrs Emerger #16-18, Guides Choice Hares Ear #18-20, Iron Sally's #18, Micro Pink San Juan Worm #16-18, Hotwire Prince #16-18, Micro Mayfly #18-20, Poison Tung #18-20, Jimmy legs #10-12, Sow Bug #14-18, Swing Caddis #14-18, Anatomay Hares Ear #16-18
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