Big Thompson River Report
Current Streamflow : Upper Big T at Moraine Park: 18 cfs, Big T above Lake Estes: 44 cfs, Big T Below Lake Estes: 333 cfs
The Big T has bumped back up below the dam as they let water out of Lake Estes in preparation for winter. Fish are keying in on typical sub-surface tailwater patterns and smaller leader and tippet should be used directly below the dam. Lower down on the Big Thompson toward Drake, fish have been aggressively eating smaller dries, as in PMD's, caddis, and red quills. A dry dropper has been producing fish in pocket water, tan hoppers have been spotted jumping in and out of bushes so a small M's hopper with a small beadhead caddis or pmd nymph dropped more or less 3 feet below will pick up fish. They have been eating droppers on the swing and the pick up so milk your drift. 5x leader and tippet should work fine lower down. Fish will be congregated in the backwater and along the edges where water is still pushy.
Moraine Park is at a great level for slinging dries right now. 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. In any of these areas, small attractor nymphs like Hotwire Princes, Purple Princes, and Chartreuse Copper Johns fished under a Royal Wolff or PMX is a great option for searching the water. As we continue through 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 #16-18, North Fork Special #12-14, Micro Pink San Juan Worm #16-18, Hotwire Prince #14-18, Micro Mayfly #18-20, 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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