Big Thompson River Report
Current Streamflow : Upper Big T at Moraine Park: ICE, Big T above Lake Estes: N/A, Big T Below Lake Estes: 21 cfs
Highway 34 is closed at the canyon mouth until Memorial day! This will limit access to the Big T, and you will need to go around to Hwy 36 to get up to Estes. For more info on the closure check out: https://www.codot.gov/projects/floodrelatedprojects/us-34-big-thompson-canyon-1
The Big T below Lake Estes is fishing well right now, this being a tailwater makes it a popular choice through winter because it stays uniced due to the warm water being released from Lake Estes. Fishing smaller patterns sub surface is going to be the best way to fool fish in this section. Fish are keying in on typical sub-surface tailwater patterns. Smaller leader and fluorocarbon tippet should be used this time of year. With low, cold, and clear water, nymphing small midges and baetis is becoming most productive. Be sure to use stealthy indicators like clear Airlock's or New Zealand Strike Indicators and switch up the amount of weight you're using in this section to make sure you're getting in the right zone in a stealthy way. Arm yourself with a midge cluster or a few small dry fly patterns in case you find fish keying in on hatching midges. Throwing a streamer in the mix here and there can be a good way to spice things up.
The Big Thompson through Moraine Park and above Lake Estes is iced up and will remain this way until the spring.
For info on guided trips on the Big Thompson, hit the LINK.
Dries :: Eric's Midge #18-20, Griffiths Gnat #16-20, Biot Midge Blk #20-22, Para-ant #18, Sprout Midge #18-22
Nymphs:: Zebra Midge #18-20, Micro Pink San Juan Worm #16-18, Jujubee #18-22, Copper Ribbed RS2 #18-20, Poison Tung #18-20, Miracle Midge #20, Barr's Emerger #18, RS2 #18-22, Split Foam Back #20, Zebra Midge #18-20
Streamers:: Thin Mint #8-12, North Platte Spiders, Mini Dungeons, Baby Gongas, Sparkle Minnow #8, Ish's Snitch
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