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Big Thompson River
Starting as a mere trickle on the east side of the Continental Divide, inside Rocky Mountain National Park, the Big Thompson flows from Forest Canyon Pass near the top of Trail Ridge Road through Forest Canyon. As small drainages offer additional snowmelt, the Big Thompson picks up volume, turning into one of Colorado’s finest streams.
The Big Thompson becomes fishable at Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park, about six miles downstream of its headwaters. It’s there at Moraine Park, where the river splits into numerous braids and channels, that fisherman encounter the river’s first public access. Trails leading up and down the river from that point will lead you to great flyfishing experiences.
Moraine is a wide-open area, but the Big Thompson’s banks are lined with willows. It’s typical small stream conditions, and the river is filled with, you guessed it, brook, brown, and cutthroat trout in the 6- to 12-inch range. They’ll readily take a variety of general attractor flies.
Latest Guide Report
Fishing Report Date: 07-26-2015
Early morning fishing at the Big T means you can get dry fly action on Chubbies. After that it’s best to move to the small stuff, Copper Ribbed RS2s, S&Ms along with 6X. The fish have also been showing some interest on small yellow Elk Hair Caddis.
Fish Creek mud continues to be a problem from time to time, especially after a large rain event.
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Flow Level: 120 CFS
Report Submitted By:Wallace Westfeldt
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