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Big Thompson River

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Report by: Randy Hanner

Had a couple guys out on the river today. The morning took a little while to get going, the sky was mostly cloudy to start, which kept things chilly. After an hour or so, the clouds broke and the sun came out. The warm up was followed up by some pretty good fishing. We located most feeding fish in riffle sections and almost all the fish were taking small emergers, rs2 and chocolate thunders were working well. We used both dry droppers and light nymph rigs to get the right drifts through the shallow lies. We fished till about 1 pm with some really nice fishing.

Guide Rating
Weather Experienced

Wind Conditions: Calm
Precipitation: None
Water Observations

Water Temperature:
Flow Level: CFS
Runoff? Clear

Big Thompson River Water Flow Graphs

About Big Thompson River Fly Fishing

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.