River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 42 cfsCurrent Temp: 61°F 
River Statistics:
»Below Lake Estes
Current:   42 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   37 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   111 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   41 cfs
Gage Height:   0.83 ft

Consistent with fisheries around the state, the Big T is on its way down from runoff, with flows hovering around 200cfs this is a wonderful time to be fishing the Big Thompson. Dry-fly fishing is hitting stride and fish continue to make bad decisions looking up to general attractors, caddis, sallies, stones, PMD's and midge patterns. Dry droppers will be the standard, while nymphing may be a good change of pace when the sun is beating down a little to hard midday and the fish find shelter in the deeper portions of the river. Blanket hatches are not uncommon on the Wapiti Meadows portion of the Thompson. PMD's in the mid morning and the hatch can be extended if the weather cooperates and stays cooler and overcast. A well drifted para-extended body PMD s#16-14 can pull tight on more than one fish during one of these hatches. Additionally, in the evenings anytime from 3pm till dusk large numbers of caddis can be found skittering on the water. #12-18 tan caddis dead drifted or skated will produce slashing strikes from these ever-wary tailwater fish. Lower down the canyon, dry-dropper rigs thrown along the banks have been the most productive method for tagging a few fish. Your favorite foam dry like a Chubby, Foam PMX, 409 or Hippie Stomper dropped off with tungsten general attractors like Tungsten Grey Soft Hackle or BH Sparkle Pupae. There are a fair number of caddis popping through the canyon as well, so a caddis nymph dropped behind a hopper wouldn't be a bad call either. Hatches will tend to be later in the day, during the warmer evenings. Last but not least, look to toss a streamer such as a Sparkle Minnow or Autumn Splendor on overcast days or in the evenings for a fun change of pace and a chance at some larger-than-average-fish.

Report Updated On: 07/11/2016
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