River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 31 cfsCurrent Temp: 2°F 
River Statistics:
»Below Lake Estes
Current:   31 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   30 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   33 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   26 cfs

The Big Thompson this time of year can be an awesome spot to spend a day. The spawn is on! Bacon and eggs are on the meal ticket. Bigger than average browns are stacked up nicely throughout the tailwater section of the Thompson. Low flows call for inconspicuous indicators, delicate presentation and longer leaders. Little to no weight is necessary but finding the right depth is critical. Eggs, worms, leeches, midge and baetis patters all are top performers. I like chartreuse eggs and natural colored worms. While nymphing will be the most productive way to pick up fishg, the T also tends to be a hotspot to catch some fish on BWO's or Midges on the surface. As the weather warms up, you should start to see some fish come to the surface and become more active- single dries will fish, but a dry trailing an emerger such as an RS2 or Barr's can be downright deadly when this occurs. 5x if not 6x tippet is mandatory this time of year, and Fluoro will get more eats than Mono time and time again. As with all our rivers this time of year, the Browns are feelingly aggressively as they enter their spawn and look to pack on extra calories before the Winter. With that in mind, don't hesitate to throw a small streamer in the golden hours of the day in hopes of picking up some nice fish and starting/finishing your day off with a big one. Lower down in the canyon, depending on the weather, a short leash nymph rig is picking up fish all day. A smaller dry dropper will do well as the day warms up and on overcast days, which are few and far between lately. The reservoir is very low right now allowing anglers to access more water at the inlet. A few lake fish have been pulled out of this section. Again short leash nymph rig with do well with an small light indicator. Good luck up there!

Report Updated On: 11/16/2016
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