Fly Fishing Big Thompson River

By Andre

By Andre Egli

Date: 10/10/15 & 10/13/15

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Big Thompson River

Flow: 30 cfs

Rod: Redington Pursuit 8’6” 5wt

Set up: 9’ leader with a dry/dropper rig (Royal PMX and a bead head Green Rock Worm)

If you’re looking to catch some nice sized trout without venturing a great distance to do so the Big Thompson River is a good bet.  Despite the water level being low there was still some flow and a lot of deep pools that were holding some very nice fish.  I fished in the same stretch just up the road from the town of Drake twice last week. My first trip I landed 7 nice fish (5 browns and 2 rainbows) in just over 4 hours of fishing. My second time up was a bit slower and I only landed 2 but both were very robust rainbows.

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Big Thompson Rainbow Trout

The majority of the fish were sitting tight to structure but still actively feeding.  Surprisingly they seemed more interested in my dry fly than my nymph. I used a few different dries but a Royal PMX seemed to work the best. Subsurface I had equal success with a zug bug and a green rock worm pattern.

The fish themselves were very healthy. The majority were in the 10″-15″ range but I pulled in 3 rainbows that were closer to 18″. I’m positive there are many fish in this river over 20″ and I’m on a quest to land a few of them.

All and all the Big Thompson is an excellent trout fishery with some very large fish in it. And it’s just a short drive from northern Denver. There is a lot of private land along the river so keep your eyes peeled for No Trespassing signs and be courteous to the land owners. If you enjoy big fish,

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Big Thompson Rainbow

and let’s be honest what fisherman doesn’t, the big Thompson is definitely worth your time!

Let me know if there’s anything I’m leaving out or more info I can supply and I’ll be sure to add it to future posts. Happy fishing!

-A. Egli

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