Amazing Fishing in the Big Thompson after the Flood last Fall.

What a nice surprise!! Despite the destruction the flood last September caused, the fishing in the Big T is amazingly good. On a recent trip to the upper canyon, we hit a couple of our favorite areas in the 7 Pines area. Though this landmark spot is now a pile of rocks and rubble, the river here produced numerous brown trout and a few rainbows in the late afternoon. Being a fan of terrestrial flies, I offered a flying ant pattern that was eagerly accepted. Kimball found equally cooperative fish with a green wooly bugger and later a flying ant. The recent hatch of caddis flies should bring on a good bite in the late afternoon. If the wind and rain allow, “skitter” a caddis across the flatter areas behind boulders and along the shore for some explosive strikes from larger fish. It seems the Big Thompson still offers some of the best fishing in Colorado. Check out our website: for more good spots and info on tactics and techniques for fishing Rocky Mountain National Park and the Estes Park area.


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