The Big Thompson River Colorado is my home water and I love being
able to be on the water in less then 15 minutes. My favorite rod for
this water is a 8'6" - 4 weight. Most of the fish in the Big Thompson
average 12-16 inches. The local residents are Brown and Rainbow trout in
the lower stretches below the dam and Cutthroat and Brook trout in the
upper areas in
Rocky Mountain National Park.
Several times a year I try to backpack up to one of the high mountain lakes and stay for a couple of days with friends. This is a great place to take beginners because the fish are eager and the scenery is splendid. If you want to learn more about Colorado Camping check out my other website, The Colorado Outdoor Network at www.outdoor-rec.net. Colorado Outdoor Network has information on hiking, backpacking, skiing and everything else you love about Colorado.
Just choose Big Thompson River below Lake Estes
The headwaters of the Big Thompson starts in Rocky Mountain National Park and flows through Estes Park into Lake Estes. The lower section of the river starts below Lake Estes dam. It flows through the Big Thompson canyon along highway 34 and under I-25. The Big T, as it is known by locals, is a tailwater, making it fish-able year around.
To get to the Big T from Denver take I-25 north to the Loveland exit (Highway 34) and follow it west.
The water between the dam and the Waltonia bridge is all catch and release water.
1. Fishing is by artificial flies and lures only.2.
All trout must be returned to the water immediately.
The canyon between the dam and the Waltonia Bridge has many places to
park with some slower drifts and longer stretches of public water. This
is some of the best water on the Big Thompson River Colorado. With this
being said, it does see more pressure then the water after the bridge.
The Big Thompson canyon ends at the dam store and just after the water
reclamation pipe. After the dam the Big Thompson River continues into
the Sylvan Dale Ranch area and on into Loveland, Colorado.
Just because you can do winter fly fishing, there are some days it is just not worth it. I have a hard time getting motivated to head to the river when the temperature falls below 40 degrees. When that happens here are some of the best books to help me get my fly fishing fix!
Like any river in Colorado, the Big Thompson River Colorado has some good local fly patterns, most of which are easy to tie. Check with the Loveland Fly Shops for current conditions and a selection of local patterns.
If you are looking for some fishing closer to town, you can follow the
Loveland Bike trail
all the way to Fairgrounds park. This area has some easier access if you
want to fish with the little ones.
Want to keep going on the Big T?
Check out the Rocky Mountain National Park Page.
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