Reporter: Trout's Staff
Water Clarity: Clear
Current Fishing Conditions:
May Fishing Report
The Big Thompson will offer some relief to the runoff woes that will exist on many other high country streams during May. Keep in mind that fishing will be most consistant and productive from Lake Estes to Drake, as the North Fork of the Big T may be running high and off color creating unfishable conditions in the lower canyon. There will be a variety of insects starting to hatch, so make sure you have a solid selection of flies before heading out. Bigger can often be better during the spring months, so think about upsizing your flies to help garner the fishes attention.
5/17/13 Update: Fishing has remained very productive on the Big Thompson, with a lot of great reports coming from our customers. Standard attractor patterns trailed with BWO, Baetis and Caddis imitations have been producing great results. Occasional hatches have the fish looking up, so be sure and have your dry fly box with you as you can expect to see some surface activity.
The flows on the Big T have bumped up a bit since our last report, but your fly selection wont really change. Midges and Baetis (BWO's) are your main hatches, but during the morning and middle of the day you will most likely be nymphing the main runs and deep pockets. However you can also pick some fish up on dries close to the banks and being "stealthy" is key. Scuds are a year round food source as you get closer to the dam. The fish are going to see you beofre you see them, so remeber again "stealth" is key.
Dries: Parachute Adams 18-22, Pablos Cripple Baetis 18-20, Morgan's Midge 18-20, Adult Midge 20, Matts Midge 18-24, Quigley's Hackle Stacker 18-22
Streamers: Slump Buster, Belly Ache Minnow, Sculpzilla, Wooleys
Current Hatches: Midges, BWO
Dries: Parachute Adams 18-22, Pablos Cripple 18-20, Morgan's Midge 18-20, Adult Midge 20 Nymphs: Barrs Emerger BWO 18-22, Soft Hackle PT 18-22, Copper Johns 18-22, Juju Baetis 18-22, Eggs #16-18, Rojo Midge 18-22 Streamers: Wooly Buggers, Slump Busters, Thin Mints, Sculpzilla's, Gold Bead Buface #6-12
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