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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Big Thompson River, CO Fly Fishing Report

Date: August 21, 2010, Saturday, from 7:30 to 12 noon.
Fished the Big Thompson about a mile below Estes Lake. From the Lake down stream to Drake is catch and release only. As the morning wore on the river got crowded with weekend visitors, which made finding "fresh water" difficult and about noon the down canyon winds made casting difficult.
Method: dry-dropper with #14 yellow stimulator and #18 PMD and two fly nymph with #14 Pheasant Tail and #18 PMD emerger, using 6x tippet. The PMD worked in both methods.
Results: 4 browns up to 12" and one rainbow of 13" and of course the usual few hooked, played and lost fish.
Comments: We are staying in Spruce Lake RV and campground which is family friendly. There are many family activities in Estes Park. Within walking distance is Scot's Sporting Goods store. I found everyone at Scot's very friendly, especially Bob Traver who gave specific recommendations on fly selections that actually worked. The store web-site is and the phone number is 970-586-2877.

Dan Wallentine

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