I had repaired my Tenkara rod and had to field test it! The forecast called for temperatures in the 60's so I decided to fish the Big Thompson. I fished the lower section of the Big Thomson River above the Narrows and below Drake. The morning was cold and overcast; however, I didn't have any wind until later in the day.
I saw a handful of fly fishers out with the same idea I had. It was a perfect day to help the fish recover from their winter hangovers! After killin’ the remaining coffee I had , I geared up and headed for the water. Just a reminder for those of us in Colorado…March 31 is time to get a new license. I normally remember mine sometime in April when my buddy asks me if I have renewed mine.
The water was a crisp 38 degrees when I started. The water flow was approximately 60 cfs according to the Colorado Division of Water Resources. The water was starting to stain slightly; however, in 2-3 feet of water, the bottom definition could still be made out.
I fished #18 ABU and black zebra midges very slow focusing on any area that looked like a fish had decided to call it a warm cozy bed for the winter. This included variations in water depth and speed, any break in the water flow, and any submerged rocks that I could make out any type of ledge. The drifts had to be very slow and the strikes were very subtle, a stop or pause in the drift.
The day was filled with beautiful scenery, wind, rain, and wind, and rain and the privilege to enjoy the beautiful bows and browns that inhabit the Big Thompson River.
Some of the Big T’s residents…