Saturday, March 30, 2013

Big Thompson Fly Fishing Report 03/29/13



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…



Fish On!

11 comments:

  1. Been battling a cold and flu bug for a few days so I missed the nice days to be on the river. Still good to see you out and fishing the Big T. Those are some good looking fish for this early in the year. Looks like they wintered well. Appreciate you sharing your day with us readers.

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  2. Mel, I hope you get to feeling better and get a chance to get out soon. It will be interesting to see what the spring holds for us. Thanks for stopping by and all your support!

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  3. Looks like a good trip... It's always good to get out and shake off the winter cobwebs!

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    1. Midgeman thanks for stopping by! I agree nice to get rid of the cobwebs for both us and the fish. Looking forward to a great season!

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  4. Oh my goodness. The T looks like it held up well and is springing back to life. Thanks for the best post of the weekend buddy. You made it for me.

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    1. Thanks Howard! I hope it made ya feel a lil better and look forward to getting on the water with ya! Thanks for the continued support and encouragement buddy!

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  5. Nice post, and thanks for the reminder on the license! Now that I am back in town we need to hit the water!

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    1. ABSOLUTELY!!!! Time to hit the water! Thanks for check'in it out! I look forward to water time.

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  6. Al...looks like a solid day on the water. I am in desperate need of a trout fix. I think I'll find the remedy later this week while up in N.C.

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    1. No doubt Morty you will have some nice images to share. Go easy on them and look forward to the pics! Thanks for the support and always a pleasure. Thanks for inspiring! B Safe!

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