Big Thompson River near La Salle, Colorado
Big Thompson is known for its really good trout fishing. In fact the fishing found here is good enough to get Big Thompson in the top 100 trout streams in the US. The river gets its start in the Rocky Mountain National Park. There it is fed by feeder creeks that flow down from the 13,000 foot peaks found in the area. For its first miles the river flows almost completely straight through a valley. This part of the river is home to cute, little rapids and serene, chains of little pools. Once the river hits the town named Moraine Park the gradient slackens noticeably as the river flows into a grassy meadow. I highly recommend you fish the meadow because it contains some of the best fish in this part of the river. Try starting at Bear Creek Road Bridge and fish your way upstream. Once you hit the fork in the river take the right fork. The reason you should pick the right fork is because the bend often hold deep holes and undercut banks which make for awesome fish cover. Be careful when wading this section of river because it can be 6 inches in one spot and over your head a few hundred feet away. There is a downside to fishing this section; tree cover is lacking so the fish are wary and, since access is easy, this is one of the most fished sections of the stream. The best way to catch fish this section of the creek is to stay out of sight and cast Woolly Buggers and Bead Head Nymphs against the bank and let them dead drift downstream. If that is not working try fishing with #16-#18 dries or #20-#22 nymphs. A 4-weight is perfect for this kind of fishing. As the Big T leaves the meadow it enters Lake Estes. Once it leaves the lake through the dam the river may seem really big compared to what it was above the lake but that’s only because of a 13-mile tunnel that diverts water from Shadow Mountain Reservoir. The first mile below the dam is privet property. Soon, however, the river enters the Roosevelt National Forest where you can fish again. This section of the river is known for going through a series of plunges, into pools, over long, gravely runs, and into pools again. This section of river is best if you are not the best at being stealthy as most of the fish are stocked so they are not the most wary fish every. The same way you caught trout before will work here as well. The farther downstream towards Loveland you go the warmer the water gets and the worst the fishing gets. Good luck fishing!
Big Thompson River Fishing near La Salle, Colorado
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Access: Public Property
Body of Water Type: Stream
Lat/Long: 40.354427 -104.760246
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Description for Big Thompson River, Weld County, Colorado
Big Thompson River is a stream located just 3.1 miles from La Salle, in Weld County, in the state of Colorado, United States, near Evans, CO. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brown trout and brook trout here. Whether you’re baitcasting, fly fishing or spinning your chances of getting a bite here are good. So grab your favorite fly fishing rod and reel, and head out to Big Thompson River. Alternate names for this stream include Thompson Creek, Pipe River and Big Thompson Creek.
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