Post by Texastroutfisher on Jun 5, 2020 8:56:28 GMT -6
The family and I will be headed to Estes Park in late July for a family vacation. I was wondering if anyone has any insight into fishing Fall Creek and the Big Thompson around EP. We will be staying in a Condo between EP and the NP entrance. I'm thinking that euro nymphing would work well here but thought I would ask for some input. Any recommendations are welcome. Thanks in advance.
Post by thecroflys on Jul 10, 2020 20:55:00 GMT -6
Riffle, I’ve fished big Thompson. Really nice water and usually good flows. You should have a good time there. Also try RMNP if you can. Moraine Park has the headwaters of big Thompson. Also, if you are bringing along family and you want a fun night of fly fishing, I would go to sprague lake. It’s easily waded on the North-east side where the bottom is firmer. Right as you reach the lake it’s muddy. Look for the people fishing (there’s usually some there) and see where they’re fishing. It’s a Great Lake for browns and rookies and I’ve had evenings when I’ve gone up there and caught 30+ fish on Adams, mosquitoes, orange ashers and stimulators. Both my girls caught their first trout on a fly rod there! Enjoy your trip. I know it’s only three days but you can hit all three of these spots and have an amazing time.
I just fished the Big Thompson 4-6 July. My family stayed at Whispering Pines cottages just east of EP. I caught quite a few around the cottage. Small nymphs were most effective, but I caught a couple on some small dries (an Elk Hair Caddis and a large-ish black Trico).
With a guide, I hit RMNP at Fern Lake Trailhead and also some sections further downstream and even the "canyon" well east of Estes Park. I was able to catch 12-13 fish and got a grand slam (brookie, cutthroat, brown, rainbow) in less than 4 hours. He showed me some good spots in 4 hours that otherwise would have taken an angler a day or more to find. We had 4 rods rigged for various conditions. Nymphs were most productive, but had some small fish try to take down a large Chubby Chernobyl (it was amusing). I didn't Euro nymph at all, but found some water types that would have been good for it.
The flows were great and the fish were easy to catch.