Big Thompson River Wade Trip with St. Peter's Flyshop

$
250
-
$
475
/ Boat
Capacity:
1 - 3 anglers
Days:
Daily
Duration:
4 hours - 1 day
The Big Thompson river is a year round fishery that is steep in gradient and made up largely of pocket water, it is a river with easy access. Highway 34 runs along most of the river from Loveland, up to Estes Park. With its headwaters starting in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, it meanders through the town of Estes Park and down the scenic canyon along Hwy 34. Although the Park has many fly fishing opportunities, the majority of local fly fishers concentrate their efforts below Lake Estes and in the canyon. Most of the upper canyon is managed as 'catch and release' providing good numbers of quality trout. The majority of this stretch is public water managing to reduce crowding even in the heart of the season.
 
What is Included:
Lunch
Drinks & Snacks
Flies
Tackle
Rates
Per
Capacity
Dates
Duration
Price
Boat
1 - 1
 anglers
Daily1 day
$
300
Boat
1 - 2
 anglers
Daily1 day
$
375
Boat
1 - 3
 anglers
Daily1 day
$
475
Boat
1 - 1
 anglers
Daily4 hours
$
250
Boat
1 - 2
 anglers
Daily4 hours
$
325
Boat
1 - 3
 anglers
Daily4 hours
$
425
Fishing Waters
The Big Thompson is one of Colorado's finest streams. It flows from Forest Canyon Pass through Forest Canyon where it picks up volume as it is fed my numerous mountain creeks. It becomes ... morefishable at Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park, about six miles below its headwaters. From Moraine Park wade and explore the many braids and channels. Delightful trails up and down river lead to fantastic flyfishing experiences.

With its headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park, the Big Thompson river just below the town of Estes Park is a classic canyon trout river. This 30-foot-wide trout stream is best described as pocket water and riffles, which makes for great walk-wading fly-fishing. Between Estes Park and Drake the Big Thomson is special regulation water. You'll find wild rainbow trout in the 10-14 inch categories (stocking by the state stopped in 1994) and some brown trout. Below Lake Estes at Estes Park classic tailwater flows are well controlled with fairy stable discharge except for the annual runoff between March and April. From Estes Park the stream flows down to Loveland. The tailwater operates very stable for a dam.

The North Fork Big Thompson River also begins in Rocky Mountain National Park from where it flows along highway 43 east, through the town of Glen Haven and merges with the Big Thompson River in the town of Drake, in the Big Thompson Canyon.

Trout on the Big Thomson can be fincky and will not just take any dry fly you present. Light leaders, tippets and good presentation is called for. Flies should match the surprisingly large number of insects in the Big Thompson or aproximate what's about to hatch. The Big Thomson flows along the busy highway 34 which can make parking a bit crowded at time. However, this water should be well worth your time. On the Big Thomson it pays to visit with a guide the first few times. Local experts will provide you insight to the local hatch and provide instruction for how to fish the Big Thomson for a most productive experience.
Outfitter
We are St. Peter's Flyshop, the premier fly shop and outfitter in northern Colorado's Front Range and southern Wyoming. At St. Peter's, fly fishing is a lifestyle and with that statement ... morein mind, we assure the best knowledge, equipment, and experience possible to assist you in your pursuits. Located in Ft. Collins Colorado we are conveniently positioned in close proximity to a number of world class waters including; Cache la Poudre River, Big Thompson River, Rocky Mountain National Park, North Platte River(Upper North Platte, Gray Reef, and Miracle Mile), and many stillwaters. 

Come by the shop so we can share our passion for the sport with you and see that St. Peter's Flyshop is a community of friends doing what we love - fly fishing.

We now have 2 locations in Ft. Collins helping serve both the North and South side of Ft. Collins

St. Peter's Fly Shop Old Town- Located on the North Side of Ft. Collins with easy access to the Poudre River, North Platte, and North Park.

St. Peter's Fly Shop South- Located on Harmony on the South side of Ft. Collins with close reach to the Big Thompson River, Estes Park, and Rocky Mountain Nation Park.
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Cancellation Policy
Standard
  • Cancellations made 14 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made 7 days before will be refunded 50% of the amount paid.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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