Although it has been a dry fall, there is plenty of water on this property holding a number of fish. Today, several rainbows on 18 midge nymphs. I fished with a float, lead and two 18 midge nymphs in all of the usual places above and below the bridge. Fish came from all depths over one foot. On the last drift of the day, I collected a brown and a rainbow on the same line, one on each nymph. The deep quiet pools are holding fish over 20", as I had one well into the 20's chase my streamer more than once in the upstream pool. Initially I hooked a sucker in the pool and the large brown followed it around while it was on my line. I put a streamer on and it went for it a couple times, just coming up a bit short. One of my best days on the water this year.
This is a classic example of why you don't listen to guides. I hired a guide earlier this year, and on the way back from a trip on the Colorado, I asked him how the Big Thompson was fishing. He said it was still blown out and had not recovered from the flood. He said I should hire him to go fish the Poudre. It's disappointing to hear this from a professional, who more likely than not, knew the Big Thompson held plenty of fish, and I wouldn't need his "expertise" to fish it. I hope he is the minority. This stream has plenty of fish, and the property in particular is still fishing exceptionally well, better than the last time I fished it prior to the flood. ~ Marcopolo
Fished A8 on a bright sunny very windy day in South Park. Started slow but picked up at ~10:30. Small foam hopper (tan with green body, size 10 or 12) with bead head Barr's emerger was the ticket. 15 or so fish, 3/4 rainbows 14-18 inches and smaler browns. Watched a pike eat an 8 in trout in a pool. Told it mid body and shook it violently. Tried streamers, probably to sunny, many chases on olive slump buster.
Looks like flow dropped recently as bank was wet.
Only fished the upper section. ~ Mike Narkewicz
Started slow, to cold and started a bit to early I think... Had the whole property to myself. But when the Sun finally showed up and Epic Day on the Yampa. 20+ Rainbows/Browns over 18" and one 22" fat 5lb+ pig. Oh and I did catch a few little ones too. I started at the bottom of the property below the RR bridge and worked my way to the top. Most fish caught on Pat's Rubber legs, love that fly. The rest on Eggs and various Foam Back Emergers. End around 3pm to meet up with Family. I post a couple of shots up on FB. Love the Yampa. ~ George Schmidt
1st time to this stretch. Snowed overnight so any path or trails were covered. The best hole we found was down river from the parking lot where a water diversion area is. A big bend riffled into a very inviting deep run. Kokanee salmon were in full spawn along the shallow riffles and the rainbows were being opportunistic. The egg color coming from the Kokanee was orange and small.Hard to believe but the Kokonee were eating a 24 Wd-40. Im convinced they were not snagged at it repeatedly kept coming back in the mouth. Landed at least 20 rainbows and brown ranging from 14-17inches. If anyone has fished this water and has another hole in the stretch that should be fished send me a message. ~ Woodsie
Had good luck using a hopper-dropper combo, size 12 foam hopper and size 18 copper john. Had 3 fish take the hopper but most were caught on the dropper. Saw a few grasshoppers and mayflies during the day. ~ Ed Shappell
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