Great day on A-5 we had a wind blowing toward the east side of the lake for most of the day. The fish started stacking up next to the drop offs on the east side. We were using an egg pattern trailed by a micro black leech. It was steady action all day with that set up we caught around 25 fish with average fish at 16'' and the larger ones in the 21'' range. the water was clear to 8 ft. Looking forward to coming back and fishing A-5 again! ~ Marcus McConnell
Slow day of fishing, only saw a handful of fish and hooked one that was buried in a log jam. Flows were low and the only places for the fish to hold for the most part were deep in the willow thickets in the bends of the creek. Amazing place, the owner is friendly and helpful. Once the flows come up the fishing will improve, I think I was a little ahead of things this high up with the cold nights and low flows closer to the headwaters. Looking forward to going back in better conditions. ~ Mike Mangino
Beautiful warm day in March. Very skinny water (7-8 cfs) and spooky fish. Long cast and stealth needed. Early in the day it was cold and fish were in the few deep areas. Wooly worm and Hares ear nymphs. As day warmed fish moved to faster water and dry dropper (dry served mainly as indicator but 2 fish hit the hoppers on top) with small pheasant tail and midges worked. Two people totaled about 20 fish from 9-5 PM. ~ Mike Narkewicz
With sunny skies and temperatures approaching 70, it felt more like a late spring day rather than a later winter day. The conditions were obviously conducive to a fine day on this diverse property. Between 3 anglers we brought about 25 fish to the net, mostly rainbows and a few browns for good measure, all in the 14 to 20 inch range. We were all surprised by the fact that rainbows were particularly aggressive and fought hard to the net. A strong majority of fish seemed to have survived the winter rather well. We focused our efforts on the spring creek and ponds and actually never made it to the Roaring Fork. While we caught fish on dries (BWO and midges) and nymphes (pat's rubber legs, SJ worms, RS2, midges), we had greatest success using streamers, in black and brown. Once again, this property did not disappoint. ~ Fabrice
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
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