A-19 Big Thompson River

By July 21, 2013

Big Thompson River A-19

Description: The Bein Mountain Ranch contains about ½ mile of the 30-40 foot wide Big Thompson River. Good numbers of wild rainbows, as well as cutbows and browns thrive in this river, most in the 10-12 inch range and some exceeding 18 inches.

Location: This property is located between Estes Park and Drake, approximately 1 1/2 hours northwest of Denver.

Capacity: Limited to 2 anglers, or 3 if in one group.

To make a reservation call 303-421-6239 or 1-800-524-1814.

Rate Notes:

Adult 1/2 Day
Adult Aftn.
Youth 1/2 Day
Youth Aftn.

Property Log Book Comments

Cloudy and light rain.. River was high from recent rains and very difficult to wade. Lower end too rapid to fish. Couple of soft pockets yielded 2 fish, one on nymph, one on streamer. Flows need to come way down to make this worthwhile. ~ Mike Narkewicz -- July 3rd, 2016

Nice day, water flowing about 125 cfs. up from 10 days ago, but still clear. I caught a dozen fish 6 to 14 inches on prince and copper john nymphs in the morning, then several including a 16-incher at the lower end in the afternoon. No fish were rising, but I persuaded a couple to strike on a big stimulator dry. Most were rainbows, just two browns. ~ John -- May 31st, 2016

A beautiful piece of water and it's loaded with fish... but they were out to lunch. Of course, shame on me for showing up at 9:30 instead of 6:00 AM. Fished the whole property, managed to catch a couple plopping black deer hair beetles into the slow spots on the far bank. Hooked but lost a really big trout at the upper pool on an olive Trash Can Streamer. There were no hatches and no risers. Just an off day. Was vastly entertained by hummingbirds chasing midges! Next time I'm coming in the PM and fishing till dark. ~ Robert Hesse -- August 4th, 2015

Two of us fished on both Saturday and Saturday. The fishing was good, as usual. The river was at about 140cfs, I believe. The hatches on Saturday were more dense. There were two heavy storms that rolled through late Saturday afternoon, and the water became slightly discolored. There were a few pmds, a ton of red quills, plenty of caddis, and some small stoneflies. We caught a ton of fish on Saturday all throughout the day. Various caddis imitations worked, as did some red quill emergers below the surface. Sunday was slower than Saturday for sure. The storms came through earlier and chased us off the river by noon. We caught about an equal number of browns and rainbows. ~ Mike Murphy -- July 16th, 2013

The flow was nice at about 140cfs, and the weather was ideal with temps in the upper 50s to lower 60s and cloudless. There was very little wind to contend with for the day. The fishing was TOUGH. Two of us ended-up catching under 20 fish total. Knowing this property as I do, that is a tough day here. There was a light baetis hatch at times, and no other bugs were seen. Numerous baetis emergers were tried with limited success. There were only two fish seen feeding in top. Fish were caught on golden stones; psycho prince, BH pheasant tail, pat's rubber legs, and a couple of other patterns. We switched flies A LOT, which is also something that you never need to do at this river when it is "on". Oh well, some days are tougher than others, right? ~ Mike Murphy -- June 3rd, 2013

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