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

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

Decided to fish this instead of competing with the Memorial Day crowd on the Big T - Great day to be on the water. Started below the bridge and promptly caught 10 in a row on a dry dropper rig (Adams/BHPT). Moved upstream and caught a few more before changing to a new full rig nymph setup that I have been trying. Caught a few and missed several before going back to the dry dropper. Nice property to fish by yourself or with a buddy. ~ A Slaughter -- May 27th, 2013

It was a great dry fly fishing day under partly cloudy skies and 50 degrees temps with minimal wind. Arrived at Noon and fished until 5 pm. Landed 12 trout, mostly browns from 10-12 inches on BWO Extended body #20 and Parachute Adams #20. Lots of other strikes but I was not skilled enough to hook them. BWO's were hatching in small waves for a few hours in different places. The folks at Kirks Flyshop in Estes helped with the fly selection. I tried some nymph fishing with some success but gave that up because who can resist surface fishing. Flows were good and water was clear. I tried the big pool near the downstream boundary for the first time. Saw a few large rainbows chasing each other around in the pool. They seemed to have other things on their mind aside from feeding. The pool had quite a few risers but I was unable to get a take. Overall, great experience. ~ Mark -- May 10th, 2013

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