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River: Big Thompson River - Canyon

Advice for August trip

Post By: adam7250      Posted: 4/23/2019 12:54:35 PM     Points: 0    
Looking for some advice from folks familiar with this river. We are making a trip to Estes Park in early August, bringing my fly rod and would like to fish the Big Thompson.

Can anyone recommend some access points for the river, east of Lake Estes for someone unfamiliar with the area? Any info on best areas to park, walk, and wade fish would be appreciated. Are most spots public access or is it mostly private?

Thanks in advance,

Adam
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: 4/23/2019 1:27:26 PM     Points: 6130    
A stop at Kirk's Fly Shop or Estes Anlger ought to give you good, up-to-date info. Better than anything you'll get from a bunch of yahoos on the internet.

Buy a few flies while you're in there.
 Reply by: cmcnaught92      Posted: 4/23/2019 1:47:43 PM     Points: 68    
There's a ton of public access on the Big Thompson, you wont have an issue with finding spots to pull over and fish. There are still a good number of homes, vacation rental properties, and businesses that probably wont want you walking around their stretch of the river, but they are easily avoided.

There's a small "town" about half way up the canyon between Loveland and Estes called Drake. I would concentrate your efforts on the stretches of water from Drake upstream to Estes.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 4/23/2019 9:38:00 PM     Points: 29307    
Massive amount of access all through the national park (pay to get in, and pay attention to specific regs in the park) all the way down through town to the lake. Including right in downtown and along the golf course. Also, below the lake to the bridge. The easier the access, the more pressure it gets.

Down the canyon from the bridge is hit and miss public/private. Not all clearly marked. But plenty of holes with some parking.

Just know, you’re fishing in a tourist trap... in peak season. You won’t ever be alone.