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Where to Go Big Thompson below Lake Estes

The Big Thompson River below Lake Estes holds panfish sized rainbows, cutthroat trout, and brown trout. The rainbows and cutts are stocked, and the browns are naturally reproducing. The best time of the year to throw dry flies starts around June and lasts until October. Fishing is catch and release flies and lures only.

Directions - 144 Miles - 2 Hours 35 Minutes

  1. Head south on S 21st St toward US-24 W
  2. Follow I-25 N to CO-66 W/State Rte 66 W in Mead. Take exit 243 from I-25 N
  3. Continue on CO-66 W/State Rte 66 W. Take US-287 N and S Co Rd 29 to US-34 W in Drake