yah a cp is fine. use no less than a #1 hook, need a good piece of those fish to be able to control them. Those fish aren't picky but i like roe or roe imitations. gooey bobs, blades, wool. The usual and because the river is so big most fish haven't seen 50 presentations, mabey 1 or 2
Tips- LOL ;D
-be careful of the large rocks and under water ledges. dont let the fish wrap themselves up.
- bottom bouncing is ok in super deep pools or runs. (ur not flossing fish in clear water with 2 foot leader in 15-20foot deep pools)
-because most runs are deep experiment with foat depths and see where the fish are holding.
-with jacks u pretty much are gaurenteed if u use roe imitations, they're just plain stupid.
-expect light bites on super sunny days, but a good tug is usually the norm.
-cleated wading boots are recomended because the thompson is notorious for slippery rocks.
-dont stick around in the same pool all day (except if the fish are there!)
-In most pools or runs there are distinct troughs, find the deep spots and u'll find the fish
BIG FISH LIKE BIG WATER! the thompson has big springs and trout, not just monster steelies.