Fishing Report - Rivers and Lakes around Estes Park and RMNP

Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes

As of 05/14/2016, the warm weather is starting to bring more flow.  The Flow is running 100 CFS below Estes.  The fishing has been very good with nymphs and small midges. Micro Mayfly, Zebra Midges, Tan sow bug, Purple Jujubaetis and Copper Ribbed RS2. Lead with Micro May or Pheasant tail with Zebra Midge in the middle.  The inlet to Lake Estes is fishing good, with a flow of 130 CFS.

Private Water - Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch fishing good, Flow is good and fishing great.  Pat's Rubber legs and sow bugs are working well.       

Colorado River:

Flow is Moving up at 2030CFS and fishing very good.  The fishing is very good on Black Pat's Rubber Legs followed by a Rainbow Warrior or Purple .  Streamers have been effective on the bigger Browns.  The River access is good now through the summer.

Big Thompson below Drake: 

The fish have spread out all the way down the canyon with some good fishing below Drake at old Idylwilde dam area.  Fish kill on the North Fork has affected the population below Drake.

Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes: 

The fishing has been surprisingly good with Powerbait and worms on both Lake Estes and Mary's Lake.  You can get a few on dry flies on Mary's Lake in the afternoon.


Rocky Mountain National Park:

Morraine Park and the upper Big Thompson River are fishing great on Pink San Juan worm and small Copper Ribbed RS2 or Zebra Midge.  Lower sections of Glacier Creek are fishing Very good.  Purple San Juan worms and small pheasant tails are the main flies to use.     

Fly of the Week:    #18 Black Zebra Midge

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