Fishing Report - Rivers and Lakes around Estes Park and RMNP
Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes:
As of 08/01/2016, the Flow is 100 CFS above Lake Estes. The Flow is running 105 CFS below Estes. Dry Fly action is really good on the lower Big T. Dry fly action is best with Parachute Adams and Cutters Caddis. Dry Dropper with Chubby Chernobyl on top with Rainbow Warrior down.The fishing has been very good with nymphs and small midges. Micro Mayfly, Zebra Midges, Tan sow bug, RS-2 in Black and Copper Ribbed RS2. Lead with Red Two Bit Hooker or Pheasant tail with Blue Poison Tung in the middle. The inlet to Lake Estes is fishing fair.
Private Water - Waterdale Ranch:
Waterdale Ranch fishing great, Flow is 160 CFS and fishing great. Pat's Rubber legs and tan sow bugs are working well. Fat Albert followed by a Zirdle Bug is working good.
Flow is at 950 CFS and fishing very good. Some good Hopper action and Green Drakes on the surface. The fishing is very good on Black Pat's Rubber Legs followed by a Rainbow Warrior. Streamers have been effective on the bigger Browns.
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. Flow below Drake is 150 CFS.
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:
Moraine Park, Flow of 45 CFS, and the upper Big Thompson River are fishing great on Dries. Just about any good dry drift with a Amy's Ant, Parachute Adams or Deer hair Ant will catch you some nice browns and brooks. Dry Dropper is also very effective dropping Pink and Purple San Juan worm and small black Copper Johns or small Pheasant tail. Glacier Creek are fishing Very good, best with a good dry fly.
Fern, Dream, The Loch, Mills, Thunder, and Lawn are all open and fishing great! Backpack trip to Haynach landed a 21 inch Colorado River Cutthroat and many many more Cuts.
Fly of the Week: #14 Amy's Ant
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