Fishing Report - Rivers and Lakes around Estes Park and RMNP

Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes

As of 10/19/2015, the summer weather continues and the fishing continues to be very good. The Flow is running 55 CFS going into Lake Estes, 35 CFS below Estes and 45 CFS at the mouth of the Canyon, and 40 CFS at Waterdale.  There have been very good nymph fishing in the mornings on Micro Mayflies, Blue Poison Tungs, and  RS2 Dun.  Afternoons you will do well with Jake’s Trigger Belly on the top with a Red 2 bit hooker as a dropper.  The inlet to Lake Estes fishing is fishing great for rainbows and an occasional nice Brown Trout, use sow bugs and pheasant tails.


Private Water - Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch has been fishing Great with the Flow at 40 CFS.  Gray Ray's and Red Two Bit Hooker work well.

Colorado River:

Flow is running 1050 CFS and fishing very good.  Pat's Rubber Legs followed by a Rainbow Warrior and Black Death have produced very well.  Still some action on the surface with a Hopper or BWO in the back eddies.

Big Thompson below Drake: 

The fish have spread out all the way down the canyon with some good fishing below Drake. Flow at Cedar Cove 45 CFS.

Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes: 

Lake Estes is still fishing good with night crawlers off the bottom.  Powerbait also taking a lot of fish at the Power Plant inlet.  Mary’s Lake is fishing well with a Parachute Adams for small rainbows.  Pheasant tail and egg fly working well at both lakes for fly fishermen.
Rocky Mountain National Park:

Moraine Park is fishing Good on Parachute Adams, Deer Hair Ant or Hoppers trailed with a Copper beaded MicroMay.  Flow in Moraine is 10 CFS with big daily temperature swings from 40's in the morning to near 60 by late PM.   Glacier Creek is fishing great in the pocket water, use Deer Hair Ant and in the evening try Tan Elk Hair Caddis or Parachute Adams.   The high Mountain Lakes are fishing good by late morning, be sure have a Loco Beetle and Deer Hair Ant!

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