Fishing Report - Rivers and Lakes around Estes Park and RMNP

Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes

As of 11/16/2016, the Flow is 21 CFS above Lake Estes.  The Flow is running 24 CFS below Estes.  We are still getting warm days in mid November with some cool (25 degree) nights.  It will change come Thursday and Friday.  Dry fly action is best with Chubby Chernobyl or Fat Albert. Dry Dropper with Jakes Trigger Belly or Chubby Chernobyl on top with Blue Poison Tung as a dropper.  The fishing has been very good with nymphs and small midges. Micro Mayfly, Zebra Midges, Tan sow bug, RS-2 in Black and sparkle wing RS2. Lead with Tarnished Bead Micro May or Pheasant tail with Blue Poison Tung in the middle.  The inlet to Lake Estes has been affected by the low lake level.

Private Water - Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch fishing great, Flow is 15 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.       

Colorado River:

Flow is  at 545 CFS and fishing very good.  Most activity is below the surface on nymphs.  The fishing is very good on  brown and coffee 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 24 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.  Lake Estes is being lowered for dam maintenance, access to water can be a little muddy.  Both lakes got a fresh planting of fish on the 18th of October. You can get a few on dry flies on Mary's Lake in the afternoon.

 

Rocky Mountain National Park:

Moraine Park, Flow of 6 CFS, and the upper Big Thompson River are still fishing good on Dries, warm nights have kept the water temperature up so the dries will work in the afternoon.  Just about any good dry drift with a Parachute Adams, Yellow Sallie 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 good on dry flies.  The North St Vrain in Wild Basin is also good with the above dry flies.

Some of the higher lakes have been freezing over and then thaw out with a warm spell.     


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