Fishing Report - Rivers and Lakes around Estes Park and RMNP

Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes

As of 10/11/2016, the flow is 36 CFS above Lake Estes.  The flow is running 48 CFS below Estes.  Dry Fly action is still good on warm days the lower Big T.  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 is fishing good.

Private Water - Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch fishing great, Flow is 25 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 975 CFS and fishing very good.  Still some Red Quills and BWOs on the surface.  Still doing several trips with Trail Ridge Road back open. 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 51 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 got a fresh planting of 10 inch catchables last month.  You can get a few on dry flies on Mary's Lake in the afternoon.


Rocky Mountain National Park:

Moraine Park, Flow of 15 CFS, and the upper Big Thompson River are still fishing good on Dries, probably only a week or so left of good dry fly action before a good frost.  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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