Fishing Report - Rivers and Lakes around Estes Park and RMNP

Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes

The River is fishing great, a little off color from the runoff.  The Flow is running 50 CFS below Estes and 150 CFS at the mouth of the Canyon.  The mole fly is still the dry fly of choice, the trailing shuck midge and small Parachute Adams have been very effective.  Subsurface try Tungsten Micro Mayfly, and Soft Hackle Pheasant tail followed by Blue Poison Tung, Rainbow Warrior, and Red Two Bit Hooker. Trail with a Copper Ribbed RS2, RS2 Dun or Sow Bug.  The inlet to Lake Estes has been good with Micro Mayfly followed by a zebra midge or an orange egg fly.

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Private Water - Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch has been fishing Excellent with Gray Ray’s Sow Bug or Chocolate RS2, with Chubby Chernobyl on the surface. 


Colorado River:

Flow is running about 875 CFS and slightly off color.  Ran a couple of floats last week and the fishing was good.  Pat’s Rubber Leg, Soft Hackle Bead Head Pheasant tail and Micro May were the best producers.

Big Thompson below Drake: 

Open water all the way down the Canyon.

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 great on pink san juan worm trailed with copper beaded Mighty Mite.  A little dry fly action on small parachute Adams.  Glacier Creek is very good on the lower sections with a on a small Parachute Adams. Subsurface action has been good on Quasimodo Pheasant Tail and Mighty Mite Tan in size 20. 

Fly of the Week:  Parachute Adams #22

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