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.  Lot of rain and cool again this week will cause erratic flows and water color.  The Flow is running 320 CFS going into Lake Estes, 125 CFS below Estes and 600+ CFS at the mouth of the Canyon.  A Moel Fly have been very effective as a dry fly.  Subsurface try Soft Hackle Pheasant tail followed by Blue Poison Tung, and Red Two Bit Hooker. Trail with a sparkle wing RS2, or Sow Bug.  The inlet to Lake Estes fishing has slowed down, fish with and oregon cheese egg fly and a beaded Prince Nymph.

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Private Water - Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch has been fishing Good even with the high flow.  Pat’s Rubber legs with blue poison tung or copper ribbed RS2, with Chubby Chernobyl on the surface. 


Colorado River:

Flow is running about 3400 CFS and slightly off color.  Pat’s Rubber Leg, Soft Hackle  Bead Head Pheasant tail and Micro May were the best producers.

Big Thompson below Drake: 

High flow below Drake from the North Fork flow, fishing is still real slow. Flow at Cedar Cove 600 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 pink San Juan worm trailed with a Mighty Mite Tan.  Flow in Moraine 105 CFS.  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 Pink San Juan worm and Quasimodo Pheasant Tail in size 20.

Fly of the Week:  Parachute Adams #22

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