Fishing Report - Rivers and Lakes around Estes Park and RMNP

Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes

As of 05/13/2017, The flow is 300 CFS above Lake Estes.  The flow below Lake Estes is up to 87 CFS.  The flow will continue to increase as spring comes to the mountains.  The inlet to Estes Lake is fishing good all along the golf course.  You can access the River from Estes Park down 34 to one mile past Drake.  The construction closure is below Drake.  The fishing has been  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 or Red Two Bit Hooker in the middle and a form wing Gray RS2 Copper ribbed RS2 or tan sow bug in the 18 to 20 range. 

Private Water - Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch is fishing great now that the Big T flow is not diverted, Flow is 200 CFS.  Pat's Rubber legs and tan sow bugs or Fat Albert followed by a Zirdle Bug.       

Colorado River:

Flow moved down to 2090 CFS , fishing is very good.  

Big Thompson below Drake: 

The highway opens for the summer on Thurs. 5/25 at 4pm.

Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes: 

The fishing has been great with Powerbait, worms, and salmon eggs on both Lake Estes and Mary's Lake. Lake Estes got a fresh planting of fish that are hungry for bait. You can get a few on dry flies on Mary's Lake in the afternoon.


Rocky Mountain National Park:

Upper Big Thompson in the Moraine is running at 135 CFS and is fishing very good on Pink San Juan worms and Parachute Adams.  Lower Glacier Creek is fishing good - use Parachute Adams and small pheasant tail.  Sprague Lake is open, inlet & outlet on Fern is open and fishing well on Pink San Juan worms.  Mills and the Loch are open at the inlets.  Higher lakes are still iced up.

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