Fishing Report - Rivers and Lakes around Estes Park and RMNP

Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes

The River is fishing good, the flow is steady out of the dam for now. The runoff is well past the peak.  The Flow is running 222 CFS going into Lake Estes, 125 CFS below Estes and 220+ CFS at the mouth of the Canyon.  There have been nice PMD hatches on the Thompson.  Subsurface try Micro May followed by Rainbow Warrior. Trailed with a Tan Sow Bug.  The inlet to Lake Estes fishing is still fishing good, fish with and oregon cheese egg fly and a beaded Prince Nymph pr soft hackle pheasant tail.  Try the Evening Hatch trip for a couple hours of some good dry fly action!


Private Water - Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch has been fishing Good as the flow comes down.  Pat’s Rubber legs with blue poison tung or Gray Ray, with Yellow Stream Bank Hopper on the surface.

Colorado River:

Flow has come a lot at about 1540 CFS with good clarity.  Pat’s Rubber Leg, Stone Bomb and Micro Mayfly are the best producers.  PMD's and Hoppers on the surface.

Big Thompson below Drake: 

Fishing is still real slow. Flow at Cedar Cove 226 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 Very good on PMD, Deer Hair Ant or Yellow Sallie trailed with a Quasimodo Pheasant tail.  Flow in Moraine 99 CFS.  It is dry fly time in the Moraine. Glacier Creek is fishing great in the pocket water, use Deer Hair Ant and in the evening try Tan Elk Hair Caddis.   The high Mountain Lakes are fishing great, be sure have a Loco Beetle and Deer Hair Ant!  

Fly of the Week:   #16 Deer Hair Ant

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