Fishing Report - Rivers and Lakes around Estes Park and RMNP
Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes:
As of 02/21/2017, The flow is 22 CFS above Lake Estes. The flow below Lake Estes holding slightly above normal at 25 CFS. Warm weather the past 2 week has opened up the Big T all the way down to Drake. 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 Ken and Barbie or Famous Amos on the bottom. The inlet to Lake Estes has a few places along the golf course with open water.
Private Water - Waterdale Ranch:
Waterdale Ranch has slowed with most of the Big T flow now diverted, Flow is 15 CFS. Pat's Rubber legs and tan sow bugs or Fat Albert followed by a Zirdle Bug.
Flow moved up to 530 CFS and starting to ice off, should be fishing soon.
Big Thompson below Drake:
Mostly ice free and the highway is mostly closed for road construction.
Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes:
The fishing has been surprisingly good with Powerbait and worms on both Lake Estes and Mary's Lake. With water coming over from Grand Lake, both lakes are mostly ice free. Both lakes got a fresh planting of fish on the 18th of October. You can get a few on dry flies on Mary's Lake in the afternoon.
Rocky Mountain National Park:
Mostly iced over, a few open pockets will produce fish. High mountain lakes all iced in.
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