Fishing Report - Rivers and Lakes around Estes Park and RMNP
Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes:
As of 07/11/2016, the runoff has peaked and is starting to taper down, 324 CFS above Lake Estes. The Flow is running 190 CFS below Estes. The fishing has been very good with nymphs and small midges. Micro Mayfly, Zebra Midges, Tan sow bug, Pink San Juan worms and Copper Ribbed RS2. Lead with Red Two Bit Hooker or Pheasant tail with Blue Poison Tung in the middle. Dry fly action is best with Parachute Adams and Cutters Caddis. Dry Dropper with Chubby Chernobyl on top with Rainbow Warrior down. The inlet to Lake Estes is fishing good.
Private Water - Waterdale Ranch:
Waterdale Ranch fishing good, Flow is 200 CFS and fishing great. Pat's Rubber legs and tan sow bugs are working well. Fat Albert followed by a Zirdle Bug is working good.
Flow is at 1600 CFS and fishing very good. The Salmon Fly Hatch is in full swing. The fishing is very good on Black Pat's Rubber Legs followed by a Rainbow Warrior or Purple San Juan Worm. Streamers have been effective on the bigger Browns. The River access is good now through the summer.
Big Thompson below Drake:
The fish have spread out all the way down the canyon with some good fishing below Drake at old Idylwilde dam area. Flow below Drake is 200 CFS.
Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes:
The fishing has been surprisingly good with Powerbait and worms on both Lake Estes and Mary's Lake. You can get a few on dry flies on Mary's Lake in the afternoon.
Rocky Mountain National Park:
Moraine Park, Flow of 94 CFS, and the upper Big Thompson River are fishing great on Pink and Purple San Juan worm and small black Copper Johns or small Pheasant tail. Lower sections of Glacier Creek are fishing Very good. Purple San Juan worms and small pheasant tails are the main flies to use.
Fern, Dream, The Loch, Mills, Thunder, and Lawn are all open and fishing great! Loomis is open and catching big Greenbacks on Pink Worms. Lost is open and fishing very well.
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