Fishing Report - Rivers and Lakes around Estes Park and RMNP

Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes

As of New Year's the flow above Lake Estes 25 CFS and starting to ice up. You can fish the Big T from Estes down past Sleepy Hollow, even with the Canyon closed to construction.  Access from Estes Park.  Native flow has returned to the Big Thompson below Estes and is now 27 CFS.  Use Blue Poison Tung followed by Sparkle Wing RS2 or Copper Ribbed RS2.

Private Water - Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch is still open water & flow at 30 CFS.  Lower valley is frozen.  Olive Micro Mayfly and tan sow bugs or Chubby with an RS2.       

Colorado River:

Too much ice to float safely.

Big Thompson below Drake: 

The highway is closed until spring  to Loveland. Flow is 80 CFS with fair fishing.

Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes: 

Mary's Lake is open and fishing ok.  Lake Estes is open near power plant inlet and fishing good with lures, flys, and baits.


Rocky Mountain National Park:

The higher lakes are iced over.  Mostly iced over Upper Big T and Glacier Creek.

Fly of the Week:       #24 Gray RS2.

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