Fishing Report - Rivers and Lakes around Estes Park and RMNP

Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes

As of 07/31/2017, The Flow above Lake Estes has steadily declined to 225 CFS. Northern Colorado Water Conservation District (NCWCD) has shutoff Olympus Tunnel flow until November to make repairs.  This means all flow coming from Adams tunnel (325 CFS) will add to the flow above Lake Estes to make the flow below Lake Estes (600 CFS). The fishing has been  great with nymphs and small midges, afternoons we are seeing good mayfly dries, and evenings some good caddis hatches. Micro Mayfly, Zebra Midges, Tan sow bug, RS-2 in Black and sparkle wing RS2. Dries that work are Red Quill, Mahogany, and Parachute Adams.  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.   The inlet to Lake Estes is fishing good all along the Golf Course using Pink San Juan Worm and Ray Charles.

Private Water - Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch is fishing great and flowing at 250 CFS.  Pat's Rubber legs and tan sow bugs or Fat Albert followed by a Zirdle Bug.       

Colorado River:

Flow has declined at 1150 CFS.  We had several trips last week with great success.  The fishing is very good with Pat's Rubber legs and stonefly nymphs, grey and sparkle wing RS-2's. 

Big Thompson below Drake: 

The highway is opened for the summer  to Loveland. Flow is 650 CFS with fair fishing.

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 2 fresh planting of fish from the Parks and Wildlife the two weeks ago. A few big fish can be found among the many small rainbows in Mary's Lake.  There are plenty of new fish that are anxious for bait. You can get a few on dry flies on Mary's Lake in the afternoon.


Rocky Mountain National Park:

Upper Big T in the Moraine is running at 91 cfs and and it is fishiing very good on Pink San Juan worms, Parachute Adams, Deer Hair Ants, and PMD's.  Lower Glacier Creek is fishing good, use Parachute Adams and small pheasant tail. Sprague Lake is fishing good on dries and lures.  All lakes are open, Fern, Spruce, Loomis, Dream, Mills, and The Loch are fishing great.  The higher lakes are all open and fishing great.  Thunder and Lost have reports of nice catches.

Fly of the Week:       #16 Yellow Sallie.

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