Fishing Report

Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes:

The Flow is 22 CFS above Lake Estes.  Updated 1/9/2017. The Flow holding steady winter flow of 24 CFS below Estes.  Crazy weather week from 15 inches snow on Wednesday, 31 below on Thursday to 40′s and rain on Monday.  First couple of miles of tailwater are open, more ice down river 3 to 4 miles.  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 Jujubee 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.

Colorado River:

Flow moved up to 585 CFS and fishing has slowed considerably as most areas are iced over.

Big Thompson below drake:

Mostly iced over 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. Both Mary's and Lake Estes are back to full after Dam maintenance.  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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