Fishing Report

Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes:

The Big T is fishing well just below the dam in the tail waters.  The River is completely free of ice all the way to Loveland.  The flow has increased, into Lake Estes is 20 CFS and out of Lake Estes the flow is 25 CFS.  Dry Fly action will be small (24) Parachute Adams and small Sparkle Winged RS2′s, Nymph setups use  Blue Poison Tung, Sow Bug, Copper Ribbed RS2, or Gray RS2.  Midges of choice are Ken and Barbies or red Jujubee.

Private Water Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch is running 40 CFS and fishing is picking up.  Recent trips by Jerry has yielded some really nice rainbows, see pics below.


The River on Lower Sylvandale is running at 40 CFS and fishing very good.  The Ponds are fishing good with nice sized Rainbows in the upper ponds and a lot of Bass in the lower pond.  We are now ice fishing the Ponds.

Colorado River:

The Colorado River is ice free and is now fishing great.

Big Thompson below drake:

The road to Loveland is open for good!  The fishing is difficult with the ice formed in most of the Canyon.  Flow is 40 CFS, Use Blue poison tung or red two bit hooker. 

Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes:

Mary's Lake and Lake Estes have open water with flow coming from Adams tunnel.  You can catch some nice fish if you fish the Power Plant outlet area.  Fishing is OK in the open water.

Rocky Mountain National Park:

High Mountain lakes are all frozen.  The Big T in Moraine is open, fishing is slow.  Glacier Creek is open on the lower sections and fishing OK

Fly of the Week: #24 Trailing Shuck Midge         

Catch of the Week 

Fabulous Waterfall Rainbow

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