Fishing Report


Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes:

The Big T is fishing great 52 CFS below the dam. Good dry fly action with Caddis and BWO’s and the bigger dries like Chubbies with dropper can be very productive.  Chubbies followed by Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail or Prince Nymph.  For Nymph setup use Radiation Baetis followed by  Sow Bug, Copper Ribbed RS2, or red double down .

Private Water Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch is running  15 CFS and fishing is great.  The Browns are in pre-spawn activity.


The River on Lower Sylvandale is running at 12 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.

Colorado River:

The Colorado River has retreated a lot from the peak.  Flow is 1050 CFS,  The fishing has been great with lots of nice rainbows and browns.  Still some real nice dry fly action.  The bald eagles have all hatched and flying about above heads.

Big Thompson below drake:

Very good fishing all the way to Loveland.  Flow is 54 CFS, Use Chubby and Flashback Pheasant tail or Double Down. 

Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes:

Mary's Lake and Lake Estes have been fishing very well.  More fish were put in on Lake Estes on the 18th of September.  You can catch some nice fish if you fish the Power Plant area.  Fishing is good in the open water and great from the boats.  Lots of fish just put in Estes and some in the 14-16 inch range!

Rocky Mountain National Park:

High Mountain lakes had the best year ever for both quantity and quality.  There were some really big Greenbacks caught in Husted and  Crystal.  Haynach had some outstanding Colorado River Cutts. Thunder, Lawn, and Hutchinson's all had good quantities.  Pear is making a come back after nearly 25 years. Still a few weeks left to get there this year, start planning your trips for next year in the high country.  Big T in Moraine is fish great on Deer Hair Ant and Yellow Sallies, flow is 15 CFS.

Fly of the Week: #18 Sparkle Wing RS2

Catch of the Week 

Larry Bickle with Monster

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