Fishing Report

Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes:

The Big T is fishing good all the way to Loveland but ice is forming in the Canyon about 3miles down from Estes.  The flow has settled in to Winter flows, into Lake Estes is 30 CFS and out of Lake Estes the flow is 32 CFS.  There no flow from Adams tunnel or into Olympus tunnel.  Dry Fly action will be Mole Fly and small BWO’s. Nymph setups use  Blue Poison Tung, Sow Bug, Copper Ribbed RS2, or Gray RS2.  Midges of choice are Ken and Barbies.

Private Water Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch is running 5 CFS and fishing is slow due to the low water.  All the Big T water is being diverted in the Home Supply Ditch.


The River on Lower Sylvandale is slow due to all the Big T Water being diverted.  The Ponds are fishing great with nice sized Rainbows in the upper ponds and a lot of Bass in the lower pond.  Soon will be able to ice fish the Ponds.

Colorado River:

The Colorado River is starting to ice up making it difficult to Float.

Big Thompson below drake:

The road to Loveland is open for good!  The fishing is great for some really nice trout in the River!  Flow is 35 CFS, Use Blue poison tung or red two bit hooker under a Grass Hopper.  Lower Canyon is still ice free.

Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes:

Mary's Lake and Lake Estes are icing over with no flow coming from Adams tunnel.  Lake Estes is very low due to maintenance work on the dam.  Fishing is OK in the open water.

Rocky Mountain National Park:

High Mountain lakes are all frozen.  Still some open water on Big T in Moraine and Glacier Creek always has a few sections open from springs flowing.

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