Fishing Report

Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes:

The Big T is fishing good all the way to Loveland!  The flow has settled in to Winter flows, in to Lake Estes is 30 CFS and out of Lake Estes the flow is 30 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:

Several recent trips have produced some really nice rainbows and browns.  Hoppers are becoming very effective in the afternoons.    Sub Surface use Pat's Rubber Legs in brown and tan.  Trail with RS2 or Rainbow Warrior.  The flow is running at 530 CFS.

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 65 CFS, Use Blue poison tung or red two bit hooker under a Grass Hopper. 

Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes:

Mary's Lake is fishing Good.  For lures, use Silver Panther Martin, Blue Fox, or Copper Kastmaster.   Lake Estes is fishing very well near power plant inlet and the Big Thompson River inlet good with lures, flies and bait. The best bait is a piece of night crawler on a small hook bounced off the bottom.

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.

Fly of the Week: #20 Mole Fly

                                                         Catch of the Week 

Chris Watt on the Colorado

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