I hope you are all staying safe and getting out on the water during this beautiful spring.  The fishing up here is great right now. Our shop is temporarily closed due to the Stay at Home order for the state. If you are in need of any flies etc. during this time give us a call or email the shop. We can get it shipped out to you or you can come by and pick it up at the back door. We are also still doing trips. We take every precaution to maintain proper social distancing on our guided trips. Take care and we look forward to seeing you all in the near future.

Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes:

The Big T is fishing great right now.  The River is free of ice.  The flow is into Lake Estes 39 CFS and out of Lake Estes the flow is 33 CFS.  Dry Fly action will be small (24) Parachute Adams and small Sparkle Winged RS2′s, Nymph setups use  Radiation Baetis, Blue Poison Tung, Sow Bug, Copper Ribbed RS2, or Gray RS2.  Midges of choice are Ken and Barbies, Mole fly and red Jujubee.

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Private Water Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch is ice free and fishing great.


The River on Lower Sylvandale is running at 25 CFS and ice free. 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 is mostly ice free and starting to fish well. Flow is 300 CFS

Big Thompson below Drake:

Flow is 35 CFS with some ice. River below Drake is open. Use Blue poison tung or red two bit hooker with Grey foam wing Rs2. Radiation Baetis has been productive as well.

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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:

Rocky Mountain National Park is closed for the time being. I am sure there is quite a bit of open water and will be good fishing once we all get a chance to get in there this spring.

Fly of the Week: #22 Chocolate Emerger