Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes:

The Big T is fishing great right now.  The flow coming into the lake is 120 currently and 260 out of Lake Estes. Due to work on the tunnel the flows are varying quite a bit from day to day.  Red Quill, Caddis, Yellow Sallies and Stoneflies hatches happen early and late down in the canyon.  Dry flys include Red Quills, Deer Hair Ant, Cutters Caddis and Paralizers. Nymph setups include Stoneflies, Green Ticket, Soft Hackle Sow Bug, or CDC Pheasant Tail all have been productive.

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Private Water Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch is fishing excellent.  The water is low and clear now. Mainly dry/dropper setups but small emergers are working well as well. And streamers up in the falls.


The River on Lower Sylvandale is running at a good flow. The Ponds are fishing good with nice sized Rainbows in the upper ponds and a lot of Bass in the lower ponds.

Colorado River:

The Colorado River has been fishing great. Pat’s Rubber legs, Blue Poison Tungs, Copper Ribbed RS2 and Blow Torch have been productive.

Big Thompson below Drake:

Flow is around 285 CFS. Dry flys include PMD’s, Caddis, Red Quill and Golden Stones. Use CDC Pheasant Tail or Pat’s Rubber Legs with a Grey Foam wing Rs2 or a Chocolate Emerger. Radiation Baetis, the Ticket in Green or Brown has been productive as well.

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Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes:

Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes have been fishing well. You can catch some nice fish if you fish the Power Plant outlet area as well as the inlet area. Fishing in the open water has been good as well. Evening hatches have made for some nice dry fly fishing after 5:00. Parachute Adams, Caddis and small Mayfly patterns work well.

Rocky Mountain National Park:

Rocky Mountain National Park is OPEN! Check with the Park for their new entry protocols but the fishing is great. All of the high mountain lakes are fishing great right now. Small terrestrials and worm patterns are very productive. The flows in Moraine Park and throughout the park are excellent. Dry fly action is at it’s best right now. Red Quills, Parachute Adams, Purple Haze, Yellow Sally patterns, Ants and Beetles have all been good, as well as many others.

Fly of the Week: #16 AK Red Quill