Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes:

The Big T is still fishing great right now through out the canyon.  The canyon is mostly ice free. The warm weather has brought the water levels up. The flow coming into the lake is 65 currently and 60 out of Lake Estes. Dry flys include Mole Fly, small Parachute Adams and Blue Wing Olives. Nymph setups include Blue Poison Tung, Pheasant Tails, Perdigons, Egg Patterns, Radiation Baetis and Copper Ribbed Rs2 all have been productive.

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Private Water Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch is starting to thaw out. Water level is low but will most likely be coming up this week.


The River on Lower Sylvandale is low but coming up. The Ponds are completly open now.

Colorado River:

The Colorado River ice free for the most part and is fishing well. Blue Poison Tungs, Copper Ribbed RS2 and Mole Flies have had their moments. Streamers are a great option as well.

Big Thompson below Drake:

Flow is around 85 CFS and ice free. Dry flys include Mole Fly, small Parachute Adams and Blue Wing Olives. Nymphs include Blue Poison Tung, Radiation Baetis, Egg patterns and Soft Hackle Sow Bugs.

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Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes:

Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes are mostly open from ice. The inlet to Lake Estes has some open water in the Golf Course. They are running the power plant frequently. There is good fishing near the power plant right now.

Rocky Mountain National Park:

It is late fall in Rocky Mountain National Park. The high mountain lakes have ice on them. The flows in Moraine Park and throughout the park are low and there is ice through out the area.

Fly of the Week: #16 Perdigon