Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes:

The Big T is still fishing good right now through out the canyon.  The water level is starting to come back down. The flow coming into the lake is 730 currently and 150 out of Lake Estes. Dry flys include Parachute Adams and Blue Wing Olives. Nymph setups include Rainbow Warrior, Pats Rubber Legs, Pheasant Tails, Perdigons, Tung Micro Mayfly, Radiation Baetis and Caddis all have been productive.

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Private Water Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch has high flow. Fishing has been consistent throughout the property.  The upper part near the falls has been lights out fishing.


The river on Lower Sylvandale is high like every where else right now. The Ponds are fishing well in both the bass and trout ponds.

Colorado River:

The Colorado River is fishing well. Salmon Fly Hatch is still happening currently and the flows are still very low in the section below Kremmling.  Rainbow Warrior, Blue Poison Tungs, Copper Ribbed RS2 and Pats Rubber Legs are all good option as well as Salmon Fly patterns. Streamers are a great option as well.

Big Thompson below Drake:

Flow is around 250 CFS. Stick with Nymphs and streamers for the most part right now.  Dry flys include larger caddis and stimulator patterns. Nymphs include Copper Sawyers, Rainbow Warrior, Pats Rubber Legs, Egg patterns and Soft Hackle Sow Bugs.

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Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes:

Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes fishing well. Lake Estes has plenty of fish and has been consistant as of late. The inlet to Lake Estes has plenty of fish starting to come up out of the lake into the Golf Course.

Rocky Mountain National Park:

It is early spring conditions in Rocky Mountain National Park. Most of the high mountain lakes have ice on them still but there are several that are at least partially open. The flows in Moraine Park are currently 475 cfs. Water throughout the park is starting to get high and fishing well at the lower elevations.

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