Estes Park & Big Thompson River Fishing Report

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Our Estes Park fishing report gives you the most up-to-date fishing information on the local area and Big Thompson River. Check in here before going fly fishing in Estes Park so that you know where to go, what to use, and how to make the most of your time on the water.

Big Thompson Below the Dam:

The Big Thompson is still fishing well. There is about 4 miles of water open below the dam, with other water here and there further down the canyon. The current flow below the dam is 12 cfs. Fishing has been steady in the upper canyon. BWO and midge hatches are becoming more common again.

Hot Flies: For dry flies - Mole Flys and BWO patterns. Nymph setups include Soft Hackle Sow Bugs, Juju Baetis, Radiation Baetis, Blue Poison Tungs, Foam Wing Rs2s and Cream LED midges have all been productive.

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Private Water Waterdale Ranch:

Flows are still very low but there is more and more fishable water. The fish are in the waterfall and down in the lower part of the property in some of the deeper runs now that the flows have been dropped.

Hot Flies: Foam Wing Rs2s, CDC Pheasant Tails, Sow Bugs, Mole Flies, Taboo Caddis, Blue Poison Tungs and Baetis have all been effective.

Colorado River:

The Colorado River has a lot of ice now. The fish are active through the midday time period. The colder weather has the flows dropping even further. There is some open water here and there.

Hot Flies: Mole Fly, Sow Bugs, Blow Torch, Blue Poison Tungs, Copper Ribbed Rs2 and Juju Baetis are all good options as well as streamer patterns.

Big Thompson below Drake:

Below Drake is starting to open up there are many sections that are fishable, especially on the warmer days.

Hot Flies: Small Parachute Adams, BWO, Mole Fly, Bling Midge, Blue LED Midge, Copper Ribbed Rs2 and Hares Ears all being good choices.

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Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes:

Mary's Lake water has been brought back to normal levels and is fishing decent. There are some fish up in the inlet of Lake Estes. The flow coming into Lake Estes is 10 cfs. Lake Estes itself is mostly frozen. Stuck in Shuck Midges, sow bugs, pink worm patterns, and Rs2s will work well.

Rocky Mountain National Park:

The flows in Rocky Mountain National Park are down to a trickle in Moraine and Horseshoe Park. The high mountain lakes are iced up now. Moraine Park, Fall River, N St Vrain and Glacier Creek are all mostly iced up as well. Very little water is fishable at this point.

Hot Flies:  Small Parachute Adams, Rs2 patterns and Mole flies are options but so are San Juan Worms and Egg patterns.

Fly of the Week: #24 Chocolate Foamwing Rs2


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