Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes:

The Big T is still fishing great right now through out the canyon.  The water level has been a consistant 125 for over the last few week now. The flow coming into the lake is 135 currently and 125 out of Lake Estes. Dry flys include Paralizer, Elk Hair Caddis, PMD and Deer Hair Ant. Nymph setups include Micro Mayfly, Blue Poison Tungs, Pheasant Tails, Hares Ear, Radiation Baetis and Caddis patterns all have been productive.

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Private Water Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch has high flow. Fishing has been consistent throughout the property.  Many fish have spread down to the lower section.


The river on Lower Sylvandale has come down and is fishing well. The Ponds are fishing well in both the bass and trout ponds.

Colorado River:

The Colorado River is fishing good. They have increased flows for the section below Kremmling. Which has helped the temperature. Rainbow Warrior, Blue Poison Tungs, Hares Ear, Copper Ribbed RS2 and Pats Rubber Legs are all good options. Streamers are a great option as well.

Big Thompson below Drake:

Below Drake has been off color on days that it has rained. Flow is around 190 CFS.  Dry flys include larger Elk Hair Caddis,Red Quill, PMD’s and stimulator patterns. Nymphs include Micro Mayflies, Copper Sawyers, Rainbow Warrior, Pats Rubber Legs, Caddis 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 consistent as of late. The inlet to Lake Estes has plenty of fish that have 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 are now ice free. The flows in Moraine Park are currently 68 cfs.  Lots of bugs starting to come off throughout the day. Red Quill, Gray Drakes, PMD’s and Caddis being some of the more prolific. Ants are always a good choice in the park as well. Mighty Mites, CDC Pheasant Tails have been good droppers.

Fly of the Week: #18 Micro Mayfly