Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes:

The Big T is fishing great right now.  The flow coming into the lake is 39 currently and 63 out of Lake Estes. Dry flys include Gold Chubby, Mole Fly, small Parachute Adams and Blue Wing Olives. Nymph setups include Pheasant Tails, Grey Sparkle Wing Rs2, Soft Hackle Sow Bug, Juju Baetis in Red or Natural and Copper Ribbed Rs2 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, Radiation Baetis and Blow Torch have been productive. Dry fly action has been great in the back eddys.

Big Thompson below Drake:

Flow is around 85 CFS. Dry flys include Mole Fly, small Parachute Adams and Blue Wing Olives. Small RS2, Juju baetis and Soft Hackle Sow Bugs. Now that the water is down lighter presentations have been the best.

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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. Parachute Adams, Caddis and small Mayfly patterns work well.

Rocky Mountain National Park:

It is fall in Rocky Mountain National Park. Fish are getting ready for winter and are feeding hard. All of the high mountain lakes are fishing well right now. The flows in Moraine Park and throughout the park are at usual skinny fall levels. Dry fly action is good midday once the water warms up a bit, stick to nymphs in the early part of the day. Blue Wing Olive, Parachute Adams, and Midge patterns have all been good. Droppers include Red Double Downs and Red Two Bit Hookers.

Fly of the Week: #20 Trailing Shuck Midge