Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes:

The Big T is still fishing good right now in the upper canyon.  There is ice forming in the shady areas but open water is still plentiful.  The flow coming into the lake is 17 currently and 24 out of Lake Estes. Dry flys include Mole Fly, small Parachute Adams and Blue Wing Olives. Nymph setups include Mole Fly, Grey Sparkle Wing Rs2, Soft Hackle Sow Bug, Micro Mayfly and Copper Ribbed Rs2 all have been productive.

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Private Water Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch is mostly frozen for the season.


The River on Lower Sylvandale is mostly frozen. The Ponds are frozen as well

Colorado River:

The Colorado River has some open water here and there. Blue Poison Tungs, Copper Ribbed RS2 and Mole Flies have had their moments. Streamers can get you some action in the right sections.

Big Thompson below Drake:

Flow is around 26 CFS there is ice in many sections but some open water is available on warmer days. Dry flys include Mole Fly, small Parachute Adams and Blue Wing Olives. Small RS2, Juju baetis and Soft Hackle Sow Bugs.

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Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes:

Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes have been fishing decent. There is thin ice starting to form on the cold nights. You can catch some nice fish if you fish the inlet area. Small Sow Bugs, Copper Ribbed Rs2 and Midges have all been productive.

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: #22 Mole Fly