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 fishing great. The runoff has peaked and the water levels are coming down slowly. The flow is 658 cfs now. The weather has been warm and sunny the last several days and fishing has still been good. Caddis are hatching up and down the canyon as well as stoneflies.

Hot Flies: For dry flies - Stoneflies, Caddis, Ants and BWO patterns are most productive. Nymph setups include Soft Hackle Sow Bugs, Green Tickets, CDC Pheasant Tails, Juju Baetis, Radiation Baetis, Blue Poison Tungs, Pats Rubber Legs and Gray Sow Bugs have all been productive.

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Private Water Waterdale Ranch:

Flows here high and off color. Fishing has been good. The waterfall still holds large numbers of fish. But fishing on the lower part of the property has been very good as well.

Hot Flies: Pats Rubberlegs, Green Tickets, Thinmints, CDC Pheasant Tails, Sow Bugs, Mole Flies, Taboo Caddis, Blue Poison Tungs and Baetis have all been effective.


Colorado River:

The Colorado River is at runoff levels. Fish are active through the day. Early summer conditions can be a little tougher but fishing is still good. Think bigger bugs now with the higher flows

Hot Flies: Pats Rubber Legs, Bunny Leeches, Sow Bugs, Squirmy Worms, Blue Poison Tungs, Copper Ribbed Rs2 and Juju Baetis are all good options.


Big Thompson below Drake:

Below Drake slightly off color now. The current flow is around 770 cfs. Fishing has been good this week. Streamers and Sow bugs are doing good as are Pheasant Tails and Pats Rubber Legs.

Hot Flies: Sow bugs, small Parachute Adams, BWO, Blow Torch, Mole Fly, Bling Midge, Pats Rubberlegs, Thin mints, Copper Ribbed Rs2 and Hares Ears all being good choices.

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Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes:

Mary's Lake is fishing decent. Where the water comes into Lake Estes there are a lot of fish. The flow coming into Lake Estes is 780 cfs. Lake Estes itself is fishing well. Stuck in Pats Rubber Legs, sow bugs, pink worm patterns, Blow Torch and Rs2s will work well.


Rocky Mountain National Park:

The flows in Rocky Mountain National Park are starting drop some in Moraine and Horseshoe Park from their highs of last week. The high mountain lakes are starting to open up. Fern Lake and Spruce Lake are completely ice free. Moraine Park, Fall River, N St Vrain and Glacier Creek are still at runoff levels. There is good action throughout the day, just look for the soft water on the edges and use plenty of weight to get your flies in the feed zone.

Hot Flies:  Small Parachute Adams, Red Double Downs, Mighty Mights, Red Two Bit Hookers and Quasimodo Pheasant Tails are good options but so are San Juan Worms and Egg patterns.


Fly of the Week: #12 Pats Rubberlegs