Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes:

The Big T is fishing well just below the dam in the tail waters.  The River is free of ice the top 2 1/2 miles.  The flow is, into Lake Estes 25 CFS and out of Lake Estes the flow is 25 CFS.  Dry Fly action will be small (24) Parachute Adams and small Sparkle Winged RS2′s, Nymph setups use  Blue Poison Tung, Sow Bug, Copper Ribbed RS2, or Gray RS2.  Midges of choice are Ken and Barbies or red Jujubee.

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Private Water Waterdale Ranch:

Waterdale Ranch is mostly frozen right now.


The River on Lower Sylvandale is running at 5 CFS and mostly frozen. The Ponds are fishing good with nice sized Rainbows in the upper ponds and a lot of Bass in the lower pond. We are now ice fishing the Ponds.

Colorado River:

The Colorado River is mostly iced over. Flow is 200 CFS

Big Thompson below drake:

Flow is 20 CFS with some ice. Some open water here and there. Use Blue poison tung or red two bit hooker with Grey foamwing Rs2.

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Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes:

Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes have open water with flow coming from Adams tunnel. You can catch some nice fish if you fish the Power Plant outlet area. Fishing is OK in the open water.

Rocky Mountain National Park:

High Mountain lakes are all frozen. The Big T in Moraine is mostly iced over fishing is slow. Glacier Creek is iced over.

Fly of the Week: #22 Grey Foamwing Rs2