Here at Kirks Fly Shop in Estes Park, we understand that many of you are itching to get out and enjoy everything that Estes Park has to offer, particularly the fishing. This is why we have made change…Read More
Big Thompson River Below Lake Estes:
The Big T is fishing very well right now. The flow is into Lake Estes has been around 486 CFS this week and out of Lake Estes the flow is currently 379 CFS. Nymph setups are the best right now with the higher water. Pink Squiggle Worms, Green Ticket, Sow Bug, Perdigon, or CDC Pheasant Tail all have been productive. Mix those with Radiation Baetis and Blue Poison Tung.
Private Water Waterdale Ranch:
Waterdale Ranch is fishing great. We have done many trips down there over the last few weeks and it is getting better and better as the water comes up.
The River on Lower Sylvandale is running at 270 CFS. The Ponds are fishing good with nice sized Rainbows in the upper ponds and a lot of Bass in the lower ponds.
The Colorado River has been fishing great during the spring flows. Pat’s Rubber legs, Blue Poison Tungs and Blow Torch have been productive. Flow is 2750 CFS
Big Thompson below Drake:
Flow is 455 CFS. River below Drake is open. Use CDC Pheasant Tail, Blow Torch or Pat’s Rubber Legs with a Grey Foam wing Rs2 or a Chocolate Emerger. Purple Poison Tung, Ticket in Green or Brown has been productive as well.
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. Fishing in the open water has been good as well. Egg patterns, Hares Ear and Squiggle Worms at the inlet have been productive. The Sucker spawn is on so yellow to chartreuse egg patterns are good.
Rocky Mountain National Park:
Rocky Mountain National Park is OPEN! Check with the Park for their new entry protocols but the fishing is very good. Several of the high mountain lakes are ice off and ready for fishing. Fern, Dream, Spruce, the Loch and others are fully iced off. Small terrestrials and worm patterns were very productive in the first days of fishing up there. The flows in Moraine Park are getting high so look for soft water on the edges.
Fly of the Week: #16 Pink Harvey’s Worm