FISHING REPORTS

Fishing Reports 2018-06-15T09:18:16+00:00

Estes Angler’s FISHING REPORT

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Updated 6/15/2018 The flows on the Big Thompson below Lake Estes is right at 200 cfs, however has changed daily over the past two weeks. Fish in the Canyon are looking up as the caddis are coming off in numbers. A good option is a size 16 Elk Hair Caddis in black with an emerger dropper such as the Taboo Caddis, or Budding Caddis.

The Big Thompson through the park is flowing at 139 cfs through Moraine Park, and steadily dropping daily. This is well below the historical average for this time of year, and has the fish starting to look up. Ants, and smaller hopper patterns are producing a few fish, with nymphing producing more numbers. Drake nymphs in the size 12-14 range are starting to show in numbers and should starting hatching in a week or two. A tandem nymph rig of a size 14 CDC Pheasant tail, trailed by a size 18 Red Two Bit Hooker has been one of the best producers.

The lower stretch from the park entrance to Wild Basin trailhead is still just a little bit high. Fish are holding in the small soft pockets along the banks and behind rocks.  A hopper dropper with Size 16 Chubby Chernobyl on top and Size 18-20 Quasimodo Pheasant tail dropper has been the key.  As water levels continue to drop look for fish to start keying on ants.  Deer hair, Amy’s Ant, and the Hi-Vis Ant are all great options.

The Fall River west of the Alluvial Fan is fishing well for brook trout. Size 14 Amy’s Ant, trailed with a size 18 Parachute Adams is a great tandem dry fly rig. Stealth and long cast are helpful for this area as the fish are bit spooky in this slower meandering section.

Fishing is very good on Glacier Creek.  Brookies on the lower section with Greenback Cutthroats up near Bear Lake.  The pocket water is fishing great, droping a Size 14 Deer Hair Ant, trailed with a size 18 Tan Elk Hair Caddis in every slow pocket is producing numbers of fish. Blue Poison Tung, Rainbow Warrior, and Yellow Micro Mayflies are the best sub surface producers.

The Roaring River is fishing best above the falls. You can find the fish holding in the seams close to the bank and in the small pockets behind the boulders. A size 16 Stimulator with a size 18 Yellow Micro Mayfly dropper is the best bet for this area.

The upper lakes above 10,000′ (Thunder, Lawn) have thawed are fishing well on smaller midge patterns. Fern Lake, Spruce, Mills, Dream, are open and fishing great.  Size 14 Flying Black Ant with size 18 Black Zebra Midge will catch the fish cruising along the bank.

For additional streamflows across Colorado, visit www.dwr.state.co.us/SurfaceWater/

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