Estes Angler’s FISHING REPORT

Fly fishing reports are updated weekly

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Updated 5/29/2019. The flows on the Big Thompson below Lake Estes have been fluctuating between 150 and 200 CFS. We have been catching fish on purple San Juan worms, tan Sow Bugs, prince nymphs, copper ribbed RS2s, grey sparkle wing RS2s and various caddis patterns. Don’t be afraid to throw a streamer also.

Updated 5/29/2019. The flows of the Big Thompson through the park have been changing based on the weather. The warmer days will cause snow melt and water levels to rise. On colder days, the flows will be lower. Small dries, such as a Griffith’s Gnat or a Parachute Adams, work in foam pockets. Try the Electric Caddis, San Juan Worm, and Copper John for sub surface options. This is a great time of year to be swinging a streamer under a cut-bank.

Updated 6/4/2019. As with the most of the RMNP streams, flows are dependent on weather. On warm days when the river is flowing higher, try fishing the edges with a Bead Head Pheasant Tail (size 16-18), a purple San Juan Worm, or a Copper John (size 16-18). Terrestrial patterns such as a Deer Hair Ant (size 14) and Black/Tan Chubby Chernobyls (size 14-16) have also been working. If you come across a deeper hole, throw an Olive Wooly Bugger (size 10).

Updated 5/29/2019. 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.

Updated 6/4/2019. Fish the edges and slower pockets! Try a Bead Head Pheasant Tail (size 16-18), a purple San Juan Worm, or a Copper John (size 16-18). Terrestrial patterns such as a Deer Hair Ant (size 14) and Black/Tan Chubby Chernobyls (size 14-16) have also been working. If you come across a deeper hole, throw an Olive Wooly Bugger (size 10).

Updated 6/4/2019. The Alluvial Fan is fishing well. Use 5x Tippet and fish a double nymph rig with a San Juan as your point fly and a Blue Poison Tung (size 18) as your trailer.

Updated 5/29/2019. The high mountain lakes are starting to melt which makes for some great fishing. Only a few of the lower elevation lakes have melted enough to fish. This can change rapidly depending on the weather. A warm spell will kick the ice from the edges. Fish a nymph rig with a black Zebra Midge, Prince Nymph or a Quasimodo Pheasant Tail. Its always a good idea to have some small dries, such as a Griffith’s gnat or a Parachute Adams, and some terrestrial patterns, such as a Chubby Chernobyl or an ant pattern in case you find the fish looking up.

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