Estes Angler’s FISHING REPORT

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Updated 7/24/2019. The flows on the Big Thompson below Lake Estes have jumped up to around 400 CFS. Try fishing with a coffee colored Pat’s Rubber Legs (size 10), Radiation Baetis (size 16), blue Poison Tung (size 16) and RS2 emergers in grey (size 20) In those shallower, clearer pockets try fishing a dry dropper rig with a size 12 tan Chubby Chernobyl as the dry.

Updated 7/24/2019. The flows of the Big Thompson through the park have been dropping. Your best chance at catching a trophy brown in Moraine Park is fishing a nymph rig down in those undercut banks. Drop a Purple San Juan Worm, Iron Sally (size 18), Rainbow Warrior (size 16), or a black Zebra Midge (size 18). Above the meadow, the river is still moving pretty quickly. Fishing a dry dropper rig with a terrestrial pattern, like a Black/Tan Chubby Chernobyl (size 14), or yellow stimulator on the surface and a BD Pheasant tail (size 18) or a black Copper John (size 18) below.

Updated 7/24/2019. The St. Vrain in Wild Basin is still running pretty quickly. There are good fish to be caught there but the pockets are limited. If you try fishing this area use a Bead Head Pheasant Tail (size 16-18), a purple San Juan Worm, or a Copper John (size 16-18) subsurface. Terrestrial patterns such as a Deer Hair Ant (size 14) and Black/Tan Chubby Chernobyls (size 14-16) have also been working.

Updated 7/24/2019. 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 casts are helpful for this area as the fish are bit spooky in this slower meandering sections.

Updated 7/24/2019. Glacier is fishing very well. Try a Bead Head Pheasant Tail (size 16-18), a Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear (size 16), or a Sizzling Hot Squirrel (size 16-18). Terrestrial patterns such as a Deer Hair Ant (size 14) and Purple Chubby Chernobyls (size 14-16) have also been working. Try a dry dropper rig with these combinations.

Updated 7/24/2019. The Alluvial Fan is fishing very well. Above the falls, the water is still a little high, however, there are still plenty of fish to be caught. Fish a dry dropper rig with a yellow Stimulator (size 14), Purple Chubby Chernobyl (size 14) or a Deer Hair Ant (size 14) on the surface and either a Prince Nymph (size 16), Yellow Micro Mayfly (size 16-18), or a Mighty Mite Baetis (size 18) below.

Updated 7/24/2019. The high mountain lakes are all open and fishing well. 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/