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#12813377 - 07/02/18 09:41 AM Estes Park Colorado Fishing
1WithTXFish Offline
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Registered: 05/30/07
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Loc: Ft. Worth, TX
I am going to Estes Park at the end of the month and was wondering if all I should bring is my ultra light spinning combo, small daredevils and inline spinners? We are staying on the Big Thompson River but might spend some time fishing Lake Estes. Are there any fish worth catching other than trout in the area? The only trout fishing I have experienced is stocked ponds here in Ft Worth and a couple of trips bottom bouncing night-crawlers and corn along the White in Arkansas. The interwebs claim decent sized browns could be caught any special lures for them?

Thanks TFF
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#12813717 - 07/02/18 01:13 PM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
wytex Offline
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Registered: 06/18/18
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Loc: Wyoming
Drive up tp Wyoming for better and less crowded fishing. You can catch several species of trout within 1 hr of Laramie.
Panther martin spinners work well on trout. Size 4 & 6 are perfect for most streams and # 2 for small creeks, trout patterns are what I use, dressed and undressed hooks.
Have fun, 1-2 lb browns and rainbows are quite fun to catch.

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#12814271 - 07/02/18 08:47 PM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
Im RICK JAMES Offline
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In line spinners usually does the trick in Colorado. You can get the clear floats and tie a fly on. You just let a little water in so you can cast it. It can be a little more fun. In the little lakes you can set up like a drop shot and use night crawlers or that berkly bait that looks like playdough. But I’ve never fished around Estes but a lot of other places around Colorado.
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#12814273 - 07/02/18 08:48 PM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
Im RICK JAMES Offline
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Also you need to check regulations where ever you’re at. Seems like some places are barbless hooks
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#12814536 - 07/03/18 07:30 AM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
wsimpson Offline
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Sure is beautiful up there - especially the drive up from Loveland - drop by one of the baits shops for some local guidance. Lots of wade fishing on the climb...

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#12814936 - 07/03/18 12:12 PM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
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Poudre river is just north of there. I use to travel to Ft. Collins and spent some time fishing it. Some stretches are very accessible from the road but if you feel like a hike there is a trail that follows it up to the headwaters. I just cross country skied in Estes, never fished there.
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#12816198 - 07/04/18 01:06 PM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: wytex]
forkduc Offline
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Also a small gold Mepps spinner. We stayed at cabins along the river below Estes Park and I caught browns, rainbows and cutthroats on wet flies.

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#12816423 - 07/04/18 04:27 PM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
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Registered: 12/07/03
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Returned 2 weeks ago from our annual family trip to the YMCA camp/cabins in Estes Park. Check out Kirks Flyshop or Estes Anglers for local information, Kieran Oliver is a young guide that works at EA he fished the FLW collegiate bass event in texas so after discussing that he opened up about some other local spots.
I fished a few times at Mary's Lake and some streams in the rocky national forest. I used my ultra-light spinning tackle with mepps and panther martin #1 inline spinners and a small rapala jerk minnow in gold black back. Even with a swivel about 10 inches up the line from the inline spinner fishing in the stream caused a lot of line twist. I put new line on after every trip to a stream.

Caught 1 in the stream in Moraine Park and 5 total (3 short trips) in Mary's Lake all were between 8 and 11 inches.

I did not make it to Lake Estes but Kieran mentioned there are muskies in the lake mostly by the dam. He mentioned the tailrace is a good area too.

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#12816690 - 07/04/18 08:42 PM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
AvidOutdoors7 Offline
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there is no need to drive anywhere to catch fish at Estes! If you need extra info there was a lady at Scotts Fly shop that gave us an amazing deal of information and helped us out so much, taught me a lot. Anyways, if you are spin fishing, yes I would recommend the inline spinners, but I was fly fishing with zebra midges I made about 6-9 inches under a small float and caught tons of browns anywhere I went. There are tons of creeks running through estes, fish them all! I walked from a few miles out of the city, all the way into and through town, and most the fish I caught was in the creeks in town! Also estes lake was good, there was a point on it i remember, a bridge crossed the water and the point was on one side, go to the tip of the point and get to it, thats where i caught most of mine, but caught bigger ones the farther I casted. Good luck hope you catch em!
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#12818142 - 07/06/18 09:28 AM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
1WithTXFish Offline
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Registered: 05/30/07
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Loc: Ft. Worth, TX
Thanks everyone, I think I will try to hook up with one of the local guides one day and spin fish the rest.
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#12819510 - 07/07/18 01:07 PM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
catfish Offline
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Little gold spoons are good in the Big Thompson and the lake. I had a ton of fun this time of year once by catching small grasshoppers and put them on a hook with a split shot above and drift it from the bank. I was catching trout when no one else was. Also little Kastmasters, have to be orange and silver, are deadly all over Colorado.
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#12820026 - 07/07/18 10:56 PM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
unclefish Offline
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Registered: 04/11/02
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Loc: Katy, TX
We just got back from Estes Park yesterday. We fly fished the Big T in the Canyon and in Moraine Park. We caught alot of fish in both places using small streamers and small hoppers (#16) with bead head nymph dropper. Also if you can swing it you should check out the high alpine lakes in RMNP. We caught the heck out of greenback cutthroats eating small dry flies. Loch Vale, Fern, Mills Lake are all good.

Back before we started fly fishing we would catch alot of trout on spinning gear with small crappie tubes (brown and green pumpkin) with a 1/64 or 1/32 oz tube jig head.


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#12820150 - 07/08/18 07:58 AM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
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..... we just drove from Loveland to Estes Park yesterday ....
Lots of Fishermen on the Big Thompson just of Hwy 34
Not a fly fisherman,,, but stopped in one of the Pro shops and inquired about the fishing ...... they said it was good all up and down the river ... fly / light spinning tackle it was all good fishing .....hing you guys great success, sure looks like fun ----- next time for me

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#12820235 - 07/08/18 09:27 AM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
PKfishin Offline
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I'd reconsider. Went there a few years ago. Got a loony left wing speech from a young park Ranger about how there were no fish anymore because people had caught them all despite the fact people sell Brook trout fingerlings. Restock them is no an option apparently. She also told me " Please don't catch our fish, you'll stress them" ( I guess it would be stressful to be filleted.)

I wrote off Colorado and now go to New Mexico. Wyoming is good as well.

New Mexico is excellent Trout Fishing


Snake River in Wyoming is excellent in August as well
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#12821412 - 07/09/18 11:30 AM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
Flags Offline
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If I was going to be in CO, and I was for the last 2 weeks, I wouldn't waste 2 seconds of time around Estes. Go over Cameron Pass and get into some real fishing. But hey, what do I know? I was only a CO resident for 52 years.
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#12822851 - 07/10/18 12:14 PM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: Flags]
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Originally Posted By: Flags
If I was going to be in CO, and I was for the last 2 weeks, I wouldn't waste 2 seconds of time around Estes. Go over Cameron Pass and get into some real fishing. But hey, what do I know? I was only a CO resident for 52 years.
get away from the crowds and fish the Poudre on the way
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#12827282 - 07/13/18 02:52 PM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
1WithTXFish Offline
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I have a guide from Kurt's booked for Saturday morning. I am bringing a small 6' light spinning combo and a MH casting combo. The idea is to fish spinners and small roadrunners in the rivers and streams. If we get to the lake I am going to throw a swim bait targeting muskies.
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#12827625 - 07/13/18 07:55 PM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
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Anywhere up there is good in the small streams, throw the cutthroat back but you’re encouraged to keep the Brookies. If I were using spinning gear, I’d probably toss a small (1/80z) jig under a light float, but if you’re getting in to the back country, oftentimes the water is simply too small and too shallow to use spinning gear.
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#12845469 - 07/28/18 07:13 PM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
tangledup3 Offline
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Registered: 01/10/12
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Loc: Central Midlothian
Heading to Estes Park Wednesday, was wondering if you’ve had any luck?

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#12845937 - 07/29/18 10:56 AM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
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If you have not left for Colorado yet . Try this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtogy_Q6mDw&t=29s. You can buy beads in may colors

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#12846883 - 07/30/18 10:03 AM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
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Loc: Ft. Worth, TX
Yes we did have success. A few larger rainbows on the Big Thompson with spinners and everything else was caught on a fly called the chubbie. Mostly smaller brook trout of the fly and some 10" browns but it was till fun. The Big Thompson river is stocked with larger fish but if the flow slows and the temp rises they start to die off. When I mentioned that I had swim baits our fly fishing guide told me I should go below the lake Estes damn and throw at the muskies that sit down there eating trout. Unfortunately we did not have time to go. Talk with the people at Kurts and/or Scots fly shop they were very helpful. If you like beer avoid the Estes Park brewery it more like a restaurant and their beers were sub par IMO, but due go to the rock cut brewery everything I tried there was excellent and they will can you a 32oz tall boy on the spot.
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#12848270 - 07/31/18 11:53 AM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
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Thanks for the info 1WithTXFish. We will not be fly fishing just spinning rods with the kids. Is there plenty of public access in the area to the Big Thompson? Can’t wait to get there and take a break from this heat.

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#12848665 - 07/31/18 04:27 PM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
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You will need to look into that. We stayed at a place called idlewild by the river and they had Big Thompson frontage. We could fish as far as we wanted down river but we could not go past the property line up river. Bring water shoes because you will be in the water at least half of the time when fishing the rivers and streams.
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#12853104 - 08/03/18 10:52 PM Re: Estes Park Colorado Fishing [Re: 1WithTXFish]
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Registered: 07/26/15
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Loc: Lake Holebrook
There are some really good size browns and bows below the dam along with the muskies. That's a pretty good place to take the kids also, but there is quite a bit of current and you'll be fishing from shore. There's a parking lot that is only a few steps from the discharge and river.

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