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EPMS Staff Fishing Report
Our Fishing Staff Knows!

MAY 17, 2017

Lower Big Thompson
Flows have increased over the last few weeks and are now in the neighborhood of 200 cfs. With the increased flow, nymph rigs with bigger patterns like the Pats rubber legs and San Juan worms are seeing more action. In these heavier waters, fish are reacting to more colorful midge patterns of the blue, pink, and purple variety. Small scud patterns in grey and tan have also been working well, especially just below the dam of Lake Estes. Evenings have seen a phenomenal midge hatch closer into town and around the lake. Size 22-26 black para Midges trailed behind a larger dry can be very effective.
With runoff on the doorstep smaller wooly buggers and micro streamers are also hot as of late. Streamers in general should stay fairly productive throughout the next month or so as we move into even heavier water coming into full on runoff. 

RMNP - Moraine Park
The Upper Thompson that flows through Moraine Park is still running clear and hasn’t seen a huge amount of swelling yet. Any variation of a medium sized Mayfly fished in the lower sections of Moraine Park can be dangerous. Purple Parachute Adams and Black Elk Hair Caddis are also a great couple of flies to throw in the Park and should be the ticket until the waters become more blown out and murky with snow melt.

Don’t be scared of fishing during runoff! Runoff is commonly misinterpreted as “not-fishable” and “blown-out.” Don’t believe the nay-sayers, the big pigs are pushed to the edges and out of the deep runs and therefore much more attainable. It is one of the more fun times of year to fish!

Stop in the shop -- our friendly staff will be more than happy to answer your questions about conditions, and of course, we maintain a fully stocked fishing shop for all your gear needs.  With late retail shop hours for the after dinner fisherman, EMPS also is the only guide service in the Estes Valley that guides the Evening Hatch segment of the day, getting off the water at dusk.  If you are new to the area, feel free to book a guided day out with one of our experienced guides -- they will enthusiastically show you how to fish the Estes Valley the way the locals do!

Now quit reading and get out there!

EPMS Fishing gurus