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August 22nd, 2014

Fishing is on! Almost every section is fishing well on the Yampa, we are seeing tons of Hoppers, Caddis, and Tricos. With the cooler temps in the mornings we have seen the fishing turn on a little bit later. The Elk River is fishing well with hopper dropper setups being the most effective. All of the lakes are fishing pretty well, the fish have moved back into slightly deeper water so try using sink tips. Give us a call at 970-879-6552 and we will point you in the right direction!

Stagecoach Tailwater

The upper stretch of the Yampa, also known as the "tail waters," is one of our most productive stretches of river during the winter and spring months. Being a tail water fishery, this section of river remains a constant flow throughout the entire year and the water temperature also remains consistent. After the river work that the DOW did, the river looks completely different, yet the fishing has been incredible.

August 22nd, 2014

The fishing has been very productive at the Stagecoach Tailwater. Nymphing has been effective and a good number of fish have been rising most days. With cooler temps and more overcast days we have seen lot's of fish up. When nymphing make sure you are using enough weight to get the flies down in the deep holes and fish light tippet to all fish you are sight fishing for. Flows 100 cfs. Nymphs: Epoxy scuds, BWO Barr's Emergers, Black Beauties, Top Secret Midge, Pheasant tails, D-Midge Purple, Medallion Midge Pupa, Flash Back Scuds,WD-40's, and Dorsey's Mercury Baetis. Dries: Brooks Sprout Midge, Brooks Sprout BWO, CDC Adult Midge, small Parachute BWO, and Griffith Gnat. Also try some small streamers like Slumpbuster's size 10 and Near Nuff Sculpin. Small hoppers can be effective some days as well

Sarvis Creek

Located one mile downstream of the Stagecoach tail waters, this section of public water is not only beautiful, but ca be very productive during the winter season. The Sarvis Creek State Wildlife Area is fishable year round and with close to a mile of classic trout stream habitat your chances of landing a trout of a lifetime are highly likely. Concentrate your casts on deeper runs and fish along seams. Fish are located though this entire section, so don't overlook any structure and approach runs with caution to avoid spooking fish. Sight casting for fish is very popular in this area, so keep your eyes glued to the water and look for cruising fish. It’s a bit of a walk to get to this area during the winter but the fishing is very productive!

August 22nd, 2014

Although the water levels are a little high due to the recent rain storms the Sarvis Creek area will drop quickly and continue to fish really well. Fish have been up on the surface occasionally on Hoppers and Caddis and we are starting to see some Tricos begin to hatch. Flows: 130cfs. Nymphs: Olive Flash Back Hare’s Ear #14, Disco Midge, Barr's PMD Flash Back Emerger, Pink and Red San Juan Worms, Olive Pats Rubber Legs, black zebra midges, sunken trico spinners. Streamers: Natural, White, and Black Zonkers. We have also seen fish eating small hoppers.

Yampa River Public Water

Yampa through the town of Steamboat Springs
Through the City of Steamboat Springs, anglers will have close to seven miles of public water to choose from. This river can be accessed in several spots throughout town and along River Road. Fetcher Park, Rotary Park and Emerald Park are great places to park and access the river. These areas are located closer towards the Ski Slopes and the mountain village. Closer to town, Little Toots Park, Dr. Richard Weiss Park and Transit Center Park are favorable parking spots for anglers looking to stay closer to downtown. There are also several prime spots located directly across for the shop.
Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area
Just a few miles south of town located off CR 14F, the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area provides anglers with nearly 2 miles of public access to some incredible trout water. Large cutbanks and deep holes will keep anglers busy all day.

August 22nd, 2014

Fishing has been great on the Yampa. As the water levels continue to drop fish are sitting in faster water pushed up against the shelves. We are seeing more and more fish up on the surface eating hoppers, tricos, and caddis. Flows 195 C.F.S.
Dave,s hopper, Hoppindicator, Terresticador, Baby Boy hopper and P.M.X.'s
Stone Fly's- The Brick, Pat's Rubber Legs in darker colors, Jumbo John, Theo's Terminator,Trout Retriever and Kaufman's Stone, Barr's Emerger's Flashback Pheasant Tail's and soft hackles like partridge and peacock, hares ear soft hackle, and new tricks. Black RS2s, black zebra midges, sunken trico spinners and caddis pupa.
Streamer fishing has been pretty hot! Try Fishing bright patterns just off the banks with sink tips. Zonker's, Zoo Cougar and Sheila Sculpin have been doing well. Hopper fishing has been great and should only get better!

The Elk River

The Elk River flows out of the Zirkel wilderness area and boasts of clean clear water all summer long. There are multiple access points starting with the Christina State wildlife area located about 8 miles out of town. Christina is about 1 mile long and has lots of long runs as well as some good pocket water. Anglers can expect to find Rainbows, Browns, Cutthroats, Brookies and Whitefish in the 12-18 inch range and the occasional fish over 20 inches. The upper elk north of Clark on Seedhouse road has tons of public water access in the National Forrest. Your best served with a small rod and attractor dry flies in this area.

August 22nd, 2014

The Elk has been fishing really well and hoppers have been abundant. Flows: 200 CFS. Flies: For hoppers try the Flopper, Panty Dropper, Yellow and tan chernobyl, TImmys terresticator, and Dave's Hopper. Droppers: Guide's choice hares ear, purple prince, tung teaser, hotwire price, epoxy stone, and Barrs tungstone. Consider fishing all tungsten bead heads so your droppers will sink tight to your hopper.

Steamboat Lake

August 13th, 2014

Steamboat Lake and Pearl lake are fishing well try fishing deep during the day with sink tips and sinking lines and fishing with indicator rigs in the evenings. However some smaller fish can be found still cruising near the banks during the twilight hours. Flies: Purple and Black Egg Sucking Leeches, Crayfish Patterns in various different sizes and weights,Lemon Drop Beldar Bugger, small Black and Wine Leeches, Hares Ear's, New Trick soft hackle, and various choronomid patterns.

Stagecoach Reservoir

August 13th, 2014

The lake is fishing really well and big fish have been seen frequently. Try Black, Brown, and Olive Crystal Buggers and various different Crayfish patterns. The inlet is flowing dirty however fishing has been decent Flows: 100-200 cfs. Nymphs: Bright Eggs and Worms, Pats Rubber Legs. Streamers: Egg Sucking Leeches, Black and White Zonkers.

The pike fishing has been hot we have seen some fish in that 40 inch range. Try fishing bright streamers with bite wire or hard mono bite tippets.
EZ Zonker Chartreuse, Barry's Pike Fly in all colors and Flash Tail DP Minnow's have been the ticket.