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Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers

August 16th, 2018

Summer is here! The Yampa and Elk rivers are fishing great! We have seen some great dry fly fishing in the morning and evenings. This is a great time to get up the high country and beat the heat and the crowds with all the high mountain lakes a streams fishing great. Give us a call at 970-879-6552 any time for up to the hour info. We look forward to fishing with you soon!

Stagecoach Tailwater

Stagecoach Tailwater

The "tailwater," also known as the upper Yampa, is one of the most productive stretches of river year-round. The dam keeps the flows and water temperature nearly consistent for the entire year. The DOW keeps a close eye on the water and river bank health which makes for incredible fishing.

August 16th, 2018

The Tail Water water is open! Now is the time to get up there. The fishing has been amazing! We have seen fish rising most of the day and the fishing is about as good as it gets!

Flows: 84 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Scuds, Biot Midge, RS2, B.T.S. Nymph, Soft Hackle, Neon Nightmare, Buckskin, Zebra Midge, Medallion Midge, WD50, Goodale's Baetis, Miracle Nymph, Black Beauty

Dry: Mole Fly, Parachute Midge, Film Critic, Griffith Gnat, Stimulator, Thunder Thighs Hopper

Streamer: Slump Buster, Zonker, Jake's Leach


Sarvis Creek State Wildlife Area

Sarvis Creek

Just one mile downstream of the Stagecoach tailwaters this stretch of river can be very productive year round. This state wildlife area is about 2.5 miles of idyllic trout stream habitat. There is a high density of fish in this area so do not walk past any structure without first casting in for a try. Sight casting this stretch of river is popular.

August 16th, 2018

Sarvis has been fishing well with great dry fly fishing in the morning and evenings and good nymphing all day. Look for larger fish in the shallow water before you take a step in. Give a call down to the shop for more up to date info 970-879-6552.

Flows: 90 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Juju Baetis, Barrs emerger, 2Bit Hooker, Soft Hackle, Translucent Emerger, Edwards Black, Diving Caddis, Z-Wing Caddis, Soft Hackle Blue, Graphic Caddis

Dries: Headlight Caddis, AC Caddis, Hi Viz Rusty Spinner, Purple Parachute, Para Madam X, Morrish Hopper

Streamers: Thin Mint, Mini Bugger, Zonker

Yampa River Public Water

Yampa River

Flowing right through downtown Steamboat Springs, the Yampa River gives anglers miles of excellent fish-able water. Stop into the shop and we can point you in the right direction

August 16th, 2018

The town section and Chuck Lewis are closed due to high water temps.
Give a call down to the shop for more info and other great places to fish.

Elk River Public Water

Elk River

Flowing out of the Zirkel Wilderness Area, the Elk River is clean and clear this summer. There are just a few access points to the river starting with Christina State Wildlife Area located about 8 miles out of town. Christina is a 1 mile stretch that provides numerous long runs and solid pocket water. Browns, Rainbows, Cutthroats, Brookies and Whitefish, ranging from 12-18 inches can be found in this stretch of the Elk. The Upper Elk, north of Clark down Seedhouse road, has tons of public water access in the National Forest. Bring a small rod, attractor dry flies and 4x tippet.

August 16th, 2018

The Elk has come down to a great flow. We have seen great dry dropper fishing through the middle part of the day and great nymphing all day long.
Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.

Flows: 33

Nymphs: Psycho Prince, TwoBit Hooker, UV Sally, Sinking Caddis, JuJu Baetis, Zebra Midge, Rainbow Warrior, BLM, Soft Hackles, 20-Incher, Lightning Bug, Trigger Nymph.

Dries: Peacock Caddis, Foam Sally, Triple Double, Flopper, Fat Albert, Morrish Hopper

Streamers: Beldar Bugger, Zonker, Purple Wooly Bugger

Steamboat, Pearl, and Hahns Peak Lakes

Steamboat And Stagecoach Lakes

August 16th, 2018

Most the lakes in the area have iced off and fishing is hot. Give a call down to the shop for more info.