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Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers

September 19th, 2017

Summer has officially started in the Yampa valley. All of our rivers, lakes and streams have been fishing great. We have seen some great hatches mid morning and in the evening on both the Elk and Yampa rivers. The high mountain lakes and streams are iced off and as good as it gets. Now is the time to head up here and enjoy all that our beautiful valley has to offer. 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.

September 19th, 2017

The Tailwater water is fishing great right now. Getting out early in the morning or late in evenings is a sure way to beat the crowds. We have seen fish rising in the evening to very small caddis or on any overcast or stormy days. Make sure you are fishing 6x fluorocarbon tippet, micro split shot and small indicators as this section is low, clear and spooky this time of year.
Give a call down to the shop for more info
970-879-6552

Flows: 50 CFS

Nymphs: Rainbow scud, Hot Head Ray, D-Midge, Medallion Midge, Rs-2, Zebra Midges, WD-40, UV Emerger, Bling Midge, Top Secret Midge, Black Beauty, Buckskin

Dry: Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Midge, Last Chance Cripple, Brook's Sprout, Outrigger Caddis, Griffiths Gnat

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.

September 19th, 2017

Sarvis is fishing great. We have seen fish rising to caddis and drakes in the evenings or on any overcast days. The hopper dropper fishing is starting to pick up with a few small hoppers around. Nymphing mid day with caddis emergers and small mayflies has proven most effective. Give a call down to the shop for more up to date info 970-879-6552.


Flows: 89 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Graphic Caddis, Soft Hackles, Birds Nest, Copper John, Smethurst Voodoo, Barr's Emerger, Hare's Ear, Two-Bit Hooker, JuJu Baetis, Loop Wing Emerger, Rs-2, Frenchie.

Drys: Parachute Hopper, Para Madam-X, Swisher PMX, Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Midge, X2 Caddis, Purple Parachute.
Streamers: Egg Sucking Leach, Zonker, Zoo Couger, Slump Buster


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

September 19th, 2017

Runoff on the Yampa is officially over! With ideal flows and great hatches fishing has been as good as it gets. We have fish rising to P.M.D's, yellow Sally's and tricos in the morning and caddis and drakes in the evening. The nymping and streamer fishing has also been good mid day. Feel free to give a call down to the shop anytime for up to the hour info.
970-879-6552

Flows: 89 C.F.S.

The Yampa River through town has re opened as of today and the fishing is amazing!
Hopper dropping fishing has slowed down but we have seen fish rising to Mahogany's and blue winged olive's on any overcast or rainy days. Nymping the faster runs has been most effective.

Nymphs: Black Copper John, Two Bit Hooker, Barr's Emerger BWO, JuJu Baetis, Pheasant Tail, Gray RS-2, Biot Mayfly Emerger, Black Beauty Midge, Juan's Hi Def, Mercury Baetis, Mighty May Baetis, Rainbow Warrior,

Dries: Purple Parachute, Tilt Wing Mahogany, Brooks Sprout Mahogany, Comparadun BWO, Film Critic BWO, Royal Chubby Chernobyl, Para Madam X, Flopper

Streamers: Zonkers, Beldar Bugger, Hare Sculpin, Matuka Sculpin, Sparkle Minnow

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.

September 19th, 2017

The Elk river is really starting to shape up these past few days. With the flows coming down and the water really clearing up fishing has been great. We have seen some great dry fly and hopper dropper fishing in the mornings and afternoons with good nymph fishing throughout the whole day. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.
970-879-6552

Flows: 77 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Patts Rubber Legs, Soft hackle Partridge, Birds Nest, Pheasant Tail, Copper John, Graphic Caddis, Frenchie, Rainbow Warrior.

Drys: Stimulator, Swisher Foam PMX, Elk hair Caddis, X Caddis, CFO Ant, Parawulff

Streamers: Zonker, Crystal Bugger, Beldar

Steamboat, Pearl, and Hahns Peak Lakes

Steamboat And Stagecoach Lakes

September 19th, 2017

Steamboat and Stagecoach lakes are iced off and the fishing has been good. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.
970-879-6552