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Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers

July 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.

July 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

Flows: 50 CFS

Nymphs: WD40 Chocolate, Black Beauty, Top Secret Midge, Rainbow Scud, RS2, Zebra Midge, Barr's B.W.O. Emerger, Miracle Nymph, Buckskin, Goodale's Baetis

Dry: Last Chance Cripple, Mole Fly, Viz-A-Dun Baetis, Blue Ribbon Baetis, Film Critic B.W.O. Comparadun B.W.O.

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.

July 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: 55 C.F.S.

Nymphs: graphic caddis, soft hackle pheasant tail, tungston goldie, tungsten yellow sally, sparkle pupa, z-wing caddis, net builder caddis.

Drys: hot wing caddis, outrigger sally, vis-a-dun PMD, sparkle dun PMD, sparkle dun, drake

Streamers: beldar, 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

July 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.

Flows: 114 C.F.S.

Nymphs: barr's PMD, split case PMD, UV sally, z-wing caddis, soft hackle march brown, graphic caddis, pheasant tail, 20 incher, biot epoxy

Dry: PMD lawson, film critic PMD, elk hair caddis, parachute sally, mini hot yellow, quill body green drake

Streamers: slump buster, lil kim, thin mint

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.

July 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.

Flows: 410 C.F.S.

Nymphs: patt's rubber legs, soft hackle partridge, graphic caddis, super pupa, birds nest, lightning bug

Drys: foam caddis, outrigger caddis, brown drake

Steamboat, Pearl, and Hahns Peak Lakes

Steamboat And Stagecoach Lakes

July 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.