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December 3, 2014

Winter is here, but the fishing has been great. Fish have moved into the slow deep water and are readily eating midges and small baetis emergers. Make sure to dress warm, it is a little chilly but the fish don't seem to care! 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.

December 3, 2014

The fishing has been very productive at the Stagecoach Tailwater. Nymphing deep below riffles has been a very effective way to find some nice fish.
Flows 100 cfs. Nymphs: Chocolate WD40, Biot BWO, Miracle Nymph, Grey Mercury RS2, Purple D Midge, Hot Red Ray, and Flossy Worms.
Drys: Blue Ribbon foam baetis, Sparkle Dun baetis and Winger Emerger.

Sarvis Creek

Located one mile downstream of the Stagecoach tail waters, this section of public water is not only beautiful, but can be very productive all months of the year. 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!

December 3, 2014

Sarvis has been fishing very well the past few weeks. Fish can be found below riffles as well as in deeper runs. Wine Worms have been a very effective patterns along with Prince Nymphs, Tungsten Jig Red Butt, Tungsten Soft Hackle, Tungsten Sawyer, Winter Baetis, Glint Nymph, Muskrat Nymph, Twenty Incher, North Fork Special and Trigger nymph.
Dries; Sparkle Baetis, Hackle Stacker Sparkle Dun, CDC Baetis Dun. Inverted Matukas, Beaded Mini Leech, and Jansens Minnow have been working well as a streamer patterns.

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.

December 3, 2014

Fishing on the Yampa has be great. Fish have moved into the slower and deeper pools and we have been seeing some Baetis hatches throughout the day. Streamers have been effective with patterns like the White Zonker, Meat Whistle, Crispy Critter and Black Slump Buster. While nymphing, patterns such like Barrs Emergers BWO, JuJu Baetis, San Juans and Zebra Midges have been working very well. For BWO dries we have been liking the Vis a dun, Sparkle Dun, and Winger Emergers.

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.

December 3, 2014

As we head into winter, the fish are moving into the slower water. With the water temps being fairly cold, focus on the warmest parts of the day. Egg patterns, small pheasant tails, winter baetis, black and olive Zebra Midges and San Juan worms have been fishing well.

Steamboat Lake

December 3, 2014

Steamboat Lake and Pearl lake are fishing well. Wiith cooler temps some fish are out cruising in the shallows. Flies: Purple and Black Egg Sucking Leeches, Crayfish Patterns in various different sizes and weights,inverted matuka, small Black and Wine Leeches, Hares Ear's, New Trick soft hackle, and various large midge patterns.

Stagecoach Reservoir

December 3, 2014

Stagecoach Reservoir is fishing really well and big fish have been seen frequently. Try Black, Brown, and Olive Crystal Buggers and Near Nuff Crayfish patterns. Nymphs: Bright Eggs and Worms, Streamers: Egg Sucking Leeches, Black and White Zonkers, Double Bunny, and Inverted Matuka.