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Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers

April 24th, 2018

Spring is here! Many of the rivers are in full run off and running dirty. The lakes and high mountain streams are starting to ice off and should be fishing well soon. With colder temps in the forecast we may see some water go back down and clear. The tail water is still running clear and fishing great. Now is the time to get your summer wade trip or spring float trip in the books. 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.

April 24th, 2018

The Tailwater water is fishing great right now. The road is now open as of April 1st! We have seen fish rising to Blue Wings and Midges on snowy overcast 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: 41 CFS

Nymphs: RS2, Zebra Midge, WD40, Miracle Nymph, Black Beauty, Scuds, Smethurst Bomb, Bling Midge, UV Midge, Biot Emerger, Brassie

Dry: Brooks Sprout, Para Midge, Film Critic, CDC Spent Midge, Adult Midge, Loop Wing Emerger

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.

April 24th, 2018

The Sarvis area has been hit or miss with the high flows Morrison creek has been putting a lot of mud in the water. The road is closed and will remain closed for the next couple months. If you go look for low overnight temps. Give a call down to the shop for more up to date info 970-879-6552.


Flows: 80 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Barr's Emerger, Brassie, RS2, Miracle Nymph, Hare's Ear, Two Bit Hooker, BTS Nymph, Hunch Back Two Tone, Buckskin, Twenty Incher, Soft Hackles, North Fork Special, Worms, Eggs

Streamers: Zonker, Jake's Leech, Hale Bop leech

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

April 24th, 2018

The town section is in full run off. The clarity is pretty low and the water is high. That being said we have had some very good days nymphing just a few feet off the banks with big bright flies. Give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info.
970-879-6552

Flows: C.F.S. 604

Nymphs: Patt's Rubber Legs, San Jaun Worms, Eggs, Blm, Copper Johns,
Twenty Incher, Terminator Stone, Strolis' Dimmer Stone

Streamers:Zoo Cougar, Slump Buster, Zonker

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.

April 19th, 2018

The Elk is in full run off. The water is very high and off color. If you go try fishing big bright flies very close to the bank.
Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.
970-879-6552

Flows: 473

Nymphs: Patt's Rubber Legs, San Jaun Worms, Eggs, Blm, Copper Johns,
Twenty Incher, Terminator Stone, Strolis' Dimmer Stone

Streamers:Zoo Cougar, Slump Buster, Zonker

Steamboat, Pearl, and Hahns Peak Lakes

Steamboat And Stagecoach Lakes

April 19th, 2018

Ice off has just started at Stagecoach the fishing has been good in any open water. Give a call down to the shop for more info.
970-879-6552