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Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers

June 30th, 2016

It's finally summer in Steamboat! The water on both the Elk and Yampa rivers is coming down by the day. The Yampa is still high but has been fishing great especially on our float trips that being said the wade fishing is really starting to pick up with good P.M.D. hatches in the mornings and Drakes starting to come off in the evenings.The Elk river is still high but running crystal clear with plenty of wade fishing opportunities fishing nymphs in the slow seams and deep pools. Most of the high mountain lakes are open and fishing well. New water is opening up every day so give a call down to the shop for up to the minute info. Now is the time to get up to Steamboat and take advantage of all the fishing opportunities the Yampa Valley has to offer!!!!! Give us a call at 970-879-6552 and we will point you in the right direction.

Stagecoach Tailwater

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.

June 30th, 2016

Fishing on the tailwater is as good as it gets. With the flows down and the water running crystal clear it is probably one of the best options in Colorado right now. Try getting out early in the morning or late evening to beat the crowds and catch the hatch. Look for rising fish in the mornings evenings. 6x and 7x fluorocarbon tippet is a must especially on those clear days. Make sure you are using small indicators and micro split shot as not to spook fish.
Flows: 76 CFS
Nymphs: Mercury RS2, Miracle Nymph, Rs2 P.M.D., Biot Emerger, Hot Head Ray, Black Beauty, Scuds, Black WD40, Medallion Midge, Loop Wing Emerger, Scuds, Black WD40, Medallion Midge

Dry: CDC Midge, Hi Viz Griffith Gnat, Silhouette Dun P.M.D, Outrigger Caddis, Loop Wing Emerger

Sarvis Creek

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 throughout 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!

June 30th,

Sarvis has been fishing very well. The Flows are up but it is very clear. We have seen fish rising to P.M.D's Caddis and Drake's. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.
Flows:80 C.F.S.
Nymphs: Soft hackle peacock, Barrs emerger, Soft hackle PT, Wine WD50, Red brassie, Black beauty,
Drys: Viz-a-dun baetis, Sparkle dun baetis
Streamers: Slum Buster, Olive Zonker, Near Nuff.

Yampa River Public Water

Yampa River Public Water

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 cut banks and deep holes will keep anglers busy all day.

June 30th, 2016

The Yampa is fishing great. The water is a bit high but it is clear. We have seen fish rising to P.M.D's in the mornings and Drakes in the evenings.The Yampa is coming down by the minute and the fishing is only getting better from here on out. Give a call down to the shop for up to the minute info.
Flows: 464 CFS
Nymphs: Copper John, Birds Nest, Soft Hackles, Barrs P.M.D. Emerger, Jigged Pheasant Tail, Graphic Caddis, Pulsating Caddis, Z-Wing Caddis, Biot Epoxy Stone, Jig Stone, Mighty May, Mercury Baetis, RS2

Dry: Brooks Sprout, Viz-A-Dun P.M.D., Snowshoe Caddis, Mini Hot Sally, Gunnison Drake, Lawson Drake

Streamer: Zoo Cougar, Matuka, Beldar

The Elk River

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 Forest. You are best served with a small rod and attractor dry flies in this area.

June 30th, 2016

The Elk river is running high and muddy. If you go try fishing bright colored nymphs close to the bank and in deep pools.Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.
Flows: 1,460 C.F.S.
Nymphs: Tung Teaser, Purple Prince, Lightning bug, Psycho Prince, Z-Wing Caddis, Sizzlin Hot Squirrel, 20-Incher, Kaufman's Stone, Soft Hackle Peacock,

Steamboat Lake

Steamboat Lake

June 30th, 2016

Steamboat lake is fully open and fishing great!!! Give a call down to shop for up to date info.

Stagecoach Reservoir

Stagecoach Reservoir

June 30th, 2016

Stagecoach lake is wide open! Fishing streamers on sink tips in any open water has been very productive. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.

Streamers: Hale Bop leach, Zoo Cougar, Beldar Bugger red and black, Black Zonker, Chikabou Craw, Crazy Dad, Double Tung Thin Mint