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February 24th, 2014

We have made it through our January freeze the fishing from here on out should be on fire!!! We have been seeing consistent temps above freezing during the middle of the day and fishing has been good. Look for fish rising to midges on any cloudy days with temps over 20 degrees. 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.

February 24th, 2015

The fishing has been very productive at the Stagecoach Tailwater. The road is closed due to elk migration but it is a short 45 minute walk from the lake. Nymphing deep below riffles has been a very effective way to find some nice fish. Look for fish rising to small midge patterns on any day over 20 degrees. 6 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 60 cfs.
Nymphs:sizes 20-24, RS2'S, Zebra Midges, Bling Midge, Wine WD50, Top Secret, Miracle Midge, Medallion Midge, U.V. Emerger, Biot Midge Emereger, Mirrored Midge, Barrs PMD Emerger, Hunchback Scud, D-Midge, Not Much and Befus.

Dries: Sizes 22-24, Brooks sprout, hi-vz Griffiths gnat, Spent midge, CDC midge adult, Parachute midge, Spider midge, Blue Ribbon Foam baetis, vis-a-dunn baetis,

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!

February 18th, 2015

Sarvis has been fishing very well the past few weeks. Fish can be found below riffles as well as in deeper runs. Look for larger fish hanging right on the inside in very shallow water. Make a few casts right on the inside before you walk up and spook fish hanging in the shallows.
Flows 75 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Size's 14-20, Trigger nymph, Tung Teaser, RS2, San Juan worms, Copper John, Zebra midge, Miracle Midge, WD40, Black Beauty, Green copper John, psycho prince, Muskrat Nymph, Biot Mayfly, Mercury RS2, Hot head Prince. Hare's Ear, Tungsten Jig Assassin, Mercury Midge, Brassie, Two Bit Hooker

Dries: Brooks Sprout, Griffiths gnat, Parachute midge

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.

February 24th, 2015

We are through our January freeze and the Yampa through town is mostly open. Look for days over 20 degrees and fish the slowest deepest runs. If you do go out be careful wading on the ice shelves.
Flows 150 C.F.S.
Nymphs: RS2's, Zebra Midges, San Juan worm, Eggs, Pheasant Tails, Hairs Ear, Miracle Midge, Black beauty, Red Copper John, Copper Sawyer, Rainbow Warrior. Hare's Ear, North Fork Special, Tungsten Jigstone, The Brick

We have seen some fish eating streamers on those warmer days
Try small leach patterns like slump busters, Hale Bop, and Goat leaches.

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.

February 24th, 2015

The Elk River is frozen over in most areas but is starting to open up as we speak.

Steamboat Lake

February 24th, 2015

Steamboat lake is frozen over and ice fishing reports have been good!

Stagecoach Reservoir

February 24th, 2015

Stagecoach Reservoir is frozen solid but the ice fishing reports have been good.