Steamboat Flyfisher Fishing Report 11/15/13
Rivers & Lakes
|Yampa below Stagecoach Reservoir|| Closed
ATTENTION: The Tail waters will be closed starting 09/15/13- 01/01/14
The Colorado Division will be doing an extensive Stream bank and river bed improvement project. When completed, this project will greatly improve the quality of fishing in the area. Please call the shop for more details.
Yampa at Sarvis Creek
| 100 CFS
ATTENTION: Due to the ongoing construction upriver in the Tailwaters, this area has been impacted heavily with off color flows. Construction work is going on 6 days a week, with Sunday being the only day without activity. Fishing still remains good in Sarvis Creek and in the main channel of the Yampa on Sunday. Please call the shop for details.
Located 1 mile downstream of the Stagecoach tail waters, this section of public water is not only beautiful, but came be very productive during the spring season. The Service 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 good. Concentrate your casts on deeper runs and fish along seams.
Dry Fly: Blue Wing Olive #20, Elk Hair Caddis #16, Parachute Adams #16
Nymph: Guides Choice Hare's Ear #16, Red Copper John #16, Olive Hare's Ear #16, Grey RS2 #18, Twenty Incher #16
Streamers: Near Nuff Sculpin, Slumbuster Natural and Copper Zonker
|Yampa through Town
Through the City of Steamboat Springs, anglers will have close to seven miles of public water to choose from. The 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 Area 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.
The Yampa is fishing great. Fish are up on Baetis and we are still seeing the emergence of the Mahogany Dun throughout the day. The Baetis hatch has been best on cloudy, cooler days, but we witnessed solid hatches during bright sunny afternoons as well. Who knows why, but it's great to see them rising.
Don't forget your streamer box. The browns are starting to think about the spawn and getting aggressive.
Dry flies: BWO #20, Brook's Sprout #20, Para Midge #20, Parachute Adams #18.
Nymphs: Lightning Bug, Red Copper John #18, Prince #16-18, Flashback Caddis, San Juan Worm Wine/Red
Emergers: Barr's Emerger, Birds nest, Soft hackles Juju Baetis
Top Streamers: Thin Mints, Hair Sculpin, White Zonkers, Beldars
|Elk River|| 110 CFS
||The Elk is in wonderful condition and the fishing is good. Nymphing is currently the most effective technique, but streamer fishing is picking up as well.|
Dry: Parachute Adams #16, Elk Hair Caddis #14, Royal Wulff #16
Streamers: White Zonkers, Inverted Matukas and Hair Sculpins.
Nymphs: Flashback Caddis, Tungsten Terminator Stone, Beadhead Twenty Incher
||The lake is fishing well! As water temperatures increase, so will the fish activity. Focus your attentions on inlets near Willow Creek and Mill Creek. Fish will feed in these areas in the mornings and evenings, then move into deeper water as temperatures increase.|
Flies: Black/ White Zonkers, Natural Slump Busters, Leech Patterns Olive or Wine. Egg Sucking Leeches Black/Purple. Muskrat Soft Hackle
|Pearl Lake|| Fishes best early morning and late evening! Flies: Leech patters and Crayfish patterns, small Buggers|
Fishing is good in the lake right now, the fish are cruising the edges and holding near the dam.
Try the Lord of Frys #6, Zonkers, Slump Busters and the Dirty Hippy.
| Hahns Peak Lake
|| Fishing is real good. Try small Wolly Bugger( Olive & Brown),|
small Leeches, and caddis patterns both wet and dry.
| Rocky Mountain Small Streams and Lakes
There are numerous hidden gems up in the high country. 2wt-4wt rods work perfectly for these areas. Please swing by the shop and we will point you in the right direction.