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Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers

February 19th, 2018

Winter has come to the Yampa valley. The Yampa Through town is still open in most spots with ice shelves starting to form and slush in the mornings. The Tailwater and Sarvis sections have been fishing well and remain wide open. 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.

February 19th, 2018

The Tailwater water is fishing great right now. With winter weather setting in the crowds have diminished and the fishing is great. The road is now closed so you will need to get there early and plan for about an hour walk. 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: 42 CFS

Nymphs: Black beauty, WD40, Juju Bee Red, Biot Midge Emerger, RS2, Smethurst Voodoo Midge, Scuds, Miracle Nymph.

Dry: Mole Fly, Parachute Midge, CDC Midge

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.

February 19th, 2018

Winter has set in in Pleasant Valley that being said the fishing is great. We have seen fish rising to midges and some blue wings on any snowy overcast days. Nymphing small midges and blue wing emergers has proven most effective. look for fish to be holding in the slow inside seams and deep pools. We have seen some larger fish eating small streamers swinging slow and striping slow and deep. Give a call down to the shop for more up to date info 970-879-6552.


Flows: 42 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Edwards Black, Petrified Pupa, Two Bit Hooker, RS2, Pheasant Tail, Hare's Ear, Soft Hackle, Brassie, Frechie, Buckskin.

Drys: CDC Midge Adult, Parachute Midge, Brooks Sprout.

Streamers: Goat Leech, Lord Of Frys, Egg Sucking 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

February 19th, 2018

Most of the town section is pretty well frozen there is a bit of open water near the hot springs at 13th street and a bit open near Rabbit Ears motel. If you go look for any slow open water and be careful wading on the ice shelves. Nymphing small B.W.O. emergers and midges very deep and slow have been most effective. Give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info.
970-879-6552

Flows: 80?

Nymphs: Edwards Black, Petrified Pupa, Two Bit Hooker, RS2, Pheasant Tail, Hare's Ear, Eggs, Worms, Soft Hackle, Brassie, Frechie, Shotglass Emerger, BTS Nymph.

Drys: CDC Midge Adult, Parachute Midge, Brooks Sprout.

Streamers: Goat Leech, Lord Of Frys, Egg Sucking Leech

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.

February 19th, 2018

Winter has come the the Elk river valley. Most of the water is frozen. that being said any slow open water should be full of hungry fish. If you go be careful wading on the ice shelves. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.
970-879-6552

Flows: Ice

Nymphs: Biot Mayfly, Patts Rubber Legs, RS2, UV Emerger, Pheasant Tail, San Juan Worm, Eggs, Two Bit Hooker

Streamers: Slump Buster, Zoo Cougar, Sculpzilla

Steamboat, Pearl, and Hahns Peak Lakes

Steamboat And Stagecoach Lakes

February 19th, 2018

Steamboat and Stagecoach lakes are frozen and the ice fishing has been good. Give a call down to the shop for more info.
970-879-6552