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May 26th, 2015

We are in the midst of our peak run off season and the Yampa through town is pretty large but still somewhat clear. We have seen some very large fish pushing into the edges of runs and slower seams. The tail water is staying very consistent and running crystal clear. Most of the lakes are iced off and fishing well. 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.

May 26th, 2015

The fishing has been very productive at the Stagecoach Tailwater. The flows are a little bit high this time of year but the fishing is still great. Look for fish rising to small midge patterns and BWO's on overcast days. 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 240 CFS
Nymphs:Zebra Midges, Ju Ju baetis, Flashback Scuds, Red D Midge, Grey WD-50, Bling Midge, Mirrored Midge, Befus, Barr's BWO Emerger
Dries: Size 22-24. Brooks Sprout Midge, Hi-Viz Griffiths Gnat, Spent Midge, CDC Midge Adult, Parachute Midge, Spider Midge, Blue Ribbon Foam Baetis, Vis-A-Dun 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 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!

May 26th, 2015

Despite the high flows Sarvis has been fishing well. It is day to day but it has been mostly running clear enough to fish. Look for large fish just a few feet off the banks hanging in slow seems and pools.
Flows: 450 CFS
Nymphs: Size 14-20. Pats Rubber Leg, Trigger nymph, Tung Teaser, RS2, San Juan Worm, 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. Also try some streamers like Black Zonkers and Zoo Cougars.
Dries: Size 18-20. 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.

May 26th, 2015

The Yampa through town is running high but has still been relatively clear. Look for any slow inside bends or side channels. If you give it a try fish deep with lots of weight or sink tip lines.
Flows:2000 CFS
Nymphs: Pats Rubber Leg, RS2, Zebra Midge, San Juan Worm, Egg, Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear, Miracle Midge, Black Beauty, Red Copper John, Copper Sawyer, Rainbow Warrior, North Fork Special, Tungsten Jigstone and the Brick. Also try fishing streamers like the Black Zonkers and Zoo Cougars.

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

May 26th, 2015

The Elk is running pretty high and muddy but could still be productive on slow inside seams. Be sure to fish deep in slow runs.
Flows 1580 C.F.S.
Nymphs: Pats Rubber Leg, Bright Eggs, Pink and Orange Worms, Lightning Bug, Tungsten Jig Stone, Kaufmans Stone,
Streamers: Black Zonkers and Zoo Cougers.

Steamboat Lake

May 26th, 2015

Steamboat lake is fishing great! Fish are in shallow and feeding well. Call the shop for more info.

Stagecoach Reservoir

May 26th, 2015

Trout fishing has been pretty good and we have seen some larger pike cruising the banks. Try fishing streamers deep on sink tips.
Patterns: Black and olive woolly buggers, Black Zonkers, Platte river special.
Pike: Barry's Pike fly red and white, Gen X Bunny Fire Tiger, Hare Grub Black