Reports & Hatches Photo 1

March 27th, 2015

We have made it through our January freeze and 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 the fishing has been great. The warmer temps during the days have brought the flows up, however, night time temps have kept the water clear enough to keep the fishing awesome. Our best time on the water has been mid morning to mid afternoon to avoid the slight afternoon runoff. 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.

March 27th, 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 30 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. With the higher flows the faster current and deeper holes will require more weight and bigger indicators to get down to the fish.
Flows: 133 cfs
Nymphs: Size 20-24. RS2, Zebra Midge, Bling Midge, Wine WD50, Top Secret, Miracle Midge, Medallion Midge, U.V. Emerger, Biot Midge Emerger, Mirrored Midge, Barrs PMD Emerger, Hunchback Scud, D-Midge, Not Much and Befus.
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!

March 27th, 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 in close before you walk up and spook fish hanging in the shallows. Water may be slightly off color, however, there is still plenty of visibility to keep the fishing great.
Flows: 193 cfs
Nymphs: Size 14-20. 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.

March 27th, 2015

The Yampa through town is flowing slightly higher than average but still fishing very well. Plan on fishing morning through mid afternoon and look to fish the slow deep holes. Try fishing bigger and brighter flies with the higher off color water. We have still been seeing some fish rise on cloudy afternoons and big streamers have been somewhat productive.
Flows: 418 cfs
Nymphs: 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 Zonker and Zoo Cougar.
Dries: Brook Sprout Midge, Griffiths Gnat, Parachute Midge.

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.

March 27th, 2015

The Elk River is pretty much blown out. Colder temps may bring the flows down to a fishable level in the next few weeks.

Steamboat Lake

March 27th, 2015

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

Stagecoach Reservoir

March 27th, 2015

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