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Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers

February 4th, 2016

Winter has hit in full effect up here but with mild mid day temperatures the fishing is as good as ever. We have seen our best fishing between the hours of 11 and 3. With the cooler water temps fish have moved to there winter lies. try fishing deep nymph rigs in the slow seems and inside bends look for fish rising to small Blue Wings mid day. Now is the time to get up to Steamboat and take advantage of all the fishing opportunities the Yampa Valley has to offer!!!!! Give us a call at 970-879-6552 and we will point you in the right direction.

Stagecoach Tailwater

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 4th, 2016

The fishing has been very productive at the Stagecoach Tailwater. The flows are perfect and the fish are hungry! The road is now closed requiring about a 40 minute walk. With the road being closed you can usually look forward to having the place to yourself. Look for rising fish on warmer snowy days. 6x 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: 55 CFS
Nymphs: Hunch Back Scuds, Chatreuse Copper John,Hot Head Ray, Medallion Midge, U.V. Midge, D Midge, RS2, JUJU Emerger, Not Much, WD-40, Befus, Miracle Nymph, Bling Midge, Black Beauty
Drys: Sprout Midge and BWO, Vis-A-Dun, Comparadun, CDC Biot Emerger, Blue Ribbon Foam Baetis, Loop Wing Emerger, Pablos Cripple

Sarvis Creek

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!

February 4th, 2016

Sarvis is always a good bet for some amazing winter fishing. The road is now closed but the hike is not bad. The fish have moved into there winter feeding lanes and we have seen our best fishing during the warmest part of the day. try fishing nymph rigs in the slow seams and inside bends. Keep your eyes peeled for larger fish to be just a few feet off the bank be sure to make a few casts before you step into the water.
Flows:60 C.F.S.
Nymphs: Copper John, Olive Hares Ear, Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail, Two Bit Hooker, Barrs Emerger, Mighty May, Purple Prince, Trigger Nymph, Rainbow Warrior, D-Midge, Black beauty, RS-2, Red Brassie, Buck Skin, Zebra Midge, Befus, Bead wing Midge
Drys: Extended Body BWO, Brooks Sprout Baetis, CDC Baetis Dun, Blue Ribbon Baetis, Hackle Dun Baetis
Streamers: Slum Buster, Olive Zonker, Near Nuff.

Yampa River Public Water

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 4th, 2016

The fishing through town has been good on any open water. There is a pretty good section open across from our shop and also on 13th ST with new stretches starting to open every day. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info. If you go try fishing the deepest open water you can find we have seen most fish right next to the ice and in the slow seems. Be careful on the ice shelves!
Flows:100 CFS
Nymphs: Mercury RS-2, Brassie, Buck Skin, Befus, Black Beauty, Blue Zebra Midge, Bead wing Midge. Olive Hares Ear, Rainbow Warrior, D-Midge, Falshback Biot BWO, Barrs Emerger, Two Bit Hooker, Green Copper John, Lightning Bug, Psycho Ptince, Pats Rubber Leg
Drys: CDC Biot Emerger, Viz-A-Dun, Para Blue Wing, Sparkle Dun, Brooks Sprout, Pablos Cripple
Streamers: Black Red Beldar, Platte Double Bunny, Hale Bop Wine, Belly Dancer, Black Zonker, Zoo Couger

The Elk River

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.

February 4th, 2016

The Elk River is frozen in most places. If you do find open water the fish will be hungry! Give a call down to the shop for more up to date info.
Nymphs: Tung Teaser, Purple Prince, Lightning bug, Psycho Prince, Z-Wing Caddis, Sizzlin Hot Squirrel, 20-Incher, Kaufman's Stone, Soft Hackle Peacock,

Steamboat Lake

Steamboat Lake

February 4th, 2016

Steamboat lake is frozen. Give a call down to shop for up to date ice fishing info.

Stagecoach Reservoir

Stagecoach Reservoir

February 4th, 2016

Stagecoach is frozen. give a call down to the shop for up to date ice fishing info.