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Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers

July 20th, 2016

It's finally summer in Steamboat! We have hit the sweet spot as far as flows are concerned on the Elk and Yampa rivers. The water is down to a very wade able fish able level and is running crystal clear. The dry fly fishing has really picked up in the past few days with great P.M.D. and Yellow Sally hatches in the mornings and drake's and caddis in the evening. All of the high mountain lakes and streams are wide open and fishing great. 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.

July 20th, 2016

Fishing on the tailwater is as good as it gets. With the flows down and the water running crystal clear. Try getting out early in the morning or late evening to beat the crowds and catch the hatch. Look for rising fish in the mornings and evenings. 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: 78 CFS
Nymphs: Mercury RS2, Miracle Nymph, Rs2 P.M.D., Biot Emerger, Hot Head Ray, Black Beauty, Scuds, Black WD40, Medallion Midge, Loop Wing Emerger, Scuds, Black WD40, Medallion Midge

Dry: CDC Midge, Hi Viz Griffith Gnat, Silhouette Dun P.M.D, Outrigger Caddis, Loop Wing Emerger

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!

July 20th,

Sarvis has been fishing very well. The Flows are perfect and the fish are happy. We have seen fish rising to P.M.D's Caddis and Drake's in the morning and evenings. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.
Flows:90 C.F.S.
Nymphs: Soft hackle peacock, Barrs emerger, Soft hackle PT, Wine WD50, Red brassie, Black beauty,
Drys: Viz-a-dun baetis, Sparkle dun baetis
Streamers: Slum Buster, Olive Zonker, Near Nuff.

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.

July 20th, 2016

The Elk river is getting down to a perfect flow. As of yesterday it is running clear and is cross able. We have seen fish rising to caddis in the evenings and the nymphing has been great all day. Give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info.
Flows: 214 C.F.S.
Nymphs: Tung Teaser, Purple Prince, Lightning bug, Psycho Prince, Z-Wing Caddis, Sizzlin Hot Squirrel, 20-Incher, Kaufman's Stone, Soft Hackle Peacock,
Dry: Peacock Caddis, Headlight Caddis, Crystal Stimulator, Triple Double,
Outrigger Caddis, X Caddis

Steamboat Lake

Steamboat Lake

July 20th, 2016

Steamboat lake is fully open and fishing great!!! Give a call down to shop for up to date info.

Stagecoach Reservoir

Stagecoach Reservoir

July 20th, 2016

Stagecoach lake is wide open! Fishing streamers on sink tips in any open water has been very productive. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.

Streamers: Hale Bop leach, Zoo Cougar, Beldar Bugger red and black, Black Zonker, Chikabou Craw, Crazy Dad, Double Tung Thin Mint