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Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers

June 19th, 2017

Spring is here in the Yampa valley. Run off has started slow and steady. That being said we have seen some great fishing. The Yampa is running high but for the most part remaining clear making the float fishing pretty good for this time of year. The Elk river is pretty much in full run off at this point but people have still been catching some fish in the slow water. Fishing deep nymph rigs and swinging streamers slow and deep in the mid morning before the afternoon run off has been very effective. We have also seen some amazing B.W.O. hatches in the afternoons on the cloudy days. The lakes are iced off and have been fishing great. There is always something to fish around here any time of year so come on up and enjoy what the beautiful Yampa Valley has to offer! 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.

June 19th, 2017

The Tailwater has been very consistent and should remain clear through run off. The road to the Tailwater is now open. Nymphing small midges and emergers have been most effective all day. Look for fish to be rising to midges on any overcast or stormy 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

Flows: 36 CFS

Nymphs: WD40 Chocolate, Black Beauty, Top Secret Midge, Rainbow Scud, RS2, Zebra Midge, Barr's B.W.O. Emerger, Miracle Nymph, Buckskin, Goodale's Baetis

Dry: Last Chance Cripple, Mole Fly, Viz-A-Dun Baetis, Blue Ribbon Baetis, Film Critic B.W.O. Comparadun B.W.O.

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 when the water hasn't been muddied from recent rains so keep eyes trained to the water.

June 19th,, 2017

Sarvis has been day to day as far as clarity goes. The creeks between Sarvice and the tailwater have been muddying things up form time to time. Give a call down to the shop for more up to date info 970-879-6552.

Flows: 45 C.F.S.

Nymphs: 20 Incher, Tugsten Jigstone, Rubber Leg Squirrel, Super Pupa, Partridge And peacock, Translucent Emerger, Tung Teaser, Eggs, Worms, Barr's P.M.D. Emerger, Mercury RS2, Zebra Midge

Drys: Brooks Sprout B.W.O., Parachute B.W.O., Sparkle Baetis

Streamers: Zonkers, Bow River Bugger, Slump Buster

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

June 19th, 2017

The Yampa river through town is high and running a bit off color. That being said fishing the slow deep runs has been very effective. We have seen a pretty god B.W.O. hatch coming off on any overcast days. We have been finding fish just few feet off the bank. Make a few casts before you even step in the water. Fishing has been best from 8 am- about 3pm when the afternoon run off start. The river is changing daily this time of year so give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info.

Flows:1,040 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Kaufman's Stone, Tungsten Jigstone, 20 Bomb, Tungsten Goldie, Graphic Caddis, Birds Nest, Jaun's Hi Def Purple, Pheasant Tail, Soft Hackles, Mighty May Baetis, Micro May Olive, Eggs, San Jaun Worm

Dry: Comparadun B.W.O., Burks Silhoutte B.W.O., Parachute Adams

Streamers:Zoo Cougar, Beldar Bugger, Egg Sucking Leech, Sparkle Minnow, Slump Buster, Double Dirty Hippy,

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.

June 19th, 2017

The Elk river is high and muddy but we have caught some great fish very close to the bank in the past few days. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.

Flows: 2,690 C.F.S.

Nymphs: 20 Incher, Patt's Rubber Leg, Worms, Eggs, Lightening Bug, Red Copper John, B.L.M.,

Streamers: Sparkle Minnow, Zonkers, Sparkle Bugger

Steamboat, Pearl, and Hahns Peak Lakes

Steamboat And Stagecoach Lakes

June 19th, 2017

Steamboat and Stagecoach lakes are iced off and the fishing has been good. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.