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Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers

May 30th, 2016

Spring has sprung in Yampa valley and the rivers are running high. That being said we have seen some pretty good pre run off fishing. Look for colder overnight temps and fish deep in the slow seems, inside bends and side channels We have seen our best fishing and water clarity between 9-2AM . The lake fishing is really starting to turn on and the Stagecoach tailwater is always running clear and fishing well. New water is opening up every day so give a call down to the shop for up to the minute info. 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.

May 30th, 2016

The fishing at the tailwater has been very productive and the road is now open! With the flows up a little bit we have seen the bigger fishing moving towards the banks and being a bit more careless. Look for rising fish on warmer overcast 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: 177 CFS
Nymphs: Top secret midge, Miracle nymph, HB scud orange, Medallion midge, Bead wing midge, Loop wing emerger, Blue ribbon baetis, HB scud
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!

May 30th,

The flows at Sarvis are day to day right now. If you go try and get out before the afternoon run of hits try fishing nymph rigs in the slow seams and inside bends. The road is still closed but the hike is not bad. 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. Even with higher flows and off color water Sarvis has been fishing great. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.
Flows:200 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.

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.

May 30th, 2016

Spring has sprung in Steamboat. That being said the pre run off fishing has been great. The town section is flowing a bit high and off color but the fishing has been good. Try fishing nymph rigs closer to the bank and keep moving til you find fish if you find one chances are you find a dozen! If you go make sure to get out before the afternoon run off we have seen our best fishing form the hours 9-2 AM. Give a call down to the shop for up to the minute info.
Flows: 2,050 CFS
Nymphs: Tung goldie, Jumbo John, Physco Prince, Lightning bug, Split case PMD, Beafus, Mercury RS2, Heavy metal worm,
Drys: CDC Biot Emerger, Viz-A-Dun, Para Blue Wing, Sparkle Dun, Brooks Sprout, Pablos Cripple
Streamers: Bow river bugger, Black Zonker

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.

May 30th, 2016

The Elk river is running high and muddy. If you go try fishing bright colored nymphs close to the bank and in deep pools.Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.
Flows: 2,630 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,

Steamboat Lake

Steamboat Lake

May 30th, 2016

Steamboat lake is starting to open up!!! Give a call down to shop for up to date info.

Stagecoach Reservoir

Stagecoach Reservoir

May 28th, 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