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April 10, 2014

The Stagecoach Tailwater is fishing very well! Most of the Yampa from Sarvis Creek Wildlife Area downstream is fairly blown out but the lakes should ice off in the next few weeks! Give us a call at the shop 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 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.

April 10, 2014

Fishing at the tailwater has been very productive. Fish have been up very consistently on cloudy days feeding on small midges. Flows: 97 cfs. Dries: Spider midges, Pablos Cripple, Small Griffiths Gnats and Rs2s in the film. Nymphs: Epoxy scuds, BWO Barr's Emergers, Black Beauties, Top Secret Midge, Miracle Nymph, Rs2s, Black U.V. Emergers and WD 40s.

Sarvis Creek

Located one mile downstream of the Stagecoach tail waters, this section of public water is not only beautiful, but came be very productive during the winter season. 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 though this entire section, so don't overlook any structure and approach runs with caution to avoid spooking fish. Spot 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!

April 10, 2014

Sarvis is beginning to blow out, however, fishing inside seams and slower water with bigger or brighter flies can still produce. Look for fish in close and the big lake fish have been seen often. Flows: 250 cfs. Nymphs: Olive Flash Back Hare’s Ear #14, Disco Midge, Barr's PMD Flash Back Emerger, Pink and Red San Juan Worms, Bright Eggs. Streamers: Natural, White, and Black Zonkers.

Yampa River Public Water

Yampa through the town of Steamboat Springs
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 cutbanks and deep holes will keep anglers busy all day.

April 10, 2014

Town and Chuck Lewis have become muddy due to the warm temperatures over the past few days. We have still been seeing midge hatches daily and small black stones periodically, however, finding flies that the fish can see is the key to success. Flows: 890 cfs. Nymphs: Pats Rubber Leg, Epoxy Stone, Kaufmans Stone, Purple Prince, Tung Teaser, Chartreuse Copper John, Pink and Red Worms and Bright colored eggs are working well. Streamers: Tequillies, Inverted Hen Matuka, White, Black, and Natural Zonkers.

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 Forrest. Your best served with a small rod and attractor dry flies in this area.

April 10, 2014

Due to the warmer temperatures over the past few days the Elk has come up and turned very off color. Its muddy but could still be worth a try on the slow inside seams. Flows: 730 cfs. Flies: Pats Rubber Leg, Kaufmans Stone, Purple Prince, Hotwire Prince, Pink and Red San Juan Worms, Bright Egg Patterns, Natural, Black and White Zonkers.

Steamboat Lake

April 10, 2014

Steamboat Lake is iced over, but many anglers are still ice fishing. Give us a call or stop in for additional information.

Stagecoach Reservoir

Stagecoach is still iced over everywhere except the inlet. Some anglers are still ice fishing, however, ice off is only a few weeks away.

April 10, 2014

The fishing was pretty hot for a couple of weeks, however, it may be blown out for the spring. It could still be worth a try on the slow seams but at high flows this stretch can be difficult to fish. Flows: 250-450 cfs. Nymphs: Bright Eggs and Worms, Pats Rubber Legs. Streamers: Egg Sucking Leeches, Black and White Zonkers.