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NW Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers

December 5th, 2018

Winter is here. That being said the fishing has been amazing! We have seen our best fishing in the early afternoon. The fish have moved into there winter feeding lanes and are right on the bottom. Try fishing deep nymph rigs or swinging streamers on sink tips in the slowest deepest water you can find. 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.

December 5th, 2018


The road to the tailwater is still open as of now. With air temps dropping fish have moved into there winter feeding lanes. We have had our best luck during the warmest part of the day from 10-4. Nymphing deep runs and slow pools with 6x tippet, small indicators and micro split shot. We have also seen some fish rising to midges mid day and on any overcast or snowy days.

Flows: 29 C.F.S.

Nymphs: WD-40, Bling Midge, Scuds, B.T.S. nymph, Top Secret Midge, Black Beauty, Smethhurst Voodoo, U.V. Emerger, WD-40, RS2, Barr's Emerger, Super Midge, JuJu B Midge

Dries: Mole Fly, Parachute Midge, CDC Spent Midge, Brooks Sprout

Streamers: Cheech Leech, Beldar, Beadhead Mini Bugger

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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.

December 5th, 2018

The road to Sarvis is now closed to vehicles. It is about a 45 minute walk or a short snowmobile ride to the water. We have seen some great dry fly fishing on snowy overcast days and good nymphing all day. Try making a few casts in the slowest water before stepping in as we have seen some larger fish very close to the bank in slow shallow water. Give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info 970-879-6552.

Flows: 35 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Muskrat Nymph, Soft Hackles, Juans Hi-def, Barr's Emerger, JuJu Baetis Purple, Shot Glass Emerger, Biot Midge Emerger, Buckskin, Goodale Baetis, Brassie.

Dries: Comparadun BWO, HackleStacker Sparkle Dun, Last Chance Cripple

Streamers: Zonkers, Dirty Hippie Brown, Beldar


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

December 5th, 2018

The town section and Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area still have some open water with ice shelves forming more and more every day. The fishing has been best near the hot springs due to the warmer water flowing into the river. With the colder temps nymphing has been most effective. The fish have moved into their winter lies. Try fishing the deepest, slowest water you can find. Give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info 970-879-6552

Flows: 80 C.F.S.

Nymphs: B.T.S. Nymph, Two-Bit Hooker, UV Emerger, JuJu Baetis, Flashback Biot Midge, Darth Baetis, Trigger Nymph, Frenchie, Edwards Black, Pat's Rubber Leg

Dry: Comparadun BWO, Mole Fly, Hackle Dun Baetis, Last Chance Cripple

Streamer: Dirty Hippie, Cheech Leech, Hare's Sculpin, Sparkle Minnow

Elk River Public Water

Elk River

Flowing out of the Zirkel Wilderness Area, the Elk River is clean and clear this fall. 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.

December 5th, 2018

Winter has fallen on the Elk River Valley. Most of the deep slow water is frozen. If you can find any open water the fish will be hungry!
Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.
970-879-6552

Flows: Ice

Nymphs: Muskrat Nymph, Birdsnest, Two-Bit Hooker, MicroMay, Purple Juju Baetis, Hare's Ear, Frenchie, Tung. Reckoner, Zebra Midge, RS-2, B.T.S. Nymph, Mercury Black Beauty.

Streamers: Purple Crystal Bugger, Beldar Bugger, Hare Sculpin

Steamboat, Pearl, and Hahns Peak Lakes

Steamboat And Stagecoach Lakes

December 5th, 2018

Winter is in full swing in the high country. Look for ice fishing updates as things freeze up!