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Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers

January 16, 2017

Winter has come in the Yampa Valley in the past week or so. That being said the fishing is still great with lots of open water through town and the road to the tail water still open. Fish have moved into there winter lies and have been feeding very well on small nymphs and midges fished deep under a strike indicator in any slow pools and inside bends. Look for fish to be rising to midges on any warm snowy days. We have seen our best fishing from 11-3 during the warmest part of the day. Give us a call at 970-879-6552 and we will point you in the right direction.

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.

January 16th, 2017

Now is the time to get out and enjoy the tailwater. The road is now closed at the entrance to the park. A short 40 minute keeps the tailwater relatively uncrowded this time of year and it is not uncommon to see lots of fish rising to midges on any over cast or warm days. We have seen great nymph fishing with small midges and emergers all day. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info on hatches and road closures. The fish are easy to spook so use low profile indicators and micro split shot.

Flows: 55 CFS

Nymphs: Scuds, WD40, Brassie, Shot Glass Emerger, Zebra Midge, UV Emerger, Biot Mayfly Emerger, Juju, Miracle Nymph, Barrs Emerger, Black Beauty, Smethurst Voodoo,

Dry: Extended Body BWO, Brooks Sprout, Viza Dun, Last Chance Cripple, Sparkle Dun, Burks Silhouette Dun

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.

January 16th, 2017

Sarvis has been fishing great. As of yesterday the road is still open and passable with four wheel drive. We have seen some very good dry fly fishing mid day and great nymphing all day long. Be sure to make long casts and fish 6x leaders as we have seen some larger fish eating dry flies in the shallow riffles and inside bends.Shallow nymph rigs with micro split shot and small indicators have also proven very effective in the past few days. Give a call down to the shop for up to date road conditions.

Flows: 60 C.F.S.
Nymphs: WD40, Zebra Midge, Barr's Emerger, Hot Wire Prince, Two Bit Hooker, Hare's Ear, Pheasant Tail, Hunchback Two Tone, Mercury Baetis, Sizzling Hot Spot, 20 Incher, Bead Wing Midge

Drys:Charlie Boy Hopper, Sparkle Dun, CDC Baetis Dun, Loop Wing Emerger, Blue Ribbon Baetis, Purple Parachute, Brooks Sprout

Streamers: Zonkers, Beldar, Platte dubunny,


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

January 16th, 2017

Fishing through town has been as good as it gets the past few days. The fish have moved into there winter lies. Fishing deep nymph rigs with small midges and B.W.O. emergers have been most effective in the past few days. We have seen some fish rising to Midges and Blue wings mid day and on any overcast days. The town section should stay wide open through December. This is one of the best times to catch some of the larger fish the Yampa has to offer as they try and fatten up for the winter. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info on water and ice conditions.

Flows: 78 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Jigstone, Patt's Rubber Leg, Biot Epoxy Stone, Peacock Soft Hackle, Red Ass, Rubber Leg Squirrel, Graphic Caddis, Two Bit Hooker, GB Possy, Lightening Bug, Shot Glass Emerger, Medallion Midge, Zebra Midge, Black Beauty, Bead Wing Midge, WD40, Rainbow Warrior

Drys: Brooks Sprout, CDC Baetis Dun, Burks Silhouette Dun, Compara Dun, Purple Parachute, Blue Ribbon Foam Baetis,

Streamers: Sculpzilla, Circus Peanut, Hale Bop Leach, Tequeely, Crispy Critter, Chickabou Craw

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.

January 16th, 2017

The Elk river valley has changed to winter in the past few days with overnight temps below zero. If you can find any open water the fish should be hungry. If you go be careful on the ice shelves. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.

Flows: Ice ?.

Nymphs: 20 Incher, The Brick, Cory Stone, Red Copper John, Peacock Nymph, Zebra Midge, Brassie, Tung Reckoner, Purple Prince, Medallion Midge, Biot Mayfly Emerger

Dry: Para Wolf, Hackle Dun Baetis, Griffiths Gnat, Purple Parachute, Triple Double, Parachute Blue Wing

Streamers: Woolly Worm, Matuka, Zonkers, Zoo Cougar

Steamboat, Pearl, and Hahns Peak Lakes

Steamboat And Stagecoach Lakes

January 16th, 2017

Steamboat and Stagecoach lakes are frozen solid. The ice fishing has been great in the morning. Give a call down to the shop for up date ice conditions. .