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Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers

August 24th, 2016

It's finally summer in Steamboat! We have hit the sweet spot as far as flows are concerned on the Elk and Yampa rivers. The water is down to a very wade able fish able level and is running crystal clear. The dry fly fishing has really picked up in the past few days with great trico hatches in the mornings and caddis in the evening. All of the high mountain lakes are fishing great. 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 "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.

August 24th, 2016

Fishing the tailwaters' crystal clear water is as good as it gets. Get out there early morning or at dusk to catch the hatch and get a good spot. We are seeing rising fish to PMDs and Caddis on 6x or 7x tippet. The fish are easy to spook so use low profile indicators and micro split shot.

Flows: 55 CFS

Nymphs: Barrs emerger, Medallion Midge Pupa, UV Emerger, Black RS-2, Z-Wing Midge, Miracle Nymph, Befus Bling Midge, Epoxy Scud, Black Beauty, Graphic Caddis

Dry: Brook Sprout Midge, X2 Caddis, Headlight Caddis, Outrigger Caddis

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.

August 24th,

Sarvis is fishing well and flowing clear. We have seen fish rising to P.M.Ds, Caddis, and Adams mid-morning and evening.

Flows: 65 C.F.S.
Nymphs: Tricos, North Fork Special, Peacock & Partridge, Sparkle Pupa, Translucent Emerger, Graphic Caddis, 2 Bit Hooker, Barr's PMD Emerger, Olive Hares Ear, Ju Ju Baetis, Olive RS-2

Drys: Brooks Sprout PMD, Parachute Adams, X2 Caddis, Snowshoes Caddis, Goddard Caddis

Streamers: Slump Buster, Near Nuff Sculpin, Zonkers



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

August 24th,

Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area is fishing great and provides anglers a scenic stretch near town to fish. Tricos are working well in the morning and Caddis in the early evening. Hopper droppers are hitting well too.

Flows: 82 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Black RS-2, Biot Epoxy Stone, Muskrat Nymph, Graphic Caddis, Z-Wing Caddis, Ju Ju Baetis, Pheasant Tail Slim, Split Case PMD, Smethurs Bomb, UV Emerger, Black Zebra Midge, Black Copper John

Drys: Brook Sprout Trico, Vis-A-Dun Barrs Trico, Drowned Trico Spinner, X Caddis, AC Caddis, Fertile Caddis

Streamers: Hairs Sculpin, Zonkers, Articulated Goldie

Hoppers: Sweet grass, Stream Bank, B-1 Bomber

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.

August 24th,

Flows are excellent right now. Fish are rising in the evening to stimulators, Caddis and PMDs. Try a slump buster in the afternoon and Caddis in the evenings. Hopper to a nymph is working all day long too.

Flows: 46 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Hot Wire Prince, Rubber Leg Squirrel, Petrified Pupa, Prince Nymph, Tongue Teaser, Micro Mayfly, Epoxy Back PMD, Split Case PMD

Dry: Vis-A-Dun Barrs PMD, Goddared Caddis, Headlight Caddis, Parachute Adams, Triple-Double, Orange Stimulator, Turks Tarantula, Parachute Hopper

Streamers: Beldar, Mini Bugger, Purple Woolly Bugger

Steamboat, Pearl, and Hahns Peak Lakes

Steamboat Lake

August 24th, 2016

Steamboat Lake is fishing well. If you're fishing mid day try a rust leech in the deep, cool water.

Stagecoach Reservoir

Stagecoach Reservoir

August 24th, 2016

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