Colorado Fly Fishing Reports
Yampa and Elk Rivers
March 27th, 2017
Spring is here in the Yampa valley. Run off has started slow and steady. That being said we have seen some great pre run off fishing. The Yampa and elk rivers are high and a bit off color. Fishing deep nymph rigs and swinging streamers slow and deep in the mid morning before the afternoon run off has been very effective. The lakes are starting to ice off and should be very good soon. There is always something to fish around here any time of year so come on up and enjoy what the beautiful Yampa Valley has to offer! Give us a call at 970-879-6552 any time for up to the hour info. We look forward to fishing with you soon!
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.
March 27th, 2017
The Tailwater has been very consistent and should remain clear through run off. The road is still closed at the entrance to the park a short 45 minute walk or bike ride keeps this section relatively uncrowded this time of year. Nymphing small midges and emergers have been most effective all day. Look for fish to be rising to midges on any overcast or stormy days. Make sure you are fishing 6x fluorocarbon tippet, micro split shot and small indicators as this section is low, clear and spooky this time of year.
Give a call down to the shop for more info
Flows: 85 CFS
Nymphs: RS2, Zebra Midges, WD40, Goodale's Baetis, Black beauty, medallion Midge, Bling Midge, Buckskin, Brassie, Smethurst Midge Bomb, Biot mayfly Emerger
Dry:Brooks sprout, adult Midge, Para ext body B.W.O., Mole fly, Compara Dun B.W.O., Loop Wing Emerger
Sarvis Creek State Wildlife Area
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.
March 27th, 2017
Sarvis has been fishing great. The road is now closed and can be accessed by snowmobile or about an hour long hike on a pretty well packed trail. We have seen some great nymph fishing in the deep pools and slow seams and decent dry fly action on any overcast or snowy days. Be sure to make a few casts in the slowest water right next to the bank before you step into the hole as we have seen some larger fish hanging right on the inside in 2-3 feet of water. If you go make sure and fish the warmest part of the day from about 11-3. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info on water and ice conditions.
Flows: 100 C.F.S.
Nymphs: Guides Choice Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Split Case P.M.D., Might May, Patt's Rubber Leg, Tung Jigstone, Psycho Prince, Soft Hackle Partridge Peacock
Drys: Parachute B.W.O., Last Chance Cripple, Hackle Dun Beatis, Brooks Sprout, Para Midge Black
Streamers: Zonkers, Trevor's Sculpin, Ice Pick
Yampa River Public Water
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
March 27th,, 2017
The Yampa river through town is high and running a bit off color. That being said fishing the slow deep runs has been very effective. We have been finding fish just few feet off the bank. Make a few casts before you even step in the water. Fishing has been best from 8 am- about 3pm when the afternoon run off start. The river is changing daily this time of year so give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info.
Flows: 413 C.F.S.
Nymphs: Tung Jig Stone, Rubber Leg Squirrel, 20 Incher, Black Copper John, Two Bit hooker, B.L.M., Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail, Jaun's Hi Def Purple, Guides Choice Hares Ear
Dry: Parachute Adams, Ext. Body B.W.O.
Streamers: Sparkle Minnow, Ice Pick, Crispy Critter, Double Dirty Hippy,
Elk River Public Water
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.
March 27th, 2017
The Elk river is high and muddy but we have caught some great fish very close to the bank in the past few days. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.
Flows: 793 C.F.S.
Nymphs: 20 Incher, Patt's Rubber Leg, Worms, Eggs, Lightening Bug, Red Copper John, B.L.M.,
Streamers: Sparkle Minnow, Zonkers, Sparkle Bugger
Steamboat, Pearl, and Hahns Peak Lakes
Steamboat And Stagecoach Lakes
March 20th,, 2017
Steamboat and Stagecoach lakes are slowly starting to ice off. The fishing has not picked up yet but it should be any day now. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.