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NW Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers

October 18th, 2018

The colors are changing and temperatures are dropping (at night at least) so fall fishing is on the horizon. The Yampa and Elk rivers are fishing great regardless of low flows. We have seen some great dry fly fishing during both the morning and evening. Just because summer is over doesn't mean you have to stop exploring the high-country. 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.

October 18th, 2018

With low and cool flows the fishing has been exciting. We're are seeing fish active most of the day on nymphs and dries.

Flows: 30 C.F.S.

Nymphs: B.T.S. nymph, Smethurst's VooDoo, Medallion Midge, Mercury RS2, U.V. Emerger, Barr's Emerger, WD-40, Miracle Midge, Top Secret Midge.

Dries: Brooks Sprout, Mole Fly, Vis-A-Dun, Hackle Stacker, Film Critic BWO

Streamers: Hale Bop Leach, BH Mini Bugger, Goat Leech


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.

October 18th, 2018

Our recent precipitation and cool temps have pushed fish to the deeper, slower water. Sarvis has been fishing well with dry fly fishing in the morning and evenings and good nymphing all day. Give a call down to the shop for more up to date info 970-879-6552.

Flows: 35 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail, Petrified Pupa, Edwards Black, Two-Bit Hooker, Barr's Emerger, Purple Juju Baetis, B.T.S. nymph, Smethhurt's Bomb, RS-2, Bling Midge, Darth Baetis.

Dries: Extended Body Mahogany, CDC Mahogany, Hackle Dun Baetis, Vis-A-Dun Baetis, Missing Link.

Streamers: Beldar Bugger, Lil Kim, 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

October 18th, 2018

The town section and Chuck Lewis are now open!! Get out there. The fishing is as good as it gets! With the colder temps nymphing has been most productive. 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: 81 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Copper John, Flossy Worm, Zebra Midge, Juju Baetis, Barr's Emerger, Pheasant Tail, Darth Baetis, B.L.M., Hares Ear, RS2, Patt's Rubber Leg, Soft Hackles

Dry: Vizadun Baetis, Film Critic, Brooks Sprout Baetis

Streamer: Zonker, Purple Wolly Bugger, Beldar, Lil Kim

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.

October 18th, 2018

The Elk is at a great flow right now. We have seen most productive times being mid-morning into the afternoon. Nymphing has been most productive,deep and slow.
Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.

Flows: 83 C.F.S.

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.

Dries: Renegade, Extended Body BWO, Film Critic BWO

Streamers: Purple Crystal Bugger, Beldar Bugger, Hare Sculpin

Steamboat, Pearl, and Hahns Peak Lakes

Steamboat And Stagecoach Lakes

October 18th, 2018

The lakes in the area and in the high country have been fishing great. Give a call down to the shop for more info.