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July 21st, 2014

Fishing is on! Almost every section is fishing well on the Yampa, we are seeing tons of PMD's, Caddis, Yellow Sallie Stoneflies, and we've even been hearing the buzz of some Cicadas. The Elk River is fishing well, swinging caddis has been working the best. All of the lakes are fishing pretty well, the fish have moved back into slightly deeper water so try using sink tips. Give us a call at 970-879-6552 and we will point you in the right direction!

Stagecoach Tailwater

The upper stretch of the Yampa, also known as the "tail waters," is one of our most productive stretches of river during the winter and spring months. Being a tail water fishery, this section of river remains a constant flow throughout the entire year and the water temperature also remains consistent. After the river work that the DOW did, the river looks completely different, yet the fishing has been incredible.

July 21st, 2014

The fishing has been very productive at the Stagecoach Tailwater. Fish have been rising and We have also seen good PMD hatches mid day. Make sure you are using enough weight to get the flies down in the deep holes and fish light tippet to all fish you are sight fishing for. Flows 100 cfs. Nymphs: Epoxy scuds, BWO Barr's Emergers, Black Beauties, Top Secret Midge, Pheasant tails, D-Midge Purple, Medallion Midge Pupa, Flash Back Scuds, and Dorsey's Mercury Baetis. Dries: Brooks Sprout Midge, Brooks Sprout BWO, CDC Adult Midge, small Parachute BWO, and Griffith Gnat.Also try some small streamers like Slumpbuster's size 10 and Near Nuff Sculpin.

Sarvis Creek

Located one mile downstream of the Stagecoach tail waters, this section of public water is not only beautiful, but ca be very productive during the winter season. The Sarvis Creek State Wildlife Area is fishable year round and with close to a mile of classic trout stream habitat your chances of landing a trout of a lifetime are highly likely. Concentrate your casts on deeper runs and fish along seams. Fish are located though this entire section, so don't overlook any structure and approach runs with caution to avoid spooking fish. Sight casting for fish is very popular in this area, so keep your eyes glued to the water and look for cruising fish. It’s a bit of a walk to get to this area during the winter but the fishing is very productive!

July 21st, 2014

The flow is coming down everyday and fishing is getting better and better. Fish have been up on the surface occasionally on PMD's and Caddis. We are starting to see some hoppers and hopper fishing should go off any day now. Flows: 200cfs. Nymphs: Olive Flash Back Hare’s Ear #14, Disco Midge, Barr's PMD Flash Back Emerger, Pink and Red San Juan Worms, Green Hare's ears, Olive Pats Rubber Legs. Streamers: Natural, White, and Black Zonkers. We have also seen fish eating small hoppers.

Yampa River Public Water

Yampa through the town of Steamboat Springs
Through the City of Steamboat Springs, anglers will have close to seven miles of public water to choose from. This river can be accessed in several spots throughout town and along River Road. Fetcher Park, Rotary Park and Emerald Park are great places to park and access the river. These areas are located closer towards the Ski Slopes and the mountain village. Closer to town, Little Toots Park, Dr. Richard Weiss Park and Transit Center Park are favorable parking spots for anglers looking to stay closer to downtown. There are also several prime spots located directly across for the shop.
Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area
Just a few miles south of town located off CR 14F, the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area provides anglers with nearly 2 miles of public access to some incredible trout water. Large cutbanks and deep holes will keep anglers busy all day.

July 21st, 2014

Fishing is hot and getting hotter everyday!!!!
Fish are starting to move out into the faster water. We are seeing more and more fish up on the surface eating PMD's, caddis and some Yellow Sallies. Flows 250 C.F.S.
Nymphs
Stone Fly's- The Brick, Pat's Rubber Legs in darker colors, Jumbo John, Theo's Terminator,Trout Retriever and Kaufman's Stone, Barr's Emerger's Flashback Pheasant Tail's and soft hackles like partridge and peacock, hares ear soft hackle, and new tricks.
Streamer fishing has been pretty hot! Try Fishing bright patterns just off the banks with sink tips. Hair Sculpin, Zoo Cougar and Sheila Sculpin have been doing well.

The Elk River

The Elk River flows out of the Zirkel wilderness area and boasts of clean clear water all summer long. There are multiple access points starting with the Christina State wildlife area located about 8 miles out of town. Christina is about 1 mile long and has lots of long runs as well as some good pocket water. Anglers can expect to find Rainbows, Browns, Cutthroats, Brookies and Whitefish in the 12-18 inch range and the occasional fish over 20 inches. The upper elk north of Clark on Seedhouse road has tons of public water access in the National Forrest. Your best served with a small rod and attractor dry flies in this area.

July 21st, 2014

The Elk is getting really close, it is still high but it is clear. If you give it a shot look at slow inside seams and fish big and bright flies. Flows: 340 CFS. Flies: Pats Rubber Leg, Kaufmans Stone, Purple Prince, Hotwire Prince, Pink and Red San Juan Worms, Bright Egg Patterns, Natural, Black and White Zonkers.

Steamboat Lake

July 21st, 2014

Steamboat Lake and Pearl lake are fishing well try fishing deep during the day with sink tips and sinking lines and fishing with indicator rigs in the evenings. However some smaller fish can be found still cruising near the banks during the twilight hours. Flies: Purple and Black Egg Sucking Leeches, Crayfish Patterns in various different sizes and weights,Lemon Drop Beldar Bugger, small Black and Wine Leeches, Hares Ear's, New Trick soft hackle, and various choronomid patterns.

Stagecoach Reservoir

July 21st, 2014

The lake is opened up and fishing really well. Try Black, Brown, and Olive Crystal Buggers and various different Crayfish patterns. The inlet is flowing dirty, however, may still be worth a try. Flows: 100-200 cfs. Nymphs: Bright Eggs and Worms, Pats Rubber Legs. Streamers: Egg Sucking Leeches, Black and White Zonkers.

The pike fishing has been hot we have seen some fish in that 40 inch range. Try fishing bright streamers with bite wire or hard mono bite tippets.
EZ Zonker Chartreuse, Barry's Pike Fly in all colors and Flash Tail DP Minnow's have been the ticket.