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Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers

November 22nd, 2017

Winter is starting to close in on the Yampa valley. That being said with the warmer overcast snowy days the fishing has been great with all sections still remaining wide open. 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.

November 22nd, 2017

The Tailwater water is fishing great right now. With winter weather setting in the crowds have diminished and the fishing is great. As of now the road is still open. We have seen fish rising to Blue Wings and Midges on snowy overcast 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
970-879-6552

Flows: 60 CFS

Nymphs: Bling Midge, Black Beauty, Rainbow Warrior, RS2, Scuds, Brassie, WD-40, Zebra Midge, Goodale's Baetis, Loop Wing Emerger

Dry: Adult Midge, Hackle Dun Baetis, Parachute BWO, Visadun Baetis, Parachute Midge, Hi Vis BWO, Griffiths Gnat, Brooks Sprout Baetis

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.

November 22nd, 2017

Winter has set in in Pleasant Valley that being said the fishing is great and the road is muddy! Four wheel drive is a must this time of year. We have seen fish rising to midges and some blue wings on any snowy overcast days. Nymphing small midges and blue wing emergers has proven most effective. look for fish to be holding in the slow inside seams and deep pools. We have seen some larger fish eating small streamers swinging slow and striping slow and deep. Give a call down to the shop for more up to date info 970-879-6552.


Flows: 65 C.F.S.

Nymphs: D-Midge, WD-50, Smethurst Voodoo, RS2, BLM, JuJu Baetis, Swing Caddis, Birdsnest, Soft Hackle Rusty Spinner

Drys: Brooks Sprout Baetis, Red Quill, Hackle Dun Baetis, Parawulff BWO, Griffiths Gnat, Parachute Midge, Mole Fly

Streamers: Crystal Bugger, El Sculpito, Hare Sculpin, Egg Sucking Leech

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

November 22nd, 2017

Winter is starting to set in around here. With warmer daytime temps and good flows all sections are still wide open for now. Fish have moved into there winter lies. Try fishing deep nymph rigs in the slowest deepest water you can find. we have seen some larger fish eating streams swinging slow on sinking lines. Give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info
970-879-6552

Flows: 141 C.F.S.

The Yampa River through town has been fishing amazing!
Hopper dropping fishing has slowed down but we have seen fish rising to Mahogany's and blue winged olive's on any overcast or rainy days.

Nymphs: RS2, Zebra Midge, JuJu Bee, Barrs's BWO, Pheasant Tail, San Juan Worm, Copper John, Eggs, Biot Mayfly, Graphic Caddis,

Dries: Sparkle Dun Baetis, Comparadun BWO, Hackle Stacker BWO, Pablos Cripple, Parachute Mahogany, Profile Rusty Spinner, Parachute Midge, Elk Hair Caddis,

Streamers: Zonkers, Barely Legal, Sparkle Minnow

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.

November 22nd, 2017

Fall has come to the Elk river valley. With lower overnight temps there is no need to get out early. We have seen the best fishing from 10 AM to 2 PM with most of the action being below the surface. Nymphing deep or swinging small streamers has been most effective. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.
970-879-6552

Flows: 76 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Biot Mayfly, Patts Rubber Legs, RS2, UV Emerger, Pheasant Tail, San Juan Worm, Eggs, Two Bit Hooker

Drys: Adams, Purple Parachute, CDC Baetis Dun, Sparkle Dun, Pablos Cripple

Streamers: Slump Buster, Zoo Cougar, Sculpzilla

Steamboat, Pearl, and Hahns Peak Lakes

Steamboat And Stagecoach Lakes

November 22nd, 2017

Steamboat and Stagecoach lakes are iced off and the fishing has been good. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.
970-879-6552