Colorado Fly Fishing Reports
Yampa and Elk Rivers
February 18th, 2017
I think it is safe to say we are out of the January Freeze. The river through town is opening up more and more by the hour. Fishing all over the valley has been as good as it gets for this time of year. The road to the Stagecoach Tailwater is now closed. Parking at the gate and taking a short 45 minute hike down the road keeps the Stagecoach Tailwater uncrowded and fishing great this time of year. Fish have moved into there winter lies and have been feeding very well on small nymphs and midges fished deep under a strike indicator in any slow pools and inside bends. Look for fish to be rising to midges on any warm snowy days. We have seen our best fishing from 10-4 during the warmest part of the day. Give us a call at 970-879-6552 and we will point you in the right direction.
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.
February 18th, 2017
Now is the time to get out and enjoy the tailwater. The road is now closed at the entrance to the park. A short 40 minute keeps the tailwater relatively uncrowded this time of year and it is not uncommon to see lots of fish rising to midges on any over cast or warm days. We have seen great nymph fishing with small midges and emergers all day. 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: 67 CFS
Nymphs: Scuds, WD40, Brassie, Shot Glass Emerger, Zebra Midge, UV Emerger, Biot Mayfly Emerger, Juju, Miracle Nymph, Barrs Emerger, Black Beauty, Smethurst Voodoo,
Dry: Extended Body BWO, Brooks Sprout, Viza Dun, Last Chance Cripple, Sparkle Dun, Burks Silhouette Dun
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.
February 18th, 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: 70 C.F.S.
Nymphs: WD40, Zebra Midge, Barr's Emerger, Hot Wire Prince, Two Bit Hooker, Hare's Ear, Pheasant Tail, Hunchback Two Tone, Mercury Baetis, Sizzling Hot Spot, 20 Incher, Bead Wing Midge
Drys: Sparkle Dun, CDC Baetis Dun, Loop Wing Emerger, Blue Ribbon Baetis, Purple Parachute, Brooks Sprout
Streamers: Zonkers, Beldar, Platte dubunny,
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
February 18th,, 2017
The Yampa river through town is opening up more and more by the hour with lots of water open from rabbit ears all the way down to the transit center. Fishing has been amazing with the fish just waking up from a long winter nap. Fishing deep nymph rigs in any slow water you can find has proven most effective. With the warmer temps and more water flow the ice shelves have become very unstable! If you go be careful! The river is changing daily this time of year so give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info on open water and ice conditions.
Flows: 85 C.F.S.
Nymphs: Jigstone, Patt's Rubber Leg, Biot Epoxy Stone, Pheasnt tail, Hares Ear, Peacock Soft Hackle, Red Ass, Rubber Leg Squirrel, Two Bit Hooker, San Jaun Worm, GB Possy, Lightening Bug, Shot Glass Emerger, Medallion Midge, Zebra Midge, Black Beauty, Bead Wing Midge, WD40, Rainbow Warrior
Drys: Brooks Sprout, CDC Baetis Dun, Burks Silhouette Dun, Compara Dun, Purple Parachute, Blue Ribbon Foam Baetis,
Streamers: Sculpzilla, Circus Peanut, Hale Bop Leach, Tequeely, Crispy Critter, Chickabou Craw
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.
February 18th, 2017
The Elk river is pretty much frozen. Look for it to open up approximately mid march. If you can find any open water the fish should be hungry. If you go be careful on the ice shelves. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.
Flows: Ice ?.
Nymphs: 20 Incher, The Brick, Cory Stone, Red Copper John, Peacock Nymph, Zebra Midge, Brassie, Tung Reckoner, Purple Prince, Medallion Midge, Biot Mayfly Emerger
Streamers: Woolly Worm, Matuka, Zonkers, Zoo Cougar
Steamboat, Pearl, and Hahns Peak Lakes
Steamboat And Stagecoach Lakes
February 16th, 2017
Steamboat and Stagecoach lakes are frozen solid. The ice fishing has been great in the morning. Give a call down to the shop for up date ice conditions.