NW Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers
October 16th, 2019

Fall has come to the Yampa and Elk Valleys. The fishing has been great from 10 am to dark. We have seen a very good Blue Wing Olive hatch mid day and caught fish on nymphs all  day. Give us a call at 970-879-6552 any time for up to the hour info and suggestions on where to go. 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

October 16th, 2019

The Stagecoach Tailwater is always a sure bet. We have seen some really good nymphing all day and a great Blue Wing Olive hatch mid morning. If you are nymhping  make sure you are using 6x fluorocarbon, micro split shot and small indicators. Give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info 970-879-6552

Flows: 40 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Barr’s Emerger, Zebra Midge, Medallion Midge, Brassie, RS2, BTS Nymph, Buck Skin, JuJu Baetis, Scuds, Bling Midge

Dries: Pablo’s Cripple, Blue Ribbon Foam Baetis, BWO Fripple

Streamers: Jake’s Leech, Hale Bop Leech, Slump Buster.

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 16th, 2019

The road to Sarvis is still open. With snow in the forecast give a call down to the shop before you go as the road will close soon. We have seen great fishing from 10 am to dark. Nymphing all day has been very productive with a good Blue Wing Olive hatch mid morning and again in the evening. Give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info 970-879-6552.

Flows: 51 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Barr’s Emerger, JuJu Baetis, Jauns Hi Def, Hot Bead Prince, Z Wing Caddis, Translucent Emerger, Edwards Black, RS2, Black Beauty, Buckskin

Dries: Last Chance Cripple, Mole Fly, BWO Fripple, Pink Parachute

Streamers: Beldar Bugger, Slumpbuster, Zonkers

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 16th, 2019

Fall has come to the Yampa Valley and the fishing is great! Please be respectful of spawning fish by not fishing to active fish spawning on reds also be careful walking and crossing the river try not walk on reds. We have seen a very strong Blue Wing Olive From 11 to dark and great nymphing all day. Call down to the shop for up to the minute reports. 970-879-6552

Flows: 96 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Barr’s Emerger, Hot Head Prince Nymph, JuJu Baetis, RS2, Zebra Midge, Translucent Emerger, Kaufman’s Stone, Z Wing Caddis

Dries: Blue Ribbon Foam Baetis, Last Chance Cripple, Hackle Stacker BWO

Streamers: Zoo Cougar, Zonkers, Beldar Bugger

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 16th, 2019

The Elk River is at a great flow right now. With cooler evening temps there is no need to get out first thing in the morning. We have seen our best fishing from 11 am to dark. Nymphing has been most productive but we have seen some Blue Wing Olives mid day or on any stormy or overcast days. Give a call down to the shop anytime for up to the hour info.


Flows: 64 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Tung Jig Stone, Red Ass, Edwards Black, Hot Wire Prince, Copper John, Lightening Bug, Juju Baetis, TungTeaser, Brassie, Black Beauty, Hares Ear.

Dries: Last Chance Cripple, Mole Fly, Royal Wulff

Streamers: Zonkers, Hare Sculpin, Beldar.

October 16th, 2019

Steamboat Lake, Pearl Lake, and Hahns Peak Lake are ice off and fishing well.

Give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info.


Fall Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-6pm Sun 8am-5pm