NW Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers
April 20th, 2021

The Yampa and Elk rivers are wide open and fishing well. Clarity has been off and on depending on overnight temps. look for the flows to come up in the next couple weeks with warmer temps in the forecast.

Give a call down to the shop anytime for for suggestions and up to the hour info!



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.

April 20th, 2021

The Tailwater has been fishing great. The road is now open from the state park down to the Tailwater.

We have seen our best fishing from 9-3. Nymphing has been good all day and we have seen some fishing rising to midges mid day and on any overcast or stormy days. Make sure you are fishing 6x fluorocarbon leaders, small strike indicators and micro split shot. Try changing your depth more then your fly as these fish eat lots of different bugs but depth seems to be most important. Feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions.



Flows: 41 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Juju Baetis, Barr’s Emerger, Zebra Midge, Bling Midge, RS2, Top Secret, Scuds, D Midge, Bead Wing Midge

Dries: Vizadun, Brooks Sprout, Parachute Blue Wing Olive

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.

April 20th, 2021
Sarvis has been fishing great. The road is now closed. This section can be accessed by snowmobile, or about a two mile hike. Depending on snow conditions snowshoes may be necessary. The fish have moved into there winter lies. Try fishing deep pools and tail outs. We have seen some fish rising to midges mid day, or on any overcast or stormy days. Feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions.


Flows: 109 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Barr’s Emerger, Juju Baetis, Hairs Ear, Pheasant Tail, RS2, Zebra Midge, Dath Baetis, Worms, Eggs

Dries: Grifith’s Gnat, Parachute Midge, Brooks Sprout

Streamers: Hale Bop Leach, Slump Buster, Zonker

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

April 20th, 2021

The Yampa is fully open from Chuck Lewis down through town. The fish are very concentrated in the deep slow water. Nymphing deep and slow ahs been the most productive. Feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions.


Flows: 132

Nymphs: Jigged PT, Red Copper John, Tungsten Reckoner, Patt’s Rubber Legs, Hares Ear, Barr’s Emerger, Zebra Midge, RS2, Worms

Dries: Parachute Adams, Mole Fly, Griffith’s Gnat

Streamers: Leaches, Zonkers, Sparkle Minnow

Flowing out of the Zirkel Wilderness Area. 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.

April 20th, 2021

The Elk is starting to open up more and more each day. The water has been cold and muddy but we have found some fish in the slow deep water. If you go be careful wading and walking on the ice shelves. Give a call down to the shop for up to date info.


Flows: 246

April 20th, 2021
Pearl Lake, Stagecoach, Steamboat and Hans peak lake are frozen. Give a call down to the shop  for up to date ice fishing reports.



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