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NW Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers
May 23rd, 2022

The Yampa through town and at Chuck Lewis is running high and off color. That being said fishing any slow water on the edges has been productive. The road from the park down to the Stagecoach Tailwater is now open and fishing well. The road to Sarvis is still closed. the Elk river Came up very quickly this year and is running high and muddy.

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

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

970-879-6552

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.

May 23rd, 2022

The road through the park to the Tailwater is now open. Nymphing has been good all day. We have seen fish rising to midges on any overcast or stormy days. make sure you are using long 6x leaders, Micros split shot and small indicators as these fish can be very picky in this section.  Feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions.

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Flows: 36 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Zebra Midge, Barr’s Emerger, RS2, Bling Midge, Scuds, Buckskin, WD40, D’s Midge, Juju Baetis

Dries: Viza Dun, Wing Emerger, CDC Spent Midge, Morgan’s Midge

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.

May 23rd, 2022

The road to Sarvis is now closed. The walk in is about 1.5 miles. This section has been high and muddy, but has been fishing well with bigger brighter flies. Feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions.

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Flows: 550 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Hairs Ear , Pheasant Tail, Barrs Emerger, Zebra Midge, RS2, Buckskin, Soft Hackles

Dries: Midges

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

May 23rd, 2022

The Yampa through town and at Chuck Lewis is high and off color. That being said fishing the edges, and slow seems has been productive. We have seen the best fishing from 9-2 with a bit of run off dropping the water temps and turning off the fishing in the afternoons. Feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions!

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Flows: 1,410 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Stones, Pheasant Tail,  Barrs Emerger, Zebra Midge, RS2, Buckskin, Worms

Dries: 

Streamers: Hale Bop Leach, Slump Buster, Zonker

 

 

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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.

May 23rd, 2022

The Elk is running high and muddy. Please feel free to give a call down to the shop for up to date info.

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Flows: 1,720

Nymphs: Zebra midges, RS2’s, Stoneflies, Hares Ear, Pheasant Tails, Worms

Dries:

Streamers: Sparkle Minnow, White Zonkers, Buggers

May 23rd, 2022

Stagecoach Reservoir is fully iced off. Steamboat Lake still has ice on it. Give a call down to the shop for up-to-date reports.

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