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Yampa and Elk Rivers
November 23rd, 2020

The Yampa is still wide open and fishing well. The Elk is starting to freeze up in spots. We have seen our best fishing mid day.

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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 23rd, 2020

The Tailwater has been fishing great. We have seen our best fishing from 9-3. Nymphing has been good all day and we have seen some fishing rising to Blue Wing olives 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.

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Flows: 40 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.

November 23rd, 2020
Sarvis has been fishing great. The road is passible but very muddy. We have seen our best fishing from 9-3. Nymphing has been the most productive. The fish have moved into there winter lies. Try fishing deep pools and tail outs. We have seen some fish rising to Blue Wing Olives mid day or on any overcast or stormy days. Feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions.

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Flows: 58 C.F.S.

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

Dries: Parachute Blue Wing Olive, Compara Dun, 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

November 23rd, 2020

The Yampa is now open and fishing great. The fish have moved into there winter lies. Nymphing has been great all day and we have seen some fish rising to Blue Wing Olives Mid day and on any stormy or overcast days. Feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions.

970-879-6552

Flows: 82 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Soft Hackles, Pheasant Tail, Patts Rubber Leg, Dark Stones, Juju Baetis, Barr’s Emerger, Zebra Midge, Worms, Eggs

Dries: Viza Dun, Parachute Blue Wing Olive, Film Critic

Streamers: Zonker, Wolly Buggers, Beldar Bugger, Crispy Critter

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.

November 23rd, 2020

The Elk is starting to freeze up in most spots. With warmer weather in the forecast it could re open this week. If you can find any open deep water the fish should be hungry. If you go be careful wading and remember to look upstream for any ice shelves breaking free and floating down. Please feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions!

970-879-6552

Flows: Ice 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.

Streamers: Zonkers, Hare Sculpin, Beldar.

November 23rd, 2020
Pearl Lake, Stagecoach and Hahns Peak Lake are starting to freeze. There is still some open water at stagecoach and it has been fishing well.

Please feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions!

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