NW Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers
May 25th, 2020

We are starting to see our run off take full effect up here in the Yampa Valley. The rivers are high but there is still some clarity and plenty of fishing opportunities.

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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.

May 25th, 2020

The road to the Tailwater is now open. With the flows up a little bit the fishing has been great. We have seen fish rising to midges and a few blue wings starting to show up on the overcast days. Nymphing has been great all day. Make sure you are using small indicators, micro split shot and 6x tippet as these fish can be spooky. If you have an questions give us a call at the shop!



Flows: 98 C.F.S.

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

Dries: Griffith’s Gnat, Parachute Midge, Vizadun

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.

May 25th, 2020

The road to Sarvis is closed. It is about a two mile hike to the bridge. At this point the trail is pretty well packed down. The water is high and a bit muddy and. There is still some fishing to be had on the edges and in the deep slow pools. If you go get out early to avoid the afternoon run off and be careful crossing with the high flows. Feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions.


Flows: 500 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, Eggs, Worms

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

May 25th, 2020

The Yampa is running high. There is still a bit of clarity and there is plenty of fishing to be done on the edges, slow seams and inside bends. Look for anything breaking the current and creating slow seams or deep pools and there will be fish holding there. If you go get out early before the afternoon run off starts. We have seen our best fishing from 8am-2pm. Please feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions!



Flows: 1,820 C.F.S.

Nymphs:  JuJu Baetis, Patt’s Rubber Legs, 20 Incher, Prince Nymph, Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear, Zebra Midge, Worms, Eggs

Dries: Parachute Adams

Streamers: Sparkle Minnow, Zonkers, Buggers

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 25th, 2020

The Elk is running high and muddy. We have had some luck nymping but have also caught a few on bright streamers striped slow. If you go get out in the morning to avoid the afternoon run off.

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


Flows: 1,450 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.

May 25th, 2020

Steamboat Lake, Pearl Lake, and Hahns Peak Lake are still frozen in most spots. The ice is getting thinner and softer every day. Give a call down to the state parks for accurate ice safety reports.

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