NW Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers
September 4th, 2023

The Yampa through Town, and at Chuck Lewis are open but getting hot. The Stagecoach Tailwater and Sarvis are open and fishing well. There is plenty of water to fish in the Yampa Valley.  Feel free to give a call down to the shop for 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

September 4th, 2023

The tailwater is now open and fishing well! Midges and scuds have been the most productive flies. Call us down at the shop if you have any questions.


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.

September 4th, 2023

The road into Sarvis is open and the river is fishable and good. This section has been fishing well depending on flows. Feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions.


Flows: 80 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.

September 4th, 2023

The Yampa through town and at Chuck Lewis is getting hot, please be mindful of the temperature.  Feel free to give a call down to the shop with questions.


Flows: 120 CFS

Dries: PMD‘s, midges

Nymphs: Pheasant tails, Hares ears, RS2, Midges

Streamers: Lead eye bugger, Beldar bugger, Hare sculpin



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.

September 4th, 2023

The Elk is fishing well! Please feel free to give a call down to the shop for up to date info.


Flows: 75

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

Dries: BWO’s

Streamers: Sparkle Minnow, White Zonkers, Buggers

September 4th
Leeches and chironomids have both been productive. Give a call down to the shop for up-to-date reports.



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