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.
March 1st, 2020
The Tailwater has been fishing great. The road is now closed. This section requires about a two mile hike. keeping this section relatively un pressured this time of year. You can walk from the guard shack at the entrance to the park.
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: 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.