NW Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers
June 30th, 2020

The rivers around here are starting to come down and clear up. Dry fly fishing has been picking up and the nymphing has been good all day. Now is the time to get up to the Yampa valley and fish!

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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.

June 30th, 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: 45 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.

June 30th, 2020

The road to Sarvis is now open. It is very muddy so 4 wheel drive may be necessary. We have seen fishing rising to Drakes, Caddis and P.M.D.’s in the morning and late evenings. Nymphing has been good all day. Feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions.


Flows: 109 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: Drakes, P.M.D.’s and Caddis

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

June 30th, 2020

The Yampa is coming down every day and the fishing is great. We have seen fish rising to Drakes, Caddis, Yellow Sally’s and Caddis in the mornings and evenings. Nymphing has been good all day. Please feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions!



Flows: 209C.F.S.

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

Dries: Drakes, Yellow Sally’s, Caddis, PMD’s 

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.

June 30th, 2020

The Elk is running high but clear. look for this to fish very well in the next week or two.

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


Flows: 704 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.

June 30th, 2020

Steamboat Lake, Pearl Lake, and Hahns Peak Lake are wide open and fishing well.

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



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