NW Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers
August 22nd, 2019

The fishing has been great up in the Yampa Valley. We have had perfect flows and amazing weather. The best fishing has been early mornings, evenings or any overcast cloudy days. Now is the time to get up here and catch the last little bit of summer fishing before fall.  Give us a call at 970-879-6552 any time for up to the hour info. We look forward to fishing with you soon!

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

August 22nd, 2019

The Stagecoach Tailwater is always a sure bet. We have seen some really good nymphing all day and a very strong caddis hatch in the evenings. If you are nymhping  make sure you are using 6x fluorocarbon, micro split shot and small indicators. Give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info 970-879-6552

Flows: 61 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Medallion Midge, Scud, Buckskin, Brassie, WD-40, RS-2, Bling Midge, BTS Nymph, Jujube, Top Secret Midge, Zebra Midge, Smethurst Voodoo.

Dries: CDC Spent Midge, Mole Fly, Morgan’s Midge, X2 Caddis, Para Slickwater Caddis

Streamers: Hale Bop Leech, Jake’s Leech, Beadhead Mini Bugger

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.

August 22nd, 2019

The road to Sarvis is open and the fishing is great! The dry fly fishing has been good in the mornings with PMD’s and the evening with Caddis. A lot of the fish in this area look up so don’t be afraid to search with a big dry or hopper even if there is no hatch. Give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info 970-879-6552.

Flows: 77 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Sizzlin Hot Squirrel, Soft Hackles, Muskrat Nymph, Graphic Caddis, Edwards Black, Barr’s Emerger, Frenchie, Tung Teaser, Black Beauty, D Midge, BTS Nymph, Hunchback Two-Tone

Dries: Moorish Hopper, Charlie Boy Hopper, KGB Drake, Purple Parachute, X Caddis, Headlight Caddis, Outrigger Caddis

Streamers: Slump Buster, Jakes Leech, Near Nuff Sculpin, 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

August 22nd, 2019

Water levels and temps. have been great lately. We are seeing all of our summer hatches and the fishing has been great! Give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info 970-879-6552

Flows: 105 C.F.S.

Nymphs:  Rubber Leg Squirrel, Runt Stone, Soft Hackles, Olli Edwards Yellow, Muskrat Nymph, Copper John, Barr’s PMD Emerger, Quasimodo, Drowned Spinner PMD, Tung Teaser, WD-50, RS-2

Dries: Missing Link, Goddard Caddis, Foam Caddis, Drowned Spinner Trico, Vis-A-Dun Trico, Para PMD, PMD Lawson, Thunder Thighs Hopper, Bubba Hog Call,

Streamers: Hare Sculpin, Sculpinater, Bank Robber Sculpin, Beldar

Flowing out of the Zirkel Wilderness Area, the Elk River is clean and clear this fall. 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.

August 22nd, 2019

The Elk River is at a great flow right now. With cooler afternoon temps there is no need to get out first thing in the morning. The hoppers are out and we have had our best luck mid morning fishing hopper dropper rigs in faster water. Give a call down to the shop anytime for up to the hour info.


Flows: 108 C.F.S.

Nymphs: 20-Incher, Tungston Jig Stone, Swing Caddis, Soft Hackles, Z-Caddis, Psycho Prince, Juan’s Hi-Def, Prince Nymph, Biot Midge Emerger, Pheasant Tail, Two Bit Hooker, BLM

Dries: Flopper Hopper, Stream Banks Hopper, Moorish Hopper, Trico Spinner, Foam Caddis, Outrigger Caddis, Holo Humpy

Streamers: Bead Head Mini Bugger, Beldar Bugger, Bubba’s NBK Sculpin, El Sculpito

August 19th, 2019

Steamboat Lake, Pearl Lake, and Hahns Peak Lake are ice off and fishing well.

Give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info.


Summer Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-7pm Sun 7am-5pm