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NW Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers
April 1st, 2020

It’s starting to feel a lot like spring up here. Both the Elk and Yampa rivers are wide open. We are starting to see some off color water and afternoon run off. Fishing has been good mid morning to early afternoon. Our shop is now closed until further notice. If you have any questions please email us at Info@steamboatflyfisher.com

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you this summer!

 

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.

April 1st, 2020

The road to the Tailwater is closed. The road down from the park entrance is about 2 miles and takes about 45 minutes to walk in. 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.

Our shop is now closed until further notice. If you have an questions email us at info@steamboatflyfisher.com

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you this summer!

Flows: 92 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.

April 1st, 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. Fishing has been good from about Nine to three. We are seeing some off color water coming from Morrison creek on a day to day basis but as of now fishing is still good. Nymphing the deep holes has been the best bet. With the flows up a bit we have not seen too many fish rising but keep your eyes open in the soft seams .

Our shop is now closed until further notice. If you have any questions Email us at info@steamboatflyfisher.com

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you this summer

Flows: 120 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

April 1st, 2020
The Yampa is wide open and fishing well. The water is a bit off color. We have seen the best fishing in the mornings and early afternoons as there is some afternoon run off cooling down the water depending on the temps. We have had the best luck nymphing the deep holes and slow seams. If  the water is clear in the morning try smaller flies and lighter tippet. As the water gets off color throughout the day switch to bigger brighter bugs.

Our shop is now closed until further notice. If you have any questions Email us at info@steamboatflyfisher.com

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you this summer!

 

Flows: 301 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, 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.

April 1st, 2020

The Elk is wide open and a bit muddy. There is still some good fishing with big bright colored flies in the slow deep water. We have had our best 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.

Our shop is now closed until further notice. If you have any questions Email us at info@steamboatflyfisher.com

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you this summer

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Flows: 392 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.

April 1st, 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.

Our shop is now closed until further notice. If you have any questions Email us at info@steamboatflyfisher.com

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you this summer

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