NW Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers

March 26th, 2019

Spring is right around the corner and the fishing is getting better every day. There is water open from Chuck Lewis downstream a ways and from 5th street down to James Brown Bridge. The Tail Water and Sarvis are fishing great. Fish have moved into a bit faster water and eating Nymph rigs very well. We have seen our best fishing from 11am-5pm. 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.

March 26th, 2019

The road to the tailwater is now closed. It is a short 45 minute hike from the entrance of the park. With the warmer weather fish have moved into a bit faster water. We have seen fish rising to midges and a few blue wing olives showing in the afternoons. 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: 37C.F.S.

Nymphs: WD-40, Bling Midge, Scuds, B.T.S. nymph, Top Secret Midge, Black Beauty, Smethhurst Voodoo, U.V. Emerger, WD-40, RS2, Barr’s Emerger, Super Midge, JuJu B Midge

Dries: Mole Fly, Parachute Midge, CDC Spent Midge, Brooks Sprout

Streamers: Hale Bop Leach, Zonkers, 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.

March 26th, 2019

The road to Sarvis is now closed to vehicles. It is about a 45 minute walk or a short snowmobile ride to the water. With the warmer temps we have seen fish moving into a little bit faster water. Give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info 970-879-6552.

Flows: 37 C.F.S.

Nymphs:Olive Hare’s Ear, Pheasant Tail, Two Bit Hooker, Barr’s Emerger, Buck Skin, Zebra Midge, Neon Nightmare, RS2, Soft Hackles, Prince Nymph, 20 Incher

Dries: Pink Parachute, Purple Parawulff, Mole Fly 

Streamers: Bubba’s Nbk Sculpin, Slump Buster, Jigged Balanced Leach

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

March 26th, 2019

The March fishing is upon us!

There is plenty of open water through town from Rabbit Ears Motel all the way down to James Brown Bridge. Chuck Lewis has also opened up in the last couple days. We are starting to see fish moving into a little bit faster water and eating very well. The fishing has been best from 10-3pm with i little bit of run off starting to show up in the afternoon. Nymphing very deep has been the best bet. We have seen a few blue wings starting to show up on the overcast days.

Give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info 970-879-6552

Flows: 98 C.F.S.

Nymphs: North Fork Special, Pat’s Rubber Leg, Barr’s Emerger, Two Bit Hooker, Zebra Midge, San Juan Worm, Miracle Midge, Ju Ju Baetis, RS2, Brassie, Edward’s Black

Streamer: Sparkle Minnow, Zoo Cougar, Zonkers, Leaches

Dries: Extended Body BWO, Para Adams, Viz A Dun 

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.

March 26th, 2019

Spring is starting to show it face in Elk River Valley. New water is opening every day. This section is still a couple weeks off but if you can find any deep open water the fish will be hungry!

Give a call down to the shop for up to date info, 970-879-6552!

Flows: Ice

Nymphs: Muskrat Nymph, Birdsnest, Two-Bit Hooker, MicroMay, Purple Juju Baetis, Hare’s Ear, Frenchie, Tung. Reckoner, Zebra Midge, RS-2, B.T.S. Nymph, Mercury Black Beauty.

Streamers: Purple Crystal Bugger, Beldar Bugger, Hare Sculpin

March 26th, 2019

Winter is in full swing in the high country. Look for ice fishing updates as things freeze up!

Winter Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-6pm Sun 8am-4pm