NW Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers

May 23rd, 2019

We are in full run off at this point. There is still some clear water and some great fishing opportunities. Stage Coach Tail Water has been fishing great as well as the reservoir. New water is opening up and icing off every day. 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.

May 23rd, 2019

The road to the Tailwater is now open! 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 up 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: 84 C.F.S.

Nymphs: WD40, Brassie, RS2, Zebra Midge, Redneck Midge, JUJU Baetis, Barr’s Emerger, Bling Midge, Medallion Midge, BTS Nymph

Dries: Viz A Dun, Extended Body BWO, Mole Fly

Streamers: Leaches, Zonkers, 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.

May 23rd, 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. The fishing has been day to day with Morrison creek introducing some muddy water. If you go get out early to beat the run off. Give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info 970-879-6552.

Flows: 90 C.F.S.

Nymphs: 20 Incher, Patt’s Rubber Leg, Edwards Black, Barr’s PMD Emerger, Neon Nightmare, Black Beauty, Zebra Midge, RS2, Two Bit Hooker, Soft Hackles

Dries: Purple Parachute, Brooks Sprout, Compara Dun BWO

Streamers: Squirrel Leach, Bubba’s NBK Sculpin, Beldar Bugger

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

May 23rd, 2019

The Yampa is very high and off color. We have had the best luck fishing very deep in slow water right on the bank or any side channels. If you go try getting out early before the run off starts in the afternoon and makes the water very cold.

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

Flows: 1,100 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Patt’s Rubber Leg, 20 Incher, Tungsten Goldie, Terminator Stone, North Fork Special, San Jaun Worm, JUJU Baetis, BLM, Copper John, Purple Prince Nymph

Dries: Griffith Gnat, Extended Body BWO, Viz A Dun

Streamers: Sparkle Minnow, Sculpinator, Dirty Hippy

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.

May 23rd, 2019

The Elk River is open and running high and dirty. If you go fish the slow seams and deep pools with big bright flies.

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


Flows: 1,540

Nymphs: Prince Nymph, BLM, Terminator Stone, Purple Prince, Lightning Bug, Red Copper John, Worms, Eggs

Streamers: Sparkle Minnow, Tequeely, Zonker

May 23rd, 2019

Steamboat lake and Stagecoach Rez are iced off and fishing great.

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


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