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NW Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers
March 1st, 2020

The Yampa is fishing well at the Tailwater and Sarvis sections. Town and Chuck Lewis are opening up more every day. there is open water at Chuck Lewis, and downstream of Rabbit Ears motel through 13th street. The Elk is pretty well frozen over. We have seen our best fishing mid day.

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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.

March 1st, 2020

The Tailwater has been fishing great. The road is now closed. This section requires about a two mile hike. keeping this section relatively un pressured this time of year. You can walk from the guard shack at the entrance to the park.

We have seen our best fishing from 9-3. Nymphing has been good all day and we have seen some fishing rising to midges mid day and on any overcast or stormy days. Make sure you are fishing 6x fluorocarbon leaders, small strike indicators and micro split shot. Try changing your depth more then your fly as these fish eat lots of different bugs but depth seems to be most important. Feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions.

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Flows: 40 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Juju Baetis, Barr’s Emerger, Zebra Midge, Bling Midge, RS2, Top Secret, Scuds, D Midge, Bead Wing Midge

Dries: Vizadun, Brooks Sprout, Parachute Blue Wing Olive

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.

March 1st, 2020
Sarvis has been fishing great. The road is now closed. This section can be accessed by snowmobile, or about a two mile hike. Depending on snow conditions snowshoes may be necessary. The fish have moved into there winter lies. Try fishing deep pools and tail outs. We have seen some fish rising to midges mid day, or on any overcast or stormy days. Feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions.

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Flows: 45 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Barr’s Emerger, Juju Baetis, Hairs Ear, Pheasant Tail, RS2, Zebra Midge, Dath Baetis, Worms, Eggs

Dries: Grifith’s Gnat, Parachute Midge, Brooks Sprout

Streamers: Hale Bop Leach, Slump Buster, 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

March 1st, 2020

The Yampa is starting to open back up slowly. Chuck Lewis is open in most spots. Town is opening more each day, with open water downstream of Rabbit ears motel to about James Brown Bridge. Fishing is starting to pick up more each day. The fish are very concentrated in the deep slow water. Nymphing deep and slow ahs been the most productive. Feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions.

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Flows: 85

Nymphs: Jigged PT, Red Copper John, Tungsten Reckoner, Patt’s Rubber Legs, Hares Ear, Barr’s Emerger, Zebra Midge, RS2, Worms

Dries: Parachute Adams, Mole Fly, Griffith’s Gnat

Streamers: Leaches, Zonkers, Sparkle Minnow

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.

March 1st, 2020

The Elk is frozen. Look for this to re open mid to late March. Please feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions!

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Flows: Ice

March 1st, 2020
Pearl Lake, Stagecoach, Steamboat and Hans peak lake are frozen. Give a call down to the shop  for up to date ice fishing reports.

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