NW Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers
September 10th, 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. Town and Chuck Lewis are open. Give us a call at 970-879-6552 any time for up to the hour info and suggestions on where to go. 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

September 10th, 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: 76 C.F.S.

Nymphs: BTS Nymph, Neon Nightmare, RS2, WD-40, Brassie, Buckskin, D-Midge, Black Beauty, Top Secret Midge, Juju Baetis, Bling Midge, Scuds, Barr’s Emerger.

Dries: Griffiths Gnat, Parachute Midge, CDC Spent Midge, X2 Caddis, Fertile Caddis, Morgan’s Midge.

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.

September 10th, 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: 92 C.F.S.

Nymphs: 20-Incher, Runt Stone, Soft Hackles, Bead Head Diving Caddis, UV Sally, Birdsnest, Frenchie, Purple Prince, Barr’s PMD Emerger, Shot Glass Emerger, Juju Baetis, RS2, Brassie.

Dries: Para Madam X, Stimulator, Flopper Hopper, Trico Spinner, Hemingway Caddis, X2 Caddis, Pink Parachute.

Streamers: Bubba’s NBK Sculpin, Near Nuff Sculpin, 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

September 10th, 2019

The Yampa River from Chuck Lewis downstream is open now after a voluntary closure last week.  Cool nights mean water temps are just right. Mornings we are seeing a light trico hatch and all day hopper dropper rigs have proven productive. Call down to the shop for up to the minute reports. 970-879-6552

Flows: 114 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Two Bit Hooker, Red Ass, UV Sally, Copper John, BLM, Split Case PMD, Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail, Biot Midge Emerger, Zebra Midge, Smethurst Bomb, Desert Storm, RS2, Barr’s Emerger

Dries: BC Dropper Hopper, Swisher’s Foam PMX, Vis-a-Dun Trico, Chubby Trico Female, Balloon Caddis, Headlight Caddis.

Streamers: Sugar Shaker, Bank Robber Sculpin, Mini Dungeon.

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.

September 10th, 2019

The Elk River is at a great flow right now. With cooler evening 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: 73 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.

Dries: Drowned Spinner Trico, Last Chance Cripple Trico, Balloon Caddis, Charlie Boy Hopper, Stimulator, Turks Tarantula.

Streamers: Zonkers, Hare Sculpin, Beldar.

September 10th, 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.


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