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NW Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers
January 17th, 2022

The Yampa is open at the Tail Water and Sarvis sections and is fishing well. The road is now closed and requires about a mile walk in. Most of town, Chuck Lewis and the elk is frozen, look for this to re open mid February.

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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.

January 17th, 2022

The road to the Tail Water is now closed. The walk in from the state park is about a mile. We have seen fish rising to midges most days, though nymphing small midges and emergers has been most effective. make sure you are using long 6x leaders, Micros split shot and small indicators as these fish can be very picky in this section.  Feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions.

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Flows: 30 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Zebra Midge, Barr’s Emerger, RS2, Bling Midge, Scuds, Buckskin, WD40, D’s Midge, Juju Baetis

Dries: Viza Dun, Wing Emerger, CDC Spent Midge, Morgan’s Midge

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.

January 17th, 2022

The road to Sarvis is now closed. The walk in is about 1.5 miles, and depending on the day may require snowshoes. This section has been mostly frozen due to the low flows, and cold overnight temps. Feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions.

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Flows: ice C.F.S.

Nymphs: Hairs Ear , Pheasant Tail, Barrs Emerger, Zebra Midge, RS2, Buckskin, Soft Hackles

Dries: Midges

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

January 17th, 2022

The Yampa through Town and Chuck Lewis are mostly frozen. If you can find deep open water the fish will be hungry. If you go, be careful walking on the ice shelves! Feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions!

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Flows: Ice

Nymphs: Stones, Pheasant Tail,  Barrs Emerger, Zebra Midge, RS2, Buckskin, Worms

Dries: 

Streamers: Hale Bop Leach, Slump Buster, Zonker

 

 

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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.

January 17th, 2022

The Elk is mostly frozen. If you can find deep open water the fish should be hungry. if you go, be careful walking on the ice shelves. Please feel free to give a call down to the shop for up to date info.

970-879-6552

Flows: Ice

Nymphs: Zebra midges, RS2’s, Stoneflies, Hares Ear, Pheasant Tails, Worms

Dries:

Streamers: Sparkle Minnow, White Zonkers, Buggers

January 17th, 2021

Stagecoach and Steamboat lakes are frozen, and the ice fishing has been good. Give a call down to the shop for up-to-date reports.

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