NW Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers
August 10th, 2022

The Yampa through Town, and at Cuck Lewis are closed. The Stagecoach Tailwater, Sarvis and the Elk  are now open and fishing well. That being said there is still plenty of water to fish in the Yampa Valley.  Feel free to give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info.


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

August 10th, 2022

The tailwater is now open and fishing well. These fish see a lot of people daily so try using 6x, small indicators, micro split shot and small flies. We have seen fish rising to small mayflies though nymping has been the most productive.

Flows: 40 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Zebra Midge, RS2, WD40, Barr’s Emerger, Bling Midge, Scuds

Dries: Para Midge, Brooks Sprout, Griffith Gnat

Streamers: Leeches, Zonkers


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.

August 10th, 2022

The road to Sarvis is now open. This section has been fishing well depending on flows. Feel free to give a call down to the shop with any questions.


Flows: 65 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

August 10th, 2022

The Yampa through town and at Chuck Lewis is now closed. Feel free to give a call down to the shop for other options.




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.

August 10th, 2022

The Elk is at a perfect flow, and fishing well. Please feel free to give a call down to the shop for up to date info.


Flows: 93

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

Dries: Hoppers, Tricos, Caddis

Streamers: Sparkle Minnow, White Zonkers, Buggers

August 10, 2022

The lakes are fishing well. Give a call down to the shop for up-to-date reports.



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