NW Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Yampa and Elk Rivers
December 13th, 2019

Winter is creeping in day by day up here in the Yampa valley. That being said as of now all the water is still open and there is still plenty of great fishing to be done. There has been some slush and ice forming in town on cold mornings but it has been gone by noon. We have seen some great hatches on any warmer overcast days. Fishing has been best during the warmest part of the day. Give a call down to shop anytime 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

December 13th, 2019

The Tailwater is fishing great.  Now is the time to get out there as the road will be closing on January 1st. We have seen great nymphing all day and some fish rising to Blue Wing Olives and Midges mid day or on any warmer overcast days. Make sure you are using 6x fluorocarbon, micro split shot and small indicators as these fish can be spooky. Give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info 970-879-6552

Flows: 70 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Barr’s Emerger, Zebra Midge, Medallion Midge, Brassie, RS2, BTS Nymph, Buck Skin, JuJu Baetis, Scuds, Bling Midge

Dries: Pablo’s Cripple, Blue Ribbon Foam Baetis, BWO Fripple

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.

December 13th, 2019

The road to Sarvis is now closed. It is about a 45 minute hike to the bridge. At this time we would recommend snowshoes or cross country skis.We have seen great fishing from 10 am to dark. Nymphing all day has been very productive with a good midge hatch mid morning and again in the evening. Give a call down to the shop for up to the hour info 970-879-6552.

Flows: 90 C.F.S.

Nymphs: Barr’s Emerger, JuJu Baetis, Jauns Hi Def, Hot Bead Prince, Z Wing Caddis, Translucent Emerger, Edwards Black, RS2, Black Beauty, Buckskin

Dries: Last Chance Cripple, Mole Fly, BWO Fripple, Pink Parachute

Streamers: Beldar Bugger, Slumpbuster, 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

December 13th, 2019

They Yampa is still mostly open. We have seen some slush and ice forming on cold mornings but it has mostly been gone by noon. Give a call down to the shop before you go for up to the minute info. Nymphing deep in the slow seams and pools has been very productive mid day. We have seen some fish rising to Blue Wing Olives and midges on any overcast warm days. Swinging streamers very slow and deep has also produced some larger fish lately. If you go try to get out during the warmest part of the day. Give a call down to the shop for up to the minute reports. 970-879-6552

Flows: 100? C.F.S.

Nymphs: Barr’s Emerger, Hot Head Prince Nymph, JuJu Baetis, RS2, Zebra Midge, Translucent Emerger, Kaufman’s Stone, Z Wing Caddis

Dries: Blue Ribbon Foam Baetis, Last Chance Cripple, Hackle Stacker BWO

Streamers: Zoo Cougar, Zonkers, Beldar Bugger

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.

December 13th, 2019

The Elk is mostly frozen with a small sliver of water running through. If you can find deep open water the fish should be hungry. Give a call down to the shop anytime for up to the hour info.


Flows: ? 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.

Streamers: Zonkers, Hare Sculpin, Beldar.

December 13th, 2019

Steamboat Lake, Pearl Lake, and Hahns Peak Lake are frozen in most spots. Stagecoach still has some open water but the ice is starting to form. Look for ice fishing reports as the ice starts to become safe to get out on.

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


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