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The Yampa River is in pretty good shape right now. Things were getting a bit skinny last week with water down in the 70 cfs range. With decently low nighttime temperatures, the bite was not suffering from low dissolved oxygen content, but skinny water tends to yield spooky trout. The release we received from Stagecoach a couple of days ago has helped pump levels up a bit. The 20 to 25 cfs has really improved conditions coming into the fall bite. [Read more...]
Fall fishing is officially here. The cranes and the geese are grouping up and starting their migration south. The bull elk are bugling at their ladies. Puffy vest are coming out, and wet wading socks are getting put away. And yes, big browns are preparing for battle.… hopefully with your five weight! [Read more...]
The Yampa River is at 135 CFS this morning. Due to a bunch of precipitation over the last week the river has spiked a bit in flow. It got as high as 150 CFS a few days ago from the previous early fall storm we had. These precipitous conditions have really provided a fantastic boost to the watershed coming into the fall bite. Rising water has put a slight damper in the hopper fishing, as trout are a little more reluctant to rise, as well as having been pushed out of their consistent feeding lanes from the last month or so. [Read more...]
The Yampa River has been consistently holding around 100 CFS. This is good news, as the past few years have not reflected such appropriate flow at this point in the season. We had a bit of a scare last week with flows dropping below the minimum level for public town fishing to stay open. However, due to an abundance of water this year, Stagecoach Reservoir has had plenty for late releasing. Seems as quickly as town fishing was closed, it was reopened. I doubt we have another closure with cooler evening temperatures starting this coming week. Despite daytime highs and river flow, dissolved oxygen content should remain stable for the duration of the season. Fingers crossed. [Read more...]
The Yampa this morning is flowing at 83 CFS, which means it is officially down. This is the latest point in the season the river has come down in many years. While high water made it somewhat difficult to capitalize on many of our early hatches, the higher flows this year through late summer and fall should prove to benefit our dry fly fishing on the tail end of our season. [Read more...]
The Yampa River and its tributaries are fishing great right now! At the 5th Street bridge, the Yampa River is measuring 120 CFS, and showing a temperature fluctuation most days between high 50s and high 60s . These conditions are leaps and bounds better than the conditions this time last summer. While the time release snow melt is long over now, the extra water we had this spring seemed to keep our river conditions stable through the heat of summer. We can certainly expect another heat spell in late August, but it should not be enough to cause a river closure. We are already experiencing colder nights which should continue into September and alleviate critical conditions this late summer. [Read more...]
Fishing conditions have been holding steady the last week. With a few PMD’s still popping throughout the day, and a handful of Yellow Sallys, there is still a smorgasbord of options. The Yampa and the Elk are finally down to recognizable summer flows. The much awaited hopper season is in full swing, however high-water years tend to yield less Hopper eats than we would like. [Read more...]
The heat of the summer is upon us. With water temperatures in the Yampa fluctuating daily between 60 and 70+ degrees, we are beginning to experience some of the conditions that accompany warm water. The midday siesta is upon us, and early starts are becoming the norm. [Read more...]
The Yampa and Elk are coming down fast! With peeking flows just a few weeks ago, our rivers came down faster than expected. However, looking at flows the last couple of years we are fortunate to have so much water this season! Floating the Yampa has been tremendously productive this spring and early summer, with large terrestrials including grasshoppers just now starting to fish well. [Read more...]
After a long spring, water levels on local rivers are finally starting to come down to a fishable and wade-able level. This is late compared to normal years, but it should create a nice long season of top-notch fishing. [Read more...]