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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...]
After a good winter and a late spring, it looks like we will have plenty of water this summer. The Yampa and Elk rivers are up pretty high right now, but don't let that scare you away from fishing it. the water has cleared up and fishing is great. [Read more...]
Springtime fishing is the best time to fish the lakes in the area. Stagecoach Reservoir has been open for awhile now and is still fishing very well. However, the best place to fish right now is Steamboat Lake. The ice just came off about 10 days ago and the fish are starting to move to shallower water where there is lots of feed. [Read more...]
The Yampa is up! It’s running around 1000 CFS today, so it’s high and muddy. The tailwaters are the most fishable part of the Yampa, but you can fish the Yampa in town if you’re focusing on slower waters. [Read more...]
The river is finally thawing, the water is opening up, and the fish haven’t seen flies in months which means they are eager to bite! Over the winter the fish start to relax and slow down dramatically, once spring hits and the water warms up the fish begin metabolizing well and biting more. The Yampa is fishing well and there is even starting to be some dry fly opportunity with midge patterns. [Read more...]
Ice fishing is still going strong with plenty of ice to hold up through the month. Steamboat Lake has been fishing very well. We have seen some really quality cut bows, the spring bite is definitely on! The bald eagles out near Steamboat Lake have not been shy, the abundance of wildlife makes Steamboat Lake a really fun destination for ice fishermen and birdwatchers alike. [Read more...]
Winter days don’t just mean tying flies and staring at bobbers, the fly fishing has been excellent, especially right before storms. The days are getting longer, and the temperatures are warming as we creep into spring. The long-term forecast is calling for more sunshine and warmer temps mean hungrier fish! They are metabolizing well and eating a variety of bugs not just midges, although those are certainly still productive. [Read more...]
Ice fishing at Stagecoach has been fantastic this season! We have been seeing lots of rainbows and even a few browns. The average size fish is substantially larger that years past and folks have been enjoying taking a few for dinner. [Read more...]
When the weather permits, fly fishing has been extremely productive recently! February tents to bring more aggressive feeding behavior and warmer nights leading up to the spring. A lack of substantial aquatic insect life combined with more aggressive trout makes the month of February a fantastic time to swing streamers! You can also try fishing deep nymph rigs, we have seen our best fishing in the early afternoon. [Read more...]
Winter fly fishing conditions are upon us, which means you must do some searching for open water. There is plenty of good fishing below Stagecoach reservoir and if you strap on some snow shoes you can access many BLM areas, such as Sarvis Creek. We have snow shoes available to rent at Straightline. Though there is no shortage of fantastic flies that work in the winter months, we do recommend some patterns that we will almost always have on the water during the winter. [Read more...]