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Fishing Report 8.8.19 - Tips for Fishing The Trico Hatch

Straightline Guides - Thursday, August 08, 2019

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...]

Fishing Report 7.31.19

Straightline Guides - Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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...]

Fishing Report 7.24.19

Straightline Guides - Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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...]

July 9th Fishing Report

Straightline Guides - Tuesday, July 09, 2019

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...]

June 18th Fishing Report

Straightline Guides - Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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...]

May 16th Fishing Report

Straightline Guides - Thursday, May 16, 2019

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...]

April 22nd Fishing Report

Straightline Guides - Monday, April 22, 2019

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...]

March 23rd Fishing Report

Straightline Guides - Saturday, March 23, 2019

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...]

Fishing Report March 20th

Straightline Guides - Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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...]

Fishing Report February 20th

Straightline Guides - Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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...]