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Ice Fishing Report: January 16th

Straightline Guides - Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The ice fishing has been spectacular the past few weeks and we have had the pleasure of taking out some really fun groups onto the ice. We had a cold spell in December but the days have been a pleasant temperature lately, and when the sun is out it really starts to warm up! We have spotted many eagles cruising around above Steamboat Lake, which is quite the sight on a clear day.  [Read more...]

Fishing Report: December 2018

Straightline Guides - Wednesday, December 26, 2018

With plenty of ice up at Steamboat Lake we are now booking ice fishing trips! Ice fishing the high country of the Colorado Rockies is a truly unique and great way to get out and enjoy the winter landscape. Our guides have years of experience fishing during the winter and know how to turn the challenging conditions into an angler's advantage. Most of our lakes have fish-able ice and so far the ice fishing has been hot! We are seeing some incredible action and most days we are seeing some big fish mixed in too! [Read more...]

The Fly Report: November 26th

Straightline Guides - Monday, November 26, 2018

Snow is flying, temperatures are dropping and we are getting into winter mode. Browns are done spawning, but their eggs are still in the river so the fish will eat those. It is time for the slow, deep, nymph game. The fish are getting into their winter lies and the deep pockets.  [Read more...]

The Fly Report: October

Straightline Guides - Monday, October 01, 2018

The nights are getting longer and cooler, and we are starting to see fish going into their fall patterns, and fishing is getting better by the day.

The Trico hatch is trailing off, they are still out, but not in the numbers we were seeing a few weeks ago. Hoppers will still produce midafternoon, but once again, not as well as they did a few weeks ago.
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The Fly Report: August 24th

Straightline Guides - Friday, August 24, 2018

The fishing is awesome right now. The rain and cool temperatures are definitely something that we needed to see. Stagecoach is now releasing 70 cfs (Cubic Feet Per Second) last week it was releasing 125 but the river is staying at around 120 because of the rain.  [Read more...]

The Fly Report: August 16th by Ben Rock

Straightline Guides - Thursday, August 16, 2018

Not a lot has changed in the last few weeks with fishing and the river conditions. The Yampa River is still fluctuating between mid 60’s and mid 70’s daily. The Elk is a little cooler but not much. This means getting on the river early and getting off the river by one or two. Hook a trout midday right now and the lack of dissolved oxygen in the river will become apparent. If a fish does not have energy to fight you, it likely does not have energy to recover. The mortality rate of catch and release fishing skyrockets as water temperatures increase, so be responsible fishermen out there.  [Read more...]

Fly Report: July 26th

Straightline Guides - Thursday, July 26, 2018

This fishing season has been an interesting one with some more extreme conditions. Due to our low level of snow pack this last winter, and a dry spring, our rivers have experienced extremely low and warm water conditions. There are still plenty of productive fishing options, but fishing earlier in the day, and avoiding some of th warmer stretches of the Yampa has been imperative, not just for productive fishing but also supporting the ecology of the river.  [Read more...]

The Fly Report: July 16th

Straightline Guides - Monday, July 16, 2018


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Fly Report: July 9th

Straightline Guides - Monday, July 09, 2018


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Fly Report: July 2nd

Straightline Guides - Monday, July 02, 2018


Pale Morning Duns, Yellow Sallys, Caddis (in the evening)  [Read more...]