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Fly Report: June 20th

Straightline Guides - Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Fishing in the lakes and reservoirs has slowed down a bit due to warmer water, but is still good early in the day and late with leeches caddis and midges. Yampa and Elk rivers are fishing extremely well from early in the morning to late afternoon. Seems to be a lull in the action during peak heat of the day due to water temperatures rising into the high 50's and even low 60's.
Streamer fishing is good early and late, but slow throughout the hatch-heavy portion of mid day. Hatches consist of sporadic caddis all day (in sizes 14 to 18), pale morning duns (in sizes 16 and 18) starting at around nine in the morning and lasting throughout the day depending on sun conditions. Yellow Sally’s (in sizes 14 to 18) are starting mid morning and lasting throughout the day depending on sun conditions. There are still some drakes hatching in some of the creeks and upper portions of the Yampa and Elk, so large mayfly imitations might still move some fish. Below the confluence of the elk River, large stonefly dries are starting to fish well, and hoppers are just around the corner.
On all moving water the fish have moved into the riffles and fast runs to feed, so don’t be afraid of shallow nymphing the fast stuff. Subsurface favorites are PMD emergers, caddis pupa, bwo emergers, and sally nymphs. The highwater bacon and eggs and rubber legs days are over, and scaling down tackle and fly size has been outproducing throwing junk. On the surface searching patterns include caddis, sallys, and other stones, while actively working fish can be sniped with PMD dries.
Tight lines and fish the riffles!  ...Read More

Fly Report: June 14th

Straightline Guides - Thursday, June 14, 2018


Hot Flies: Pheasant Tail, PMD, Worms, Caddis, Drakes and Yellow Sally  ...Read More

The Fly Report: May 30th

Straightline Guides - Wednesday, May 30, 2018


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The Fly Report: May 8th

Straightline Guides - Tuesday, May 08, 2018


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The Ice-off Cometh

Straightline Guides - Wednesday, April 18, 2018


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Winter Fishing Report: February 16th

Straightline Guides - Friday, February 16, 2018

The past month of fishing has been tremendous! Water level is perfect and the weather has been great, it really doesn't get much better! ...Read More

Winter Fishing Report: February 6th

Straightline Guides - Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Steamboat lake and Stagecoach reservoir are now completely iced over and are all fishable. Ice is good and is 12-16 inches in the coves and approximately 12 inches over the deeper areas. Steamboat Lake has been great lately, especially for rainbow trout and Snake River cutthroat in around 3-12 feet of water. Fishing has been good in the bays and along the point bars. Mill Creek Bay, Meadow Point and the marina cove have been producing well, as well as Willow creek bay and the hump/ point bar to the north of the Large Island. An assortment of terminal tackle has been producing, such as jugs tipped with PowerBait, wax worms, meal worms, night crawlers, etc., tube jogs, castmasters, and jigging rapalas as well as an assortment of flies. ...Read More

AT Skiing Equipment

Straightline Guides - Thursday, January 11, 2018

The idea of escaping into nature and away from the crowds and enjoying untouched snow may sound really good, but where do you start? There are two essential components, education and gear. We’ll tackle the equipment question in this article.

Before you consider what equipment you’ll want to acquire, think about where you’ll be skiing, how you plan on skiing, and the type of terrain you’ll most often encounter while skiing. The difference between a ski-mo/randonee racing rig (super lightweight, designed more for speedy ascents) and a sidecountry rig (resort-friendly and not intended for a lot of skinning) is vast. While often-heard logic of “light is right” will generally hold true for most touring setups, the balance of lightness and fun is crucial and largely dependent on your end goal. A heavier setup will likely require at least one solo rest day in the hut during your five-day tour while the rest of the crew is slaying; similarly, a race rig will leave you sinking and wallowing on the deepest days of the year. Remember, you’re aiming for fun—don’t let peer pressure or bargains steer your decision.

Below is a list of the essential gear you’ll need to head out on your first ski tour. Always remember, however, that no gear is substitute for training and experience—take an avalanche safety course and practice regularly with your avalanche beacons before heading into backcountry ski terrain. ...Read More

Ice Fishing In Colorado

Straightline Guides - Thursday, December 28, 2017

When the mountains are snow-capped and the lakes are hard with ice, it is time to explore the adventure of Colorado ice fishing! Straightline offers guided ice fishing trips for the entire family! Experience the excitement of watching a fish slurp up your line, and then setting your hook! Catch fish, relax in the sunshine and watch the bald eagles soar overhead. It really is a unique and incredibly fun experience for all ages and skill levels!  ...Read More

November News and Angling Report

Straightline Guides - Thursday, December 28, 2017


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