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