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There are a few things to note about fly fishing in the winter. Obviously, the change in weather comes into play, but winter is still a great time to do some fishing. Some locations have fairly consistent conditions that allow for an ideal habitat and some great fishing. Whispering Willows, where a private stretch about a mile long of the Yampa River runs through, is a year-round favorite for many. Its section of the river is home to wild Rainbow and Brown Trout and is great for anglers of all abilities. The Angling News board at Straightline Sports is a great resource for different conditions and recommendations of nearby fishing areas. [Read more...]
On a recent trip out to the Tailwaters, we did really well using a pheasant tail soft hackle fly. The soft hackle adds movement to the fly allowing it to be fished on the swing as well as dead drifted. Anything small and brown such as a zebra midge or RS2 fly is good for fishing right now. Plus, fishing at the Tailwaters is great because the dam keeps the flow and water temperature consistent for a large portion of the year. It’s a great habitat for trout. The cold water coming from the dam helps keep nutrients flowing to the fish. [Read more...]
The Yampa River was flowing at a healthy 82 cfs this morning and came in at a frigid 37 degrees. The winter storm we received last week really cooled down the conditions for the time being. The water temperatures are rebounding a bit, but looking at nighttime lows, these colder temperature trends are definitely here to stay. There has been a slight boost in flow from the recent precipitation, which as it continues to melt to the next couple days should pump a bit more melt into the system. This is a good thing, as it will provide more appropriate conditions for the brown spawn. [Read more...]
The Yampa River is in pretty good shape right now. Things were getting a bit skinny last week with water down in the 70 cfs range. With decently low nighttime temperatures, the bite was not suffering from low dissolved oxygen content, but skinny water tends to yield spooky trout. The release we received from Stagecoach a couple of days ago has helped pump levels up a bit. The 20 to 25 cfs has really improved conditions coming into the fall bite. [Read more...]
Fall fishing is officially here. The cranes and the geese are grouping up and starting their migration south. The bull elk are bugling at their ladies. Puffy vest are coming out, and wet wading socks are getting put away. And yes, big browns are preparing for battle.… hopefully with your five weight! [Read more...]
The Yampa River is at 135 CFS this morning. Due to a bunch of precipitation over the last week the river has spiked a bit in flow. It got as high as 150 CFS a few days ago from the previous early fall storm we had. These precipitous conditions have really provided a fantastic boost to the watershed coming into the fall bite. Rising water has put a slight damper in the hopper fishing, as trout are a little more reluctant to rise, as well as having been pushed out of their consistent feeding lanes from the last month or so. [Read more...]
The Yampa River has been consistently holding around 100 CFS. This is good news, as the past few years have not reflected such appropriate flow at this point in the season. We had a bit of a scare last week with flows dropping below the minimum level for public town fishing to stay open. However, due to an abundance of water this year, Stagecoach Reservoir has had plenty for late releasing. Seems as quickly as town fishing was closed, it was reopened. I doubt we have another closure with cooler evening temperatures starting this coming week. Despite daytime highs and river flow, dissolved oxygen content should remain stable for the duration of the season. Fingers crossed. [Read more...]
The Yampa this morning is flowing at 83 CFS, which means it is officially down. This is the latest point in the season the river has come down in many years. While high water made it somewhat difficult to capitalize on many of our early hatches, the higher flows this year through late summer and fall should prove to benefit our dry fly fishing on the tail end of our season. [Read more...]
The Yampa River and its tributaries are fishing great right now! At the 5th Street bridge, the Yampa River is measuring 120 CFS, and showing a temperature fluctuation most days between high 50s and high 60s . These conditions are leaps and bounds better than the conditions this time last summer. While the time release snow melt is long over now, the extra water we had this spring seemed to keep our river conditions stable through the heat of summer. We can certainly expect another heat spell in late August, but it should not be enough to cause a river closure. We are already experiencing colder nights which should continue into September and alleviate critical conditions this late summer. [Read more...]
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...]