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Fishing Report 6.18.19 - Written by Patrick Gamble

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...]

Fishing Report 5.16.19 - Written by Brett Lee

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...]

Fishing Report 4.22.19 - Written by Sean Gamble

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...]

Fishing Report 3.23.19 - Written by Ben Rock

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 3.20.19 - Written by Ben Rock

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 2.20.19 - Written by Sean Gamble

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...]

Quick Ice Fishing Update 2.7.19

Straightline Guides - Thursday, February 07, 2019

Ice fishing at Stagecoach has been fantastic this season! We have been seeing lots of rainbows and even a few browns. The average size fish is substantially larger that years past and folks have been enjoying taking a few for dinner. [Read more...]

Quick Fishing Update 1.24.19

Straightline Guides - Thursday, January 24, 2019

Winter fly fishing conditions are upon us, which means you must do some searching for open water. There is plenty of good fishing below Stagecoach reservoir and if you strap on some snow shoes you can access many BLM areas, such as Sarvis Creek. We have snow shoes available to rent at Straightline. Though there is no shortage of fantastic flies that work in the winter months, we do recommend some patterns that we will almost always have on the water during the winter. [Read more...]

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...]