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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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]