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The Fly Report: July 16th

Straightline Guides - Monday, July 16, 2018

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Fly Report: July 9th

Straightline Guides - Monday, July 09, 2018

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Fly Report: July 2nd

Straightline Guides - Monday, July 02, 2018

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

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.
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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...]