River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 179 cfsCurrent Temp: 45°F 
River Statistics:
»Below Stagecoach
Current:   179 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   179 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   179 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   179 cfs
Gage Height:   3.77 ft

Steamboat Springs
Current:   2250 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   2250 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   2050 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   2190 cfs
Gage Height:   4.86 ft

The Yampa tailwater is a great option for the angler looking to spend a long weekend on the water and check out a unique and productive fishery. The access road into Stagecoach is now open, making the trek in infinitely easier and less of a hassle. The fishing can be downright crazy, with high numbers of fish in the 14-20 inch range and even larger coming to hand for those who venture in. BWO are still the name of the game, with small attractors and the occasional Caddis picking up some fish as well. There can be a strong Midge and BWO hatch on the warmer days below Stagecoach, so don't be surprised to see a few heads poking through the surface, especially if there is cloud cover. This section, although short, is absolutely stacked with fish, and some holes can produce nearly all day long for the persistent fisherman. The fish in this tailwater do see some pressure, so expect them to be spooky with the low, clear flows- 6x tippet, small indicators, and a drag free presentation are musts. Dialing in the depth and weight will really have you on the fish. Small scuds and sow bugs are great to fish in this rich tail water. Other productive flies are small leeches, annelids, Cheeseman Emergers, RS2's, and Mercury Black Beauty Midges. Fishing through town and Sarvis Creek area are fishing well too. Fish are moving out of the fast moving water into the slower slack water. That means 'bang the banks'. Nymph rigs with larger attractor point flies like Girdle bugs, Prince Nymphs, and larger caddis nymphs trailed with BWO and Midge patterns will do well. Make sure you are deliberate with your approach as sight fishing is not uncommon for this time of year. Yet again, streamer fishing has been off the charts! Try dead-drifting a large articulated streamer through the softer water and slow retrieve for some angry meat eating fish to make the wrong choice!

Report Updated On: 05/20/2016
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Casting a fly in a tranquil mountain stream, feeling the tug on the line, and holding a beautiful rainbow trout makes us feel alive and intensely connected with nature. Fly fishing is our way of life and we are blessed with hundreds of nearby rivers and streams just a short distance away from Boulder. From the swift spring waters of the Clear Creek to the meandering bends of the South Platte, it's critical to consider fishing conditions in advance and prepare accordingly. We rely on our experienced guides who venture into the wild to let us know which rivers favor fly fishing, where fish are biting, and which fly patterns are most effective. Planning a successful fishing trip also requires knowledge of stream flows at various river points and an accurate weather forecast for a given destination. At Rocky Mountain Anglers, we are dedicated to providing all avid anglers with detailed and timely information about hatches, water, and weather conditions. So before you head out the door on your next fishing adventure, visit our web site to find valuable information that will prepare you for a successful trip. Have fun chasing after your next trophy trout and enjoy nature's beauty!The Rocky Mountain Anglers Crew
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