River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 80 cfs
River Statistics:
»Below Stagecoach
Current:   80 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   80 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   80 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   80 cfs
Gage Height:   3.15 ft

Steamboat Springs
Current:   130 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   126 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   141 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   150 cfs
Gage Height:   1.35 ft

It's a good time to be on the Yampa right now as we head for early fall conditions. One thing to watch out for is warmer water if you're looking to fish closer to town, as these sections can be tough when the sun is beating down at this point in the summer. As far as bugs, you'll see tricos early in the day, midges early and throughout the day, BWO on cloudy, cooler days, and caddis and stones are always in the playbook. The best reports on the Yampa seem to be coming from the Stagecoach Tailwater/Sarvis Creek areas recently, which will likely continue to be the case until things start to cool off a bit in early September. A great rig for fishing the tailwater is a black leech pattern as your lead fly with a black sparkle wing RS2, or other drowned trico pattern, in sz 20-22. Seriously consider sizing your terminal tackle down to 5-5.5-6x fluorocarbon at the tailwater, and be sure to get your flies down in the water column. You can also find success on a standard dry dropper rig leading with a general attractor like a PMX or a Royal Wulff, or any foam hopper or beetle, dropping to a beadhead zebra midge or drowned trico. Slow stripped streamers deep will do the trick well too, especially earlier and later in the day when the sun is low in the sky. The public sections of the Elk can be a bit challenging in the late summer with low flows, but there are definitely some opportunities at solid fish to be had there.

Report Updated On: 08/16/2017
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