In downtown Steamboat, fishing is getting better as water levels are dropping and clearing. Pale Morning Duns are hatching and fish are starting to look up.
Fishing has been great on the Yampa below Stagecoach Reservoir at the tailwater. Flows are up but clear. Good midge hatches and some evening caddis are keeping fish active. Pike are congregated in backwater sloughs and starting to get active.
Steamboat Lake and Pearl Lake are open and the inlets are fishing well.
Pale Morning Duns and Yellow Sallies are on the water and fish are looking up. The dry fly season is upon us and will get better and better as flows decrease.
One-Week Fishing Forecast
The Yampa River in downtown Steamboat is dropping and clearing. Dry fly fishing will get better as the week progresses. Look in eddies and seams for risers. Fish the sloughs for pike with topwater flies.
Two-Week Fishing Forecast
Fishing will remain consistent at the tailwater with midges and some evening caddis. The Yampa downstream in town will start to fish consistently on the surface with PMDs, yellow sallies, and green drakes. Caddis are on the water in the evening.
Midges and some caddis below the dam. Yellow sallies and pale morning duns. Green drakes will make an appearance and fish will key on them.
Hot Fly Patterns
Tailwater: Fish a #16- 18 beadhead pheasant tail or Copper John as a lead fly and a #20-22 Barr's Emerger, #20 Pablo's Cripple or gray or olive RS2 and WD-40 size #20-22 as a dropper.
#18 red rubber leg prince and a brassie or blood midge dropper.
Downtown: Try double bead stone nymph, wooly buggers, rubber leg squirrel Nymphs, and big princes. PMD patterns like parachutes and sparkle duns. Yellow stimulators, Chuck's trude and assorted caddis patterns.
For Pike fishing, try Whit's hare sculpins or red and white bunny flies.
Fish lake inlets with brown wooly buggers, and leech patterns. Minnow patterns like zonkers, conehead Madonnas and swimming princes will pick up some larger fish.
Stagecoach Tailwater - 87 CFS Downtown Steamboat - 675 CFS Elk River at Clark - 700 CFS
Stagecoach Reservoir is fishing well. Trout are being caught on brown Wooly Buggers and Crayfish imitations.
Steamboat and Pearl Lakes are fishing well. Crosho Lake is open and Grayling are taking prince nymphs.