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The whole Yampa is officially open! Chuck Lewis down to the west end of town is all open. Having said that, there is a lot of angling pressure on the river right now. It is critical to downsize your rigs. Fish are eating a lot of food, but they are eating small food.  Size 18-20 midge patterns are very productive right now. While it is not a bad idea to have a leech or stonefly dead-drifted to help anchor those smaller bugs down deep.  Look for water that you have first track at during the day as angling pressure has...

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The fishing has been excellent the past few weeks, the river has been very productive. We are expecting some beautiful Cutbows to start pushing up into the Kuntz Ranch any day now. Kuntz Ranch offers a gorgeous stretch of river that is only accessible by snowmobile during the winter, so book a private trip with one of our guides today to enjoy this special stretch of river!  Warm, overcast days are the best days to take a day off from the mountain and fly fish with us! The midge activity has been phenomenal. The ice fishing has also been fantastic...

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Winters in Steamboat offer fun opportunities for both ice fishing and winter fly fishing. The trout still need to eat, even in the winter weather. If you know what fly patterns to throw, you’ll find plenty of trout biting on cold winter days. It’s important to pick the right place to fish and some of the best winter waters are right here in the Yampa Valley.If you want to hit the river, there are great public and private water options for fly fishing right now! We’ve led some great trips loaded with family fun and new experiences. To get the...

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There are a few things to note about fly fishing in the winter. Obviously, the change in weather comes into play, but winter is still a great time to do some fishing. Some locations have fairly consistent conditions that allow for an ideal habitat and some great fishing. Whispering Willows, where a private stretch about a mile long of the Yampa River runs through, is a year-round favorite for many. Its section of the river is home to wild Rainbow and Brown Trout and is great for anglers of all abilities. The Angling News board at Straightline Sports is a...

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On a recent trip out to the Tailwaters, we did really well using a pheasant tail soft hackle fly. The soft hackle adds movement to the fly allowing it to be fished on the swing as well as dead drifted. Anything small and brown such as a zebra midge or RS2 fly is good for fishing right now. Plus, fishing at the Tailwaters is great because the dam keeps the flow and water temperature consistent for a large portion of the year. It’s a great habitat for trout. The cold water coming from the dam helps keep nutrients flowing to...

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