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The Yampa River and its tributaries are fishing great right now! At the 5th Street bridge, the Yampa River is measuring 120 CFS, and showing a temperature fluctuation most days between high 50s and high 60s . These conditions are leaps and bounds better than the conditions this time last summer. While the time release snow melt is long over now, the extra water we had this spring seemed to keep our river conditions stable through the heat of summer. We can certainly expect another heat spell in late August, but it should not be enough to cause a river...

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Fishing conditions have been holding steady the last week. With a few PMD’s still popping throughout the day, and a handful of Yellow Sallys, there is still a smorgasbord of options. The Yampa and the Elk are finally down to recognizable summer flows. The much awaited hopper season is in full swing, however high-water years tend to yield less Hopper eats than we would like. With warmer early summer temps, there have been some technical afternoons recently, however the next week or so should yield a slight respite. The nighttime lows are dropping, which should improve the bite throughout the...

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The heat of the summer is upon us. With water temperatures in the Yampa fluctuating daily between 60 and 70+ degrees, we are beginning to experience some of the conditions that accompany warm water. The midday siesta is upon us, and early starts are becoming the norm. The Stagecoach tail waters, Sarvis Creek area, and Pleasant Valley are still fishing well through the day, with more consistent temperatures and flows due to proximity to the reservoirs. Chuck Lewis and any spots downstream from Chuck Lewis are best targeted early and late. With the water temperatures now being conducive for algal...

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The Yampa and Elk are coming down fast! With peeking flows just a few weeks ago, our rivers came down faster than expected. However, looking at flows the last couple of years we are fortunate to have so much water this season! Floating the Yampa has been tremendously productive this spring and early summer, with large terrestrials including grasshoppers just now starting to fish well. The upper floats including town, and anything above the confluence of the Elk, are now too skinny to navigate without scraping. The extra water the elk provides should allow those floating the lower sections 2...

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After a long spring, water levels on local rivers are finally starting to come down to a fishable and wade-able level. This is late compared to normal years, but it should create a nice long season of top-notch fishing. The Yampa hasn’t been fishable for most of June, but flows are at a safe level to wade now. We are starting to see some dry fly activity which has been fun!Hot flies include Green Drakes, Caddis (best in the evening), Yellow Sallys (mid-morning to early afternoon).Standard nymphing is still working well. Try a Pats Rubber Leg as your lead.The tailwaters...

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