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Conditions of winter have been slow to set in. Lucky for us, the rivers are still fishable and worth going out. Lately it hasn’t been crowded and it’s a great opportunity for solitude. There’s been real quality fish coming out of the river as well. The recent closure of the river allowed the brown trout to rest and spawn, resulting in the fish to be active during the daytime. Right now the super midge and RS-2 flies have been working really well. It’s helpful to have a patch overlay that will anchor the rig with a smaller offering behind it....

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Fishing has faired well in the Yampa valley this July! Many of our "bobber" or nymph rigs have transferred over to hopper dropper set-up's through the riffles. Fish are looking up for terrestrials to enter the river, and often willing to move up to nymphs suspended mid-water column. A smaller hare's ear or true caddis pupa make a fantastic dropper, behind classic hopper patterns like the Morrish hopper, or a newer favorite, the donkey Kong hopper! More big bugs are on the menu beside the terrestrial born bugs (hoppers, beetles, ants, crickets, etc.) The steady emergence of big golden stones...

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Run-off and days of staring at indicators and throwing meat are over! We are past our peak flows. A variety of hatches, ideal flows, and good water clarity means that the fish are looking up! Pale Morning Duns (PMDs) have been very steady midmorning with Yellow Sallies throughout the day as well as caddis later into the evenings.   A Barr's Visadun PMD or a headlight Sallie have been great midday dry flies. A size 16 elk hair with a rusty spinner trailing behind has been a fantastic evening combo. If you aren't finding rising fish, try a dry dropper as...

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best fly selection, Elk River fishing, float fishing, Tail Waters/Sarvis Creek Fishing, Yampa River Fishing -

Find out the latest fishing conditions in Yampa River, Elk River and Tail Waters/Sarvis Creek, as well as the best fly selection to use. We also give you a look at the best fishing spots to beat the crowds at Tailwater.

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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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