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The Yampa this morning is flowing at 83 CFS, which means it is officially down. This is the latest point in the season the river has come down in many years. While high water made it somewhat difficult to capitalize on many of our early hatches, the higher flows this year through late summer and fall should prove to benefit our dry fly fishing on the tail end of our season. With the river finally down, we are able to play the games we know at conducive flows. Anything below 100 CFS in town is considered low and potentially stressful,...

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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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