Fishing Information

Yampa River - below Stagecoach Reservoir

YAMPA BASIN Fishing Report
39 cfs
14 mph
13 °F
Weather @YAMPA BASIN - Updated February 27, 2024 - 6:05pm by OpenWeather

Current River Flow Updates

9/28/2020 --

The Yampa is at 41.6 CFS below Stagecoach. The tailwater section is fishing the best during the mornings and evenings. Attractor nymphs in sizes #12-16 trailed by a small midge or mayfly emerger in #18-24 is a good option when fishing subsurface. Expect some solid dry fly action too- Parachute adams, Grittith's gnat, tailwater humpys, & Grillo's User Friendly are all great options in this department.

Historical River Flow

River Information

The Yampa is another Colorado classic in all aspects. Aside from the sheer beauty that is northern Colorado, the river and it's fish are something every angler should have on their list. The river has a tailwater section below Stagecoach Reservoir that can offer some great sight fishing for very large trout. Through the town of Steamboat Springs, the Yampa resembles a freestone to a much greater extent. Whichever location you choose to fish, the bug life, sizeable fish, and scenery all add up to the complete western fly fishing experience.

Seasonal Conditions

The Yampa is fishable year round. Winter can be very productive here as the fish key in on midges and baetis. Through summer, the river sees prolific hatches of caddis, stoneflies, various mayflies and terrestrials which offers some terrific dry fly fishing. Streamers can be effectively fished year round as well. If all else fails, nymphing with a stonefly nymph and a small beadhead should put fish in the net.

Additional River Information

Yampa River below Stagecoach Reservoir

YAMPA BASIN River Gauge View Detailed Information

  • Flow 39 cfs
  • Wind 14 mph
  • Temp 13 °F
  • High/Low 11/35

Yampa River above Lake Catamount

YAMPA BASIN River Gauge View Detailed Information

  • Flow 47 cfs
  • Wind 14 mph
  • Temp 14 °F
  • High/Low 12/36

River access

Public access is plentiful on the Yampa, however many stretches are private so please be considerate of this. Below Stagecoach Reservoir, the tailwater can be accessed by road during the summer. This area is closed for migrating elk through the winter and requires a couple mile hike in. Plan your days accordingling if you choose to make this hike, however this can be a good place to escape the crowds during the winter.

Through the town of Steamboat, public access can be found at Fletcher Park, Rotary Park, Emerald Park, Little Toots Park, Dr. Richard Weiss Park and Transit Center Park. A couple miles south of town on CR 14, the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area offers anglers several miles of public water.

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