Yampa River Fly Fishing Report

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 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. 


Recommended Flies

Winter/Spring: Midges, Mayflies, Streamers

Summer: Stoneflies, Caddis, Mayflies, Tricos, Terrestrials, Streamers

Fall: Midges, Mayflies, Caddis, Sreamers


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. 


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.