Weekend Update: Colorado’s Beautiful Yampa Valley

The Yampa River might be one of our favorite Colorado fly fishing destinations.  When thinking of fly fishing the Yampa River one thought comes to mind; quality over quantity.  Most days on the Yampa don’t yield huge numbers of fish in the net, but what the Yampa lacks in fish numbers it most certainly makes up for in size!  If you are looking to hook into that brown, rainbow or even brook or cut throat trout of a lifetime, then look no further than Colorado’s Yampa Valley.  On a recent float trip, we boated no more than eight fish…the smallest was a brown trout taped at twenty three inches!

Stagecoach Tailwater

Right now the Colorado Division of Wildlife has the Stagecoach Tail Water closed but there is still ample public access on the Yampa River through downtown Steamboat and its neighboring tributary the Elk River also offers a lot of public access through local state wildlife areas.  Local outfitters offer a wide array of private water fly fishing preserves.  September is a great month to camp in the mountains of steamboat as well.

Brown trout


Autumn brings my favorite insect hatch to the valley, in the form of Pseudo Clone Mayflies also known as Micro Blue Winged Olives.  These tiny and beautiful blue/gray mayflies will bring even the biggest fish to the surface for a slurp.  The bugs range from hook sizes 20-24 and some of my favorite imitations are a simple Parachute Adams in hook sizes 20 or a Brook’s Sprout Blue Winged Olive in hook sizes 20-24.  Barr’s Emergers or Flashback Pheasant Tails in hook sizes 20-24 are a good bet for imitating the nymph stage of the micro blue wings.

Wherever you go on the Yampa, be sure to bring a big landing net!  You just might hook into that wild trout of a lifetime…

Tight Lines,

Downtown Brown…Stay Fishy my Friends…