Fishing Report for 10.19.21 - Written by Brett and Bruce Lee

It's Tuesday, October 19. Today is cloudy with a high of 40°F. Rain and snow showers are in the forecast for this afternoon with the rest of the week expected to be partly cloudy in the mid to high-50's. 

We’re happy to announce that the Yampa River commercial and voluntary closures were lifted Thursday, October 7, 2021. The closure has been in effect since July 8 due to critical water conditions. Three months later cooler temperatures and more moisture, less recreational demand, and favorable oxygen levels has led to the reopening. The City of Steamboat Springs and Colorado Parks & Wildlife are asking the public to respect the still active voluntary closure of a small section of the Fish Creek area.

Since we’ve been back on the water where the commercial and voluntary closures took place, the fishing has been really, really good. This is in part because the fish have not been fished at for so long, giving them a break to relax and recover. Now that the waters have opened and there are anglers out there, the fish see all these flies and they are looking for food.

Nothing really compares to fall in Colorado. It’s a great time of the year to get outside and on the water. The fish are hungry so take advantage of the optimal conditions! Here are the flies we recommend using:


Flies to use: Pats Rubber Legs, Pheasant Tails, Caddis Pupa, BWO, Trico/Suedo (Zebra, RS2), Mahogany Dun, Midges (Griffith Gnat, Adams), Sparkle Minnow, Hare Sculpin, Zonker, and Leeches/Crawfish.

Elk River

Flies to use: Hoppers, Copper John, Prince Nymph, Soft Hackles, Stoneflies, Baetis, Dirty Bird, Bacon & Eggs, Mahogany Dry, Pheasant Tail, BWO, Trice/Suedo, Tailwater Assassin, and Wooly Bugger (brown, olive).

Tailwaters & Sarvis *T water closed

Flies to use: Zebra Midges (black, red), BTS Nymph, Tailwater Assassin, Black Beauty, WDHO (assorted colors), Bacon & Eggs, Leeches, Scuds, Dries: Miges, BWO’s, and Mahogany.

Local Reservoirs

Flies to use: Chironomids, Scuds, Leeches, DamselFlies (nymph, dry), Crawdad, Callibaetis, Mosquitos, Ants, Caddis, Beetles, and Hoppers.

Questions? Stop by the store or give us a call! 

-Brett & Bruce Lee 

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