Fishing has been good, with beautiful weather holding on through the end of October. There have been massive Blue-Winged Olive hatches on the Yampa and Elk Rivers. The hatch occurs a few times per year, with highest concentrations in the spring and fall, but the bugs are available to fish in all months. The hatch comes from noon to about 3:30 in the afternoon, we've had lots of success using BWO's- the fish in the featured picture was caught twice in one day! There have also been large hatches of Mahagony Duns. Mahagony Duns provide some of the best dry fly fishing of the fall time. They are classified as crawler nymphs. There is a number of other species that emerge throughout the summer, but the late season is the best. Emergence takes place at the surface, making an emerging nymph pattern very effective when trout are rising.
Our guide, Ben Rock has been finding lots of interesting arrowheads and artifacts along the Yampa lately. The Yampa River has historically provided water to the Native Americans as well as farmers and ranchers. The Snake people- which includes the Bannock and Shoshone tribes-and the White River Ute, comprised of Patinuche and Yampa (Yamparika, Yampatika) Utes, drank from the river, hunted in the Yampa Valley, and gathered food and raw materials for shelter. So it is no surprise that there are still artificts to be found in this historical and lovely river that we all benefit from!