Fishing Conditions: GOOD

Report Rating: GOOD
Crowd Rating: Crowded
Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Sunday, Mar 19, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 56-59 Temp: 36-39
Sky: Clear Flow: 84
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: The Stagecoach Tailwater is the best section of the Yampa to fish right now as the warm temps up here are making the river through Steamboat mighty off-color.

Current Conditions at Yampa:

Trout here are still exclusively feeding on Midge patterns so come prepared to drift small patterns. Black Beauties, red Zebra Midges, brown Top Secrets, and white Disco Midges have all been bringing trout to net recently. On any given day these trout are focused on one color to the next so take the time to inspect the insects in the drift and be patient with trial and error with different colored patterns until you starting getting the takes. On overcast days you'll see fish rising in calm pocket water, in which case black Griffith's Gnats work very well. The access road to the Stagecoach Tailwater will open back up on April, 1st.

The weather has been warm and the water is beginning to rise. The key to catching fish is to read the water and predict just where the fish will be holding.   The fishing is good.  Clear skies and 56-59 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Brown
Weight: 2 lbs 5 oz
Length: 15 inches
Girth: 6 inches
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female

Current Insect Hatches at Yampa

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Chocolate Brown Midge

Color: Chocolate

Size: 22

Time:

Recommended Flies for Yampa

Fly: Dorsey's Top Secret Midge
Color: Brown
Size: 22
Time: 
Dorsey's Top Secret Midge Dorsey's Top Secret Midge
Fly: Tungsten Zebra Midge
Color: Red
Size: 20
Time: 
Tungsten Zebra Midge Tungsten Zebra Midge
Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Black
Size: 20
Time: 
Black Beauty Black Beauty

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late March

Caddisflies

Insects: American Grannom
Color: Bright Green to Greenish Brown
Dates: Mar 1 – May 15
Emergence: Early Morning & Afternoon
Size: 10-14
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Little Tan Short Horn Sedge
Color: Dark Brown to Yellow
Dates: Mar 1 – Aug 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Mayflies

Insects: Blue Winged Olive
Color: Light Olive Brown to Brown Olive
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Clouds & warmest part of day
Size: 16-18
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Midges

Insects: Chocolate Brown Midge
Color: Brown to Chocolate
Dates: Feb 15 – Dec 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-22
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Micro Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Morning
Size: 22-26
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Snow Midge
Color: Gray to Charcoal
Dates: Jan 1 – Dec 31
Emergence: Warmest part of day
Size: 24-28
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Stoneflies

Insects: Micro Black
Color: Dark Brown to Black
Dates: Jan 1 – May 15
Emergence: 38-44° Water Temps Heat of Day
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Skwala Stone
Color: Dark Brown to Yellow Olive
Dates: Mar 1 – May 15
Emergence: 38-47° Water Temps, Late afternoon and evening. Riffles and bankwater near foliage.
Size: 6-12
Spinner Fall:
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 


Weather for Yampa

Current: 42 °F Clear Wind: 0 MPH N
Current Condtions

Clear

Temperature: 42 °F
Humidity: 54%
Wind: 0 mph N
Pressure: 14.76 psi
Cloud Cover: 0%
Wednesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Patchy light snow<br/> High: 40 °F  <br/>Low: 12 °F <br/> Wind: 3 mph SE
Patchy light snow
High: 40 °F
Low: 12 °F
Wind: 3 mph SE
Thursday's Forecast
weather forecast: Moderate or heavy snow with thunder<br/> High: 46 °F  <br/>Low: 24 °F <br/> Wind: 2 mph SSE
Moderate or heavy snow with thunder
High: 46 °F
Low: 24 °F
Wind: 2 mph SSE
Friday's Forecast
weather forecast: Moderate or heavy snow showers<br/> High: 42 °F  <br/>Low: 24 °F <br/> Wind: 7 mph ENE
Moderate or heavy snow showers
High: 42 °F
Low: 24 °F
Wind: 7 mph ENE