Fishing Conditions: GOOD

Report Rating: GOOD
Crowd Rating: Not Crowded
Not Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Sunday, Dec 15, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 32-35 Temp: 32-35
Sky: Clear Flow: 70
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: The Yampa is giving up some good winter fishing

Current Conditions at Yampa:

The Yampa is still giving up some good days on the water both below stagecoach and through town. With night temperatures dropping, expect fish to be slow in the mornings. There has been some ice and slush even through town so be sure to get on the water during the warmest part of the day. Nymph-rigs are the way to go. Depth is crucial but be sure to be mindful of tippet and fly sizes. Two-bits, princes, and Hare's ears are good place to start. Trail a more selective fly off the back like an RS2 or BWO emerger.

The fishing is good.  Clear skies and 32-35 degree weather. The water temperature was between 32-35 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Brown
Weight: 2 lbs 12 oz
Length: 17 inches
Girth: 8 inches
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female
Brown Trout Male Brown Trout Male

Current Insect Hatches at Yampa

Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Micro Blue Winged Olive (BWO)

Color: Olive

Size: 24

Time:

Recommended Flies for Yampa

Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Black
Size: 22
Time: 
Black Beauty Black Beauty
Fly: Prince Nymph
Color: Brown
Size: 18
Time: 
Prince Nymph Prince Nymph
Fly: Dorsey's Top Secret Midge
Color: Brown
Size: 22
Time: 
Dorsey's Top Secret Midge Dorsey's Top Secret Midge

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Early April

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 
Insects: Western Black Quill
Color: Purplish Black to Grayish Brown
Dates: Apr 1 – Jun 30
Emergence: Mid Morning
Size: 14-12
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Midges

Insects: Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Apr 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-20
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
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 
Insects: Winter Black
Color: Black Brown to Reddish Olive, Mottled Brown
Dates: Apr 1 – Aug 15
Emergence: Cold Mountain Streams and Small Ponds
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 


Current Conditions

Clouds
Currently: Overcast Clouds
Temperature:  22 F
Temp Max:  27 F
Temp Min:  15 F
Humidity: 58%
Wind: 47 WSW mph
Pressure: 1017
Snow Monday 5:00PM — 18 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 17 and 18 .
Wind: 28 WNW mph; Humidity: 81%;  Snow: 0.56 for next 3 hours.
Clouds Monday 8:00PM — 10 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 9 and 10 .
Wind: 10 SW mph; Humidity: 91%; 
Snow Monday 11:00PM —
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 9 and 9 .
Wind: 6 WSW mph; Humidity: 96%;  Snow: 0.56 for next 3 hours.
Snow Tuesday 2:00AM —
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 8 and 9 .
Wind: 6 NNW mph; Humidity: 96%;  Snow: 0.63 for next 3 hours.
Snow Tuesday 5:00AM —
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 6 and 6 .
Wind: 8 W mph; Humidity: 96%;  Snow: 0.5 for next 3 hours.
Clouds Tuesday 8:00AM —
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 4 and 4 .
Wind: 8 NNW mph; Humidity: 93%; 
Clouds Tuesday 11:00AM — 12 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 12 and 12 .
Wind: 13 W mph; Humidity: 77%; 
Snow Tuesday 2:00PM — 16 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 16 and 16 .
Wind: 18 W mph; Humidity: 79%;  Snow: 0.19 for next 3 hours.
Snow Tuesday 5:00PM — 14 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 14 and 14 .
Wind: 13 SW mph; Humidity: 86%;  Snow: 0.25 for next 3 hours.
Clouds Tuesday 8:00PM —
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 2 and 2 .
Wind: 2 SW mph; Humidity: 94%; 
Clouds Tuesday 11:00PM — -1 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between -1 and -1 .
Wind: 5 E mph; Humidity: 94%; 
Clear Wednesday 2:00AM — -3 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between -3 and -3 .
Wind: 7 E mph; Humidity: 90%; 
Clear Wednesday 5:00AM — -3 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between -3 and -3 .
Wind: 7 E mph; Humidity: 81%; 
Clear Wednesday 8:00AM —
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 4 and 4 .
Wind: 8 ESE mph; Humidity: 78%; 
Clear Wednesday 11:00AM — 19 
Expect clear sky with temperatures ranging between 19 and 19 .
Wind: 1 ENE mph; Humidity: 58%; 
Clouds Wednesday 2:00PM — 23 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 23 and 23 .
Wind: 8 WNW mph; Humidity: 60%; 
Clouds Wednesday 5:00PM — 20 
Expect broken clouds with temperatures ranging between 20 and 20 .
Wind: 3 WNW mph; Humidity: 77%; 
Clouds Wednesday 8:00PM — 15 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 15 and 15 .
Wind: 4 ESE mph; Humidity: 90%; 
Snow Wednesday 11:00PM — 14 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 14 and 14 .
Wind: 5 ENE mph; Humidity: 94%;  Snow: 0.31 for next 3 hours.
Clouds Thursday 2:00AM — 14 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 14 and 14 .
Wind: 3 ENE mph; Humidity: 94%;