Fishing Conditions: EXCELLENT

Report Rating: EXCELLENT
Crowd Rating: Not Crowded
Not Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Monday, Jan 14, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 28-31 Temp: 36-39
Sky: Clear Flow: 37
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: The hike into the tail water below Stagecoach Reservoir is brutal right now but the rewards are well worth it!

Current Conditions at Yampa:

It's a relatively low flow coming out of Stage Coach, so finding holding water is very crucial, but the fishing is excellent right now. Nymphing with small tippet-- 5x fluorocarbon-- is the name of the game. Small patterns are the way to go. WD-40s, juju beatis, jujubee midges, black beauties, top secrets, and disco midges are all working. With the crystal clear water and low flow, sight fishing is one of your best tools so make sure and keep the sun at your back and have a good pair of polarized shades. On warmer overcast days you'll see midges and possibly BWOs hatch which makes it possible to catch a dinker here or there on the surface but the larger trout are still all feeding sub-surface.

No need to be on the water early, wait for the sun to come up in order to warm up the water temperature. Fishing has been best from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and fly fishing trips have been catching lots of trout. Use three different midge patters. Try a black Zebra Midge (size 20-24) or a Money Midge (size 20-24). An egg makes a great point fly during the winter months.  The fishing is fantastic.  Clear skies and 28-31 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 2 lbs 0 oz
Length: 17 inches
Girth: 8 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Male Rainbow Trout Male

Current Insect Hatches at Yampa

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Chocolate Brown Midge

Color: Chocolate

Size: 24


Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Micro Blue Winged Olive (BWO)

Color: Brownish Olive

Size: 22


Recommended Flies for Yampa

Fly: Juju Baetis
Color: Purpleish Black
Size: 20
Juju Baetis Juju Baetis
Fly: Disco Midge
Color: Red
Size: 22
Disco Midge Disco Midge
Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Black
Size: 22
Black Beauty Black Beauty

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late January


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 


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 

Current Conditions

Currently: Overcast
Temperature: 24.8 F (-4.0 C)
Feels Like: 25 F (-4 C)
Heat Index: NA
Humidity: 97%
Wind: Calm
Pressure: 30.35
UV: 0.0
mostlycloudy Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Lows overnight in the upper teens.
nt_mostlycloudy Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy. Low 18F. Winds light and variable.
partlycloudy Sunday: Mostly cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High 36F. Winds light and variable.
nt_partlycloudy Sunday Night: Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later at night. Low 19F. Winds light and variable.
snow Monday: Cloudy with periods of snow during the afternoon. High 31F. Winds light and variable. Chance of snow 80%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.
nt_snow Monday Night: Snow will taper off and end in the evening but skies will remain cloudy overnight. Low 6F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 90%. Snowfall around one inch.
partlycloudy Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 18F. Winds light and variable.
nt_partlycloudy Tuesday Night: A few clouds from time to time. Low 2F. Winds light and variable.