Fishing Conditions: GOOD

Report Rating: GOOD
Crowd Rating: Somewhat Crowded
Somewhat Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 48-51 Temp: 36-39
Sky: Overcast Flow: 120
Wind: None Clarity: Slightly Off
Precip: None Runoff: Yes 
(All Day)

Colorado Stream Update: Fishing has been good! - Be cautious of spawning fish

Current Conditions at Yampa:

The Yampa has been fishing good as warmer weather has brought spring in nicely. From now until true run-off sets in, expect flows and water clarity to be fussy. With that in mind, nymphing attractor flies followed by a more selective offering has been finding fish regularly. Patterns like PT's, 20-inchers, leeches and small gurdle bugs are a good place to start. Expect fishing to be best in the mornings and slow down as the snowmelt turns the water off-color. Target deep slow runs.

The weather is warming up outside and it is beginning to look like spring again! For a good chance at hooking a big fish try dead drifting mayfly patterns. Our guides suggest productive patterns like the Zebra Midge or Money Midge. Be sure and watch your step as the fish are beginning to spawn and eggs can be found throughout the river.  The fishing is good.  Overcast skies and 48-51 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Slightly Off.

Likely Catch

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 3 lbs 0 oz
Length: 18 inches
Girth: 10 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Male Rainbow Trout Male

Current Insect Hatches at Yampa

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Black Midge

Color: Black

Size: 20

Time: PM

Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Blue Winged Olive

Color: Olive

Size: 20

Time: PM

Recommended Flies for Yampa

Fly: Flashback Hare's Ear
Color: Gray
Size: 18
Time: All Day
Flashback Hare's Ear Flashback Hare's Ear
Fly: Buckskin Caddis
Color: Creamish Olive
Size: 18
Time: All Day
Buckskin Caddis Buckskin Caddis
Fly: Prince Nymph
Color: Brown
Size: 18
Time: All Day
Prince Nymph Prince Nymph

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late May

Caddisflies

Insects: Little Sister Sedge
Color: Green to Greenish Brown
Dates: May 15 – Aug 30
Emergence: Afternoon & Evening
Size: 14-16
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 
Insects: Spotted Sedge
Color: Brownish Yellow
Dates: May 15 – Sep 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 10-12
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: Salmon Fly
Color: Black to Reddish Brown
Dates: May 15 – Jul 15
Emergence: 50-60° Water Late Morning on
Size: 4-8
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Small Western
Color: Brownish
Dates: May 15 – Jul 15
Emergence: 46-56° Water Temps
Size: 14-18
Spinner Fall: NA
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 

Terrestrials

Insects: Beetle
Color: Brownish to Black
Dates: May 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: All Day
Size: 10-18
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Black Ant
Color: Black
Dates: May 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-24
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Grasshopper
Color: Green to Brownish Tan
Dates: May 15 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 2-14
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Red Ant
Color: Red to Orangish
Dates: May 1 – Oct 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 


Current Conditions

Clouds
Currently: Broken Clouds
Temperature:  41 F
Temp Max:  45 F
Temp Min:  36 F
Humidity: 98%
Wind: 18 WSW mph
Pressure: 1001
Snow Tuesday 9:00PM — 35 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 28 and 35 .
Wind: 6 NNW mph; Humidity: 97%;  Snow: 0.25 for next 3 hours.
Snow Wednesday 6:00AM — 25 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 23 and 25 .
Wind: 7 NNE mph; Humidity: 96%;  Snow: 0.562 for next 3 hours.
Snow Wednesday 9:00AM — 30 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 30 and 30 .
Wind: 7 NNE mph; Humidity: 93%;  Snow: 0.438 for next 3 hours.
Snow Wednesday 12:00PM — 33 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 33 and 33 .
Wind: 11 NNE mph; Humidity: 97%;  Snow: 0.25 for next 3 hours.
Snow Wednesday 3:00PM — 36 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 36 and 36 .
Wind: 13 NNE mph; Humidity: 94%;  Snow: 0.312 for next 3 hours.
Snow Wednesday 6:00PM — 35 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 35 and 35 .
Wind: 12 NE mph; Humidity: 93%;  Snow: 0.376 for next 3 hours.
Snow Wednesday 9:00PM — 30 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 30 and 30 .
Wind: 12 ENE mph; Humidity: 94%;  Snow: 0.312 for next 3 hours.
Snow Thursday 6:00AM — 28 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 28 and 28 .
Wind: 16 E mph; Humidity: 93%;  Snow: 0.438 for next 3 hours.
Clouds Thursday 9:00AM — 36 
Expect overcast clouds with temperatures ranging between 36 and 36 .
Wind: 19 ESE mph; Humidity: 95%; 
Rain Thursday 12:00PM — 44 
Expect light rain with temperatures ranging between 44 and 44 .
Wind: 28 SE mph; Humidity: 86%;  Rain: 0.188 for next 3 hours.
Snow Thursday 3:00PM — 36 
Expect snow with temperatures ranging between 36 and 36 .
Wind: 34 SW mph; Humidity: 97%;  Snow: 4 for next 3 hours.
Snow Thursday 6:00PM — 34 
Expect snow with temperatures ranging between 34 and 34 .
Wind: 19 SSW mph; Humidity: 92%;  Snow: 2.5 for next 3 hours.
Snow Thursday 9:00PM — 30 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 30 and 30 .
Wind: 15 SSW mph; Humidity: 89%;  Snow: 0.188 for next 3 hours.
Snow Friday 6:00AM — 29 
Expect light snow with temperatures ranging between 29 and 29 .
Wind: 20 SSW mph; Humidity: 91%;  Snow: 0.124 for next 3 hours.