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River: Yampa River - Steamboat Springs

Yampa in March advice

Post By: barbed      Posted: 3/22/2015 10:24:01 AM     Points: 275    
I have a few days off this week and was thinking of heading up to the Yampa to do a little fly fishing. I am specifically interested in pike but will spend some time looking for trout as well. I'm just wondering if it would be worth the drive from Denver. Any advice, pointers or just a general yeah, its worth it or no its not would be helpful. Thanks all!
 Reply by: Ajreed8      Posted: 3/22/2015 8:35:55 PM     Points: 1292    

I happened to get on the site just in time. Haven't been on for over a week.

With our weird winter we have been having the Yampa is already on the rise. Water levels go up and down day by day and the water is starting to get very murky. With that being said, the fishing should still be pretty good.

I have been having the best luck with the spin rod but that just means that the fish are hungry for the bigger targets! You should be able to do well with the fly rod. Worms and eggs are definitely a good choice as well as some basic stone patterns such as hares ear and pheasant tail. With the murky water and higher current think bigger when it comes to fly size and tippet size!

Hope that helps, maybe ill see you out there!
 Reply by: pikeNcolorado      Posted: 3/23/2015 8:06:38 AM     Points: 17676    
Just looked at the flows this morning. Through Steamboat it's 523 cfs ( Normally 178 at this time ) and through Craig it's 1500 cfs. ( Normally 788 at this time ) That's way high for this time of year. Not sure what the pike ( what's left of them ) would be doing but I would think that the spawn would be on their mind depending on water temps.
 Reply by: Ajreed8      Posted: 3/23/2015 6:51:21 PM     Points: 1292    
Pike is correct that is unusually high. That is what I meant by the "Yampa is already on the rise." I should have been more specific.

I somehow missed the part about specifically targeting pike....

Not a big Pike guy but the few years I have been fishing in the Yampa, mid April has always been a good time to hunt for them.