Blue Stream Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing Report for:

Yampa River - Below Stagecoach - Colorado

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

Directions To Location

Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midge Afternoon 16-24 Zebra Midge, Disco Midge
February Midge Afternoon 16-24 Zebra Midge
Stoneflies Late Afternoon 6-10 Pat's Rubberlegs
March Midge Afternoon 16-24 Zebra Midge
April Midge Afternoon 16-24 Disco Midge
Blue Wing Olives Late Afternoon 16-20 RS2's, Pheasant Tails
May Caddis Evening 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
June Caddis Evening 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis
Stoneflies Evening 6-10 Stimulator, Pat's Rubberlegs
July Green Drakes Afternoon 10-14 Royal Wulff
Caddis Evening 14-16 X-Caddis
Mahogany Duns Late Afternoon 16-18 Adams
August Caddis Evening 14-16 X-Caddis
Green Drakes Afternoon 10-14 Royal Wulff
September Brown Drakes Afternoon 10-14 Adams
October Blue Wing Olives Late Afternoon 16-20 RS2's, Pheasant Tails
November Midge Afternoon 16-24 Zebra Midge
December Midge Afternoon 16-24 Disco Midge

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Yampa River below Stagecoach offers unique spots for fly fishing enthusiasts. Several areas offer plentiful catches of trout and other fish species.

  • Saratoga Inn: Saratoga inn is strategically positioned allowing fishers to easily access the river. Brown and Rainbow trout thrive in this area.
  • Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area: Offering deep runs and pocket water, this location is abundant in Brown and Rainbow trout.
  • Five Springs Area: Fly fishing here is characterized by deep pools and slow-moving water. This spot is great for catching large Rainbow trout.
  • Tailwaters Section: Known for its consistent flow and temperature, this location houses Rainbow, Brook and Brown trout.
  • Steamboat Springs Town Area: Perfect place for public fishing, featuring a rich variety of trout, and accessible fishing points.

Best Access Points

The Yampa River below Stagecoach offers some of the best fly-fishing spots. Here are notable access points:

  • Stagecoach Tailwater: This is an easily accessible spot found just below the Stagecoach Reservoir dam. Known for big Rainbow and Brown trout, it is undoubtedly an angler’s paradise. The area is public and has parking facilities.
  • Saratoga Fishing Club: It’s a private access area, requiring membership or a guest pass.
  • Chuck Lewis Wildlife Area: It’s a public area that provides a classic river environment. Be ready for some wading and intense angling.
  • Fifth Street Bridge: An easily accessible point in downtown Steamboat Springs, yielding large trout amidst urban scenery.
  • Yampa River State Park: Open year-round and offers multiple fishing locations within its stretches in Craig and Hayden.

Remember, each site has distinct rules and regulations. Always view them prior to your visit.

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout – The Yampa River is known for its large Brown Trout. These fish are not only numerous on this section of the water, but also grow to impressive sizes, providing a thrilling challenge for fly fishers.
  • Rainbow Trout – While not as abundant as Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout are also a favorite target for fly fishers on the Yampa below Stagecoach. Their vibrant coloring and feisty nature make them a highly prized catch.
  • Mountain Whitefish – These deep-bodied fish are native to the Yampa River system and are found in large numbers. Fly fishers often enjoy the challenge of catching these elusive and bottom-dwelling fish.
  • Brook Trout – While not as common as the trout species listed above, Brook Trout can still be found in the Yampa River below Stagecoach. They are often found in slower moving waters.
  • Cutthroat Trout – The Colorado River Cutthroat Trout is native to the Yampa River. These fish prefer cold, clean waters and make a higher challenge for fly fishers in this area.
  • Pike – Fly fishers targeting Pike on the Yampa River should be prepared for a hearty fight. Pike are known for their aggressive strikes and fast runs, making them an exciting catch.
  • Rocky Mountain Whitefish – Found in the cooler, faster moving waters of the Yampa River, Rocky Mountain Whitefish offer a nice change of pace for fly fishers in the area.
  • Common Carp – While not traditionally targeted by most fly fishers, Common Carp are abundant and large in the Yampa River, and can provide an exciting and challenging weekend fishing.

About The River

Flowing through the heart of the beautiful Colorado wilderness, the Yampa River is a breath-taking sight. Particularly notable is the stretch below Stagecoach, a popular area where the river’s history and natural beauty are always on display.

The Yampa River is truly ancient, its origins dating back millions of years. It has the honor of being one of the last free-flowing rivers in the Colorado River System, untouched by major dams or diversions.

The Yampa’s significant historical contribution to the development of Colorado is undeniable. It was a crucial navigational route for Native American tribes, and later, an essential resource for the early settlers in the region.

  • The Utes named the river ‘Yampah,’ which means ‘wild carrot,’ a plant found in abundance along the river banks.
  • The mining era elevated the Yampa River’s importance, providing valuable resources to settlements.

Today, the river continues to draw crowds, offering a perfect backdrop for outdoor activities ranging from fishing to boating.


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