02/05/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3.    Midges
4.    Little Winter Stoneflies


Better Get'em While The Get'ins Good
The weather has turned out much better than the forecast a day or two ago and
now is a good time to be on the water considering what we have to work with. Next
week's forecast isn't looking so good.

By the way, don't let anyone tell you what you can and can't catch. They don't know
what anyone is capable of catching and
are stupid for even suggesting they
can predict what the results of your fishing will be
. It comes from those that
don't ever fish but always have a lot of advice to give out about it.

Keep the flies very small and on or near the bottom in the slow water.


Down and Dirty  (some are clean) Tips and Recommendations for Fly
Fishing Destinations - Part 18
Just keep in mind that it is strictly one opinion that happens to be mine. The intent is to hopefully
give those interested a general idea of what to expect. Most likely every guide, affiliated business
entity and local angler will have a different opinion. These streams also have full coverage on our
Perfect Fly Stream Section.

Yampa River Colorado
I've discovered yet another river in Colorado that I thought I had finished but never
did. That's what happens when I stop working on something and switch to something
else. I may make a note of it, but then I usually lose the note. Anyway, the Yampa
River is a tailwater in northern Colorado that is another of the states fine trout
streams. It also has fishing opportunities in its headwaters, but we have not fished
there and I'm not sure about access to its water. I do know the tailwater is an
excellent fishery. By the way, Stagecoach Lake is also an excellent still water fishery.

This stream runs through the beautiful and peaceful little town of Steamboat
Springs. You can actually fish right down town if you want to. The only thing I could
find that isn't so pleasing, is the large amount of private property along the stream.
There's enough public access but it would be much better if there were more. The
upper headwaters have brook and cutthroats. The tailwater has mostly browns and
rainbows with some brooks and cutts in certain areas. The trout are all wild and
plentiful. Both the browns and the rainbows attain very good sizes. This is an "A
minus" stream and the minus is only there due to its less than desirable amount of
public access.
Check out the Yampa River.

Big Thompson River Colorado
This is another one of the streams that begins in Rocky Mountains National Park. Its
upper headwaters consist of several small meandering, meadow streams in a high
elevation area near the continental divide. It has a good population of brook trout
and cutthroats.

The most popular section to fish is below Estes Lake in its tailwater section. The
river flows through a canyon for several miles with excellent pocket water and plenty
of wild rainbow and brown trout. The state stopped stocking this river in 1994. It has
plenty of good access along the highway, so getting to most of the water is relatively
easy. There's a ten mile long catch and release section in the tailwater section of
the river.

I'll give the Big Thompson River an "A" rating. With plenty of wild trout and ample
access to all its water; great tailwater fishing for good size trout; and plenty of
meadow streams to explore full of cutts and brook trout in its high elevations, what
more could you ask for?
Check out the Big Thompson River.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh