Fishing Reports

Fishing reports created by our members and staff to give you the best idea of what is happening on the water!

Comments on Gianinetti Spring Creeks, Roaring Fork, Ponds C-60
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Not your typical winter fishing outing. Although water temperatures hovered between 41 and 43 all day, I managed to bring about a dozen fish to net for an excellent afternoon on a ranch that has a long standing reputation for delivering. It is now fair to add the month of January to the list of productive months for this property. In all fairness I did benefit from a warmer spell leading up to my outing. While the spring creeks were free flowing with just a little ice on the edges, the ponds were about 2/3 covered in ice. Still, the fish were active just about everywhere on the property. I never made it down to the Roaring Fork. I had to go deep to find the fish and after some switching around, a combination beadhead prince nymph with a red san juan worm did the trick. Steady rain and an approaching snow storm finally chased me off the property, quite happy for the chance i had taken. ~ Fabrice

Comments on Tarryall Creek A-8
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Unseasonably warm weather and a free afternoon were reason enough to give this property one more go before the long winter sets in. In addition to clear water and strong gusts of wind, I also had to deal with extremely cold water, which is not entirely a surprise considering elevation, how late in the season we are, and the fact that Tarryall Reservoir directly above this property was already 50% covered with a thick layer of ice. As a result, fish were somewhat lethargic all afternoon but I still managed to land 7, all on streamers. As an added bonus I was able to observe a rather large beaver at work in the lower section of the property. ~ Fabrice

Comments on Yampa River C-56
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My son, Caleb and 9 year old grandson Landon arrived at 7:30 am in Steamboat to cool 10 degrees F. Had breakfast, stopped by the always helpful STEAMBOAT FLYFISHER, drove to Hogue Ranch and were rigged up and at the river by 9:00. We hiked to the bridge end of the property and began in the deepest slowest pools we could find. Shelf-ice lining the banks and plenty of floating slush made the going a little tough for the first 90 minutes or so but then we started picking up 16-20" bows and browns on egg/midge rigs. Landon stayed upright in spite of the slippery conditions and an occasional floating ice barge, and he landed a few nice Trout that Caleb had hooked. He was casting his own rod too and had a couple strikes that didn't produce a fish. We started moving up toward the historic ranch house about noon and were spread out in a long slow run in front of the cliff wall, when Landon announced, "hey I got one"! He was using a 9'/5wt Sage SLT and that tip was wildly thrashing from 12:00 to 6:00 while the fish made several east-west runs with his dad loudly exhorting him to "keep the tip up", "let him run" and "don't touch that reel!" After about 5 minutes Landon coaxed the 23" Brown into Caleb's waiting net to euphoric shouting and high fives all around! First solo Trout on a Fly Rod and it was indeed a trophy! We caught a number of big and colorful Bows and Browns this day but the one that will be talked about for years will be Landon's Brown! I so appreciate the opportunity to fish these magnificent RMAC properties and especially to be able to take my family to uncrowded and beautiful waters to learn the art of fly fishing and to occasionally be rewarded with trophy size fish. Happy Thanksgiving and tight lines! Jim Barclay ~ Jim Barclay

Comments on Tarryall Creek A-8
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Most of the creek was frozen with only a central channel. The first 1/2 mile or so from the dam was well open. Despite the cold and ice, it was a good day. Rainbow warrior and poison tung worked with nymphing in drop pools. 15 fish or so in 4 hours, 3 more than 17-18 inch cutbows. ~ Mike Narkewicz

Comments on Tarryall Creek A-8
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Another excellent day on this property. In spite of strong winds and low water levels (17cfs), the fishing was outstanding, so much so that I only fished about a third of the property and never made it to the lower section. I suspect the strong South Park wind actually worked in my favor as the constant ripples on the water made it harder for fish to see me approaching in otherwise crystal clear water. A black streamer produced strikes throughout the afternoon, with most fish in the14 to 16 inches, and one nice rainbow above 20. I also spotted at least 3 large pike comfortably over 25 inches each. Overall I was very pleased with how well this property fished this late in the season. ~ Fabrice