Yampa River Below Catamount C-57

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Location: The ranch is located about 4 miles southeast of Steamboat Springs.

Capacity: Limited to 3 anglers or 4 if all in one group.

To make a reservation call 303-421-6239 or 1-800-524-1814.

Rate Notes: Landowner requires 1 week cancellation notice.

Adult 1/2 Day
Adult Aftn.
Youth 1/2 Day
Youth Aftn.

Property Log Book Comments

Morning trico hatch had fish feeding so Dries and Hopper Droppers brought many takes,nettings, and losses of some really quality fish. Different areas called for nymphing also. Water was clear, and little wind with bright sun kept fish spooky, but nice size Browns and Rainbows cooperated. This water produced the largest fish missed. Super place. ~ john Naill -- September 24th, 2013

Heard about the Halloran Ranch from guys at the Steamboat Fly Shop. Quickly made a reservation and very happy we did. They also recommended a red-bodies, copper wrapped prince nymph, which on my second cast hooked a 20"+ rainbow with the largest head I can remenber on a trout. Auspicious beginning. Very little to no visible surface feeding but if you worked into position for a long drift over the right lie fish would rise. Even then many refusals. Worked upstream, both sides of the river. Windy most of the day. Fish came equally to nymphs and dries, with princes and pmds most successful. The quality of this fishery cannot be understated. The size and strength of the fish reinforced my decision to use a 6 wt. Mix of browns and rainbows, one each over 20". This is a wonderful resource. Thanks to Suzie and Michael for their conservancy. ~ GR -- June 21st, 2013

A warm blue bird day with no a cloud in sight. Probably not the best conditions, but better than a week ago. The water temp was 58 degrees when we started. There were clouds of midges all day all over the river. As usual this property is a challenge. The fish are big and usually picky. I thought the three of us had decent success given the conditions. In all we caught 8 fish and lost a few others. We tried a lot of different patterns but seemed to have the most success on s8 black stone followed by a drowned trico spinner. There were a couple of fish hooked on a zebra midge emerger and a couple on streamers. If I were to fish there tomorrow, I'd start with the stone fly and follow it up with the mide in the morning and switch to the trico about lunch. I had what would have been the largest fish of the day on a streamer. He was well over 20". Of the fish we landed, 3 went 20". The rest were over 16" except for a surprise 15" brookie. We quit fishing in the late afternoon when the water temp hit 65. I saw 3 dead rainbows through out the day. They looked to have died a few days earlier. Probably when the flow was around 70cfs and the weather was warmer. Please remember to respect the fish if it gets too hot. ~ Vic Walker -- August 27th, 2012

Overall a pretty good day. With the lower stream flows and warmer water, the fish were holding in the deeper pools. Water temps were in the mid 60s when I got to the river around 8:30, and warmed up to near 70 by 2:00. Deep nymph rigs in the plunge pools were the ticket. When they stopped taking the nymphs, stripping a streamer through the pool would usually garner another take or two. Landed about a dozen trout between 16 and 22 inches, half browns and half rainbows, and had "long distance" releases on an equal number of fish. Also hooked a couple of small pike. Saw very few rising trout, and dry fly action was nonexistant. With the warm water, the fish tire pretty easily, so you need to land them and get them back in the water quickly to avoid harm. Also, bring your bug spray - the mosquitos were out in force! ~ Craig Johnson -- July 23rd, 2012

We here at RMAC continue to monitor daily the current drought and low water conditions. Contrary to certain rumors floating around, there is only a voluntary closure in effect at this time on the Yampa River from Chuck Lewis SWA to the western edge of Steamboat Springs city limits, as per a 7-06-12 memo from the Steamboat Fish and game office. This doesn't include our Yampa leases and fishing has been great on our properties where water temps are still cool early in the morning. With that in mind, members are getting a small window to fish from sunup to around 9:30-10:00 a.m. while the water temps are below 65-66 degrees, dry fly fishing reports are excellent. We urge all of you to carry a water thermometer and cease fishing when the water hits the mid-60 degree range. Currently, we have suspended fishing on four of our S Park waters, A-09 and B-24 due to extremely low flows or warm temps. The protection of our most valuable resource is of paramount concern. We are in daily contact with various landowners and members to gather the most current conditions. Please call the office for rapidly changing fishing reports. There is good fishing happening on many properties now. Don't overlook our stillwaters. Happy fishing to all of you! Note: As of 7-07-12, flows have improved slightly on several rivers due to the recent rains. Those that are on the water early have been having fine dry fly action. Late afternoon fishing may be possible on cloudy, cooler days. The general consensus among guides statewide is that there is good fishing to be had, adjust your fishing schedule according to the weather. We are looking into lifting the suspensions on a handful of our S Park waters if monsoonal rains continue, stay tuned. Get out at sunrise and start casting, fishing is great. ~ Jimmy (VP/ RMAC) -- July 6th, 2012

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