Fishing Season: June-November

The Elk River - CO

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Temperature 30°



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Steamboat Flyfisher's Tip of the Week

The Elk River is mostly covered in ice! looking forward to 2024! Feel Free to give a call down to the shop anytime for more in depth info 970-879-6552

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Map of The Elk River

Water Flow Data

5-Day Outlook as of 2/26/24


Techniques & Tips as of 2/26/24

Nymphs: Hairs Ears, Copper John, Barrs Emerger, RS2, Zebra Midge. Dries: Parachute adams Streamers: Hale Bop Leach, Slump Buster, Zonker

Local Species Available June-November

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    Rainbow Cutbow

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    White Fish

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Description: About The Elk River

Flowing out of the Zirkel Wilderness Area. There are just a few access points to the river starting with Christina State Wildlife Area located about 8 miles out of town. Christina is a 1 mile stretch that provides numerous long runs and solid pocket water. Browns, Rainbows, Cutthroats, Brookies and Whitefish, ranging from 12-18 inches can be found in this stretch of the Elk. The Upper Elk, north of Clark down Seedhouse road, has tons of public water access in the National Forest.

Nearest Airport:

Hayden, HDN

Best Time to Fish:

10am -3 pm

Best Stretch:

Christina State Wildlife Area

Best Access:

Christina State Wildlife Area