Have tried fishing Harper Res and the Rams Horns ponds above Yampcola? I usally go up their on the 4th of July weekend and camp below Yampcola sites 15&16. I think I will try the Mandells above Bear Lake
I usally hit Rams horn Elk season. I did have luck with some 12",13" brookies at Harper.
Still new to fly fishing but the fly looked like a mosiquitto. Will be up their in force on the 4th of July weekend. I have never tried the mandells I hear it is about 5miles to the first lake.
Black mandell is the farthest and it is 4 miles. the twin mandells are 3-3.5 miles. Slide mandell is 3 or so. I have fished these lakes 25 times or more. Black used to be killer for big lakers and bo's. The DOW netted all the big fish and stocked little greenbacks in there. [email protected]#$%ng idiots! The others have some cutty's and brooky's. Nice lakes.
I have also caught some nice brookies in Harper from my float tube.
Try the inlet of Stillwater reservoir for some good action on 14-18" bo's.
I agree that Ram's Horn isn't as good as it used to be. They fixed the road in there several years ago and the place gets mobbed. I counted 15 little boats and rafts the last time I was there.
Ram's horns used to hard to get to and you had to be quite. No kids during Elk season. I have seen some nice 5lb+ browns come out of Yampcola trolling the bank. I am still learning the fly fishing. I have caught alot of small browns south of trail 1110 on the river. Watch the porcipines they are every where. Have ever caught anything out of Garner Res. Been going up their almost 10 years not a nibble
I only fished Yamcolo once or twice from shore,only little stuff. My bro was the Yampa postmaster and he said Garner Park was great for bo's long ago,I fished it once and was skunked. I either throw lures or bait up there,rarely fly fish 'cept for a fly and bubble.
Yampcola just below the outhouse on the dam side of the outcropt roostertails rainbow color or rainbow powerbait GLITTER after 5PM I have caught many 2lbs+. Bear Lake I try anything green in the lake pink below the spillway. I have never fished upper stillwater
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