....................... ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
Destinations: The Elk River, Colorado The Elk River is another of Colorado's fine freestone streams. It has the same problem many others have - limited public access. The Christina State Wildlife Area in the lower section of the river is one of the few places you can fish. The other areas are all in the uppermost part or the headwaters on the National Forest Land where the North and South Forks of the Elk River merge. Most of the river flows through private ranch property.
The thirty-one mile long river is a tributary of the Yampa River. It has some fine brown and rainbow trout in its lower section and most likely, in much of its sections that flow through private property. The fish in its headwaters are mostly small trout.
The fishing is strictly controlled by Mother Nature. Some years the Elk River has plenty of water and stays cool throughout the year and other years the water gets low and too warm in its lower reaches. Don't think the river isn't worth fishing because it is. The Christina State Wildlife Access provides excellent fishing at times and the stream is rarely crowded due to the fine trout fishing the Yampa offers.