The Yampa Valley boasts some of the best fly fishing in Colorado, so even if you’ve never tried it before, now’s your chance. Here are our tips for getting on the water. Please keep in mind that there may be river closures during the warm summer months that will impact fishing, even with a guide.
For the most convenient fly fishing Steamboat has to offer, try the miles of catch-and-release water on the Yampa River that runs right through the heart of town. Anglers hesitate to cast a line the middle of a town for fear that the fishing might not be any good with so many people around, but nothing could be farther from the truth in Steamboat. The town stretch has excellent trout and pike fishing. Just be aware that you will likely be sharing the water with tubers, rafters, and kayakers!
Steamboat is home to many reputable guiding companies, all of whom can provide valuable insight and lessons on how to fish successfully in this region. For novice anglers or those unfamiliar with the area, these guided trips can make all the difference for a successful day on the water. The guiding companies can take trips out on any of the public water listed above, as well as a large amount of private water that in inaccessible without a guide. Here’s who we suggest:
There are quite a few state parks within an hour drive of downtown Steamboat, and all of them provide excellent and diverse fishing opportunities:
For a more intimate nature experience, fly fishers can explore several state wildlife areas around Steamboat. Unlike state parks, these are free to access and tend to be a little less crowded.