Fly Fishing in Steamboat Springs

We created this video to showcase the beauty and serenity of Steamboat's landscape and its fantastic fishing waters. If you are a fly fisherman, this video gives you a great overview of what the Yampa & Elk Rivers in Steamboat have to offer.

Interviews with fishing guides and local fly fishing enthusiasts continue throughout the video, giving you a deeper insight into the fishing that Steamboat has to offer.

And even if you are not a fisherman, the video does a great job capturing a bit of the Steamboat lifestyle and the beautiful landscapes around town. This video is a great resource for anyone curious about Steamboat Springs.

Learn more about fly fishing in and around Steamboat Springs below:

Rivers Best For Fly Fishing

Any sports fisherman will tell you that Colorado rivers and streams are some of the best in the nation. Summer fly-fishing for trout near Steamboat Springs has become almost as popular as winter skiing. Visitors find lots to love and tons of things to do in Steamboat Springs.

Our authentic Rocky Mountain town is situated at an elevation of 6,700 feet. It is known not only for stunning mountain topography but also for its clear water and the many rivers, streams, creeks, and nearby lakes.

Fly fishing in Steamboat Springs Colorado

Best Places to Fly Fish in Steamboat Springs, CO

Yampa River

The Yampa River snakes its way right through Steamboat Springs, and is where the locals head to catch the Rainbow and Browns that live in its clear, fast-flowing water. Fishing is a year-round pastime, even when the snow is falling! Popular spots include the downtown stretch of the Yampa, Rotary Park and the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area. The Yampa benefits from many active hatches and has a great diversity of bug life for the fish to feast on! The Yampa also has many boat ramps east and west of town that provide ample opportunities for fly fishermen to float the pristine waters. 

Elk River

The Elk River is one of the few remaining freestone rivers in Colorado and is incredibly wild and untouched. Trout benefit from cold fast fast-flowing water that keeps the fish extremely active and makes them put up a great fight on the end of the line. There are public sections of the Elk west of town and north of Steamboat. However, most of the Elk is privately owned and a guide is needed to access this private water. The Elk fishes very well in the summer but has incredible grasshopper fishing in the fall months. 

Stagecoach State Park

Catch rainbow trout and northern pike at Stagecoach State Park, about 20 minutes from downtown. The state record pike was caught in the reservoir here. Below the reservoir lies the Stagecoach Tailwaters. A pristine stretch with crystal clear waters that allow the anglers to see the fish they are casting to. This section is packed with trout that feed on the many midges and small bugs coming out of the dam. A short hike below the tailwaters is Sarvis Creek - another great fishery with a higher flow than the tailwaters due to the creek merging with the yampa. Sarvis Creek is more dispersed than the tailwaters and gives anglers more room to spread out and fish. 

Steamboat or Pearl Lake State Parks

Steamboat Lake and Pearl Lake State Park are about 45 minutes north of Steamboat and offer varied experiences. Fish from the shore or rent a boat; well-stocked marinas offer gear, flies, and supplies as well as licenses. Pearl Lake is known for its arctic grayling, a rare, hard-fighting sportfish.

Fly Fishing Gear You'll Need

As for any outdoor experience, proper gear is essential. Colorado water is cold, even in mid-summer, so you'll want quality waders that give you sure footing on slippery shores and rocky river bottoms.

Other than the basics, you can bring your own hats, vests, rods, nets, and flies or get what you need locally from one of the fly shops such as the Steamboat Flyfisher. Just be prepared for weather and temperature fluctuations in the Colorado mountains. Guides and outfitters are readily available in Steamboat as well. 

Fly Fishing Tips & Regulations

Non-resident licenses for one-day or five-day duration are available, and you can purchase licenses online, over the phone by calling 1-800-244-5613, or in person from Colorado Parks and Wildlife or authorized agents (including at state park marinas).

You'll want to check regulations for the specific areas you intend to fish, and you'll definitely want to order a habitat stamp if you want to fly fish for trout and other species that have limits.

Interested in learning more about fly-fishing in Steamboat? Ask Jon at [email protected] or 970-819-0879 for his recommendations on where to go and who to meet up with if you are interested in a tour.

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