Fly Fishing

The state of Colorado as a whole is known to have some of the best fly fishing in the United States. And fly fishing up in Northwest Colorado is the perfect example of that! The Yampa and Elk Rivers both flow right through our back yard here in Steamboat. Both are home to miles of rainbows, browns, cutthroats, brookies, and whitefish. Our various fly fishing vendors offer trips to public and private lands for some of the best fishing you’ll ever experience. Read on for more information.

Steamboat Flyfisher

If you are looking for the premier outfitter in town, then drop by Steamboat Flyfisher, located on the corner of 5th Street and Yampa. This store is owned and operated by Steamboat Native and former Nordic Combined Olympian, Johnny Spillane. His passion for fly fishing lead him here where every day he and the staff at Steamboat Flyfisher provide anyone and everyone with a fly fishing experience that’s one of a kind. Their 2,200 square-foot store has all the equipment and gear you need. After getting fully outfitted, head across the street to the Yampa River to try out rods and practice your skills.


The guides for Steamboat Flyfisher really know their stuff! They can answer all kinds of technical questions and teach you different techniques for any kind of water. If you are new to fly fishing, get expert instruction for reasonable prices. For the more experienced angler, Steamboat Flyfisher offers the finest equipment and information as well as Northwest Colorado’s most extensive selection of flies and fly tying material.

Trips Offered By Steamboat Flyfisher

Steamboat Flyfisher has access to some of the best stretches of private water in the state! With over a dozen trip options, many of them visit parts of the Elk and Yampa Rivers located on a few of the big ranches in the area. Here are some of their most popular trips:

Camilletti Ranch


The Camilletti Ranch is located about 10 miles west of town, down stream of the confluence of the Elk and Yampa rivers. This stretch of river is slightly larger than what most anglers are accustomed to. But it does produce some of the most prolific hatches during the summer and fall. The Camilletti Ranch holds some of the strongest trout on the Yampa and has fairly easy walk and wade trips.

This trip has both a full and half day option. It is generally open for fishing until it freezes over in late December.

Yeager Ranch

The Yeager family has been ranching in the Yampa Valley for generations. Their ranch sits 9 miles north of downtown Steamboat and contains a stretch of the Elk River that is easy to walk and access. Anglers will find much different water to fish here.

The Yeager Ranch trip also offers full and half day trip options. Trips will run until the river freezes over in late December.

For an extensive list of trips, rates, and seasons, please visit their website at

Pricing And Reservations With Steamboat Flyfisher

Pricing does vary depending on the trip you take. The Steamboat Flyfisher website will detail out all prices for you. Reservations can be made by calling Steamboat Flyfisher at 970.879.6552.

Bucking Rainbow Outfitters

Since 1994, this family owned shop has been outfitting and guiding anglers to the best fly fishing in the Yampa Valley. They are the only Orvis endorsed outfitter in Steamboat Springs. Bucking Rainbow has access to over 60 miles of the finest trout streams including both public and private waters. Private waters means more fish, and more fish means more opportunity for you to get that trophy catch!

Trips Offered By Bucking Rainbow Outfitters

Bucking Rainbow offers many trips on public waters as well as trips to private ranches. Depending on what you are looking for, they’ve no doubt got the trip for you. Here are a few excursions they offer.

Stetson Ranch

The Stetson Ranch sits just above Stagecoach Reservoir and offers 2 miles of exclusive access to the Upper Yampa River. See views of the Flat Top Mountains as herds of elk move through the ranch. Expect to catch brown, rainbow, and cut bow trout. This trip is perfect for anglers of all experience levels. With half and full day trips available, this is a very popular trip.

Elk River Ranch

The Elk River Ranch is one of the hottest private sections of water in the Yampa Valley. This river is fed from the runoff in the beautiful and expansive Zirkel Wilderness. With two miles of beautiful freestone river to fish, you are sure to find that trophy trout!

For a full list of fly fishing trips offered with Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, please visit their website at

Pricing And Reservations With Bucking Rainbow Outfitters

Pricing does vary based on the trip. For a full list of prices by trip, please visit the Bucking Rainbow website by clicking here.

Reservations can be made by phone. Just call the shop at 970.879.8747 and speak to one of their experts.