One of my favorite summertime activities in Steamboat Springs is an evening fishing date with my husband. What better way to end the day, than a tranquil spot along the Yampa River, watching the sun set behind the beautiful mountains. There is some excellent catch-and-release fishing on a 7-mile stretch right through downtown Steamboat Springs, which allows both flies and lures. This makes for convenient river access without having to drive outside of town.
We have a few of our favorite spots in the downtown section where we wander out to various fishing holes and work our way either up or down stream.
Fortunately, my husband is a fly/bug expert and can usually match the hatch with a fly that will lead to a few bites. Right now, the Little Yellow Sally fly (my personal favorite) or midges are a common hatch. I’ve had a few doses of good luck with these flies, catching giant rainbow trout and even some brown trout. In my opinion, the best time to go cast a line is during the morning or evening hours when it’s quiet. As we savor the moments fishing the evening away, I remind myself to take a 360 degree look around; it’s a view to remind me that there is no better place than Steamboat in the summertime.
For more information about fishing in Steamboat Springs, stop by a local fishing shop (Straightline Sports, Steamboat Flyfisher, and Bucking Rainbow – all located downtown). The staff will give you the latest information on river updates and fly hatches.
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