Near Steamboat Springs, the Yampa River is popular with fly fishermen for its trophy trout. This tailwater fishery originates up in the Flattops wilderness, but the most popular sections are below the Stagecoach Reservoir down through the town of Steamboat Springs.
Local fly fishermen divide the Yampa River into several sections, though its important to remember that some sections are through private land. The Whispering Willows Ranch section is located southeast of Steamboat just downstream of Lake Catamount and is considered a good year round destination. The Kuntz Ranch section is located south of Steamboat in the Pleasant Valley area and is also considered a good year round fly fishing stretch. The 2 mile long Yampa River Ranch is located west of Steamboat and is known for its good riffles and holes. In addition to these sections, there is an excellent 7 mile section of public access that passes right through downtown Steamboat, but keep in mind there will be plenty of boaters coming through on warm days.
Overall, Yampa River is the 45th most popular fly fishing river of all 47 fly fishing spots in Colorado.