yampa river, copper ponds and grape creek colorado

mike doughty

Honorary Member
last friday i headed over to colorado to visit my kids for a week and managed to get in some fishing. on the way over i stopped and fished the yampa river near and in steamboat springs. first i fished just north of steamboat and for an hour's worth of work i caught 2 small mouth and 1 pike on a purple egg sucking leech. i then drove into town and switched to dries and got into several trout. it's a real nice river in town, lots of riffles and pockets.

the next morning i continued my drive and stopped off at copper ponds, right below copper mountain and fished one of the ponds for about 2 hrs. not much success, but the brookies were beautifully colored. i tried to get a pic of the one that i caught but with the fish at my feet and me fumbling for my camera the fish starting flopping around and spit the hook and darted off.

yesterday my son and i headed over to a small piece of creek on the advice of one of the fly shop owners and had a great afternoon throwing hoppers to browns.
I lived in Colorado for several years and drove through Steamboat during the summer several times. I liked the looks of the Yampa through town (and above and below town, too), but I was always just passing through and never had the opportunity to fish it. Looks like I missed a good opportunity!