When people think of June in Steamboat, they often think of horseback riding through lush green valleys or rafting with the family on freshly snow-melted rivers.
But for avid fishermen, vivid visions of monster trout, aggressively feeding on the first dry fly hatches of the year, haunt their waking dreams. For these fisherman, June marks the kick off to some of the summer's finest fly fishing. Inevitably, some of the largest fish of the year are landed by anglers in June, as big rainbows in post-spawn mode are looking to fatten up after a long cold winter, and feast on the first major hatches of the year.
While June marks solid Pale Morning Dun and Green Drake Hatches, by mid-June we are on top of one of the Yampa Valley's most prolific hatches: the Yellow Sallie Stonefly hatch. These yellow bugs slowly lift off the water like a B52 bomber only to come crashing down again and again, presenting hungry trout with an easy meal. And while wade fishing can be solid in June, some of the best fishing opportunities come by drifting the Yampa River from a boat. Here, anglers can cast large streamers, nymph golden stone flies or float big dry flies to eager trout that are laying in wait to ambush its unsuspecting prey. Many of these trout can be as big as 26 inches and weigh 6 - 8 lbs and over!
I say come to Steamboat for the chance to land a fish of a lifetime and to experience some of the Steamboat's best fishing of the year!
Want To Catch a Hungry Rainbow On A Float Trip?
Bucking Rainbow June float trips on the Lower Yampa start at $400 and go to $650 depending on which float we take. (same price for 2 people or 1). Just arrange your trip with the front desk at the Home Ranch. We Hope to see you on the river in June!