Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO


Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, located in NW Colorado, provides year-round fly fishing opportunities in a fisherman's paradise. With access to over 60 miles of private water, our leases enable us to offer the solitude and type of experience that an Orvis customer has come to expect. Enjoy the thrill of fly fishing on the Yampa, Elk, Little Snake, White, and North Platte Rivers. Our experienced staff prides themselves on creating fly-fishing memories that will last a lifetime. Bucking Rainbow's full-service retail store and fly shop is conveniently located in downtown Steamboat Springs. Big fish, tall tales, Bucking Rainbow! Outfitters Lic. #1937.


Sample of a Typical Trip

A typical day fishing with Bucking Rainbow Outfitters starts out with our Orvis-endorsed guides picking up your party at your local accommodations or meeting at our shop in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs. Most trips begin between 7 am and 8am during the summer months for both full day and half day trips. Upon your arrival at the shop, you will sign a liability waiver, order lunch (full day only), be fitted for waders and boots, and purchase a fishing license if needed.

After being transported to the river, the guide will provide the instruction needed to improve your fishing knowledge. Some common instruction includes casting, presentation, mending, how to fight fish, entomology of flies, proper rigging of equipment and tying knots. After fishing, your guide will take you back to the shop or your local accommodations.

Full day guided trips = 7 hours on the water with lunch.
Half day trips= 4 hours (lunch can be provided at an additional cost).


What Should Customers Bring

Bucking Rainbow Outfitters provides clients with all of the fishing gear necessary for a fly fishing trip. Included in our full and half day packages are: Orvis breathable waders and boots, Orvis 5wt or 6wt rods and reels outfitted with WF floating lines and all terminal tackle (leader, tippets, flies, etc). If you prefer to use your own gear, feel free to bring it and our guides will help with rigging.

Clients should bring a hat, sunglasses, sun block and a valid driver’s license to issue a fishing license if needed. A valid social security number is necessary to issue a fishing license in the State of Colorado.

Fly Shop

Our Fly Shop

Orvis endorsed since 1994, Bucking Rainbow Outfitters has been proudly sharing their appreciation of the outdoors with both residents and visitors of Steamboat Springs in Northwest Colorado. With a strong foundation for customer service and a passion for sharing their knowledge of fly fishing, our friendly staff prides themselves on providing the best service and in depth local knowledge to both beginners and experts alike.

Our guide service offers walk and wade fishing trips on the Yampa, Elk, North Platte and Little Snake Rivers, and floats on the Colorado, North Platte and Yampa Rivers depending on the seasonal flows. It is our goal to help educate our customers in the sport of fly fishing, while sharing our love and enthusiasm for the sport.


Species you Fish for by Season

We offer guided fly fishing trips on rivers and lakes for trout. While we mainly catch Rainbow and Brown trout in our valley, we will occasionally guide for Cutthroat and Brook trout as well. Some of the lakes and reservoirs also hold Arctic Grayling, which can be targeted in the spring.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 22 reviews


22 of 22 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Great First Time Experience - 9/13/2014
    By: from Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA

    My brother-in-law (first timer), father (novice) and I (experienced) booked a trip through BRO. Our guide was Matt Bingman and he took us to Sarvis Creek. Even though it was a public water, we only saw one fisherman the whole day. I know from previous experience that its hard to guide three people, but Matt did an excellent job and got us all into multiple fish. Not only did we all catch fish, but 4 were rainbows all over 18" inches. Not bad for some beginners. Thanks Matt!

  • 5/5

    Great experience! - 3/17/2014
    By: from Chester Springs, PA

    My wife, Mindy, and I have booked many trips through BRO over the years, including white water rafting through Cross Mountain Canyon in the summer and fly fishing the Yampa in winter. Every trip has been expertly and professionally executed by BRO! This years fly fishing experience (our 8th year in a row) was no exception. Once again, we requested Mike Gould to be our guide. His experience and knowledge is shown in the results, as my wife and I each regularly catch 8-10 beautiful trout and sometimes more! He is patient, personable, knowledgeable, and a fun person to be with. He has a great love of the outdoors, is very knowledgeable of the whole area, and obviously loves his job! The trip is more than just stepping into the water and fishing. There is a scenic snowmobile ride along the river to get to the fishing area. All in all, a fantastic experience! THANKS, MIKE! See ya next year!

  • 5/5

    Best Fly Fishing Experience - 3/10/2014
    By: from Houston, TX

    Michael Gould was an outstanding guide for our fly fishing trip. He was responsible, extremely knowledge and made every effort to help us catch fish. He even took orders for lunch and brought snacks, water, and gloves. Being a first time fly fisher, I learned quickly with instruction and was surprised at how making changes suggested by the guide can really make a difference. His focus on teaching technique and attentiveness to swimming fish made the learning process feel easy and fun! If you want to catch fish, have good conversation, and learn how to fly fish properly, I highly recommend Mike Gould. You'll love his personality.

  • 5/5

    fishing - 2/26/2014

    Great experiance. have fished for years and enjoyed every moment. Michael was a pleasant and a great fishing guild.

  • 5/5

    Amazing Fly Fishing - 2/19/2014
    By: from Red Bank, NJ, USA

    We were walking around downtown Steamboat Springs and stumbled upon the Bucking Rainbow shop. We had no idea that fly fishing in the winter was available. We wanted a break from skiing and booked a 1/2 day of fly fishing. The Bucking Rainbow set us up with Keith Mikkelson and we had an amazing day. It was only our second time fly fishing and could not have asked for a more patient guide. Keith was also very well versed in what was going on in the surrounding area as far as animal movement etc. which made our experience that much better. We caught a bunch of beautiful trout nad had a great time in the process. Overall, we had a great time with Keith and will absoultely do it again the next time we are in Steamboat Springs.

  • 5/5

    Sweet Winter Excursion - 1/26/2014
    By: from Issaquah, WA

    Went to Steamboat for a skiing trip and decided to take one day off to check out the Yampa. I thought I would just fish the stretch around town. Instead, I ended up spending a fantastic afternoon with Mike Gould. It was a chilly but sunny January day. We snowmachined up to Sarvis Creek and worked about a mile and a half of river. Mike knows every rock, hole, and fish in this river! We caught fish all day in the 10-18" range. We landed ~15 fish and would have brought in at least 2 in the 20" range if I hadn't LDR'd 'em. I highly recommend both the Yampa and Mike; you are guaranteed to have a killer day.

  • 5/5

    Fishing the Stagecoach Tail Water - 1/20/2014
    By: from Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA

    Mike Gould from Buckingrainbow Outfitters is the ultimate fishing guide. As a 70 year fly fishing veteran fishing with my friend who is a beginner, Mike spent the necessary time with each of us as needed to make our experience the absolute best. Winter dry fly fishing is the ultimate, snowmobiling to our spot on the river, spending a glorious four hours catching beautiful "bows" from 1-2.5lbs does not get any better! Thanks Mike for a super experience!!!!!

  • 5/5

    Amazing 'Extreme Fishing' outing - 1/8/2014
    By: from Houston, TX, USA

    Our first time out fly fishing, and we did it in 8 degree weather. I was terrified of being cold but we were catching so many trout that we didn't have time to think about being cold. Michael Gould was our fishing guide and new all the best spots, had amazing patience training new-be's. One of the new-be's caught his first trout after 3 throws. Quite impressive. Looking forward to another adventure and will definitely request Michael Gould.

  • 5/5

    Yampa in the Winter - 1/4/2014
    By: from Rochester Hills, MI, USA

    I was very pleased with my experience with Bucking Rainbow and Michael Gould specifically. My interactions with the shop were friendly and efficient. Michael arrived on time, the snowmobile trip to the river was great and the scenery and fishing were beautiful. Saw a Bobcat and Elk that added to the adventure. Michael's equipment, knowledge, and expertise were top-notch. I really enjoyed the day with him.

  • 5/5

    Best Guide Ever - 11/13/2013

    Mike is the best guide I have ever had. I have fished most states in the Rockies on some of the best rivers and I have never had an experience like I have with Mike. He is awesome has a great time and loves his job. Bucking Rainbow and Mike are the Best.

Bucking Rainbow Outfitters
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter

730 Lincoln Ave, PO Box 774832
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

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