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

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Bucking Rainbow Outfitters

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter / Fly Shop

Phone icon970-879-8747 Link iconbuckingrainbow.com
730 Lincoln Ave
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
PO Box 774832
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

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The Story

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).

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.

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.

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.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bucking Rainbow Fly Fishing Trips are Amazing! We had a group of five with three first time fly fishermen over Labor Day when we came to Steamboat Springs for the weekend. AJ and Munroe were our guides, who took us to a private ranch. The equipment was outstanding. So were these guides; very knowledgeable, extremely patient, and in tune with Trout feeding patterns. We caught several Rainbows, which made this outing the hit of our Holiday Weekend. We are all referring our fishing friends to Bucking Rainbow Outfitters. They Rock!
Date published: 2018-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect day in Colorado I received a special gift from my wife ...to flyfish in the Steamboat Springs area of Colorado with a guide. I knew the area would be beautiful but knew nothing about the guide. Guide Matt Bingman of Bucking Rainbow picked Carl, my son-in-law, and I up early in the morning, outfitted us and we left for a day of flyfishing. We could not have had a better guide. Matt's knowledge of the river, patience in educating/instructing when questions when asked and his obvious love of flyfishing helped made the day a very special one. Carl, a flyfishing novice walked away from the stream having caught trout as well as a very large "white." I walked away with a beautiful trout and new flyfishing techniques I can use on future fishing trips. We would like to thank Matt and strongly recommend him. He's a great addition to a perfect day of fishing.
Date published: 2015-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Day! The entire process from the first contact with the shop to the end of our day fishing was great. All questions and concerns were taken care of in advance and our day fishing went off without a problem. We had a party of three of which two were beginners. Our guide was helpful and patient and everyone caught fish. My day in particular was amazing seven fish total the smallest being 18" and largest 25"!
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great First Time Experience 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!
Date published: 2014-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great experience! 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!
Date published: 2014-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Fly Fishing Experience 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.
Date published: 2014-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fishing Great experiance. have fished for years and enjoyed every moment. Michael was a pleasant and a great fishing guild.
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Fly Fishing 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.
Date published: 2014-02-19
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