TGFTY (Thank goodness for the Yampa).

Usually, after a hard day’s work, I like to relax by taking a trip to one of Steamboat’s adventurous hot spots. This week, I went to the Yampa River to fly-fish with my dad.

There is great fishing in Steamboat. I had no idea until I started fishing last year and absolutely fell in love with it. You get to be surrounded by nature while quietly whispering, “Here, fishy, fishy, fishy” to the water. And if you catch one, it is immensely satisfying.

A picture of me not knowing how to hold a fish

I also have a personal goal as a fisherwoman: I fish to defend my title as Superior Sibling. The first time I fished with my brother, I got 12 fish, and he caught two. Another time while lake fishing, I caught five fish, and he caught three. And up Sarvis Creek, I caught an 18-inch fish that was bigger than anything he has caught. I am quite a bit better and will remain that way as I fish my way through Steamboat’s creeks and streams!

Sibling rivalries aside, the fly-fishing in Steamboat is better than anywhere else I’ve fished.

Fishing today with my father gave us yet another example of why Steamboat is extraordinary.

We started at a spot on Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area (pictured above), when we heard something splash in the water. Thinking some poor fellow fell in, we looked to our right only to see a bald eagle carrying a fish out of the water! This was one of the coolest experiences I have ever had.

We were totally and completely shown up by the eagle, an ultimate fishing professional, and my dad and I left the river empty-handed. (We blamed the eagle for scaring the fish away.)

For more information on fly-fishing, visit SteamboatSpringsFlyFishing.com. Before you go, remember to purchase a fishing license at one of many locations downtown. You can also go on a guided fly-fishing tour hosted by one of the many fly-fishing shops in town (find a directory here).

Have fun!

Libby Lukens has lived in Steamboat Springs for 13 years and has loved every moment of it. She enjoys hiking, ice hockey, theater and exploring Steamboat’s beautiful community. She is determined to savor every moment she has in the mountains before heading to George Washington University in the fall to study political science.