One of benefits of ownership at Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club is private access to a 1.5-mile section of the Yampa River.

While netting a fish in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, can’t necessarily be guaranteed, it would be difficult not to in this alpine angling paradise.

It’s a place where a river – the Yampa – literally runs right through it! Add in the nearby Elk River and numerous mountain lakes, and Steamboat is a bona fide fly-fishing hotbed.

Trout-Rich Water Awaits

The concierge at Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club can arrange a professional, local fly-fishing guide who can help with casting technique and the best fly selection for the day.

“The Yampa is a blast to fish,” says Johnny Spillane, owner and guide at Steamboat Flyfisher. “It’s one of the best ‘big-fish’ rivers in Colorado.”

Spillane – a Steamboat native and three-time Olympic silver medalist in Nordic Combined – has more than three decades of experience fishing the area and has been named his hometown’s best guide.

He says the Yampa has great bug life along the entire river, which meanders 250 miles throughout northwest Colorado, flowing freely from its source in the Flat Tops Wilderness to the Green River near Utah. That ecosystem, he says, keeps the fish healthy and hearty.

One of the most active tracts of the Yampa Spillane gets to guide sits mere minutes away from Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club (AMRC), which offers homeowners exclusive access to this incredible 1.5-mile stretch of prized fishery.

“It’s productive,” Spillane says simply, but confidently. “We’ve gotten into some big fish there.”

The Lake at Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club offers a family-friendly spot to practice fly-fishing.

With private access, Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club members are assured a unique, serene experience on water rarely fished. From the seasoned fly-fisherman to the novice seeking her first trout, this stretch delivers.

“It’s world-class,” says Bob Dapper, AMRC’s director of development. “And you won’t see anyone on this part of the river. It’s basically out the back door. The fish are bigger, and they fight. And that’s fun.”

Homeowners have the choice to hire a guide if needed, but it’s definitely not necessary – especially for the experienced angler.

“I always hear the fishing is good to great,” Dapper says. “It’s rare to hear that a person got skunked. I’ve never heard it, anyway.

An Angling Hotbed

The Gold-Medal Waters of the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs are home to sizable rainbow trout.

The fishing scene in Steamboat is best described as user-friendly and welcoming, Dapper says.

“It’s not intimidating at all,” he says. “You can see people fishing right downtown and all along the river throughout the year. Steamboat’s become a Mecca for fishing in Colorado.”

The Yampa is the main draw, luring in fishermen and women with its trout-rich water, home to sizable rainbows and browns. Cutthroats, brookies, and pike can also be caught (and released). Wade fishing is the name of the game here, so be prepared to get your feet wet. Float trips are available, however, for a limited time of the year.

Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club

Ownership options at Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club include 5-acre homesites from $1.5 million and custom market homes from $4.5 million.

Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club is a 1,216-acre land preservation community with 63 five-acre homesites and 900 acres dedicated to wildlife preserve and open space. It also features a lake stocked with trout, perfect for people to learn or hone the artful skill of fly-casting.

Other amenities include an owners’ lodge, guest cabin, concierge services, equestrian facilities, a private backcountry retreat, and five miles of trails. Steamboat Ski Resort borders the Ranch, which offers exclusive membership opportunities at the slope-side Alpine Mountain Summit Club.

New Listings Available

The newest custom market home at Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club is a Mountain Transitional Design offering sprung-arched roof forms complementing old world timber framing and stone with generous covered decks and patios on both levels open to the outdoors.

New listings available for purchase at the Ranch include two, custom, market homes from $4.5+ million, as well as homesites from $1.5 million. For more information, visit and then schedule a visit to get your line wet!