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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.
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22 of 22(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
Review 1 for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
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Great First Time Experience,
September 13, 2014
By: Smalley3
from Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA
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"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!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
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Great experience!,
March 17, 2014
By: JohnMin
from Chester Springs, PA
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"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!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
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Best Fly Fishing Experience,
March 10, 2014
By: OldReg
from Houston, TX
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"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."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
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fishing,
February 26, 2014
By: jdm28359
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"Great experiance.
have fished for years and enjoyed every moment. Michael was a pleasant and a great fishing guild.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
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Amazing Fly Fishing,
February 19, 2014
By: Flyfishgirls640
from Red Bank, NJ, USA
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"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."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
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Sweet Winter Excursion,
January 26, 2014
By: CleeDizl
from Issaquah, WA
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"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."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
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Fishing the Stagecoach Tail Water,
January 20, 2014
By: glotz
from Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Excellant
"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!!!!!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
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Amazing 'Extreme Fishing' outing,
January 8, 2014
By: jtkriska
from Houston, TX, USA
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"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."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
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Yampa in the Winter,
January 4, 2014
By: MIFlyFisher248
from Rochester Hills, MI, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Didn't really examine. Orvis, as a company, has gotten away from pure fly-fishing in the shops to focus on clothes, cabin furnishings, etc.
"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."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
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Best Guide Ever,
November 13, 2013
By: RafterGbar
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Additional Thoughts:Honest Guides
"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."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
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Fishing with my Brother,
October 27, 2013
By: Erdy
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"Excellent time with our guide Mike. He is very patient especially with people like me that had recent shoulder surgery and was casting horribly. I owe him a few flies! Very knowledgeable!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
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Keith Mikkelson - THE BEST,
October 9, 2013
By: Sportsman4ever
from Dallas, Tx
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"We have been fly fishing several times but have never had anyone give us such excellent yet basic instructions as Keith did. He made our experience exceptional. Keith took us to several areas on the river to allow us to have the best chances to catch fish. Vicki landed her very first fish this time fly fishing. How exciting! Bill landed several rainbow trout and white fish. We highly recommend Keith Mikkelson as your guide at Bucking Rainbow in Steamboat Springs, CO. This company is the best to work with. Bill & Vicki"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
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Big fish,
October 2, 2013
By: MamaouSlim
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"Had a great trip with Michael last week. I got several fish to eat, but I wasn't landing any. Michael coached me on setting the hook until I got it right. After that, I landed several (browns and rainbows) in the 24 inch range. It was a great trip, and being with Michael improved my skills and made it fun."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
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1st time flyfishing,
September 30, 2013
By: 1234576fish
from Kingwood, TX
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"My brother in law and I went on a fly fishing trip with Michael Gould in July of this year and had a great trip. I am a fisherman but had never been flyfishing. He was very patient and was a good teacher. My brother in law knew how to flyfish and told me we would probably catch a few and 10"-12" would be good fish. I caught 4 or 5 up to 4-5lbs and brother in law caught a 10 pound monster. It was a great 1/2 day trip and we will look to book another trip with Mr. Gould on my next trip back to Steamboat. Fantastic guide"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
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So much fun,
September 25, 2013
By: KHinStmbt
from Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA
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"My husband gave me the trip as a birthday surprise and I really enjoyed it. This was my third time fly-fishing, so I had tons of questions. Michael answered them very patiently and he wouldn't give up on me until I caught a few fish. I caught two nice ones with his help, and a smaller one all by myself :-).
I can highly recommend Michael as a guide - and I will be back."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
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WoW! Best first and second time fly fishing!!,
September 6, 2013
By: chellebin
from Cincinnati, OH, USA
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"Michael was so much fun! I was horribly uncoordinated and tried everything I could not to land a fish on my first trip with him...but he got me one! I came back a month later to redeem myself and ended up catching several LARGE rainbows...even though he will tell you I missed several more. Ha! What a GREAT experience! I have been fly fishing ever since! Thanks Michael!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
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Great Fly Fishing!,
September 6, 2013
By: cmr0124
from Steamboat Springs, CO
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"My parents and I went fly fishing with Michael Gould in April. He was a wonderful guide and extremely helpful, patient and knowledgeable! We had a great time and caught tons of fish. I would highly recommend Michael to anyone looking for a great fly fishing guide. This was a great experience and we will certainly be booking another trip with him in the future!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
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Wonderful Family Experience,
September 6, 2013
By: Popes
from Crystal Lake, IL, USA
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Additional Thoughts:They are patient and willing to take as much time with you as you need. The shop is also well stocked with anything you need
"For my 70th birthday I took my son,son-in-law and 13 year old grandson on an all day fishing experience. Their experience ranged from never fly fishing to beginner but were all anxious to experience the "adventure". The day was more then I expected! We all had a great time! Our guide Mike Gould was terrific,patient with them and teaching them techniques to catch fish which they all caught in abundance. I cannot recommend Bucking Rainbow and Mike Gould more highly. If you want a great Fly Fishing Experience, this is the place."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
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Michael Gould,
September 1, 2013
By: LNel
from Houston, TX, USA
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Additional Thoughts:perfect!
"Michael Gould is as good as any guide I have ever had. He put me on some great fish, was very knowledgeable about the area and species, and was a cool guy as well. Couple that with Bucking Rainbow (as a top-tier outfitter), and you truly have a world class operation."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, CO
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Good morning on the Yampa,
August 31, 2013
By: Fishermom
from Steamboat Springs, CO
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"My husband and I had a good morning of fly-fishing on the Yampa River with Andy Radzavich from Bucking Rainbow. We are novice fly-fishers, and Andy was extremely patient and encouraging. He tailored his instruction to what each of us were more interested in. We both gained more skill and confidence from his guidance. And I had the thrill of landing a beautiful 21 inch Rainbow trout! We'll be back!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes