Bruce Carta: Trust deserves credit |

Bruce Carta: Trust deserves credit

During the past few weeks, water secured by the Colorado Water Trust has been augmenting natural flows of the Yampa River. The timely release of water rented by the trust in Stagecoach Reservoir provides significant benefits to the fishery in and across Steamboat Springs.

This summer, locals and visitors report some of the best fishing in memory. There are a number of large, healthy trout in the upper Yampa. On most days, anglers catch numerous trout of different size and age class. There is a healthy population of native mountain white fish in the river. All signs indicate the fishery in the upper Yampa River is as good as it has been in a long time.

The trust deserves much of the credit for the current condition of the Yampa. If not for trust’s commitment to supplement natural flows in three of the past four years, the fishery would have suffered. The Yampa Valley Flyfishers want to thank the Colorado Water Trust and its supporters for that commitment.

We also want to encourage the trust to continue working with the city of Steamboat Springs and other partners in Northwest Colorado to secure a long­term source of water that can be used to maintain a healthy Yampa River.

Bruce Carta

President, Yampa Valley Fly Fishers

Trout Unlimited Chapter

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