The Golf Trout Tournament, Steamboat Springs, CO

The Golf Trout Tournament

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Golf Trout tournament 2024

GOLF TROUT 2024 – September 6, 7 and 8, 2024.

You’re invited to join us in beautiful Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley for a fun, three-day fund-raising golf and fly-fishing tournament.

We’re a 501(c)3 organization which uses all funds raised through the tournament to foster numerous stream improvement projects in the Yampa Valley and northwest Colorado.

You’ll enjoy great fishing and golfing with old and new friends while contributing to the restoration of a very special stretch of our local water. So, everyone is a winner in this tournament!

2023 Golf Trout Winners

A huge thank-you to everyone who participated in our 2023 tournament! Congratulations to TEAM ROWE for squeaking out a very close victory!

What the heck is Golf Trout ?

  • Three-day team fly-fishing and golf tournament with a unique scoring system that combines fly-fishing scores with golf scores to determine the overall winner

  • 4-person teams

  • One day of guided fly fishing on private water in the Yampa Valley
  • 18 holes of golf on a private championship course
  • Prizes, awards, hors d’oeuvres, two lunches, banquet dinner, schwag, and fun, fun, fun!

Why we do this

We raise money because the fish can’t. It’s that simple. All funds raised through the tournament are used to preserve and improve cold-water fisheries in the Yampa Valley and Northwest Colorado.

Raised in 2022 for the benefit of the Yampa River and the Butcherknife Creek Project.
Raised in 2023 for the benefit of the Yampa River and the Butcherknife Creek Project.

A busy weekend of Events

Before the tournament

Arrive early and fish the Yampa, Elk and surrounding waters to get tuned up. Get your gear dialed in at one of the outstanding local fly shops. They have been the backbone of this tournament throughout its history, providing water access, guides, and great prize donations. They know the valley – and they’ve got the goods. They can help you with current fishing conditions, gear, fly selections and licenses.

Steamboat FlyFisher
Straightline Outdoor Sports

Don’t forget to mention the tournament!

Steamboat FlyFisher Logo
Straightline Sports Logo

Day 1 – Friday, September 6, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Welcome and Water Auction

This is the start of two fun-filled days of fly-fishing and golf.

The tournament kicks off Friday evening with the official check-in beginning at 5:00 p.m. There will be plenty of refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Members of YVSICT and TU will be on hand along with the guides to answer your questions and to welcome your team to this great event. You’ll pick up your swag bag, filled with Golf Trout goodies.

During the evening we’ll have a live auction for some very special private water. This is our main fund-raising opportunity, so come prepared to open your wallets. After the auction, teams will be paired with their guide to assess equipment needs and to discuss winning fishing strategies.

Day 2 – Saturday September 7, All Day and into the evening

Guided Fly-Fishing on Private Water

Saturday consists of a full day of guided fly-fishing on some of the most exclusive private trout water in the Yampa Valley.

Your team will meet your guide at a location mutually agreed upon Friday night. Fishing officially starts at 8:00 a.m. and runs until 5:00 p.m. Your guide will bring lunches and limited beverages and is the official judge and scorekeeper for your team as you spend the day competing for top honors in the fishing category.

After fishing, your guide will turn in your score card to the tournament directors for official scoring and posting on the tournament scoreboard. You’ll have an opportunity to take a nap and get cleaned up before everyone meets for a festive banquet. There will be great food, fun, cocktails, a silent auction, and a bucket raffle. Fishing scores will be tallied, and the winning team for the fishing portion will be announced and prizes awarded.

REMEMBER: All the guides are donating their time for this tournament, so your generous tips are very welcome!

Day 3 – Sunday September 8, All Day

Golf on a championship course

The final day begins at 9:00 a.m. You’ll meet your fishing guide and enjoy coffee and pastries before heading to the driving range and practice green at one of our local private golf courses. You’ll also be able to purchase mulligans which may come in handy on the course.

At 10:00 a.m. you’ll tee off with a “shotgun scramble”. You’ll have opportunities to compete for the longest drive and closest to the pin and other fun events. Lunch is provided on the course.

After everyone completes 18 holes, the final awards and prizes are presented while everyone swaps fishing and golf tales.

Registration and Sponsorship

Entry Fees and Deadlines

Registration for the entire weekend is $1,000 per person or $4,000 for a team of four. Your registration includes a great swag bag, Friday night beer and hors d’oeuvres, Saturday fishing, guide fees, rod fees, lunch and dinner, and Sunday coffee and pastries, lunch, and green fees and cart fees. Oh, and a hell of a lot of fun!

NOT INCLUDED is a valid Colorado fishing license, your water auction contribution (which is tax-deductible), generous tips for your guide, and your personal lodging and transportation to Steamboat Springs.

The number of teams is limited, so DON’T DELAY!

Want to register? Contact Roger Ashton at

Want to be an event sponsor? Contact Andy Heppelmann at

Other general questions? Contact us at

The Golf Trout Tournament Trophy