YAMPA VALLEY FLY FISHERS - YAMPA VALLEY STREAM IMPROVEMENT CHARITABLE TRUST
History and Achievements
1985   The YVFF receives a grant from the Steamboat Ski Corporation to improve trout habitat through the town of Steamboat Springs. The YVFF and the Friends of the Yampa complete a habitat restoration project in what is now Rich Weiss Park and down to the 5th Street Bridge. Colorado Division of Wildlife electro shocking study produces

just 17 trout.
1986   The YVFF receives a grant from the Steamboat Springs Summer Marketing Committee for stocking fish and constructing educational signage for the above Yampa Habitat Improvement Project.
1987   The YVFF receives a grant from the Chamber Summer Marketing Committee and in cooperation with the CDOW, the U.S. Forest Service and local anglers publishes the first brochure of its kind in Steamboat, "Making the Most of Your Fishing Vacation in Steamboat."
1988   The YVFF receives a co-funding grant from the CDOW's "Fishing is Fun" program for the volunteer

restoration of spillway and bank erosion problems on Service Creek.
1990   CDOW electro shocking studies produce 165 trout where just 17 were recorded before in 1985. The Division imposes a 2 fish limit to protect the resource, the first special limit regulation in the area.
1990   The YVFF are awarded "Sportsmen of the Year" by the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Colorado

Wildlife Commission for their volunteer efforts in habitat restoration on King Solomon Creek, Service Creek, Pearl Lake, the Middle Fork of the Elk and the Yampa River. The U.S. Forest Service follows with two like awards.
1991   The YVFF receives an $8,565 grant from the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation to plant native trees

and shrubs, install flood control structure and low water trout habitat improvements on 1/4 mile of the Yampa in

downtown Steamboat Springs.
1992   The YVFF, Steamboat Donations Committee, CDOW, City of Steamboat Springs and the Nature

Conservancy co-op funds and material to stabilize some 1,500 feet of badly eroded riverbank. Over 5 days, YVFF members and local volunteers donate over 800 hours to complete the project on City land purchased with Wallop Breaux funding from the CDOW "Fishing is Fun" program. Location: Rotary Park - now the primary launching

point for commercial tubing companies.
1993   The YVFF receives $14,700 grant for the "Trafalgar Project" in downtown Steamboat Springs.
1993   The YVFF receives the Environment 2000 Shining Star Award.
1994   The YVFF receives a $7,260 grant from the Steamboat Donations Committee for low water trout habitat improvements in downtown Steamboat.
1994   The YVFF Yampa River Trafalgar Project receives the 1994 Steamboat Springs Chamber Beautification Award.
1996   The YVFF receives an $8,235 grant from the Steamboat Donations Committee for further trout habitat improvements on the Yampa in downtown Steamboat.  YVFF contributes $9,650 in cash and in-kind services and receives co-funding of $23,877 from the CDOW "Fishing is Fun" program.  Total project value:  $41,762.00
1997   The YVFF receives a $7,000 grant from the Steamboat Donations Committee to co-fund "Project Transplant."  Along with a $3,000 donation from the Fly Fishers, a Vermeer tree spade was purchased for use by city crews on revegitation projects around town.
1997   The YVFF completes the "Phase Eight" project on 1/2 mile of river behind the Super 8 Motel.  A solar

irrigated tree nursery is part of the $25,000 project made possible by private donations and grants from the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, the CDOW, "Fishing is Fun", the U.S. Forest Service and the YVSICT. ​
1998   With grants totaling $29,000 from the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, Norwest Bank, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, the YVSICT and the YVFF, Eagle Scout, Nathan Proper completes the Butcherknife Restoration Project.
1998   After a two year YVFF campaign, the Colorado Division of Wildlife grants "Catch and Release" status to the Yampa River between Walton Creek and the James Brown Bridge.
1998   YVFF volunteers post “Catch & Release” signage along regulated section of Yampa River.
1999   The YVFF donates $5,000 to purchase 3,000 Tasmanian Rainbow and Soda Lake Brown trout for stocking

the downtown section of the Yampa.
2000   The YVFF raises more than $7,000 for stocking and facility enhancement at Fetcher Pond and Casey's Pond over the next two years.  The CDOW was forced to eliminate stocking at both locations due to the impact of Whirling Disease on state hatcheries. 
2000   The YVFF donates $6,000 to the Yampa River Management Plan.
2002   The YVFF commits to partnering the Chuck Lewis Project with Colorado Division of Wildlife.
2002   YVFF GolfTrout Tournament raises $12,000 for Chuck Lewis Project.
2003   YVFF donates trout stocking at Fetcher Pond.
2003    YVFF receives $2,500 River Beautification Grant for riparian planting project completed that summer.
2003   YVSICT commissions hydrology study for Chuck Lewis Project.
2003   YVFF GolfTrout Tournament raises $18,000 for Chuck Lewis Project.
2004   CDOW and YVSICT draft Memorandum of Understanding for Chuck Lewis Project.
2004   YVFF GolfTrout Tournament raises $23,000 for Chuck Lewis Project.        
2005    YVFF volunteers install 40 new “Catch & Release” signs and posts provided by CDOW along Yampa from Walton Creek to the James Brown Bridge.
2005   YVFF GolfTrout Tournament raises $28,000 for Chuck Lewis Project.
Fishing Is Fun grant of $150,000 to City of SS for CL Phase 1
2006   YVFF GolfTrout Tournament raises $38,000 for Chuck Lewis Project. 
Over $100,000  expended for materials, work and equipment for Chuck Lewis.  Humble Ranch donation of $15,000 for Phase II.
2007   YVFF GolfTrout Tournament raises $48,000 for Chuck Lewis.
Phase I  of Chuck Lewis Project completed.
2006-2007 – Wayne Swanson, the Swanson family and friends donated approximately $25,000 to the YVSICT.
2007:
Colorado Group grant of $2000.00
Streamside Productions donated $604.00 in book proceeds
Community Foundation grants $2500.00 and $10,000 Steamboat Ski Corp Environmental Fund grant.
2008   GolfTrout Tournament raises approximately$60,000 for Chuck Lewis Project.
2009   GolfTrout Tournament raises $36,450.00 for Chuck Lewis Project.
2010   GolfTrout Tournament raises $37,750.00  for Chuck Lewis Project.
2011   GolfTrout Tournament raises $30,500.00 for Chuck Lewis Project.
2011  Yampa Valley Fly Fishers join Trout Unlimited as chapter 929.
2012   GolfTrout Tournament raises $32,500.00 for Chuck Lewis Project.
2013   GolfTrout Tournament raises $55,500.00 for completion of Chuck Lewis and new Pleasant Valley Project.  Trousils/Humble Ranch donation of $21,000.
2013 received $158,000 in matching Fishing Is Fun grant from State of Colorado for completion of Phase III of

Chuck Lewis.
2014  GolfTrout Tournament raises $45,000.00 for new Pleasant Valley Project and other Yampa Valley river projects.  YVSICT has invested over $20,000 towards the Pleasant Valley Project in 2014.
2015 YVSICT invested additional $25,000 towards design plans for the Pleasant Valley Project and commits to

$6,000 in college scholarships for the class of 2015.

2016 YVSICT commits $6,000 in college scholarships for the SSHS class of 2016, donated almost$5000 to the Burgess Creek Cutthroat Restoration Project, and continued to work towards the Pleasant Valley Project .

2017 YVSICT commits $6000 in college scholarships for the SSHS class of 2017.

2018 YVSICT commits $6000 in college scholarships for the SSHS class of 2018.

2018 Golf Trout Tournament raises approximately $28,000 for the Pleasant Valley Project and other Yampa Valley river projects.

 Chuck Lewis Project  -The Chuck Lewis project involved over one million dollars of river improvements over a period of 10 years of fundraising and river work on the stretch of the Yampa River through the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area, just south of Steamboat Springs. 


Scholarships - The YVSICT has awarded over $40,000 in scholarships to high school students in the Yampa Valley.  We award scholarships based on need and a student's desire to benefit the environment and the community.


Pleasant Valley Restoration Project - The YVSICT has committed over $40,000 in design/engineering work to improving a section of the Yampa River owned by the BLM below Sarvis Creek.  We are hoping to be able to get in the water on this project in the fall of 2019.

Scholarships - Since 2009, YVSICT has awarded over $40,000 in college scholarships to Routt County students.

​​YAMPA VALLEY STREAM IMPROVEMENT CHARITABLE TRUST