The Yampa River is a restoration success story, according to this report from Kent Ventrees writing for Steamboat Magazine. From the article:
There’s a lot more to this aquatic amenity than meets the eye. Beneath the surface is a slew of carefully orchestrated river restoration projects that have turned the river into the world-class waterway it is today.
Stepping knee deep into the Yampa from his riverside store, Backdoor Sports owner Peter Van de Carr points upstream at hundreds of well-placed boulders lining the streambed. “Most every rock you see has been placed there intentionally,” he says. “These are what create such great fish habitat and recreational opportunities here.” The same rocks that create waves for rafters, canoeists, kayakers and inner-tubers create prime trout territory as well. “All these efforts have created a sustainable, year-round trout population that offers something for every type of angler,” says Tim Kirkpatrick, co-owner of Steamboat Flyfisher, which recently moved to a riverside location in The Olympian. “Enhancing their habitat has created a reason for them to stay in the area.”