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Steamboat Springs

If you want to enjoy epic flyfishing action and not be missed-or chided-for your efforts, consider Steamboat Springs, Colorado. You can cut loose on the Yampa, the Elk River, or any number of worthy and exciting alpine lakes and creeks, and the non-anglers of all ages can ride horses, soak in natural hot springs, hike, raft, bike, shop, and even luge down an alpine slide. You might even make an easy extended jaunt to the Colorado, the Eagle, even the Green River, without anyone's knowing, or caring, about your absence. And Steamboat pulls it off without the expense or pretense of many other notable western resort destinations. More info: Steamboat Fishing Co., 970-879-6552; steamboatfishing.com. Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, 888-810-8747; buckingrainbow.com

Next Best: Bozeman, Montana You'll find quality flyfishing options within an easy day's drive, with ample alternative attractions for non-anglers. And it's hard to argue with the natural appeal of Yellowstone National Park. But you'll want to tag along for that excursion, whether you bring the fly rod or not. More info: Bozeman Chamber of Commerce, 800-228-4224; bozemanchamber.com