Guided Fly Fishing Trip Information

We like rookies! No bad habits to overcome. Fly fishing is a great activity for everyone.

Generally, 8-10 years old is a good age to get your kids into fly fishing. That’s about when we got our kids going.

Brown, Rainbow, and Cutthroat Trout are most prevalent on our rivers and streams.

Depends on your experience. Generally, if it’s your first time, we suggest a Walk/Wade Trip. You will get more one-on-one time with your guide.

While we have several fishing spots, our guides can offer you a few options that will net you the best results of the day.

No. Whether it’s just you or you’re with a group, you won’t have to share your fishing trip with anyone else.

We generally meet at our shop in Avon, Colorado.

Yes. After meeting your fly fishing guide at our shop, we handle all transportation to and from the guided fly fishing trip.

We include all equipment on our trips

Everything but the fishing license. We do provide all the gear you need, including: 

  • Rod
  • Reel
  • Flies
  • Terminal tackle
  • Full-day trips also include lunch and beverages

Everyone 16 years and older is required to have a license. Colorado does require a Social Security number to get a license.

It’s a national database that checks for past game violations

We suggest 15-20%, or more if you feel so inclined.

The weather in the Vail Valley is often beautiful, but it can take a turn. It’s best to look at the weather for the day as you’re setting out for your trip. Consider bringing a light jacket if fishing early in the morning, as temperatures can drop to 40 F in the summer. Additionally, hat and sunglasses are highly recommended.

Yes! Fly fishing is a great activity for the whole family to enjoy together.

Fly Fishing Information

Fly fishing is a unique form of angling that uses a lightweight artificial fly as bait, typically cast with a specialized rod and reel. The fly looks like the insects and other prey that fish commonly feed on. Anglers target different species like Brown, Rainbow, and Cutthroat Trout in rivers and streams. This method requires careful casting and attention to the type of fly used as things like the time of day, water conditions, and the specific species of fish sought can affect how the fish will bite.

Fly fishing involves using a specialized rod and reel to cast an artificial fly, which imitates a natural insect, onto the water to attract fish. If you’re new to it, it’s a great activity to learn. Start by selecting the right equipment: rod, reel, and flies. Casting involves flicking the rod back and forth to propel the fly forward onto the water. Once in the water, look at the fly’s behavior and follow the guide’s advice on reeling in the fish when it bites. With practice and guidance, you’ll be well-prepared to catch Brown, Rainbow, and Cutthroat Trout.

Fishing with flies requires knowing which fly to use and how to present it to the fish. Before starting, look at the water to see if fish are feeding on the surface or deeper. Your guide will help you choose between dry flies (for surface fishing) and nymphs (for deeper fishing). Adjust the depth of your fly using an indicator set 1-2 times the depth of the water. Cast the fly gently onto the water and wait for a bite. The guide will also offer tips on how to reel in the fish once it strikes.

Depends on the time of the year. For example, in the summer, the best fishing usually happens early in the morning or later in the day. Regardless of the season, our guides will ensure you have the best time on the water.

Depends on the time of day. Take time to observe the water before just jumping in. Also, your guide can answer questions regarding fly fishing equipment and techniques.

When setting an indicator, the general rule is 1-2 times the depth of the water.

Your fly should be hitting the bottom. Watch the indicator.

We’re partial to fly fishing in Vail and the surrounding areas, which offers some of the best fly fishing in the world. We have several fishing spots in the area and can help you decide which one to fish at depending on the season, weather, and time of day.


Which fly to use when fly fishing depends on variables like the water and the types of fish you’re hoping to catch. That’s where we come in. Go to our fishing report pages, like our Colorado River page, or give us a call at (970) 845-8090. We are here to help.

Yes, in addition to being the only Orvis-endorsed fly fishing guide service in Vail, we are also proud sellers of Orvis products, from waders and boots to rods and reels.

We generally use 4-6 wt rods here. For smaller creeks, you can use lighter rods.

We suggest a good beginner rod/reel setup, however, we provide all necessary equipment during our guided fly fishing trips.