Fly Fishing Outfitters has been The Vail valley’s original year-round outfitter since 1992.

Orvis-Endorsed Guides

Our Orvis endorsed guide staff has over 300 years combined experience guiding local waters; not only are they world-class fishing guides, they’re also world-class ski guides. They know the snow as well as they know the river, which means they bring expertise to the fly fishing community, unlike most other summer-only guides.

Spring Fly Fishing: Combine Skiing and Fly Fishing

Spring Fly Fishing in the heart of Ski country is quite simply “fantastic.” The warmer longer days, beginning in around mid-February, start to warm the rivers and that kicks the Trout’s metabolism into high gear. The extended days are also what gets the aquatic insects to begin to move around much more, meaning more available food. The late Winter-Spring time is also the start of some very good dry fly fishing. There is an abundance of larger Midges and the Blue Winged Olive’s start hatching very regularly from late morning until sunset. An afternoon wade trip after a morning on the mountain makes for the perfect Colorado experience. Wade and float fishing are both available every day of the week.

We start our float season in earnest this time of year. The lower Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers are excellent this time of year, because of their lower elevations. The pre-runoff Caddis hatch known as the “Mother’s Day” hatch can be some of the best dry fly fishing of the whole year!!! Flows permitting we can start floating the Eagle river as well.

We also guide many of the area’s great little creeks and streams as well as lakes and ponds.

Beyond our winter fly fishing expertise, our winter guided trips are also offered at some of the best rates than any other time of the year. Winter fly fishing trips are discounted off our summer rates! That’s right, you not only get to enjoy the Colorado snow, but you can take advantage of professionally guided half and full-day wade and float trips on the pristine Eagle River, Roaring Fork River, and Colorado River.

Why Fall/Winter Fly Fishing is Ideal

  • You have access to over 250 miles of Eagle River, Roaring Fork River, Colorado River, Frying Pan, Blue River, and all of these rivers’ tributaries. Plus, special access to private waters and lakes with Fly Fishing Outfitters.
  • Late fall fly fishing in the mountains can be some of the best fly fishing of the year! Plus, there are no crowds!
  • We have all of our trips available right now and guides are available on short notice – 24 hours a day.
  • Trip pricing is all-inclusive; plus, we provide transportation and all equipment required for your fly fishing adventure.
  • This is a perfect family activity after a morning of skiing – no experience needed; we provide that. Plus, our retail shop located in Avon, CO, is near Agave Mexican Restaurant, for a delicious lunch or dinner option for you and your family.

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Fall/Winter Fly Fishing Walk Wade Trips (Oct1-May 30)

# of PeopleHalf Day
($ Per Person)
Full Day
($ Per Person)
1$295.00 PP$425.00 PP
2$197.50 PP$275.00 PP
3 (1 Guide)$175.00 PPN/A
3 (2 Guides)$233.33 PP$325.00 PP

Fall/Winter Fly Fishing Float Trips

# of PeopleHalf Day
($ Per Person)
Full Day
($ Per Person)
1$400.00 PP$52.005 PP
2$250.00 PP$312.50 PP
  • Half Days are 4 hours of fly fishing.
  • Full Days are 8 hours of fly fishing.
  • Transportation is provided from anywhere in the Vail-Edwards area.
  • A 50% deposit is required at the time of reservation.
  • Group trips can be adjusted up to 20% of the total # of reservations up to 48 hours in advance (e.g. if a reservation is for 20 people, we will accommodate a change up to 4 people). Adjustments to numbers more than 20% within 48 hours will result in full charge.
  • We fish in all weather conditions, rain or shine.