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What Can You Expect on a Guided Trip With Fly Fishing Outfitters?

Fly fishing is often viewed as being a difficult sport that requires years of experience to master. But, with a little bit of guidance, patience, and confidence-building, fly fishing can be a sport for anglers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy. Booking a trip with an Orvis-endorsed guide can flatten the fly fishing learning curve and ensure your experience is enjoyable and educational.

In this blog, we’ll break down what you can expect when taking a guided fly fishing trip. From the pre-trip preparations to actually fly fishing, this guide will tell you everything you need to know. 

Pre-Trip Preparation and Booking

Before booking a trip, there are a few things that you should plan for, such as the size of your party, the dates you’re planning for the trip, and getting your fishing license. 

Knowing the date of your fishing trips is important because the weather in the Vail Valley can be unpredictable. Even in the summer, lows can hover between 36 to 40 F, meaning you’ll want to bring a jacket if fishing early in the morning. Make sure that you pack any outdoor essentials to ensure your comfort on the trip. Polarized sunglasses, hats, and extra clothing layers can make a big difference in comfort and enhance your overall experience. 

Our guides provide all the gear and equipment needed to get you out on the water, but guests are responsible for obtaining a valid Colorado Fishing License ahead of time. Fishing Licenses are required for guests 16 years of age and older and can be purchased at a local outdoor shop or outfitter with a valid Government-Issued I.D. and Social Security Number. 

Meeting Your Guide and Getting on The Water

On your booking date, you can expect to meet your guide at our shop in Avon, where we will fit you with an Orvis fly rod and reel, Orvis breathable waders and boots, and all of your terminal tackle and flies. If you include lunch in your full-day trip booking, you will also receive a freshly prepared meal.

Your guide will also go over a bit of fly fishing etiquette and safety protocols before providing information on some of the waters you will be fishing. You can expect to fish on award-winning Colorado waters such as the Eagle, Colorado, Roaring Fork, and Blue Rivers, which are rich with various trout species. Your guides will ensure you get the most out of your fly fishing experience and choose a river with optimal conditions and the best chance of catching a fish. 

It is important to note that catch-and-release is mandatory on our fishing trips to conserve the river’s resources. Returning fish to the water can ensure they continue re-populating the waters for generations of anglers to enjoy. 

Experiencing the Art of Fly Fishing

Our Orvis-endorsed guides are full of fly fishing knowledge and expertise. Listening closely to their advice is important if you want to get the most out of your experience. If you are a beginner, make sure that you absorb and practice these new skills to develop good habits. 

You can expect to learn which flies are best suited for the day’s conditions and how to observe the water to tailor your fly fishing approaches. By the end of your trip, you should be well-acquainted with basic fly casting techniques, setting your hook, and reeling in a fish.

While our guides are here to teach you all about fly fishing, we encourage guests to look beyond the fishing aspect of our trips and immerse themselves in the nature around them. Colorado’s mountainous terrain is home to a variety of land species, and when fishing in Vail Valley, it is not uncommon to be sharing the river with a colony of beavers or to see elk grazing in the distant meadows. As long as you maintain a safe distance from nature’s inhabitants, we highly suggest that you take the time to appreciate nature’s beauty. 

After Your Trip

By the end of your trip, you should have a good set of skills to assist you with your next fly fishing adventure. Whether you booked a tour as a beginner or are a seasoned angler, we hope you learn something new that you didn’t know before. 

We love to share our love of fly fishing with all of our guests. And while our guides serve to share their expertise with those who will appreciate it, much of their compensation comes from gratuities. If you enjoy your experience with us and want to show appreciation for your guide, we suggest 15-20% in gratuity.

Book Your Next Fly Fishing Adventure With Fly Fishing Outfitters

Flatten the fly fishing learning curve with an Orvis-endorsed guide. Say goodbye to the days of getting skunked on the river and learn something new from our guides at Fly Fishing Outfitters. Contact us at (970) 845-8090 for expert advice on Colorado fly fishing, and let us take you out on the water!

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