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Vail Valley – Colorado Fly Fishing at its Very Best

Minturn fishing guides on the Eagle river - Fly fishing Vail Valley ColoradoVail is the vacation destination of choice for Colorado residents as well as visitors from across North America and beyond. Just the name conjures up visions of majestic mountains, roaring waters, skiing and fly fishing. There is room for both glamorous adventure and back-to-nature solitude. The Vail area is easily accessible, located just 100 miles west down Interstate 70 from the Denver International Airport, and only 40 miles from the Eagle Airport. With more than 300 days of sunshine, summer temperatures reaching 78˚F and winter temperatures around freezing, Vail is a world renowned Rocky Mountain paradise for both the young and the young at heart. Sitting at an elevation of 8,150 feet, Vail is surrounded by spectacular mountain views. Activities and attractions abound in this resort town. Ski and snowboard fanatics love the area, with its 300 inches of snow annually and 33 ski lifts accessing over 5,000 skiable acres. But fly fishing enthusiasts know there is much more in the Vail Valley. Colorado, with its thousands of rivers and lakes, offers outstanding fly fishing opportunities. Most anglers consider the best waters to be in the Vail Valley, and return year after year to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and experience again the thrill of catching trophy sized trout.

Fly Fishing the Vail Valley

Fly fishermen and women from around the world test their skills against trophy fish in the Vail Valley. The bottom release of waters from the many dams and reservoirs in the area provides an optimal temperature and ideal food supply for fish in these waters, allowing them to grow to trophy size. Trout waters only minutes from Vail report thousands of fish per mile. With about 35 species of fish to be found in the Valley waters, the challenges are almost unlimited. For example, experience the thrill of battling:

  • Rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout in most streams and reservoirs
  • Brook trout in streams at higher elevations
  • Lake trout or Mackinaw
  • Mountain lake grayling
  • Small and large mouth bass
  • Yellow perch
  • Mountain whitefish
  • Suageye
  • Kokanee

Planning a Vail Fly Fishing Trip

float trip - fly fishing vail watersSome fly fishing enthusiasts take pride in personally planning memorable trips. They enjoy sourcing and purchasing all the necessary gear, researching ideal fishing locations and access points, and identifying waters with best flow rates and hatches. Fishing on their own is part of the challenge. Many others, however, would rather spend more time on the water and less time actually getting there. The option especially for those new to the area or to the sport is to hire a Vail fly fishing guide. Even returning anglers often count on professional guide services to provide them with the best fly fishing experience possible. The Minturn Anglers fly shop is conveniently located in Vail. The professional guides who run this company are all avid fly fishermen who are on local waters just about every day. They love to work with both new and experienced clients, and do their best to pass on their knowledge to ensure memorable fishing adventures. They know where to go for the best fishing opportunities, and can provide advice about additional gear and equipment that might need to be rented or purchased, whether it is clothing, a new rod or simply fly patterns that seem to be working best right now.

Explore Vail Valley Waters

Minturn Anglers guides can introduce you to the best of Vail Valley fishing. Count on them to introduce you to the best opportunities on more than 500 miles of waters in the Valley, including:

  • Eagle River
  • Colorado River
  • Roaring Fork
  • Blue River
  • Gore Creek
  • Homestake Creek
  • Cross Creek
  • Brush Creek
  • Stillwater

Minturn Anglers also has access to a number of private fly fishing properties. A popular choice is the Lazy J Ranch, home of the Vail Rod and Gun Club. Other ranches and fishing leases 30 minutes to 2 hours away from Vail also offer superb fly fishing opportunities. Minturn Anglers has exclusive access to the best 4 mile stretch of water in the Valley.

Choose Your Package

cast-n-taste fly fishing vail and nice dinner for twoThe guides at Minturn are dedicated to providing fly fishing experiences that fulfill every expectation or need. Discuss your requirements with staff at the shop, or choose from the many expedition options possible, such as:

  • Float fishing on larger rivers in the area
  • Combining a float trip with an overnight camping experience
  • Wade fishing excursions
  • Hike and fish trips
  • Engaging children with a fly fishing camp
  • A Cast and Taste excursion which combines a day of fly fishing ending with a Four Star riverside dinner
  • A Cast and Blast experience, combining fly fishing with clay shooting or waterfowl hunting
  • Heli or charter air trips to fly fish extreme remote locations
  • Planning a wedding or corporate event that includes fly fishing Vail waters and streams
  • Winter ice fishing or winter wade excursions

All it takes to start your next fly fishing a Vail adventure is a call to Minturn Anglers.

Minturn Anglers

Guided Fly Fishing Trips in Vail & Denver.


Phone: (970)827-9500

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