Cast and Blast Trips | Vail Valley
Cast and Blast
Cast and Blast trips from Minturn Anglers are yet another way to make the most of your visit to the Colorado Rockies! Enjoy a day of Colorado fly fishing, clay shooting and/or waterfowl hunting. Spend the morning watching the sunrise as the sounds of ducks fly over your head, followed by an afternoon of drags screaming from feisty fall brown trout pealing line of the reel. Or start your Cast and Blast trip off fly fishing on one of our many renowned local rivers and streams. Then we will hang up the waders, exchange fish pictures and grab our shotguns or vice versa. The Vail Rod and Gun Club offers a 5 stand practice arena or 10 station sporting clay course. Our Cast and Blast guided trip is excellent for beginner and pro outdoorsmen alike. All equipment and ammunition are provided in the trip cost, making this option not only time, but also cost efficient.
Cast and Blast Quick Facts
Cast & Blast Location: Vail Valley
Trip Capacity: 1-4
Closest Major Air Hub: Eagle, CO
Target Species: Teal, Mallard, Goose, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout
Documents Required: Fishing License, Small Game License, Habitat Stamp, Colorado Waterfowl Stamp, and Federal Duck Stamp are required to hunt. Must register for HIP Number prior to hunting.
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Cast & Blast Overview
We start our Vail Valley cast and blast on one of two rivers, the Eagle or the Colorado. We hunt till the morning flight of waterfowl birds is over, then we switch over to fishing. We will frequently begin fishing just up or downstream from the stretch of water we were just hunting if private fishing is what you desire. We can also jump in a drift boat and do a half-day float in search of feisty brown trout on the famed Colorado River. With multiple waterfowl hunting and fishing locations we can customize this Cast and Blast trip to best suit your desires.
Minturn Anglers Prides itself in upfront Honesty & No Hidden Fees. There is no fine print on our website. We do not advertise a low price and then nickel and dime our clients for flies, leaders, tippet and equipment rentals at the end of the day. We include all the flies, leaders, tippet, waders, boots, rods, reels and lunches on full day guided fishing trips. If you see a lower advertised price, and additional charges in the fine print for flies, rentals etc. proceed with caution! On a typical full day float trip with two anglers, it would be common to use 24 flies. See the difference below for comparison….
Our Advertised Full Day Float Price: $495
Amount We Charge at the End of the Day: $495
Competitors Advertised Full Day Price: $475 (does not include flies, leaders, tippet & gear rental)
24 Flies: $60
2 Leaders: $9.90
Gear Rental: $40
Amount Competitor Charges at the end of the Day: $584.90
TRIPS DO NOT INCLUDE: A FISHING LICENSE & A GRATUITY FOR YOUR GUIDE. STANDARD GRATUITY IS 20%. 1/2 DAY AND 3/4 DAY TRIPS DO NOT INCLUDE LUNCH. IF YOU WOULD LIKE LUNCH PROVIDED ON THESE TRIPS THE PRICE IS $25/PERSON.
Sporting Clays are a great way to introduce a youngster to firearms or to fine tune a season veterans’ sights. Most customers prefer shooting clays at lunch while on full day float trips or wade trips. You are more than welcome to bring your own shotgun or use one of ours if you would like.
How Far in Advance do I Need to Book a Trip with Minturn Anglers?
Waterfowl Season Dates are usually announced mid summer and the season opener is highly anticipated, book early for these dates. For mid season booking we are usually able to handle reservations a day or two out.
What do I need to Bring With me?
We are an all inclusive outfitter. That means we provide all the hunting gear you need, shotgun, waders, and a box of ammunition. You are welcome to bring your own equipment if you would like or use ours. The same goes for dogs, if you are confident in your dog please let us know if you would like them to come along. Aside from hunting gear you’re welcome to bring a camera but our guides have them if you forget.
What do I Need to Wear?
Dress in layers to keep warm and dry. Morning can be cold but once the sun comes out temperatures can increase dramatically. Always anticipate that is will not warm up that way you always dress warm enough. You can always take off layers but you cant put on the ones you don’t have with you. Gore-Tex is one of our favorite products for the outer layer because of its ability to keep you dry and its breathability. Check out or Sitka product line for the best hunting clothing available. For trips that we will hunt at a water source (ponds, lakes, rivers) we can provide you with waders or if you prefer your guide will do all the required wading. Sitka OptiFade waterfowl camo pattern is highly recommended.
Do I need a Hunting License, and if so…where can I buy one?
Colorado Small Game License (Annual; Resident $21, Non-Res $56, One-Day; Res or Non $11, additional day $5) Habitat Stamp ($10), Colorado Waterfowl Stamp ($5), and Federal Duck Stamp ($15) are required to hunt. HERE.
What is a Standard Gratuity for a Fishing Guide?
A standard gratuities for a fly fishing guide is 20%
Where do I meet my guide?
We can arrange to for you to meet us at our shop, at fishing locations or we are happy to pick you up at your place of residence. Whichever you prefer.
Will I shoot birds?
Will I shoot birds? We will provide you with the best opportunity to shoot birds but this completely relies on your shooting skills. We guarantee the opportunity to shoot at birds within range, but we cannot guarantee your shooting accuracy.
Other Questions You Might Have…
Please don’t hesitate to call us at any of our shops with any further questions you might have.
Guided Trip Reservation & Cancellation Policy
Vail Valley: 970-827-9500
Email: [email protected]
Reservations/Booking & Payment Info
To book a trip, use the BOOK NOW button or call us and let us know when you would like to go & any other special trip information you might have. To hold a reservation, we require a credit card number to complete your reservation. The trip is charged 100% at the time of reservation.
Payment in full is due upon trip confirmation. Trips are fully refundable up to 72 hours before your trip. If you cancel within 24-48 hours in advance of your trip you will receive a 50% refund. If you cancel within 24 hours of your trip, no refund will be given.
All trips are guided by Minturn Anglers, and rates reflect most current Minturn Anglers pricing). Minturn Anglers operates under special use permits from the White River National Forest, DOW, and the BLM. Colorado Outfitter #2597. Equal opportunity service provider.
Minturn Anglers is the only all inclusive fishing and hunting outfitter in Colorado. From the rivers to the fields we have everything covered to make the most out of your Colorado outdoor adventure. We have built our reputation on success and service in the fishing industry and we handle our hunting operation in the same manner. When you book a guided hunt with us you know you are in good hands.
Knowledgeable: Our guides have been hunting and fishing the state of Colorado for over a decade. We have tips and tricks that we have acquired over the years and we are happy the share them if you are interested in learning. Helping fellow anglers and hunters succeed is why we do this. We are proud to be guides as well as educators about our passions.
Innovation: We are innovators of our industry offering trips that no else does and service that is unrivaled. We are often followed or copied, but never outdone by other outfitters.
We Work Harder: The biggest difference is that we are the hardest working guides on the water and in the field. We spend countless hours scouting to provide you with the best possible hunting location. You will never see the work your guide puts in before a hunt but rest assured we have been preparing for each and every day in the field for weeks in advance.
Honesty: We are more interested in having you back year after year as opposed to making a quick buck off you. If hunting conditions change drastically because of weather or lack of new birds in the area, we will be honest about what you can expect and let you decide whether or not you still wish to hunt or reschedule.
Friendliness: If our success could be summed up in one word, “friendly” would be that word. In an industry made up of arrogant fly fishing and hunting elitists, we have grown from nothing by consistently following the simple principle of, “Just be nice to people.”