Winter Walk and Wade
Vail, CO Guided Winter Wade Fishing Trips Overview
Winter fly fishing might be the best kept secret in Colorado, as it’s an amazing time of the year to fly fish for trout. We don’t have crowds on the rivers, and something about the all white snow backdrop makes this one of the most peaceful and serene experiences in all of fly fishing. We do most all of our fishing this time of year about 4000 feet lower than the ski slopes, so it’s quite a bit warmer where we fish compared to where people ski. Give us a call today for your chance to catch the biggest trout of the year! We also offer huge discounts when you do multiple winter trips with us.
Winter Wade Trip Quick Facts
Location: Vail Valley
Season: October 15th – June 14th
Capacity: No Limit
Closest Major Air Hub: Eagle, CO
Target Species: Rainbows, Browns, Cutthroat, Brook Trout
Documents Required: State ID or Drivers License to purchase a Colorado Fishing License
BOOK WADE TRIPS
- Eagle River
- Colorado River
- Roaring Fork
- Blue River
- Gore Creek
- Homestake Creek
- Brush Creek
- Cross Creek
- Piney Lake
- Vail Rod & Gun Club
- Sweetwater Ranch
- Colorado River Ranch
Vail, CO Winter Wade Fishing Locations
We are spoiled here in the Vail Valley when it comes to fly fishing opportunities. We have a variety of options from small mountain streams and lakes to large navigable rivers. The waters that surround our shop in Minturn are arguably the best fly fishing in the state of Colorado. Here are some of our favorite Rocky Mountain rivers that guide, fish or both on year-round. Each river has its own unique character and if you asked 10 people in the Vail Valley where they like to fly fish the most, you would probably get 10 different answers. Please use this page to help you pick the right river for you to fly fish on your own or with an experienced guide. Regardless, every one of these rivers is a gem of its own and we at Minturn Anglers cherish them all! Waters We Fly Fish Near Vail, CO>>
Winter Wade Fishing Trips on Private Water
Minturn Anglers is very excited to announce several new private water venues. No matter what you are looking for we have the right stretch of water for you! The closest ranch we have for this season is the Lazy J ranch, home of the Vail Rod and Gun Club. Not only can we now offer local Horseback and sporting clays trips; we now have exclusive fishing access to over three miles of prime water on the Eagle River. This private stretch allows anglers the opportunity to see gorgeous scenery and target wild trophy trout that have never even seen a fly before. Our other ranches and fishing leases are anywhere from 30 minutes to over 2 hours from the Vail area. These other ranches have everything from small streams, lakes and ponds, to large floatable rivers. The number of days any of these locations are fished in a season are very limited, so please call for pricing and availability; as far in advance as possible. Private Water Locations & Descriptions >>
Vail Area Fishing Reports, Stream Flows, Current Fishing Conditions & Area Info
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.
Wade Fishing Trips With Minturn Anglers
The walk and wade trip provides novice and experienced anglers alike an excellent opportunity to experience Colorado’s breathtaking scenery and wildlife; as well as the opportunity to catch the trout of a lifetime.We proudly book the most Walk & Wade fly fishing trips in the Vail Valley and fish (primarily but not exclusively) the Blue River, Colorado River, Eagle River and Gore Creek. We also have exclusive access to private sections throughout these watersheds.
We boost an extremely high return customer rate every season and the familiar faces come back stronger every year. No experience? No problem! As noted above, Minturn Anglers is happy to take out beginner fishermen/women. The Walk and Wade Trip is our most popular trip and is commonly noted as the highlight of our client’s vacations. Our rates are competitive with all shops in the Vail Valley and gear (waders, boots, rod, reel, leader tippet and flies) is certainly included in the price.
Length of Trips & Descriptions
Half Day Wade Trips: The half day is a 4 hour fly fishing experience from start to finish. This is a great way to test the waters of fly fishing or sneak away for a short evening trip
3/4 Day wade Trips: The 3/4 day trip is 5-6 hours door to door and is undoubtedly our most popular trip. This trip allows us to schedule fishing during the best two periods of fish activity either early in the morning or just before dark.
Full Day Wade Trips: Our full day Wade trip lasts as long as your arm can hold up. We generally start our full day trips in the morning, take a short break for lunch and travel to a different fishing location in the afternoon.
The Vail Valley offers a wide range of lodging opportunities. Please give us a call directly at 970-827-9500 so that we can best determine what the best lodging accommodations are that will meet your needs.
How Far in Advance do I Need to Book a Trip with Minturn Anglers?
We are the largest fly fishing outfitter in the State of Colorado and have over fifty guides on staff covering both our Vail & Front Range Fishing locations. As a result, we can often handle same day reservations. That being said, we certainly encourage advanced reservations .
What do I need to Bring With me?
We are an all inclusive fly fishing outfitter. That mean’s that we provide all the fly fishing gear you will need. If you want to use your own gear you are certainly welcome to do so. Aside from the fishing gear, you’re welcome to bring a camera but our guides also have them if you forget.
What do I Need to Wear?
The best way to explain this is to imagine what you would wear if you were going on a hike or long walk on a similar weather day.
Do I need a Fishing License, and if so…where can I buy one?
All individuals 16 and over will need a Colorado Fishing License which can be purchased for at our store. Single day out of state CO fishing licenses are $9 for the first day and $5 for each additional day. If you want to get out the door quicker, feel free to purchase them online and view other fishing license options ahead of time 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 catch a Fish?
Catching fish is never guaranteed, but we would say with strong certainty you will have opportunities to catch fish. We consider an “opportunity” as you set the hook, and felt the fish wiggle on the end of the line. How many fish come to hand is in large part determined by how much experience an angler has hooking & landing fish with a fly rod.
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.
We hire full time professional fly fishing guides committed to fly fishing. We are not a seasonal mass tourism fly fishing operation like you will find in most resort towns. We know our rivers intimately and are not learning them as we go. We are constantly making adjustments to your flies and rig throughout the day because we know that an extra split shot is the difference between catching a fish or not catching a fish.
Knowledgeable: Our guide staff is made up of authors, commercial fly tiers, and guides who fish and win fly fishing competitions. We are stewards of the sport and enjoy sharing our passion and knowledge for the sport with you. It’s easy to say, “we have the most knowledgeable and experienced staff” on a website. If you have any doubts we encourage you to ask around.
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 river. If we pass through a run that we know holds fish, we don’t just keep going. We back row it and adjust our weight and depths until we start hitting fish. Once we start hitting fish, we don’t coast. We fish the river hard from start to finish.
Honesty: We are more interested in having you back year after year as opposed to making a quick buck off you. If fishing conditions change drastically following a big rain storm, we will be honest about what you can expect and let you decide whether or not you still wish to fish or reschedule. We will always be happy to issue a refund if conditions wont allow for a great day on the river. That being said, we can’t think of a single day EVER where all stretches of water in Vail have been unfishable.
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 elitists, we have grown from nothing by consistently following the simple principle of, “Just be nice to people.”