Vail Valley Fishing Reports
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Lower water or not, the Eagle River continues to fish well. As the flows have thinned to about 200 CFS, the bugs have gotten smaller and the water temps have risen. Plan on fishing the morning or afternoon with itty-bitty bugs. Most fish are being caught on flies in the 20-22 range. Bigger flies (Golden Stoneflies to be exact) are being fished in the lower river. Best sections are Avon down to Gypsum. Flies include Quasimodo Pheasant Tails, JuJu Baetis, Green Midges and Biot Stoneflies.
Gore Creek is a big or small game right now. Small nymph rigs or big hopper rigs. The water is skinny and gin clear but they love the sight of a big bug slappin’ on the water. The bigger fish are loving the big bugs but plan on covering water when you’re fishing the hoppers. Otherwise, if your presentation is light, sit on some holes with your sz. 22-24 nymphs, larvae and pupae
Calling all early risers and night owls – the fishing is killer for those that’ll be the first one on the water or the last one to leave. The middle of the day is for scenery mostly – animals and the “bikini hatch”. Think small PMDs and emergers trailed behind the famous Pats Rubber Legs or any other big stonefly nymph imitation. The water is lower this time of year so if you are going on your own, bring the raft. If you are looking to float and don’t have a boat, hire a guide from Minturn Anglers for optimal fishing results
|Fall Floats – Get ready to chuck streamers!|
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It’s not too early to think MEAT
Fall is a spectacular time to be floating on the Colorado River with Minturn Anglers. As the days shorten and the water cools, the brown trout start thinkin’ about passing on their genes. They are quick to mark their spawning territory and thwart off their lesser counterparts by, well, eating them. Expect endless follows and many vicious takes all day this Fall on a float trip with Minturn Anglers. Try something new and get on a boat with your favorite fly shop for some serious streamer fishing. Whether you want to chuck huge Double Gongas or strip double Slumpbusters you gotta be in an MA boat. Give us a call today!
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|Dream Stream – Available NOW!|
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Late Winter and Fall Trips Available
The stream rehabilitation work has really paid off on the Dream Stream. Fish numbers and sizes are up and the seasonal fish have been hanging around noticeably longer. Fall is around the corner and there’s no better time to start thinking about booking your Fall brown trout trip on the Dream Stream. Minturn Anglers Senior Guide, Erin Hale is booking up fast so don’t be late to the party, book your Dream Stream trip TODAY!
|Colorado River Fall Classic – Eagle Valley TU September 19th-20th!|
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Fall Fishing Tournament from Trout Unlimited – September 19-20!
Show your fishing prowess this Fall with the Trout Unlimited Colorado River Fall Classic. Due to popular demand, this tournament has become an annual event so show your support for TU by drinking beer, listening to bluegrass and crushing fish!
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Team Registration / Team Pictures / Welcome mixer All team members must be present – location tbd.
6:30pm – 6:30pm|
Draw – all team members must be present
All Boats Dropped at Pre-Determined Launch Sites. Shuttles complete
Begin Boat Launch
All boats must be at designated takeout.
Hopperfest – Bluegrass in the park begins at the Eagle City Park. All participants pull boats to city park
Introduction of Teams/Sponsors
Award Ceremony, Trophy Presentations, and Giveaways
|Fly Fishing School 2015 – Available through November!!!|
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Still plenty of time to book!
Summer fly fishing is nearing the end however it’s not too late to introduce the great sport of fly fishing to friends and family members. We offer our Fly Fishing Schools through NOVEMBER at our Parker location as well as select dates through November for Minturn as well. Whether you’d like to share this offer with a friend, give it as a gift to a loved one or you’d like to take the class with a child, Fly Fishing Schools are a great opportunity to share an awesome outdoor adventure with someone. This is also a great way to learn some Fall/Winter techniques from those that fish year-round!
|Front Range Fishing Reports|
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430 CFS and going down (but don’t tell the rain that). It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally dry fly time at Deckers and the fish agree. Anything from hoppers to Tricos and MIdges will get em so bring the full arsenal. Small mays in the morning, hopper/droppers during the heat of the day and micro midges into the evening will have the dry fly purist’s arm feelin’ a bit stiff. The canyon is fishing great as well so hang up the waders and load up the backpack for some phenomenal fishing further up!
The Ark is so close to being awesome you can almost feel it. Still a little turbid in the tailwater stretch and will continue this way as long as we get the flood-stage rains on the Front Range. The beauty is the canyon isn’t far up the road and is at 700cfs and fishing well. Not much change here but hopefully next week we’ll be singing another tune…
Talk about the place to be! Rains are keeping water in our creeks and keeping em cold as well. Bug activity is great and the high gradient streams are fishing well with small hoppers (so our little friends can take em) and bright droppers. Boulder Creek is doing really well and so is Clear Creek. There’s tons of other tiny tailwaters so pull up Colorado’s Fishing Atlas, close your eyes and point! It will produce. Sallies are on the menu, stimulators, CDC caddis and indicator mayflies with droppers below will have you grippin’ and grinnin’.
Though the big local stillwaters are fishing well, the place to be is the lakes, ponds and reservoirs at elevation. There are so many places to go within 1-2 hours of Denver that you could drive yourself crazy trying to hit a quarter of them in one season. Be brave, grab a buddy and scout some water that involves a hike. Callibaetis and Grey Drakes are coming off right now, caddis and smaller mays and craneflies too. If you find the right place you might even be able to pop a few on damselflies.
|Alaska Fall 2015|
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Two More Months Until Alaska!!!
Back and more popular than ever, Minturn Anglers Adventure Travel Steelhead Trip is right around the corner. Due to popular demand, we’ve expanded the trip to THREE weeks this year! We still have two weeks with spaces available so quit putting it off and jump on board today. This is a client favorite as well as a staff favorite for obvious reasons; we crush steelhead and silver salmon for three weeks because the salmon fishermen are gone for the season! Check out last year’s photos from the trip here.
Don’t think you have the cash to swing it? I bet you can find four friends who do. If you get a crew of five fishing folks together, you go for FREE. That’s right FREE. Only thing on your end is flight to Anchorage, your fishing license and adult beverages. Contact us for more details or click on the picture above for our brochure.
|SITKA Fall 2015 now available at Minturn Anglers!|
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New Core Series and More at Minturn Anglers
We’ve got the Sitka goods here in Minturn and Parker so stop on by for the latest waterfowl and big game collections from Sitka. If you aren’t familiar with Sitka Gear, do yourself a favor and check out the most bad ass hunting clothing on the planet. It’s not to early to start preparing for your elk hunt or waterfowl hunts this season. Treat yourself this season with a layering system from Sitka – made with Gore Technology. It’s worth it’s weight in gold.
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Fishing and Hunting – We’ve got it all!
We aren’t out of Summer yet but it’s not too early to start planning that big trip for Fall, Winter and 2016. Check out the latest trips on the docket for Minturn Anglers… don’t be late to the party and book your Adventure Travel Trip today!
Aug 28th – Sept. 3rd – Archery Elk Hunts
Sept. 28th – Oct. 11th – Alaska Steelhead
Oct. 17th – 25th – Second Season Rifle Elk Hunts
Oct. 24th – Nov. 7th – Mexico Bonefish and Permit
Feb 1st – March 6th – Idaho Steelhead
March 7th – 13th – Christmas Island Giant Trevally
|Boxwood and Long Meadow Summer Dates!|
Book today for your family fishing trip or corporate event!
There’s plenty of water at Boxwood Gulch and Long Meadow this year so get on the water with Minturn Anglers to catch a/many fish of a lifetime. These dates book up quick so book your trip TODAY!
4th, 6th, 13th, 15th and 28th