|Vail Valley Fishing Reports|
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You’ll read more about this later but right now is about as good as it gets! Name your bug – caddis, mayfly, yellow sallies, yellow stones, midges terrestrials… all comin’ off simultaneously. If you like to fish dry flies, get in the darn car and come on up. The Eagle River continues to be FLOATABLE but we don’t know how long this will last. Fish the Eagle River now!
This is the perfect time of year to fish the creeks in the Vail Valley. Dry-dropper all day long while wearing your lanyard and wading boots? Uh yeah. Cover lot’s of water, catch lot’s of fish. Splat small hoppers, ants and beetles. Foam is ideal for floating Copper Johns and Prince Nymphs as well as Swing Caddis below your dry. Fish the Eagle by day and the creeks by dusk. It’s stupid good.
Droppin’ like a stone daily! We’ve been guiding up there daily and the big brown trout are on the feed. You can pull the trifecta – dry, nymph and streamer and be confident in all approaches. Best stretches for those floating on your own are Pumphouse to Radium, Radium to Rancho and Rancho to State Bridge.
|Eagle River Dry Fly Bonanza!|
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When a river is fishing this good, it deserves it’s own spot in the weekly email
The Eagle River might be the best river in the state right now. We are currently experiencing the best dry fly action of the year and it continues to improve with current flows and steady temps. Fish are being found from back eddies to fast currents and every one of them wants to poke their nose out of the water. The bug activity is non-stop all day starting with midges in the early morning, caddis, yellow sallies and terrestrials until the afternoon BWO’s and PMDs; then a caddis night cap if the fish didn’t get enough to eat all day. We have clients who have never had so much action on the dry fly thanking our guides profusely. Load up on your floatant and leave the fluorocarbon at home. It’s dry fly time boys and girls and the fish are active! Get on up to the mountains if you aren’t here already and book a trip on private water with one of our knowledgeable fly fishing guides. 20″ fish are being hooked and landed regularly on the dry! Stop following bobbers all day, pick up your presentation rod and get your butt on the Eagle River!
|New Private Water on Brush Creek – 50% OFF ROD FEE!|
|50% OFF ROD FEES!!!|
A great option for the creek fisherman who loves serenity
New for 2015 is the Frost Creek property on Brush Creek – private water option. Brush Creek is a little slice of small stream heaven located in Eagle, CO and chock full of fish who see little to no pressure at all. This fun little gem can be yours for the day when you book with Minturn Anglers. Just ask the country band Big & Rich
who helped us christen the water this past weekend.
Just so you don’t read this email every week for nuthin…. we are currently offering 50% off the Frost Creek private water rod fee until the end of July. Normally $125 per person, Frost Creek fish can be eating your dry flies for only an additional $62.50 rod fee per person on top of trip price. Call the shop at 970-827-9500 and book your Frost Creek Private Water Trip today!!!
|Fly Fishing School 2015 – 1 Day $73 | 2 Day $111|
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Another year, another great way to introduce the sport you love!
Back for 2015, Minturn Anglers is offering their Fly Fishing School at both locations (Minturn and Parker) once more. Classes will be every weekend starting April 11th and 12th and run through November.
NEW THIS YEAR is a 1 Day Fly Fishing School; a condensed class with 3 hours of education in the morning followed by 3 hours of fishing and on-stream education in the afternoon. We’ve created this class for the fast learner in your life who’s looking for professional assistance. Same awesome instruction, same awesome fishing, one less day! At $78, you cannot possibly go wrong!
Minturn Anglers 2 Day Fly Fishing School is two days of education (Sat & Sun) for only $111 (originally $325). One day of class, and one day of on-stream education/guided fishing will have you or the one you’ve gifted this treat to able to go out and fish on your/their own immediately after the class. Waders, boots, rod and reel are provided. Please share with those who’ve been buggin’ ya to take them fishing! Call the shop for more details 720-851-4665 or click the picture for the link to our webpage.
|Front Range Fishing Reports|
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Our local favorite is FINALLY below 1,000cfs! The fish are happy and enjoying their new feeding lies. The fishermen are happy because there’s actually bugs and cleaner water. That being said, please stay safe, we aren’t out of the woods yet. Even though the water is cleaner, it’s still high. The bite has changed from the typical worm/stonefly combo to some “techier” patterns below weight. Try various black and red midges below Barr’s Emergers (BWO or PMD) as well as Graphic Caddis.
Slowly but surely, the Arkansas River is dropping. Salida is clear and thick with bugs while Pueblo is still dirty and flowing like the Mississippi. Stick to the upper river, it’s well worth it. There is bug life abound, fish anything yellow – Sallies, Stones and PMDS guys.
The tiny stuff is stellar right now as the rains subside and the bugs reach their prime. The smaller creeks are stuffed with bug life and the high gradient/quick reaction dry fly fishing is really good right now. Put down the 5/6wt, pick up the 2/3wt and start slangin’ some dry flies! Clear Creek, Boulder Creek and Bear Creek are three of our local favorites.
Lot’s of rains and lawn care products flowing into local ponds has turned the water into weedbeds. Fish are eating VERY well when you can get a cast between the grasses, otherwise try the big water if you are thinking stillwater. Fishing grassy edges or edges with overhanging brush will bring opportunistic fish up to the surface, otherwise vary your depth along the ledges for smallmouth and trout. Carp and Wiper can be found if you think outside the box. Search for new water… it’s there!
|Eagle River Private Water/Float Combo!|
|Have your cake and eat it too!|
The best of both worlds!
We’ve been asked too many times if our customers can float fish and fish private water as well. The short answer – hell yeah! We are happy to be able to provide this incredible fishing experience to all interested parties.
The Eagle River is a few days to a week out from being some incredible post run-off fly fishing and the private water has continued to fish stellar through the run-off. Double up and fish both this Summer with Minturn Anglers! Throw a private water fee on any float trip on the Eagle River and get the opportunity to anchor on and fish sections of the private water not accessible to private water wade fishermen until the Fall.
This is quickly becoming a Minturn Anglers customer favorite after it’s immense success last Summer. Float through the public water and crush fish, anchor in the private water and put the icing on the cake!
|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.
|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.
|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!
9th, 11th, 23rd, 29th and 30th
4th, 6th, 13th, 15th and 28th