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Vail Valley Anglers
Fly Fishing Guides Colorado

Electric Bike & Fly Fishing Guided Trip

Vail Valley Anglers is all about trout. We are Trout Country. However, we offer an array of Specialty Fly Fishing Trips that go beyond the expectations surrounding a classic trout fishing experience. We provide opportunities to expand your knowledge of fly fishing with trips that focus on different advanced techniques such as Tenkara, Trout Spey and Euro Nymphing. We also offer specialized trips to target non-traditional species on the fly such as the rubber lipped Carp, toothy Pike, or for t...

Fly Fishing Colorado Rivers

Destination Trout: Yampa River Headwaters

Many of us, especially in winter, find ourselves drawn to tailwater fisheries. And for good reasons. Consistent water temperatures and flows nearly year round. Easily accessible pools, runs and pockets of pristine trout habitat. And of course, enormous fish populations touting trophy size specimens. Typically, when a fellow angler mentions fishing some tailwaters, the big players immediately pop into our heads: the Blue River below Dillon Reservoir, Cheesman Canyon, the Frying Pan below Ruedi...

Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks

How to: Fishing with Two Flies

Throughout a shift at the fly shop I often hear questions like: “Where should I fish?” or “What’s working?” and my answer varies throughout the day. Sometimes it’s a location, other times a suggestion on fly selection or pretty often I will suggest: “Try fishing with 2 flies.” Followed by a blank stare from the customer, an awkward pause and then finally, “Really, how do you do that?” There are many ways to catch fish, and the lo...

Salt Water Fly Fishing

5 Things not to forget on a Saltwater Trip

Guest contribution from VVA Ambassador Kinsey Durham. Saltwater fly fishing has become my newest obsession. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending long days in Colorado on my local rivers casting to big, beautiful trout. But, the demanding, exciting saltwater experience keeps drawing me back to the ocean. This past year, I have gotten to saltwater fish in Mexico’s Ascension Bay, Belize’s Caribbean, and Louisiana’s Gulf of Mexico. I have made many mistakes in preparing...

Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks

The Case for the Quick Fight

One of the most difficult things to teach a new angler is how to properly play and land a fish. It is doubly hard because an angler can only practice such a task as often as he can hook a fish. There is no substitute for experience with landing fish, however there are several rules of thumb that can be followed. Let’s look at the three ways by which a fish can be lost: 1. The hook can come loose. This is by far the most common of the three scenarios, and it happens because o...

Fly Fishing Education

Spawning Trout Awareness

Spawning Awareness Spring has arrived in the Vail Valley bringing with it warmer temperatures, longer days and eager anglers. As the numbers of wading anglers increases in the Spring now is the time to discuss a subject that touches on one of the polarizing aspects of our sport, fishing the spawn. I am not trying to make any friends nor am I here to admonish other anglers’ fishing techniques but I am trying to educate the fly fishing public and more specifically the neophyte angler....

Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks

How to Buy your First Raft

Buying Your First Boat You can only call your buddies and invite yourself on their boat so many times. You can only buy so many 12 packs of beer before you start thinking about buying your our boat. The process of buying your first fishing raft is both exciting and tedious. You want to make sure you get what you want and need out of your boat. There are a number of different choices that need to be made in the boat buying process. I just went through the process of putting together my fir...

Fly Fishing Gear Reviews

Review: Scientific Anglers Spey Lite Line

The Scientific Anglers new Spey Lite Integrated Line series brings a new option among the small application two-handed fishing game. Instead of lining your two handed setup with a separate running line and shooting head, the Spey Lite Integrated Lines combine the running line and shooting heads to be all one system (hence the “Integrated”). But don’t worry - it still gives anglers the ability to change their different tips or leaders. The new integrated line system is a favo...

Winter Fly Fishing Colorado

5 Myths about Ice Fishing

Tourists have landed in mountain towns across the Rocky Mountains and are looking for activities. Skiing is the main draw and reason for being in the mountains during the snowy months. Providing the opportunity to explore the mountains through other venues deepens ones appreciation for the high country. Snowmobiling and snowshoeing are a few of the alternate activities we can choose. But it is the inquisitive nature of people to want to explore ice fishing. However there are many misconceptio...

Fly Tying Tips and Techniques

Choosing your First Fly Tying Vise

My vice is my vise. I spend a lot of time (especially in the winter months) behind my fly tying vise. When I first started tying, I bought the cheapest vise setup that came with “all the tools”. I would spend hours using that vise, learning how to tie the basic flies that any beginner would start with. That vise did its job and held my hook in place while I wrapped different materials on to it. However, I quickly realize I was spending a good amount of time tying, so it was time f...

Winter Fly Fishing Colorado

Tricks to Staying Warm while Wading

For those that are willing to brave the cold and fish in the winter time, the rewards can be sweet. Hungry fish and empty streams are just a few of the benefits of winter fly fishing, but if you are cold, it can be a miserable experience. Sometimes, having the right gear isn’t enough. Here are a few tricks for staying warm in the winter time. DRESS IN LAYERS: With today’s advancements in technology applying to clothes, it’s easier than ever to stay warm. Cotton while sof...

Fly Fishing Gear Reviews

OnX Maps: Not just for hunters

In this day and age backcountry enthusiasts demand more from their electronics than ever before. The ever-increasing reliability on electronic gadgetry by modern day outdoorsmen has overshadowed the necessity to understand and orienteer by good old-fashioned compass in the outdoors. As a result, a compass can’t deliver the immense amount of information that can be obtained from an extremely detailed and user-friendly app format like the one found using onX maps. onX for a: Fly Fishi...

Fly Tying Tips and Techniques

Why I tie my Own Flies...

When there are hundreds of thousands of immaculate and effective flies sitting in bins at your local fly shop, one might ask: why go through the tedious trouble of tying your own flies? A fly-buying transaction at the shop takes less than 3 minutes (if you know your way around the bins) and a fly tying session for the same flies could take hours. It brings up a valid question: Why tie your own flies? We asked 4 long time tyers in our staff (shop and guide) the same question and got some h...

Fly Fishing News Vail Colorado

The Toilet Bowl: Closed FOREVER?

Latest Update from the CPW:http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/News-Release-Details.aspx?NewsID=6378

Ladies and Gentlemen this Toilet Bowl is closed. While this might not be the headliner most people would focus upon, this is different. This is The Toilet Bowl, known world wide for the massive fish that inhabit the depths of its reaches and for the dispersal of a misunderstood food source. Located at the tailwater for Ruedi Reservoir sits the beginning of the World class trout fishery...

Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks

How to Fish when it's Cold and there are no Bugs...

We shuffled through the early December snow towards the river bank. A cold front settled into the Colorado high country dropping the air temperature below freezing. Steam rose from the surface of the river and melted into the sky. Undeterred by the cold, the small group of Vail Valley Anglers guides approached the river with confidence knowing how to decipher the early winter conditions. How do you fish when there are no bugs? As the cold weather sets in for the winter and begins to chill the...

Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks

5 Fly Fishing Gifts under $1000

The holidays are here! The magic, the sleigh bells, the hand warmers in your waders, AND gift giving. Help us make the whole process easy for you. Read about our 5 favorite gifts under $1000 along with personalized descriptions about why we would want these products in our stockings or under our tree. Don't forget to check out our other blogs in this series, coming soon. Orvis Helios 3D and 3f $849-$898 The new Accurate From Anywhere Orvis Helios 3...

Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks

5 Fly Fishing Gifts under $500

The holidays are here! The magic, the sleigh bells, the hand warmers in your waders, AND gift giving. Help us make the whole process easy for you. Read about our 5 favorite gifts under $500 along with personalized descriptions about why we would want these products in our stockings or under our tree. Don't forget to check out our other blogs in this series, coming soon. Patagonia River Salt Jacket - Womens $349.95 Give the female angler a gift that offers quality a...

Fly Fishing Gear Reviews

6 Fly Fishing Gift Items Under $100

The holidays are here! The magic, the sleigh bells, the hand warmers in your waders, AND gift giving. Help us make the whole process easy for you. Read about our 6 favorite gifts under $100 along with personalized descriptions about why we would want these products in our stockings or under our tree. Don't forget to check out our other blogs in this series, coming soon. Simms Coldweather Flannel $99.95 This flannel combines the warmth of a fleece j...

Fly Fishing Gear Reviews

5 Fly Fishing Gift Items under $50

Orvis Tacky Deluxe Box $35.00 The ultimate fly box. Orvis and Tacky created this box that holds a ton of flies, is low-profile, lightweight, and very durable. Tacky boxes provide a silicon inside unmatched from any other box providing a clean organization even for the clumsy fly box dropping anglers like myself. Buy Now Rio Headgate Powerflex Tippet Holder with 2X-6X $39.95 A collaboration between Fishpond and Ri...

Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks

Prepping your Fly Fishing Gear for Winter

Guest contribution by Ray Kyle, Vail Valley Anglers Shop Supervisor and Fly Tying Instructor. You can find him published in the Vail Daily newspaper weekly through the summer and monthly through the winter.

For us, there is no end to the fishing season here in Colorado. Others pack away their gear and pull out their ski or snowboards to enjoy the great snow on our local mountains. We believe you can do both. Most fly fishing gear should last years, if not decades with proper storage an...