Learning to fly fish can be intimidating. Fortunately, our team of experienced guides at Vail Valley Anglers is here to help and offers professional instruction to the new fly fishing enthusiast. Our Full-Day Fly Fishing School offers in-depth instruction on gear, casting, techniques, and rigging, during a morning classroom session. In the afternoon, you’ll head out to the Eagle River – located just steps away from our shop in Edwards, Colorado – to put your newfound skills to the test against real fish. By the end of the session, you will have the foundation of skills necessary to begin successfully fly fishing on your own.
Rod & Reel*
We’ll set you up with a high-quality rod and reel that matches your experience level and the class at hand.
All terminal tackle including tippet, split shot, leaders, and strike indicators are included in the price of the class. Use of terminal tackle will be determined by your instructor.
Our premium waders and wading boots from Simms will keep you dry (and help you stay upright) throughout the fishing portion of the class.
We’ll make sure you have the course materials you need to follow along during class and study in your free time afterwards.
Knot Tying Kit
You’ll hone your knot tying skills with a customized kit selected by your professional fly fishing instructor.
Lunch is included in the cost of our Full-Day Fishing Schools. Build your own streamside sandwiches from a heaping platter of fixin’s, then cap lunch off with a freshly baked cookie or brownie. Or, if you’d rather keep fishing, we can provide pre-made sandwiches so you can eat on the fly. (We gladly accommodate any special dietary requests – just let us know in advance!)
*You’re always welcome to bring your own gear if you’d prefer, however we can’t knock anything off the price for doing so.
Colorado Fishing License
Fishing licenses are required for all class participants over the age of 16. If you want to save time you can purchase them online before you arrive, or you can wait and do it at the shop.
We do this to ensure that you will always have the right flies for the current conditions. Your instructor will select the best flies for the day and have them ready to go when you arrive. The unused flies are yours to keep at the end of the day, or you can give them to your instructor (who may have dipped into their own selection throughout the class).
All or part of this operation is conducted on public lands under BLM Special Use Permit and under Special Use Permit with the White River National Forest. Vail Valley Anglers is an equal opportunity employer.