Full-Day Wade Trip

Full-day wade trips are popular throughout the year and allow anglers to leisurely prospect for trout at their own pace. We have a multitude of Colorado rivers, lakes, and streams that can be accessed at different times of the year. Anglers may cast dry flies to rising trout, nymph deep runs or strip streamers for aggressive trout. Your professional guide will be standing by your side to offer instruction, net fish and give any necessary assistance. A one-person full day wade trip is a great option for those looking to learn the sport of fly fishing or for advanced anglers looking to explore new water and refine their technique. Beginners benefit from the hands-on advice of their guides while experts can expand their skills with challenging fish throughout the day. For anglers who prefer the relaxing feeling of standing in the river or those who enjoy hiking in a scenic remote location, our Full-Day Wade is the ideal choice. Full-day wade trips provide you with more than six hours of fishing time on the water.

Please note, the Full-Day Wade has a 2-to-1 client-to-guide ratio. We do offer this trip with a 3-to-1 client-to-guide ratio, however, it is only recommended for experienced fly fishermen. For more information on 3-to-1 trips, please contact us directly at 970-926-0900 or guidedesk@vailvalleyanglers.com.

What's Included


  • Rod & Reel*
    We’ll set you up with a high-quality rod and reel that match your experience level and the trip at hand.
  • Flies
    Guides will choose the most current patterns daily from our shop’s selection of top quality flies.
  • Terminal Tackle*
    Included in the price of every trip is all terminal tackle including tippet, split shot, leaders, and strike indicators.
  • Wading Gear*
    Our premium waders and wading boots from Simms will keep you dry (and help you stay upright) throughout the day.
  • Food
    Lunch is included in the cost of our full-day wade trips. 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.

Not Provided:

  • Colorado Fishing License
    Fishing licenses are required for all trip 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.
  • Guide Gratuity
    Never expected, always appreciated. Our guides work hard to provide you with the best possible experience and appreciate the generosity.

What to Wear

The weather in the Colorado Rockies is unpredictable and always changing. It is important to head out on the water prepared for the full range of conditions. Also, please keep in mind that you'll be fishing at high altitude – hydration and sun protection are key. Here is how we recommend dressing for a Full-Day Wade Trip:


  • Top
    Breathable shirt or sun hoody.
    Light fleece layer for cold, early mornings.
    Light, packable rain jacket.
  • Bottom
    Breathable pants or shorts.
  • Footwear
    Wool or synthetic socks to wear with boots and waders.
  • Accessories
    Sun hat and polarized sunglasses.

Spring and Fall:

  • Top
    Baselayer or long underwear that wicks moisture and dries quickly.
    Insulating midlayer (fleece, down, or synthetic).
    Waterproof/breathable shell.
  • Bottom
    Baselayer or long underwear that wicks moisture and dries quickly.
    Breathable pant or sweatpant (to wear under waders).
  • Footwear
    Wool or synthetic socks to wear with boots and waders.
  • Accessories
    Sun hat and polarized sunglasses.
    Light gloves or hand liners.

Don't stress if you're missing something from this list – our retail store is fully stocked with everything you could need for your fly fishing trip. If you can arrive a few minutes early, our retail staff will get you set up with any fishing attire you need.