Bryant Compton

Vail Valley Anglers Wade & Float Guide


I grew up in Cleveland Heights Ohio and moved to Colorado in 1999.

Guide Experience:

I have been guiding on rivers since 1995, starting out as a raft guide and kayaker, evolving to a fly fishing guide.

Fishing Experience:

I have fished all over Colorado and neighboring states as well as experienced some saltwater action in Belize. I especially enjoy using Performance Flies tied by my brother Kevin Compton, who is a world renowned fly tier.

Exotic Experience

Colorado Greenback Cutthroat Trout

Wish List:

I would love to go to Alaska and fish for several different species of fish within a small location experiencing the great diversity of wildlife.


I like to hunt, bike, hike, see live music, make beer, and telemark ski when the rivers freeze over here in Colorado.

Favorite Thing About Guiding:

My favorite thing about guiding is watching the expressions of clients faces when they set the hook and bend the rod, knowing that a half a second quicker may have been better. But once in the net, they knew it was still quick enough. Being out there is living!



“Vail Valley Anglers,
I wanted to extend my gratefulness in how impressed i was with your guides and your company. My brother was visiting from Canada, he is 35 years old, has advanced MS and walks with a cane. Your guide insured my brother was comfortable, educated him on the fly rod and the technique and worked with him for several hours in the river. Catching a brown was a bonus to the actual experience my brother had. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Wishing your company absolute success. Kudos to your team and staff for your professionalism.”

— Amber Swedgan

“Justin/Bryant — thanks again for a great trip, and all the tips. I finally figured out how to catch fish in that fast section just above the handicap parking space. Very fun, I landed several nice ones. I also wanted to mention that Kevin said the float trip was the highlight of his Colorado trip. I agree!”

— John Kessler

“Had to write to tell you I had my best fishing day ever on the Colorado with Bryant today. I can't even begin to describe it. Awesome. I'll never forget it. He is a great guide on all levels. Thank you Vail Valley Anglers!”

— JoAnn

“Steve and I had a great float trip on Saturday with Bryant Compton. He put us on fish immediately. We learned a lot about the rigging, what areas to target, and the types of flies for the water in that area. The fishing during a brief rain shower was crazy, just like he said it would be. I would highly recommend him to anyone wishing to float the Colorado in that area. Great day on the water.”

Thanks, Will and Steve