Half-day float trips are a great choice for spring, summer and fall fly fishing. Choosing between a morning or afternoon float allows clients to get a taste for Colorado’s legendary fly fishing while still leaving time in the day for other activities. Early morning half-day trips are ideal for beating the heat and the crowds during busy summer days, while afternoon trips are a great way to soak in the sun and enjoy the beautiful weather out on the river.
We run our half-day floats on both the Eagle and Colorado rivers. Rowed by our professional guides in a raft or fiberglass drift boat, you’ll explore these scenic rivers in search of hungry trout. Two anglers can comfortably cast from these boats, and reach areas that remain untouched by wading fly fishermen. Half-day float trips last approximately four to five hours.
Rod & Reel*
We’ll set you up with a high-quality rod and reel that match your experience level and the trip at hand.
Included in the price of every trip is all terminal tackle including tippet, split shot, leaders, and strike indicators.
Our premium waders and wading boots from Simms will keep you dry (and help you stay upright) in case you decide to leave the boat for some selective wading.
Drift Boat or Raft
Depending on current water levels, our guides will row you in a Clacka Craft Drift boat or NRS Otter Raft. These boats are roomy, comfortable, and designed specifically for fly fishing.
We’ll handle all of the driving to and from the river, and can even pick you up from your hotel if you’re staying anywhere in the Vail or Beaver Creek area.
*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 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.
We do this to ensure that you will always have the right flies for the current conditions. Your guide 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 guide (who may have dipped into their own selection throughout the day). You may also purchase an unlimited fly package while booking.
Since this is only a four-hour trip, there’s no time for lunch. We do have a French Bakery right next door where you can stock up on snacks before you head to the river. (A cooler stocked with bottled water is included.)
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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 Half-Day Float Trip:
Breathable shirt or sun hoody. Light fleece layer for cold, early mornings. Light, packable rain jacket.
Breathable pants or shorts.
Sandals or water shoes with good traction (like Tevas or Chacos). Wet-wading sandals or wading boots with guard socks.
Sun hat and polarized sunglasses.
Spring and Fall
Baselayer or long underwear that wicks moisture and dries quickly. Insulating midlayer (fleece, down, or synthetic). Waterproof/breathable shell.
Baselayer or long underwear that wicks moisture and dries quickly. Waterproof/breathable shell.
Sandals or water shoes with good traction (like Tevas or Chacos). Wet-wading sandals or wading boots with guard socks. Wool or synthetic socks to wear with boots and waders on cooler days.
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.
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.