If you are interested in learning about fly fishing but have a limited amount of time to work with, we have the perfect solution to get you started. Our Half-Day Fly Fishing School is a step up from our 2-hour Introduction class since you will get some fishing time on the water practicing the techniques you have just learned. Start the morning with a couple of hours of instruction in our classroom and then head out to the Eagle River – just steps away from our shop in Edwards, Colorado. We provide all of the necessary equipment for this class, meaning complete beginners are always welcome! If you have your own gear, bring it and let our professional guides help you dial it in.
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 is 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.
*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 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 class, we don’t have time to break 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 beverages is provided).
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.