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Vail Valley Anglers

Hike & Fish Trip

“Hike and Fish” trips entail scenic hikes to some of Colorado’s finest, secret backcountry fishing hotspots. Along the way, clients will enjoy wildflowers in peak season and a full-spread lunch worthy of a king. It is important that clients be able to walk anywhere from three to six miles to be able to fully enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience. We primarily offer the Hike & Fish adventure on the Piney River in the Eagle’s Nest Wilderness. We have several different access points to the more remote sections of the river that are fished by less than 15 to 20 people in an entire year. We are limited by user days for this special trip and offer it only during the months of July and August every year. To ensure the best possible experience for all participants, we limit this trip to a maximum of four people.

Cost:
Hike and Fish for 1 $495
Hike and Fish for 2 $595

Guided Trips Reservation & Cancellation Policy

What's Included

Provided:

  • Rod & Reel*
    We’ll set you up with a high-quality rod and reel that match your experience level and the trip at hand.
  • 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 trip.
  • Transportation
    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.
  • Food
    Depending on the length of the hike, we’ll bring build-your-own sandwich fixin’s, or premade sandwiches for easy transporting. Either way, the food is always fresh and tasty.
    (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.
  • Flies
    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.
  • Hiking Gear
    We have you covered with fishing gear, but you’ll want to bring your own gear for the hike. A day pack, sturdy hiking boots, trekking poles, and lots of water are all a must.
  • 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 Hike & Fish Trip:

Summer:

  • 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.