Our Tenkara Fly Fishing Trip is a great way to get out of town, enjoy the mountain scenery, wildlife, and some stellar creek fishing. Our guides will take you to various different wilderness areas near the Vail area to fish small creeks, rivers and lakes depending on the time of year and fishing conditions. The small creeks are great for a little hiking and fishing if you desire.

Tenkara is the Japanese method of fly-fishing, in which a rod, line and a fly is all that is needed. It is about as minimalist as it gets for fly fishing. The method is optimal for the smaller streams throughout the mountains here in the Vail area. The simplicity of the technique makes it easy for beginner anglers. With a telescoping rod, the line is attached to the tip of the rod and the leader and fly follow, making it extremely easy to cast to fish. Our Tenkara guides are versed with the techniques and are happy to share their knowledge. For more information check out this blog by Eric Phannenstiel, one of the Tenkara Guides.

The Tenkara Fly Fishing Trip is only offered as a full day trip in order to have enough time to get to the desired fishing area and fully understand the Tenkara Fly Fishing Technique. To ensure the best possible experience for all participants, we limit this trip to a maximum of four people.

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 trip.
  • Food
    Lunch is included in the cost of our Tenkara trips. Build your own streamside sandwiches from a heaping platter of fixin’s, then cap lunch off with a freshly baked cookie or brownie. Our caterer provides locally sourced and freshly made lunches for each trip. (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 Tenkara 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.