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Vail Valley Anglers


The “Trout Spey Trip” is focused on the catching trout using the fly fishing technique of spey casting or two hand casting. The casting techniques involve a variety of different methodical casts that load your rod and shoot your line far across the river. The water current “swings” your fly across the water as you hold on for an aggressive trout to eat your fly. The method is highly effective and very entertaining. Our guides will outfit you with a specific “Trout Spey Rod.”

We guide these trips on the Eagle, Colorado, and Roaring Fork Rivers depending on the fishing conditions. We offer both half day trips and full day trips. Our guides may decide to take you in the boat to get to various different areas where you can get out of the boat and wade in the water and swing your flies. The guides may also take you to some remote hike-in areas on stretches of the Colorado or Eagle River. We guide these trips year round but spring and fall seem to be the most productive times.

Whether you are looking for another new and exciting way to fly fish or want to prepare for an upcoming steelhead or salmon trip our professional guides are extremely knowledgeable of the technique. For more information be sure to check out VVA Trout Spey Guide Andy Leister’s Blog on 8 Reasons to try Trout Spey.

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 chose 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.
  • 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.

*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.
  • Food
    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).
  • 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 Half-Day Wade 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.