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Vail Valley Anglers

Full-Day Winter Float Trip

Winter float trips offer anglers the chance to access unpressured trout on the Roaring Fork and Lower Colorado Rivers. Some of the largest trout of the year are landed during our full-day winter floats. Weather can play a role in the availability of this trip during the coldest months, but February through April offer excellent fishing conditions.

In a single day, anglers are able to cover miles of scenic water that is not accessible by wading. For anglers who enjoy wading (and don’t mind the cold water temperatures), we are happy to pull ashore to prospect productive stretches of water. With plenty of room for two anglers and gear, our dory-style drift boats and rubber rafts have been designed specifically for fly fishing. Full-day winter float trips last approximately six to eight hours.

Cost:
Winter Full Day Float $495

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.
  • 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) 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.
  • 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
    During the winter months we typically provide hot soup and pre-made sandwiches. This limits the amount of time your hands are exposed to the cold and helps keep the feeling in your fingers.
    (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 Winter Float Trip:

Winter:

  • 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
    Polarized sunglasses.
    Warm hat or beanie.
    Warm gloves (some anglers prefer fingerless).
    Hand and feet warmers.

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.