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Vail Valley Anglers

Half-Day Winter Wade Trip

Winter is a great time to enjoy the sport of fly fishing in the Vail Valley. Streams are devoid of anglers and the trout are hungry all winter. We fish during the warmest part of the day to maximize your chances of finding big trout. With special winter pricing, this trip is a great choice for vacationers looking for a fun alternative to Vail’s world-class skiing. Travel time is minimal and within minutes from our shop we have access to some fantastic fishing on the beautiful Eagle and Colorado Rivers as well as Gore Creek. With our professional guides’ thorough instruction and assistance, the two-person Half-Day Winter Wade is ideal for husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends looking to enjoy an especially quiet time on the water. Half-day winter wade trips last approximately four hours.

Cost:
Winter Wade for 1 $250
Winter Wade for 2 $325
Winter Wade for 3 $575 (Two Guides)

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) throughout the tour.
  • 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 Winter Wade 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.