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
Rod & Reel*
We’ll set you up with a high-quality rod and reel that match your experience level and the trip at hand.
Included in the price of every trip is all terminal tackle including tippet, split shot, leaders, and strike indicators.
Our premium waders and wading boots from Simms will keep you dry (and help you stay upright) throughout the tour.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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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:
Baselayer or long underwear that wicks moisture and dries quickly. Insulating midlayer (fleece, down, or synthetic). Waterproof/breathable shell.
Baselayer or long underwear that wicks moisture and dries quickly. Breathable pant or sweatpant (to wear under waders).
Wool or synthetic socks to wear with boots and waders.
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.
All or part of this operation is conducted on public lands under BLM Special Use Permit and under Special Use Permit with the White River National Forest. Vail Valley Anglers is an equal opportunity employer.