Vail Fly Fishing

Vail Fly Fishing

Everything is Zen when you’re out fishing, especially in the abundant nature that envelops Vail like a warm hug. The Colorado Rockies are resplendent in their beauty and beckon you to come explore the forests and rivers that make up this wonderland. There’s so much to do here at any time of year for nature lovers of all styles. From the world-class skiing in the winter to hiking in the summer, and nearly anything else you can imagine, Vail has it. While the oceans are several states away, there are plenty of water sports to partake in, with some of the most gorgeous rivers in the nation. Get wet and wild with a whitewater rafting trek or rent tubes and go for a leisurely float in the sun and shade. Or grab a pole and find the perfect spot by the river – this is a veritable mecca for fly fishing enthusiasts. That may just be you and you don’t even know it yet! So come experience Vail Fly Fishing and experience it for yourself.

If you’ve never gone fly fishing before, there really is something to be said for standing in the river itself, feeling the current push strongly against your legs as you work on your graceful cast; feeding the line and sending the exotic fly out into the perfect spot. The casting itself is an exercise in tranquility and flow, regardless if you get any bites. But some incredible trout and salmon are there to play with. To catch and release (after snapping a good picture for Facebook, of course). Being out in the forest with a friend and maybe a guide that knows the best spots and can help you work on your technique. Appreciating the splendour of the forest realm as the rivers runs through it – not just the literally but as the flow of energy runs through you and everything in the universe. It’s life reduced to its simplest forms, where you find the truth of the whole. You can find yourself connected to it all when you’re fishing on the river.


Even if you’re a seasoned angler, it wouldn’t hurt to go out with a professional guide who spends more time in waders than street clothes. If you’re not from these parts it’s helpful to hire an expert who knows these rivers and and high-country streams and lakes like the back of his/her hand. With so many great spots along Eagle River, Gore Creek, the Colorado River, Roaring Fork River, and the Yampa River, it can be tricky to select the right spot. (Alternatively, with so many great spots it’s easy to find a decent one somewhere.) But then there’s the issue of which lures to use, and which fish are where.

Sign up for a casting clinic and master the proper techniques to make the most of your Vail fly fishing excursion. Gore Creek Fly Fisherman (the longest running fishing outfitter in Vail Valley) offers complimentary daily casting clinics to any guest of their several store locations. No matter what your experience level, the perfect adventure awaits in Vail.


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