We offer full-time year-round guide service.
Our trip pricing is all-inclusive: rods/reels, flies, transportation. A Colorado fishing license starts at $9 first day, $5 each additional day. All you need is a hat, sunglasses, and a smile.
We are permitted on the Colorado, Eagle, and Roaring Fork Rivers and their tributaries, as well as many small streams and stillwaters. We wade and float for rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout. We also have a fully outfitted bass boat for larger stillwaters that have northern pike and bass.
We fish year-round in the Vail Valley. Being in a high alpine desert elevation means that we have the ability to move down valley or up valley depending on temperatures. Colorado is known for its microclimates. Even during winter we are able to float and wade many of our rivers. Summer climates in the mountains range from mid-80s in the day to low 50s in the evenings. The winter climate can range from the 30s-40s in the daytime depending on what elevation we fish. Spring offers fantastic weather and great fishing opportunities that complement a day on the mountain.
Typically half-day trips consist of 4 hours of fishing, either wading or floating. Full days range from 8 to 12 hours wading or floating depending on where we fish. Full-day trips include a catered streamside lunch. Our guides are very flexible in putting together a trip to meet the expectations of our guests.
Rainbow, browns, and cutthroat trout are caught year around. Bass and pike during the summer months. Our rivers are known for their diverse insect hatches: midges, mayflies, stoneflies (including the Colorado River salmonfly hatch in June), and a serious caddis hatch as well.
Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a rain jacket. We will take care of the rest.
Being located in the heart of ski country has its advantages in terms of the diversity of lodging and food options available, not to mention world-class skiing. Lodging options range from the Ritz to Comfort Inns. We are proud to have the lodge and spa at Cordillera, with 1.7 miles of private Eagle River access as our primary lodging partner.
Q. Where is the closest airport?
A. Year-round flights into Eagle County Regional Airport.
Q. Is gratuity included in the price?
A. Gratuity is not included in trip pricing.
Overall: 4.9 / 5 based on 39 reviews
38 of 39 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Great Memorable Experience -
By: Tellurider from Vail, CO, USA
Excellent Guides Kevin and Kip made for a very enjoyable, educational, and fish-catching day on the scenic Colorado River for my grandsons and I. I recommend them highly.
Best 2 Days Ever -
By: JBROSE from Los Angeles, CA
Jeff from Fly Fishing Outfitters was an amazing teacher and guide. We spent two days together and I was lucky enough to get one:one instruction. He was super patient with my skills and I left my time there feeling like I had learned alot. I know it was a great experience....my 12 year old saw me in the front seat of the car today as we were sitting at a stoplight back in the city. I heard Jeff's tips in my mind and was flicking my wrist back and forth...as if I was throwing a fly. I looked in the rear view mirror and smiled when she caught me and asked "what are you doing dad? practicing your fly fishing?" And I quickly answered "of course" and thought of Jeff. Thanks for a great one!
AUsome First Floating Fly Fishing Trip -
By: Fred37215 from Nashville, TN, USA
The staff at Fly Fishing Outfitters are fantastic and make you feel at home. Always ready to help and very knowledgeable. Our river guide JB was super guy and very personable. Our float trip down the Colorado was exciting and plenty of beautiful scenery...yes we caught trout...which was thrilling.
Always a great trip with Jeff Lyon -
By: wazzu97 from Plano, TX
My wife and I have been coming back to Fly Fishing Outfitters for many years. We always book our wades or floats with Jeff Lyon. He also is the instructor of the Orvis fly fishing course held at Cordillera (which we have both taken). Super knowledgeable and a great guy.
Consistent High Quality Service -
By: JimBenedict from Scarsdale, NY, USA
I have used guides at Fly Fishing Outfitters to wade fish on the Eagle River on a regular basis (i.e., 15-20 times a year) for the last 5 years. Their guides have always been terrific. I started out as a rank beginner and have now progressed, through their patient instruction, to the point where I am now reasonably self-sufficient. Matt Lewis (“Lew”) has been particularly helpful. He has a great skill set, is an expert instructor, and is a really good fun-loving guy to fish with. Not surprisingly, we always catch lots of fish whenever we go out. The guys in the shop are also very friendly and have always been extremely helpful.
Great trip -
By: LeeO from Avon, CO, USA
I could not be happier with the service and the experience. I took my son who had never fly fished before and the staff brought him in the day before and gave him lessons in the parking lot so he would be ready when we hit the water. My son had an awesome day fishing and our guide JB was great to work with. He knew the river and kept us in the fish all day. I give the staff a 10+ for making this a great trip!
Guides were awesome!!! -
By: DallasFamily from Avon, CO
We took our two young boys, ages 8 and 9, for their first fly fishing trip. The guides were patient and fun and we even went back for a second trip!!! Did a walk and wade first and then planned a boat trip. Jason and Fletch were great with our kids.
Great Learning Experience -
Great experience. Plan to return next summer.
Super Morning -
Guided float trip on Colorado River with Jeff who was truly outstanding. My technique improved significantly throughout the morning. Bright sunny morning so tough fishing but came in with two Browns and a large Bow. Terrific in every respect.
Great afternoon & evening -
By: Wieds from Avon, CO, USA
Went down the Eagle River with our guide Bill on Sunday 7/19 from 3PM until 8 Lots of rises,river a bit low, but Bill kept us off most of the rocks. Whole experience was excellent. Guys in shop nice, enthusiastic and experienced