Sunrise Anglers, CO

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide Services in the state of Colorado

Sunrise Anglers, CO


Sunrise Anglers offers classic Colorado guide trips. From "get to the stream in 5 minute trips" on our local fisheries to full-blown weeklong adventures, Sunrise will put a smile on your face. Sunrise Anglers, LLC holds more permits to coveted public water than any other service in the state. Float trips on the Colorado and Roaring Fork, walk/wades on the Blue, Colorado, and Williams Fork Rivers, and overnights in the Rocky Mountain National Park allow you to be on the water at the right time.

SA can arrange day trips on numerous local waters such as: south and middle Boulder Creek; the Big Thompson; and we are the only permitted outfitter for the upper watershed of Clear Creek. Access to such water gives you the choice to plan your dream trip. Our flats boat allows anglers to fish Colorado's urban and high-mountain reservoirs for smallmouth, pike, carp, and enormous trout. Our private water leases can put you on virtually any water in the state. SA also offers hosted trips to Mexico, Boston, and the Great Lakes. Our new Rowing/Guide Certification Program and Kid's/Youth Camps are fabulous additions to Sunrise Anglers offerings. We handle any size group. Colorado Outfitting License #2447 Colorado River Outfitter License #480.

Date Range

We are available 365 days a year.

What is Provided to Customer

Everything but your fishing license.


Species You Fish for by Season

Rainbow, brown, cutthroat, brook, and lake trout, stripers, largemouth, smallmouth, wiper, and white bass, walleye, pike, tiger muskie, saltwater trips to Mexico, steelhead on the Great Lakes, and Boston for stripers.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 19 reviews


19 of 19 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Half Day - 4/8/2015

    My girlfriend and I went on a halfday trip with Thomas. While it was a short day and the water was cold and the fish were lethargic, Thomas did a great job setting us up with productive rigs and keeping our spirits high. The guacamole at the end didn't hurt either! I imagine with a full day you would have an opportunity to fish more pieces of water but in a half day, we had somewhat limited flexibility.

  • 5/5

    Great Day Fishing - 1/27/2015
    By: from Michigan

    This company is great. First, they picked me up in Denver since I did not have a car. They supplied everything including waders, and we Fly Fished the South Platte River with great success. I would highly recommend.

  • 5/5

    Great Spot, Great Teacher - 10/31/2014
    By: from Denver, CO

    Had the opportunity to go out with Thomas to a spot that I had never been to before. What a great opportunity to learn from an experienced fly fisher. Tom was very gracious with his time and knowledge, showing me some new techniques on how to work the river effectively. Even managed to catch a few late in the season. Thanks for the good time!

  • 5/5

    Upper Colorado River Float trip - 10/6/2014
    By: from Burlington, VT, USA

    I floated the "pump house" portion of the upper Colorado River with Thomas Schneider, owner of Denver based Sunrise Anglers,for 3 days, 9-17-9-19. In a nutshell, it was an outstanding experience. Beautiful scenery, incredible wildlife, great fishing, browns and cutts. Thomas is an excellent teacher and guide and he knows every seam and hole in the river. We nymphed during the day and switched to a dry fly set up in late pm. Caught some beautiful fish. While I'm not a very accomplished nymph fisherman, with Thomas's consistent teaching, I got much better and progressively caught more and bigger fish each day. Thomas is the type of guide you hope for when you go on a trip. He has a good sense of humor, make a delicious lunch and is extremely knowledable about fishing techniques and reading the water. Simple put, he is excellent guide.

  • 5/5

    thomas - 9/2/2014
    By: from colorado

    I have fished with Thomas all over Colorado. Every trip has been a pleasure. He has taught my daughter, son in-law and granddaughter to flyfish. We have always caught fish. Without belaboring the point, I have fished fresh and salt water many places with many guides. Thomas is one of the best guides I have had the priviledge to fish with anywhere in the world.

  • 5/5

    Shoulder season - 4/16/2014
    By: from San Francisco, CA, USA

    Thomas may have ruined many an upcoming, relaxing April for me. Previously I was more than happy to wait for the weather to warm up to get out on the river. With a single day on the Colorado, Thomas showed me some of the techniques and tricks to tempting lethargic fish onto a fly. Had a great day on the Colorado, and Thomas provided everything I needed. Can't think of an easier way to tack on a day of fishing to a business trip. I'll definitely be a repeat customer.

  • 5/5

    Great Intro to Fly Fishing - 3/21/2014
    By: from Houston, Texas

    I took my daughter to Colorado and wanted to expose her to fly fishing. Neither of us have fly fished and when I fish, it's usually for saltwater with spinning tackle/live bait. Tom did a great job - we had booked a different day originally but he encouraged us to switch days because the weather was really bad. He took us out the next day and put us on a ton of fish. Tom did a great job with my daughter and she came out of the experience with a pretty good looking cast - and she had a blast. We both feel ready to try more fly fishing here at home and would both recommend and plan on using Tom again.

  • 5/5

    Fantastic fishing experience! - 1/24/2014
    By: from West Linn, OR, USA

    Knowledge, assistance, friendliness, and fish! Tom, the proprietor of Sunrise Anglers, delivered all of these features on an unseasonably cold early fall day. He provides high quality fishing equipment and exerts maximum effort to keep the action going for everyone involved. Our group had seasoned anglers and first-timers and Tom handled everyone’s needs, ensuring a good time for all. Finally, our hot cooked lunch featuring garden fresh grilled veggies took the experience off the charts, in my opinion. If you want to have a great fishing outing, Sunrise Anglers is the way to go.

  • 5/5

    Great Float/Great Guide - 10/20/2013
    By: from Upper Colorado River

    Floated two days with Tom on the front end of an elk hunt. Had some excellent fishing and picked up a few new tricks. Tom is a rock solid guide and knows the water well. He was good at getting us honed in to what was working on those days and then putting us in a position to catch fish. We streamer fished both days and each turned over 50 fish per day (Didn't land even half those mind you but what fun). It was awesome. All you can ask for in a guide. Be sure to request his river side guacamole; it's excellent.

  • 5/5

    Excellent Fly Fishing Lessons - 10/20/2013
    By: from Boulder, CO, USA

    My husband arranged for fly fishing lessons as a surprise gift. Neither of us had ever done it and really knew little about it. We came as prepared as we could be appropriate dress and a fishing license. We met Tom at the site and immediately knew this would be a fun experience. Tom took the time to explain the fine art of fly fishing, gave each of us individualized guidance, answered many questions and made us laugh. He truly has great passion and knowledge for the sport, is a very patient teacher and wants you to enjoy and understand it so that once you are on your own; you will be able to do what you have learned. Tom and Sunrise Anglers is the only way to go for a first class experience! Thanks Tom!

Sunrise Anglers
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide Services
Thomas Schneider

The entire state of Colorado

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