Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter in Canon City, Colorado

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Royal Gorge Anglers

Phone icon888-994-6743 Phone icon719-269-3474 Email iconinfo@royalgorgeanglers.com Link iconroyalgorgeanglers.com
49311 W. US HWY 50
Canon City, CO 81212

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The Story

The knowledgeable guides at Royal Gorge Anglers, an Orvis-Endorsed Outfitter / Fly-Shop, will help you make the most of your Colorado fly-fishing adventure. At the base of Collegiate Peaks and Sangre De Cristo wilderness sits the Royal Gorge Region. This vast territory offers the most diverse outdoor recreation opportunities in Colorado, with year-around fly-fishing opportunities on hundreds of miles of Gold Medal caliber trout rivers as well as dozens of trophy reservoirs. Royal Gorge Anglers has been operating five-star fly-fishing adventures in this vast trout fishing Mecca for over 30 years. Rivers like the Arkansas, South Platte, and Gunnison, just to name a few, are where Royal Gorge Anglers' seasoned guide staff hangs their hats, either floating or wading. In addition to the aforementioned world famous trout rivers, Spinney, Antero, Eleven Mile, and Taylor Park Reservoirs are just a stone's throw out the backdoor and offer shots at a true fish of a lifetime. If you like solitude, Royal Gorge Anglers has access to dozens of high mountain lakes and small backcountry streams that are littered throughout the rugged surrounding wilderness—all within an hour's drive of the fly shop (some less than 10 minutes away). Want to mix in some warm water fly fishing? The phenomenal stillwater venues of Pueblo and Deweese Reservoirs are just minutes away with opportunities at giant smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, wipers, and tiger musky. This long-standing fly shop and guide service makes every detail count in their interactions with clients at every phase of the experience, which is very evident with return rate of nearly 90%. Whether you'd like a simple half-day or full-day outing or a custom week-long adventure, anything is possible with this operation. We've got the vast variety of fisheries to make it happen. Never touched a fly rod? No problem, Royal Gorge Anglers specializes in instruction within their guided adventures. You'll be comfortable at every step of the process with this exceptional operation and you'll walk away with a fly fishing memories that last a lifetime.

The Royal Gorge Anglers fly shop, located just two miles outside Canon City, CO, has been in operation for over 30 years. Featuring the highest quality brands in the fly fishing industry with a wide variety of price points has always been the mantra. Over 3000 square feet of high-end retail shopping experience is available to the customers who frequent this establishment. Exceptional knowledge of the vast territory they guide in has always been Royal Gorge Anglers' calling card. Up-to-date fishing reports on all major watersheds along with corresponding fly recommendations will always be available at the fly shop or at the Royal Gorge Anglers website. Getting new folks and kids into the great sport of fly fishing has always been the foremost objective at Royal Gorge Anglers, so you'll find many free and inexpensive classes at the flyshop throughout the season in addition to their vast guided trip portfolio. If you're looking for flies, they've got you covered with over 1000 fly patterns in stock and over 200 patterns unique to Colorado watersheds. This fly shop is a one-stop shop!


The Royal Gorge Region features a year-around fly-fishing season! Known as the "Climate Capitol" of Colorado, this region features strong options on the Arkansas Tailwater and South Platte River in the months of November through February. The larger freestone rivers including the Arkansas River Freestone and Gunnison River move into Spring Primetime in March and fish very well through October. Trophy stillwater opportunities are best in the mid-April to September window. The high mountain backcountry venues offer the shortest window of productive fishing, and it is best to book those options from July through mid September.


Brown trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, carp, wiper, striped bass, tiger musky, pike, and lake trout.


The Royal Gorge Region is home to some of the most scenic views and mountainscapes in all of the Western US. Canon City is located in a high arid climate with rugged freestone watersheds. The Arkansas freestone which runs right by the fly shop can be best termed as a wild gradient river with large boulders and limitless pocket water. Just a stone's throw out the back door at the South Platte River and Arkansas Tailwater, you've got calmer more meandering rivers that work their way through vast high country basins. In the backcountry, you might encounter anything from high desert type terrain to heavily wooded high country forests. An angler can be as remote as they'd like to be, with hundreds of miles of rivers and streams and countless stillwater venues to choose from, this massive landscape truly is a fly fisher's playground!

Typical Weather:

The Royal Gorge Region is the "Climate Capitol" of Colorado, so weather is relatively temperate in the immediate area. The higher elevation one travels to some backcountry venues, high mountain lakes, and the South Platte and Gunnison Rivers, the more variable weather can become. In the prime spring and fall months one can expect temperatures in the 50s through mid 60s F with potential for light rain and snow. During the summer, an angler can expect to see temperatures in the 70s and 80s with monsoon effect rain in August. In the winter months, you can expect to see the widest range of temperatures and precipitation.


Rates start from: $275
You can find all pricing information at: www.royalgorgeanglers.com/guided-fly-fishing/

What is Provided:

Rental equipment is available upon request and is all high-end Orvis gear. Wader and boot rental runs $20 per day, per angler if needed. Rod rental and all terminal tackle is included in the guide fee. Flies used or kept are tallied and submitted by the guide for payment within 24 hours of trip culmination, however, all flies are supplied by the guide. If on a full-day adventure, streamside lunch and refreshments are included. Multi-day trips have various meal plan options.

Gear Recommendations:

If you wish to bring your own gear it is advised that you bring felt-soled (cleaned prior to use), or studded rubber boots and breathable waders. Typically 8-9 ft., 4-6 wt. fast-action fly rods are most conducive to these fisheries. If you are coming between the months of July and September, wet wading is a great option (using a wading sock and wading boots, rather than waders), due to the comfortable water temperature. Every angler is recommended to bring, in addition: Light rain jacket, fleece layers (upper and lower), heavy Smartwool sock, breathable quick-dry undergarment (upper and lower), hat, polarized sunglasses, camera. Depending on the season, some items may not be necessary, so contacting the guide office directly with any gear questions you may have is advised. If wet wading (June-September), please wear a quick-dry sport short/pant and Smartwool socks.

What to Bring:

It would be prudent to bring a change of clothes to change into after a long day on the water along with any refreshments or snacks for the drive home or to your next destination.


Royal Gorge Anglers prides itself in involvement with wounded veteran programs, and can offer ADA opportunity to great fly-fishing venues to those with limited mobility. Royal Gorge Anglers operates an exclusive catch-and-release program on all featured fisheries. Royal Gorge Anglers does also offer an on-site lodging option for groups of four or more, for more information please contact the fly shop.

Additional Activities:

Royal Gorge Anglers has operated as a full-scale concierge for 30 years, and the Royal Gorge Region is littered with incredible activities! World-class mountain biking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, golfing, and hiking opportunities are the most exciting features in the area. In addition, the largest tourist attraction in the state of Colorado, the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is 10 minutes from the fly shop. Along with the bridge and park, the Royal Gorge Route Railroad runs through the Royal Gorge and is a great activity for families. If you're in the area in the winter/early spring you can fly fish, ski, and golf within an hour of Canon City!

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best guides on the Pueblo Tailwater! I just completed a 1/2 day walk wade with Hopper Juan Ramirez, who is not only an excellent guide, teacher, and professional fly tyier. Juan not only can put you on fish, put also offers help in casting techniques, rigging and fly selection. I have known Juan for several years and would not hesitate recommending him or any of the guides at RGA to old hats or newbees alike.
Date published: 2021-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tailwaters of Arkansas River It was my first time fishing this area and I was extremely happy with this guided trip. My guide Pat was an extremely friendly and laid-back guy which is perfect for a day on the river. He focused on getting me on the fish consistently and knew exactly what to do, and he was 100% focused on getting me a giant trout. This trip did not disappoint as I hooked into many nice trout -- great day on the water!!
Date published: 2020-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding fly fishing introduction My wife and I were first time fly fisherman. I contacted Royal Gorge to set up an instructional excursion of 2 days. Rather than sell me a 2 day trip it was recommended that we take 2 1/2 days with a day in between each lesson. I will tell that was perfect and was glad we did so. In addition to the on river lessons Royal Gorge supplied everything necessary for us to really enjoy our experience. On our first day our guide Evan met us at the shop where we were fitted with waders and boots. We then followed him to a beautiful location on the Arkansas River. He taught us to safely wade into the River, how to cast, how to read the float of the bug down the river and how to land a fish. Evan was very adept at working with 2 raw beginners. His patience and good nature immediately put my wife and I at ease and really allowed to enjoy our experience. We both caught a few fish and had several we hooked but never landed. Believe me when I say 4 hours on the river was plenty our first day. Our second lesson was spent with Cody. We fished the stretch of river after the dam on the Pueblo reservoir. Cody worked with both of us to refine our casting technique as well as learning to mend our line and landing the fish. We also spent time learning to pocket fish. As with Evan Cody’s patience allowed us to throughly enjoy the experience. We both landed some nice fish and had a great experience. I would encourage anyone considering a fly fishing experience to engage with Royal Gorge as they supplied a fantastic experience that created a desire to do it again someday!!
Date published: 2020-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing guys Taylor and the team at the shop are super inviting and knowledgeable. Also, we have been on 4 guided trips with them, both wading and drift boats- and all of their guides are helpful, fun and know their waters.
Date published: 2020-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Friends and fly fishing Our experience with Royal Gorger Anglers was absolutely amazing. Taylor and his crew are true professionals. Our two day experience was the best I’ve ever had with Guides. I highly recommend if you are anywhere close to the water that Taylor and Royal Gorge Anglers is in that you look them up. Already looking forward to the next trip.
Date published: 2020-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Dream Stream with Juan Ramirez I was fortunate enough to wade The Dream Stream (South Platte) with Juan. Being very much a novice, I was fortunate to have a very knowledgeable and patient guide. Juan had me hooking with a short time after we were in the water. On a very slow day, I hooked 10 fish and landed 6. I lost one on my own and several larger rainbows just beat my light tippet and small lures. It was a great experience and I learned much from a true professional. Thanks to RGA for putting this together.
Date published: 2020-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Arkansas Tailwater Two days walk/wading w Cody. First day, almost perfect conditions — cool, clear and calm...warmed up as day went on but we caught fish all day. Couldn’t keep a line in the water for the first hour, w mostly 10-12” rainbows. Changed locations and continued to catch fish — smaller numbers but larger fish, mostly cutbows 15-20”. Second day cooler, fishing some other places not covered the first day. Same start — 6 or 7 fish in the first 10 minutes, w other targeted areas for larger fish the rest of the day. Cody is great company on the water, and knew when and where to change tactics to catch fish when others weren’t doing much. This was my second experience w Cody this part of the river and I requested him by-name based on my experience a year prior. I am an experienced fly guy and highly recommend Cody for both his expertise on the river as well as his ability to know when to talk and when to just watch and wait for the next take.
Date published: 2020-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had a Blast Fish On... It was a cold wet day. That did not stop our guides from providing us with the best fishing trip. We all had a blast . I will book with Royal Gorge Anglers every time. Thank Taylor, Patt and Bentley.
Date published: 2020-03-25
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