Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter in the state of Colorado

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Thomas Schneider

Sunrise Anglers

Phone icon303-532-9111 Phone icon303-904-9410 Email iconkingfisher@sunriseanglers.com Link iconsunriseanglers.com
The entire state of Colorado

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The Story

Enjoy the wisdom of experts at the Orvis-Endorsed Sunrise Anglers Outfitter when you fly fish in Colorado: Sunrise Anglers combination of blue ribbon permits and a lifetime of fishing those waters create for our clients opportunities to ever improve their game. One of the most overlooked abilities of Sunrise Anglers is the freedom to meet on the water. There is no shop, there is nothing more to buy, it's time to fish.

"We strive to educate on the total spectrum of fly fishing. We are proud that most of our trips involve wild, naturally spawned fish, while realizing there is a time and place for stockers. Our guide staff has changed very little in the years with even some of the staff hailing from the Kinsley Outfitters days. That's 25 years ago. Our guides can go to any water, any time of year, and put you on the fish. Few staffs can say that."


One of the best bonuses of being an angler is that we feel tied to the water. We feel the seasons change and with it we adapt. We start the year lower down on the Colorado river and under the tailwaters. As the rivers wake up, Colorado experiences a short window before runoff shows. Stillwater and tailwater options prevail during runoff. As the waters peak and drop, this is the time of year where the best dry-fly opportunities prevail until the dog days of summer. Strong terrestrial bites take us into fall for our favorite season, fall streamer fishing!


Trout, bass, pike, carp


Colorado has altitude. One of the biggest tips I can give a client is to start hydrating days before they leave on their trip. Rivers vary between easily waded to rock scrambling approaches. Most locations on the Front Range are reached by car within an hour of drive time.

Typical Weather:

  • Winter 20s F
  • Spring 50s
  • Summer 80s
  • Fall 50s

We can experience four seasons in one day.


Rates start from:
You can find all pricing information at: www.sunriseanglers.com

What is Provided:

We are the definition of an outfitter. We like to say, "Just bring your fishing license." Waders and boots, rods and reels, jackets, hats, sunglasses, lunches, flies, and tippet on our day trips.

Tents, Sleeping Bags, water filters, flashlights, ground pads,,, basically anything within weight on our overnights.

Gear Recommendations:

Each trip is unique. Please call for advice. We like to travel with our own gear as well.

What to Bring:

We take care of everything.


We are proud to offer easier-to-access water. From wheelchair bound floats to drive up walk/wades, these trips are priceless for us as well.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from giants in small creek I booked a half day trip for me and my dad, and we had a fantastic time. Our guide Thomas Shneider was very knowledgeable and really help me and my dad improve our casting and how we will fish water in the future. My dad was truly impressed at how Thomas knew where the fish were and could get us on them. I will without a doubt book another trip.
Date published: 2020-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Float! I was fortunate enough to win a guided trip with Thomas from Sunrise Anglers that he donated to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). JDRF leads the fight against type 1 diabetes by funding research and advocating for policies that accelerate access to new therapies and provides a support network for millions of people around the world affected by T1D. I so appreciate Thomas supporting such a great organization that impacts so many people in our community. If you want to fish with someone who supports worthy causes, Thomas is the guide for you. Not only is Thomas willing to give back to the community, but he’s also an incredible guide. I had a blast fishing the upper Colorado with him. His knowledge of the river is second to none, he knows every hole, rock and run in the river and always had a plan to put us on the fish with the perfect combination of flies and techniques. His patience and knowledge as a guide is incredible, and I appreciated all of his coaching and tips while fishing a very technical stretch of the river. Because of Thomas, I feel like I improved as a fisherman, and I was able to land my personal best Brown Trout on this trip. Thomas is so passionate about fly fishing and it really shows in his guiding as he will work his tail off to make sure you catch some great fish and will be just as excited as you when it happens. A trip with Thomas isn’t just a day on the river, it’s an experience and an adventure you will never forget. He treated me like an old fishing buddy and we took our time enjoying a beautiful day fishing a gorgeous piece of the Colorado. We ate like kings, with Thomas providing an assortment of gourmet meats, cheeses, crackers, croissants and homemade pesto for snacks and lunch, all while landing some beautiful trout. Everything about our trip was excellent, nothing could have been improved on, from the planning and communication to the fishing and food, from beginning to end, it was a perfect day that I will not soon forget. I won’t get on the water with any other guide! Book a trip with Thomas and Sunrise Anglers, I promise you will not regret it.
Date published: 2020-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great day fishing on Clear Creek Had a great time fishing with Thomas from Sunrise Anglers. Thomas is an excellent guide - very patient and knowledgeable. Got to learn techniques and strategies for fishing small streams and caught a lot of nice wild brookies and a few cuts. Another great thing about this trip was that Thomas had donated this to the Ellie White Foundation and my wife bought it for me at an auction fund raiser for EWF so I got support a great charity and have an awesome guided trip. Thomas topped the day off with a sampling of his homemade garden salsa - very tasty and a great way to end the day.
Date published: 2020-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fish with Tom! Because there’s no substitute for his experience, he knows where the fish are, he will work his tail off to help you catch them, and he’s fun!
Date published: 2020-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trip! Our local fly shop recommended Tom Schneider to me for a birthday fishing trip for my 17 year old son. I am so glad I took the recommendation. Although my son and I both have experience saltwater fly fishing, freshwater fly fishing turned about to be a different game. Tom was a patient guide and clearly passionate about the sport- he took a ton of time teaching my son the nuances of the game. I also have to say that Tom worked his tail off-- the first day of fishing, we did't get off the water until about 8 PM! We were plently pleased with the number of shots we got at fish over a 2 day period. I enthusiastically recommend this trip to anyone looking for great scenery, a great guide (who is also excellent company) and great fishing.
Date published: 2020-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Early June Float -- Upper Colorado River My son Sean and I had the great pleasure to fish the upper Colorado with guide Thomas Schneider of Sunrise Anglers, LLC, on a beautiful sunny day this week (June 8, 2020). We learned that Tom is a 25+ year mountain west guide that you just want to spend time fishing with, as long as you can. Great conversations, laughs, and fly fishing and rivers knowledge. The lead-up to the trip was perfect, in terms of plans, directions, weather and water flows, and our river side orientation at launch. He gave us superb technical fishing guidance all day, and the first trout on a first float trip for my son, who is new to fly fishing! Fishing was tricky that day, with high winds and water conditions fast and low-vis. But Tom put us on the fish while we did not see other floaters having much action. Best of all, Tom provides local history and landmark insights all along the float, with an extra special shore lunch experience like no other. Thank you Tom for making the trip so special! Can't wait for next time!
Date published: 2020-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much more than a fishing trip! If you are just looking for a great fly fishing trip stop and look elsewhere, because a trip with Thomas and the crew at Sunrise Anglers is so much more. It’s an amazing adventure. This past summer we took a trip the the North Platte and some of it’s tributaries. From driving through the vast planes of Wyoming to off-roading through the mountains. We saw a safaris worth of wildlife and and views straight out of paintings. You will have amazing meals and the camaraderie usually only found amongst close friends. And yes the fishing is amazing too.
Date published: 2019-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from North Platte Magic It’s been 127 days and about 4 hours since I floated a little slice of paradise known as the North Platte with Thomas and Sunrise Anglers. Not that I’m keeping track, but it has left a permanent mark on me in all the right ways. First of all the float is worth it alone for the scenery. It is just incredible. I remember sitting in Thomas’ Maravia raft(rather comfortably I might add) having some of his famous guacamole while taking a break from the fishing while thinking I was in a dream. And the fishing is really really special. The North Platte offers a unique experience from some of the other western rivers I have floated. It has got this untouched/undiscovered feel to it. Highly recommend booking a trip with Sunrise and float the North Platte. Streamers, nymphs, dries...that river offers it all. Just go.
Date published: 2019-12-10
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