to fly fishing or Animas
problem, this page is geared to help point you
in the right direction and answer basic questions
about fly fishing and our guided trips. Veteran
anglers out there, especially if you are bringing
along a rookie for their first time, will find
this information helpful as well. So click around
and become acquainted with AVA.
Welcome and Veteran Angler
Valley Anglers offers the best guides
and guide service in the West. Our float
and wade fly fishing trips focus on the
entire fly fishing experience. Fly fishing
is a life-long lesson and we will help
shorten the learning curve regardless
of your ability or the ability levels
in your group.
our fish "spotting" and
has a lot
with Animas Valley Anglers can
be catered to meet your personal
needs or the needs of your angling
group. Just ask and we'll make
have fished for bass all
my life, how will I do?
of you out there who have fished
all their lives for bass or other
species with conventional gear
will do great with fly fishing.
It is a bit different at first,
but after a little time on the
water you'll get the hang of it.
Please keep in mind that trout
and bass are very different species
and the techniques we use to catch
them are equally as different.
Keep an open mind to learning new
techniques, apply what you know
about fish and you'll be a trout
pro in no time.
that fly fishing for trout
is meant to
be an enjoyable
way to spend a day on the
there are no weigh-ins at
the end of
the day or
the biggest fish. While friendly
wagers and jokes can be fun,
we are not
our goal is not to catch
fish in the river but rather to
make sure you enjoy the whole fly
have fly fished, but the person
I'm bringing has not. How will
will do just fine. They just
need to be ready to enjoy the
experience and be willing to
learn. They will also gain a
lot from watching you fish, along
with the guides' patient instruction.
Guided fly fishing trips are
a fantastic way to spend time
with friends, family, a significant
other and business associates.
plan on fishing, but my wife/husband/friend
wishes to just tag along. Is
It works best on float trips,
but can be arranged on wade trips
as well. The guest will be billed
at our single angler rate, plus
$25 for the extra person. Lunch
is included for that person on
all our full day trips.
you guarantee we'll catch fish?
we guaranteed trout, we might
as well call it catching, not
fishing. As outfitters, we are,
by law not allowed to guarantee
a catch. While we may not be
able to guarantee you'll catch
fish, it is nice to know our
rivers and streams will give
you plenty of opportunities.
on many things;
fish activity and the ability
level of the angler. Beginners
will have plenty of chances
just need to set realistic
for their day. The fish
are out there,
and we'll give
best coaching to help you
get into them.
I keep a fish? Can I use
a spinning rod and spinners
on the trip?
No and no. Sorry, but we release all our fish unharmed and back into the water
because each trout is one of our hard working coworkers. Spinning
seem simple to operate, however
do not work well with fly fishing. There are also safety issues. Fly fishing
is pretty fun; we make it simple, fun and easy to learn. We have turned
a lot of spin-fishers into hard-core fly-fishers.
I buy gear before our trip
You do not have to invest in gear right away. You can wait to make sure you
like the sport and just use our gear. We provide it as part of the trip at
no extra cost. (Most guide services charge for rentals) We provide Sage, TFO and Scott
Fly Rods on our trips. It just so happens Scott is one of the top manufactures and they handcraft
every rod right here in Colorado. We also recommend you not buy cheap gear,
you'll out grow it pretty quick. Instead ask us for recommendations and we'll
point you in the right direction as to gear manufactures and places to buy
I book a full day or half?
encourage booking a full day for several reasons.
For beginners in
particular, it may
take a good portion
the morning for you to develop the techniques
come to understand
the fish. Often times
half day trips
come to an end right as you're getting the
hang of it and starting
fish. In addition,
and fish activity can change significantly
throughout the course
of a day, meaning
that sometimes the
fishing can be better
in the morning than
a whole day on
water gives you the
best chance at "catching the hatch" when
the fish and the insects are most active.
of the time commitment and the resources
that go into each trip, the cost difference
and full day trips is minimal. We realize
that not every angler has the vacation
time and budget
a full day
of fishing and for those folks a half day
trip can be perfect.
do a short
(with lunch included) for those that
a time crunch. We do not pressure our
is to offer the best experience possible.
So book a trip today!
guides say floating a river is the
best way to learn, others say wade
fishing is the best...we say both.
Floating gets you out away from trees
and other snags, however there are
things to hook in the boat. Like
the guide, which is why we fish barbless
hooks. With wade fishing anglers
can spread out, accessing their own
water. Float or wade, beginner anglers
will not have to make long casts
as they learn the basics.
fishing is a great way to learn
because you are knee deep in cool
stream or river living the dream.
You are a post card out there as
you cast into the cold clear waters.
When our larger rivers are too
low to float, wade trips can be
the only option.
fishing allows the angler to fish
remote waters and/or through private
waters (that we 100% respect).
cover water and
enjoy a day.