Fishing in Vail Valley, Colorado
Colorado has one of the highest concentrations of world-class fly fishing rivers and streams in the United States, and fishing in Vail Valley is considered some of the best in the state. In fact, fly-fishing in Vail is so spectacular that the 36th annual FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship was held in Vail in 2016, drawing the best fly anglers from all over the planet.
Free-flowing rivers and crystal-clear lakes surrounded by majestic mountains are the setting for fishing in Vail. While fly fishing rules, there are still opportunities for rod and reel fishing or even ice fishing in the winter. Whether you’re wading a public stream close to town or taking an overnight float trip down a river — or even helicoptering to a private watershed — an up-to-date fishing report is essential for having the best experience. Our daily fishing reports will help you align with the type of fishing and the guide that will best suit your needs. You’ll receive Vail fishing reports from guides daily so you can find out what’s best to catch and where to catch it.
Regionally, Vail fishing is available in the Blue River, Colorado River, Gore Creek, Eagle River, Colorado River, Roaring Fork River, Ten Mile Creek, Dillon Reservoir and Sylvan Lake. Fishing in these clear, cold headwater lakes, streams and rivers is predominantly for four types of trout: cutthroat, rainbow, brown and brook. Catch all four in day, and you’ll have what’s known as a Colorado Stringer. Click on the entries for the fishing reports for pictures of recent fishing trips.