20% OFF GIFT CERTIFICATES | Holiday Gifts | Idaho Steelhead | Fly Tying Night

20% OFF GIFT CERTIFICATES | Holiday Gifts | Idaho Steelhead | Fly Tying Night

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Buy One Get One FREE Private Ranch 3/4 Day Wade Trip

Buy One Get One FREE Private Ranch 3/4 Day Wade Trip
Check out our private water!

Back by popular demand!

You asked, you got it. Back again for another year is the Minturn Anglers Buy One Get One (BOGO) Free Private Ranch 3/4 Day fly fishing trip. This is two people on any of our private waters – Sweetwater and  Frost Creek for the price of one! This is a $335 DISCOUNT so jump on this while Vail Pass is still snow free! Traveling in a group of 3? Not a problem, $185 gets another person to jump in on the fun. This is an awesome way to get your feet wet with guided fishing trips if you’ve never experienced it or if you have… ya get a rockin’ deal! Our private water is second to none and boasts huge fish that don’t see a lot of flies so jump on this killer deal this Winter before we make it public to the planet – currently exclusive to our email list!   

FLY TYING NIGHTS – Parker and Minturn!
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Photo by Bob Streb


Fly Nights at both locations!

Whether you’re in the hills or on the Front Range, Minturn Anglers has a fly tying event for you! Our Fly Tying Nights are FREE and offer a great way to brush up on your skills, learn new patterns or try different techniques and styles. Fly Tying Night is offered in Parker every other Thursday at the shop and is hosted by experienced fly tiers. The Parker location begins at 4pm and ends at 8pm and usually consists of a theme.
Our Fly Tying Night in Minturn takes place at the shop or at Vail Brewing Company every Tuesday up here in the Vail Valley starting at 6pm. Our focus is filling fly boxes for the Summer but we never turn down a tying question and are always happy to help.
Regardless of which one you’d like to attend, bring your vise, tools, materials and a light and get ready to have some fun! We offer discounts on tying material for all those who attend Fly Tying Night too!  

Vail Valley Fishing Reports 
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Eagle River
She’s gettin’ pretty cold these days but there’s plenty of open water if ya know the right spots. Put your focus on the lower river these days or any warm water discharge for your best fishing opportunities. No need to get too tiny right now, the midges in their diet are about a size 18 or 20! All black with any sign of emergence will trick the trout – soft hackles, RS-2s, Foam Back Emergers, etc. No need to dredge either, “Skinny Rigs” and light tippet near the surface is the way to go. Need a guide? We got em >>>
Gore Creek


There’s still plenty of fish being caught on Gore Creek right now but plan on fishing solo or taking turns like gentlemen (or ladies). Fish can be spotted from bridges and then approached from behind so take the time to scout the water before you go chuckin’ line. Best spots are west of Vail proper below the discharge. You’ll see the open water!


Roaring Fork 
If ya got the time, plan on doing a little wade fishing on the Roaring Fork River. Like most rivers in the state this time of year, the best time to go is between 11am and 3pm and save it for the warmest day of the week. The lower river is the place to be right now so focus your efforts around your favorite spots in Carbondale, even down to Glenwood. Don’t hesitate to bring a dry fly stick either. BWO’s and Midges will be seen on your warmest days and the fish are comin’ up.

Idaho Steelhead Feb. 7th – 29th!!!
41542-Idaho Steelhead Feb. 7th - 29th
Keep Em Wet_ More Details Here!


The Tradition Continues – Book your Idaho Steelhead Trip Today!!!
Our annual destination to the Clearwater River is in North Central Idaho, home to the largest strain of steelhead in the United States, and the best winter place in the states to fly fish for steelhead. The “Colorado Boys”, at least that’s what they call us to our face are welcomed in Idaho with open arms every year! We arrange for our staff to spend February7th through the end of the month up here every year and host/guide trips. We fish primarily on the Middle Fork in our drift boats from Kooskia down to Orofino. The locals and the scenery up here are all part of this experience, and a big part of what keeps us going back year after year. We see all kinds of wildlife, catch plenty of huge steelhead, and enjoy having a beer or two with the locals after a great day of fly fishing. Clearwater Valley is only 1,000 feet above sea level, with average highs in the 40’s and 50’s making this balmy steel-heading weather.
Our guides can row the Clearwater in their sleep, the lodging and meals are spectacular and the fishing is great and so is the experience. Call now (970-827-9500) or book online today!
20% OFF Gift Certificates – It’s Not Too Late to Shop for the Holidays!!!

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Online or In Store, Get Your Holiday Gift In Time For Christmas!
We’ve only got a few more days until Christmas, and the Post Office is a mess! Get that last minute gift today and save 20% while doing it! Gift Certificates can be applied towards your family trip this Summer too so plan in advance and save like heck on your Guided Wade Trips and Guided Float Trips, even your Cast and Taste or Private Water Trips!!!
Gift Certificates can be bought online (apply the coupon at the end of your check out), in store or over the phone!
Whether you’d like to apply it to a Scott Radian online or a Fly Fishing School for the Summer, Minturn Anglers has the last minute gift you’ve been looking for!
Minturn – 970-827-9500
Parker – 720-851-4665


Minturn Anglers Holiday Specials!

Guided Trips make a great gift too!


Buy One Get One FREE on Private Water
Titan Rod Vaults – $349 ($150 savings) 
Last Years Rods and Reels – 25% OFF


25%-40% off Apparel – Simms, Patagonia, Sitka, Freefly, Howler Brothers and TrueFlies


15% off coolers – You know which ones…
25% off Packs and Bags
25% off Patagonia Waders and Boots
Call for more details and even better in-store specials!
970-827-9500 (Minturn)
720-851-4665 (Parker)
Front Range Fishing Reports

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Bring out the spectacles, it’s midge season! The flies to fish are small and represent the tiniest of bugs but the trout are eatin’ them like Justin eats BBQ (that’s a lot). Red hots have been tricking a pile of fish as well as zebra midges and Rojo midges. Brown, black and grey foam back emergers are the ticket towards the middle of the afternoon as a BWO hatch comes off then. Fish those flies under a Duane Redford “Skinny Rig” or dry dropper. That’s right, dry dropper. As far as streamers and your big uglies… leave em at home. Flows are a generous 150cfs so start close to your feet and move your drifts further out. With Winter coming this past weekend, expect the crowds to taper off in the cold weather too!
Though the snow came down this weekend, most of your favorite little honey holes will still be fishing quite well. Focus on the creeks that get the most sun and avoid the canyon stretches if at all possible. These gems will only last for so long (except for the serious small creek aficionado) so get on out there and catch some fish with a little snow around ya! Be safe on the shelf ice please.

11 Mile Canyon

This tailwater remains stellar through the colder months of the year. Find the spots with the least ice and the most sun for your best opportunities of finding feeding fish. Focus your efforts closest to the dam to get away from the gear guys and find the most bug activity. Late morning til early evening is the best time to go and don’t forget your dry flies! If you’re a numbers guy, nymphing is your best bet. Rainbow Warriors trailed with sz. 22-24 midges are the way to go in this clear water gem.
Urban South Platte
It’s Tyler’s favorite time of the year. Carp fishing time. Find that renegade all over the South Platte off of Santa Fe this time of year. From the football stadium to the reservoir, the carp are aplenty and looking to eat your bugs. On the coldest days, look to the head of runs and riffles where the carp will sit and ‘pout’. On warmer days like last week, keep an eye to the flats as well, they’ll spread out a little bit and soak in the sun. Spot fishing is doable before it gets wicked cold. Fish in teams and wrangle em together. Carp Bitters, Pats Rubber Legs, Headstands and Hybrid Worms are the cat’s meow for now. Eggs will get em too. Has anyone else seen the huge trout coming out of the S. Platte in town recently too (hint, hint)?
See ya at The Fly Fishing Show Jan 8-10th!

It’s time to nail down your 2024 fly fishing trip with Minturn Anglers.

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