Valentine’s Day Gifts | Winter Fishing Reports | Guide Schools in May

Valentine’s Day Gifts | Winter Fishing Reports | Guide Schools in May




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

41808-Buy One Get One FREE Private Ranch 3/4 Day Wade Trip
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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 for the price of one! This is a $335 DISCOUNT so jump on this while the water is ice 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!   

Vail Valley Fishing Reports 
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Minturn Anglers guide Gavin with his better half Lisa in Idaho this week


Eagle River
The warm weather has been a wonderful reprieve from the cold and snow. With great weather in the forecast moving forward, there is no better time to be up here than now – especially this weekend! We’ve been on the water almost daily these past few days and for good reasons… the fish are eating dries! Bring some midge patterns, some light technical leaders and your patience and you’ll surely have a great time. There’s more public water opening up daily and our private water (and private water special) is providing for some double digit days. Come on up, the water’s warm! Need a guide? We got em >>>
Roaring Fork River


Plan on wading these days because the boat ramps are mostly covered in snow and shuttles are hard to come by. No worries though, there are plenty of fish to be caught on foot. Focus your efforts on the lower sections where the temps are warmer for your best chance at catching fish. Small nymphs are the ticket with BWO, PMD and Midge imitations being your go to. Lead your itty bittys off with an egg or stonefly or drake pattern and you are all set! Oh Winter fishing…


Blue River
It’s cold everywhere, go to where the open water is! The tailwater stretch in town is still fishing quite well when you hit it during the heat of the day. Weekdays are best but get out whenever you can regardless of crowds. There’s enough water and enough fish for everyone. Smaller flies are the ticket but always have a mysis in some fashion on your rig. Walk the banks slowly and from a distance if you can. Fish can be found right off the bank in the slower water waiting for a delicious midge to meet their face.Otherwise, focus your efforts around structure – in front of or behind rocks ideally. Lighter tippet is a must, shoot for tungsten headed flies (Poison Tung) instead of using split shot if you need to get your flies down quick. These big fish will eat a size 26 fly so warm up your fingers and tie on an itty bitty!

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!  

Guide School is Around The Corner – Float or Wade 
41808-Guide School is Around The Corner – Float or Wade
Photo by Bob Streb


It’s Not Too Early To Think About Your Summer (or Year Round) Career
The fly fishing industry here in the great state of Colorado can be quite competitive. In order to get a job guiding these days, additional education is required to ensure that a guide-to-be knows all the in’s and out’s of providing exceptional experiences on stream.
If guiding fly fishing trips in Colorado is your next career move, get it jump started with the Guide Schools offered by Minturn Anglers. We offer week long instruction for both Wade and Float guides and hire out of our guide schools or help those who take our guide school get placed at a shop or outfitter.
Click here to learn more about becoming a guide with a Guide School from Minturn Anglers


Valentine’s Day Gift? We got em!

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Fly Fishing For That Certain Someone
Forget the chocolates, don’t bother with the flowers. This year think outside the box and gift him or her with what they really want – fly fishing! 
Whether it’s a Fly Fishing School, a guided fly fishing trip, a new pack or bag or some fly fishing clothes Minturn Anglers has you covered. Spend the day on the water with your better half this year and surprise that special someone with a new rod or reel. Can’t decide on one thing or another? You can never go wrong with a gift certificate!
Call the shop today to reserve your trip or hold your gift – 
970-827-9500 – Minturn
720-851-4665 – Parker (near Denver)
Front Range Fishing Reports

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How about this beautiful weather? It’s been a blast heading down to Deckers with fish eating some bigger flies and not having to have to bundle up to the nines. Though there are more people fishing thanks to football over and the wonderful weather, the fish continue to eat though you need to cover ground as the fish are quite spread out right now. Best flies for our MA boys right now are Pheasant Tails #12-14, Pats Rubber Legs in Black, Pink and Purple Squirmy Worms and JuJu Baetis in all colors in smaller sizes… especially red
The crowds are missing and the fishing is really good! Though the lake run fish have made the trek back to the stillwater, resident rainbows and browns from 14-18″ remain and are eating like it’s going out of style. There’s plenty of open water so don’t be afraid to chuck some leeches and slow roll em back to ya. Worms are also fishing extremely well also.

11 Mile Canyon

This place sucks… unless you like throwing dry flies in the Winter. All kidding aside, 11 Mile Canyon is a great place to fish right now. Afternoon risers are not uncommon in the areas that receive the most sunlight. Longer leaders tapered down to 6x with small BWOs and Midges will bring fish to the surface. If they are snubbin’ your patterns, put on some emergers, put on a stick-on indicator and fish emergers weightless in the film. The tugs will follow suit.
Carp fishing is going well these days though we prefer the colder weather for carping. With the warmer temps, the fish’s metabolism is jumping and the fish are spreading out. Now is the beginning of sight fishing which is always a treat this far from Summer. Your typical carp flies continue to produce – 20 Inchers, Headstands, Carp Bitters and Flossy Worms
Start Thinking Summer Trips!

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

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