Booking a guide trip is an amazing way to learn about unfamiliar waters. Knowing what to expect from a guided trip with GEAR Colorado Fly Fishing will provide a maximum benefit to both you and your guide. Here is the Fly Fishing Guide Trip 101. This should answer most of your questions.
1. Do you want to catch only trophy size fish or is the Tug the Drug and size doesn’t matter?
2. If you are doing a trip with someone who has less experience than you, do you want the focus to be on making them better anglers?
3. Did you book your guide trip to catch fish? Maybe you want to learn additional techniques to add to your fly fishing experience?
These are questions you need to ask yourself before booking a trip with GEAR Colorado Fly Fishing. Having answered these questions will provide our guides with the keys to providing you with an exceptional trip. We have a passion for teaching people to fly fish and up their game.
Fish are wild animals, thus they do not behave the way humans want them to behave. Everyone has days where nothing appears to work. The best consolation that an angler can get is the chance to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the companionship of other anglers.
A guided trip will consist of either a 4 hour (1/2 Day Trip) or a 6 hour (1 Day Trip).
For the 4 hour trip (1/2 Day Trip), GEAR Colorado Fly Fishing will provide water and light snacks. For trips of 6 hours (1 Day Trip), water, a light snack, and lunch are provided by our staff.
GEAR Colorado Fly Fishing has partnered with a number of premium equipment brands. These partnerships allow us to furnish clients with all the necessary fly fishing equipment. We will provide waders, wading boots, rods and reels, and flies at no additional charge.
Every angler on a guided trip is required to have a valid Colorado Fishing License. Licenses can be purchased at many local fly shops, the Wal-Mart sports department. You can also purchase a license online from the Colorado Division of Wildlife site.
The staff has a dedication to making fly fishing work for you! We expect you to come with an open mind and a burning desire to learn the subtle art of fly fishing. Clients with more experience are welcome with open arms! Because of this the guides of GEAR Colorado Fly Fishing will take you even deeper into the fly fishing world.
Colorado Fishing License: The State of Colorado requires that all anglers 16 and older have a valid state issued fishing license on them at all times. Anglers who need to buy a 1-day, 5-day, or annual license can visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife website and purchase their license. The guide for any trip will verify that all anglers have a valid fishing license before a trip or class starts. Please notify the guide in advance if you do not have a valid fishing license at that start of your trip.
Sunglasses: GEAR Colorado Fly Fishing requires all clients have sunglasses as they are considered safety gear. We suggest polarized lenses, allowing the angler to see into the water.
Personal Medication: Clients who are on medications that need to be taken during a guided trip are required to carry these with them. Please notify your guide of any and all medical conditions or medications that might affect your ability to walk over uneven terrain or affect you equilibrium in any way. Clients who require an EPI-Pen for severe allergies, GEAR Colorado Fly Fishing requires that they provide a personal EPI-Pen.
Rain Gear: Colorado weather can be fickle to say the least. It may be sunny on minute and raining the next or the exact opposite.
Sunscreen: Because of Colorado’s higher altitude GEAR Colorado Fly Fishing suggests a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 35. Of course, the higher the better. Our staff carries sunscreen in their First Aid kit.
A Brimmed Hat: All clients need either a baseball hat or wide brimmed hat. A hat protects the client from sun and misdirected fly rod casts. Our guides prefer a brim with a dark bottom to reduce the effects of glare off the water.
Snacks/Water:GEAR Colorado Fly Fishing will provide snacks and water for both 1/2 Day and Full Day trips. Clients are free to bring personal snacks if they wish. We ask that clients with food allergies provide their own food. If a client has a water bladder drinking system they are welcome to bring those as well.
Extra Clothes:Dry, warm clothes are suggested in the unlikely, but possible unintentional dunking.
Warm Socks: Waders are waterproof so a client’s feet will not get wet. Rivers are still chilly, thus keeping your feet warm makes for a much better day. GEAR Colorado Fly Fishing suggests a sock made of wool or wool blend. One of our favorite brands is Darn Tough of Vermont.
A Small Backpack: A personal backpack is great to have to carry the above items. It is also an awesome way to carry additional items i.e. cameras.
We thank you for your attention to the GEAR Colorado Fly Fishing Client Gear List. Hopefully this list will make your trip planning that much easier in advance of your scheduled trip.
Tips can be given to guides as cash or added to the total charge applied to a credit card. The going rate for a tip is 20% of the total trip fee. If you feel you received more than you expected from your guide, additional amounts are welcome.
If you do not feel that you got what you wanted out your guided trip, please let us know so that we can resolve any issues.
Regulatory Information Section 12-55.5-105(I)(c) and 1(d), C.R.S. requires outfitters to be bonded and requires and outfitter to possess a minimum level of liability insurance. GEAR Colorado Fly Fishing, LLC is insured through Capitol Indemnity Corporation and bonded with Western Surety Company. Proof of insurance and bond is available upon request [Oral or Written]. The activities of outfitters are regulated by the Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Outfitter # OUT.003240