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Fly Fishing Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you guarantee that I will catch fish?

    No. While it is unusual not to catch fish on your trip, it happens. All of our guides take it very seriously to meet your expectations and catch fish. However, we also emphasize to all of our guides the importance of education of fly fishing and hope that at the very least you will leave with an understanding of the sport.

  • Can I keep some fish?

    No. All of our private waters mandate a strict catch and release policy. In addition, a large part of our public waters are mandated catch and release, flies and lures only. If your goal is to catch and keep a few, some of our high country trips in USFS allow for keeping fish.

  • Do I need a license if I am fishing private water?

    Yes. The Colorado Division of Wildlife requires that you have a fishing license when fishing any river in the state (public or private).

  • I own a home here, can I get a resident license?

    The Colorado Division of Wildlife requires you to have a valid CO drivers license and to have lived in the state for 6 months.

  • What happens if it rains or it snows?

    The shop reserves the right to cancel the trip in the event of dangerous weather or conditions.

  • Can we fish unguided on private water?

    No. Our insurance policy requires a medically trained guide to be present on every trip. In addition, most of our land owners request no unguided fishing on their property.

  • What do I need to bring?

    While you are welcome to bring your own fishing gear, we supply all fishing gear on our guided trips (waders, boots, rods, reels, terminal tackle and flies). Please bring a hat, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, adequate clothing, a camera and cash for gratuities.

  • What should I wear?

    It is always better to have more than less. In the summer it is good to have a long sleeve light weight SPF fishing shirt, rain jacket, light weight fleece and light weight wool hiking socks. In the winter it is important to layer up like you would if you were going skiing. Heavy wool socks, long johns and fleece pants are very helpful.

  • Can you pick us up and drop us off?

    Yes. We offer door-to-door service in the Steamboat area on all fishing trips.

  • When are my kids old enough to start fly fishing?

    A good rule of thumb is that they can start casting and handling a fly fishing rod about the age of 8 or 9.

  • Where should we park when we come down for check-ins?

    There is ample parallel parking available one block north of Lincoln Ave on Oak street.

  • What if I have never fly fished?

    Don't be intimidated, we love beginners. Our experienced and friendly staff is enthusiastic to share their love and knowledge of the sport with newcomers!

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