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What to Bring Fishing

If you’re hiring a professional guide, they’ll provide all your essential gear, from fishing poles to waders.  They will also provide details on what to bring on your fishing excursion, but you’ll definitely want to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray and a variety of layers of clothing for the changing mountain temperatures.

If you’re fishing without a guide, here’s a checklist of essentials you’ll need depending on if you’re fly-fishing or bait fishing:

  • A Colorado state fishing license (depending on your age)
  • A fishing rod and reel
  • 4- to 12-pound-test monofilament fishing line.
  • A package of fishing weights.
  • Fish hooks (Number 6–10 size)
  • A plastic or cork bobber
  • A selection of live bait or fishing lures
  • A selection of flies
  • Waterproof waders
  • Wading boots with felt or rubber-soled boots
  • A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray and a variety of layers of clothing for the changing mountain temperatures

Vail’s local fishing outfitters can supply you with much of the gear you need and provide recommendations on bait, flies and locations for the best fishing.

Fishing takes patience and a positive attitude!  Enjoy the sounds of nature as you explore Vail’s rivers and lakes with a rod and reel!

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