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Vail Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing GuidesWe are the only Orvis Endorsed Outfitter and Guide Service in the Vail Valley.

Our guides are held to the highest standards in the industry and are required to complete a rigorous training program designed by FFO for the Orvis Company. Every client that fishes with us is surveyed by Orvis to ensure our guides meet the high standard of excellence and superb service that Orvis demands.  As of  2013 our guide staff has amassed 250 plus years guiding experience on our local waters!  No one can say that.  Our float staff is second to none.  Our experienced guides is what brings our clients back year after year.  It's because of the guides that FFO has been awarded the Orvis Outfitter of the Year TWICE on our 21 year history!  We encourage our all our clients to post reviews of our guide/shop staff on  Please click on the link below to see some of our latest reviews.

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                     Below are a few of our most recent reviews by fellow anglers

Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The Best Darned Guide for the Seasoned Angler,
June 20, 2013
from Maryland and Beaver Creek
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"For a guide seasoned fly fishermen are the hardest to guide, and for a seasoned angler a good guide is hard to find. Most guides treat guding as a job, and they should. So it's an 8 hour day, from a respectable starting hour to a respectable end, and a quick slog through the water in the intervening time. But the best fishing is normally spread out over different parts of the day, depending on seasons and hatches and the weather, and the seasoned angler knows that.
Also, under most water conditions there is normally a way to find the feeding fish and catch them and the seasoned angler knows this as does a good guide, but it can often be hard on the guide.
And sometimes, particularly when drifting, you get one shot at a spot, and the guide must get you to the right spot, at the right time for that one shot. That fish, that comes from the tough spot where you know there has to be one, is always the icing on the cake, but it takes a special guide who can gauge the angler and the water and get it all just right, every time.
And often the seasoned angler knows as much or more about fish behavior and bugs and flies and patterns, and the good guide knows his water, and the combination is just the thing. So a really good guide and a seasoned angler make a great team, as long as the two are willing to listen to each other. Too many guides don't.
And a great guide is more than just a guide, he's you companion for the day.
And that guide, the one who can handle a seasoned angler is a rare find.
I have been fly fishing for over 50 years. I have fished with guides on 3 continents. I have done my own share of guiding. And the best darned fly fishing guide I have ever come across, anywhere, is Kevin Wildgen at Fly Fishing Outfitters."

Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great introduction,
August 7, 2013
from Avon, CO, USA
"Attended 2 day school with Jeff and others from Flyfishing Outfitters. Great way to get introduced to fly fishing. Unusually large class but they over-stocked with additional insturctors so there was plenty of personal instruction. Instructors are really passionate about fly fishing. When they are not teaching or 'guiding' they are out fly fishing. Great job guys. We're 'hooked'!!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes

Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great instruction and instructor,
August 5, 2013
from Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
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5 / 5
5 / 5
"I really enjoyed the 2-day Orvis course in Edwards, CO. The instructor (Jeff Lyons) was extremely patient, friendly, and knowledgable. The course is tailored to accommodate all experience levels and learning the proper technique makes me want to get out there and cast more often! Big thanks to Jeff and Drew."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes

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