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Guided Fly Fishing FAQ

Colorado Fishing – What to know

Is the guide or guide service licensed, bonded, and insured in Colorado?

All of RIGS’ guides are professionally certified with all of the necessary license and permit requirements. Be aware of guides conducting “rogue trips” or persons holding themselves out as guides. Without the proper Colorado fishing license and permits, they are not covered under the outfitter’s insurance and license. This practice is illegal in Colorado.

What are some of the additional costs of a trip?

At RIGS, flies are included in the Fly Fishing trip price. However, waders, boots, rods, reels, private water fees and fishing licenses are not included. Please ask our reservations staff if you have any questions regarding this. And, of course, guide gratuity is always appreciated.

What is the appropriate tip for a fly fishing guide?

Although tipping is a personal decision and the guides appreciate any and all gratuity, the industry standard is 20% of the total trip price.

Know What to Bring and Wear

Listed below are some basic essentials for your guided fishing trip. Please note: you can purchase or rent any of these items at our fly shop upon arrival. Sun is the enemy, so dress appropriately with long sleeve synthetics (SPF shirts, pants and gloves recommended) + sunscreen. Keep clothing light and comfortable. Bring a bottle of water and a snack on 1/2 Day trips; full-day trips include lunch & beverages. Fly Fishing Essentials: Rod & Reel – 3 to 6 weight rod/reel/line. (Rod preferences are subject to current water levels, hatches and locations. Please inquire.) Waders and Boots- (if you would like to rent these, please contact us several days prior to the trip so we can reserve you rentals.) Leaders- (3x to 6x) Tippet- (guides will provide this, but it is nice to have- (3x to 6x).

What We Provide

Flies are included on all Guided Fly Fishing Trips.
Terminal Tackle (including: tippet, indicators, floatant, etc.)
Riverside Deli Lunch included on all Full-Day Trips
*Fly Rod & Reel and Wader & Boot Rentals are available separately.

Remember That You’re in Colorado

If you’re coming from a different part of the country, or the world, you may not be used to Colorado’s elevation, dry weather and abundant sunshine. Make sure to keep yourself hydrated during your entire stay in Colorado, limit your alcohol intake, ease your way into strenuous activities, and be sure to pack sunscreen, a hat, and lip balm.

What Is Your Reservation/ Cancellation Policy?

In the event of a cancellation within 48 hours of your trip departure, 100% of the balance will be charged and is considered non-refundable, (90 days out for Gunnison River trips.)* The cancellation of any reservation prior to 48 hours will forfeit a standard cancellation penalty of $15 per person.
RIGS is not responsible for any cancellations or modifications of tours due to weather condition, road hazards, vehicle breakdowns, or other unforeseen conditions that may hinder the ability for the tour to take place as scheduled. We reserve the right to cancel or modify any trip due to circumstances beyond our control. Clients will have the option to reschedule during the current season based on trip availability.
*All trips depart as scheduled regardless of weather conditions.

Any additional items needed can be purchased prior to your trip at our Full Service Fly Shop. All rivers located within a one hour of Telluride, Ouray and Montrose Colorado. Directions to Fly Shop. All major airlines service Montrose Regional Airport, located 30 minutes from our Fly Shop. Shuttle Services are also offered for personal vehicle transport on Lower Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge / Black Canyon) trips. To help you plan your trip, we offer some great links to our Preferred Lodging Partners and Regional Information for Ouray, Telluride & Montrose Colorado.

Hunting & Fishing Licenses are available at RIGS Fly Shop. However, we encourage you to Purchase Fishing & Hunting Licenses Online prior to your trip to save time and hassle!