Until next winter arrives it's the off season in Vail - and while most of us who live here ski or ride the snow when it's available, we think the warmer months are the best time of the year to be in the valley. 

We enjoy fly fishing and camping during the summer as well as travel to a variety of destinations.  There are a number of descriptions and videos about them below. 

  Click here To see current weather conditions.  and you can view the ski area's web cams - or those located in the town to see how the village and the mountain look during the summer months.  If you're headed back next ski season try reading our winter guide.  

Travel with us to a number of world wide salt water fly fishing destinations

January, 2024 was supposed to be a new place - Astove Island, but it turned out to be a return to our favorite - Alphonse April's trip to North Caicos Island was interesting, but a complete fishing dud.

2023 began with another shot at bones and tarpon on St. George's Caye in Belize.  In March we repeated at Rancho Leonero in Mexico - lousy fishing though.  May brought us again to St. George's Caye for some indifferent fishing due to windy conditions.   In October I again traveled to Alphonse Island.

It was back to the Maldives in January. 2022 with a new twist - a motor yacht fishing trip In April we revisited Punta Pescadero Resort in Mexico.  The sixth trip in a row to Alphonse Island in September.

2021 started well with a January visit to Atmosphere Kanifushi Resort in the Maldives.  A return to St. Georges Caye in April was less successful. 

June's trip to Cocoa Plum was also a mixed bag I made another good, albeit solo trip to Alphonse in October, 2021

  In 2020  after a week in January's trip to Kiritimati (Christmas Island), the C19 virus shut us down until the fall when we traveled to Punta Pescadero in Mexico in September and Rancho Leonero of Mexico in November.


 2019 started out with a lousy lodging, but interesting fishing trip to Christmas Island in the South Pacific

In March we headed back to St. George's Caye for some decent tarpon hooking.  April took us to San Salvador Island in the Bahamas.

June brought us again to St. Georges where the tarpon fishing was even better than in the spring.  In July it was back to Kamalame

2018 began with a January trip to Swain's Cay in the Bahamas followed by Hopkins Bay in Belize in March, and St. Georges again in April.

 More fishing - Kamalame again in July of 2018.  In August of that year Rancho Leonero in Mexico.  It was Alphonse again in September.   Last outing for that year was again at St. Georges Caye.

June of 2017's first trip was to Kamalame Cay in the Bahamas followed by a September week back again at Alphonse Island.

March 2016 was the start of our many years of fishing destinations, first to El Pescador in Belize followed by a second visit to Belize in September to Banyon Bay. In early October our first visit to what's become our favorite destination - Alphonse Island in the Seychelles.


Details related to our favorite activity of fly fishing are available at a fishing log that's updated regularly.

In July, 2023, I had some amazing fishing on a new piece of water that has to be left under wraps for a while - aptly described as "No Name Creek".


 We hope you'll respect the mountain environment, and please practice catch and release on these streams.

Planning on fishing the Eagle River? View our Google map guide or the original access page (both need updating) and a hatch chart for this popular local stream. 

A weekly statewide fishing report is provided during the summer months, and you can get an up to the minute forecast of weather conditions.  Explore a page of some successful local fly patterns.

Traveling through the area you might enjoy trying some of these personal favorite and mildly offbeat dining spots.  Check flow rates on all Colorado streams on a real time basis.

Here's a short video of an August, 2020 trip to Flaming Gorge Reservoir for some smallmouth bass fishing.  It was nominally successful

How about some (non fishing) international travel destination trip details with videos?
If you've ever thought about visiting Turkey, here's the 2011 trip to that country The dollar/lira ratio in 2023 makes Turkey a bargain to check out.

Or maybe Spain? 
This was a 2012 fall visit.  

A different path was the trek to Croatia in 2013.

We were adrift at sea in 2014 on the way to Polynesia.

For 2015 the fall trip was to Dubai and Mauritius - both very interesting .

Bucket list stuff - W Hotel in Barcelona and Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi - July 2017.

In May, 2018, we visited Lisbon, and then hiked part of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago.

A different kind of trip was our cruise on the Danube aboard an Ama Waterways river ship in May of 2022.


Orv Petersen
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