Until next winter arrives it's the off season in the Vail Valley - and while most of us who live here ski or ride the snow, we also think this "warmer" period is the greatest time of the year. 

As the trout image might suggest, our primary focus is on fly fishing when the snow is gone.

If you're headed back this way next ski season be sure to read our winter guide.  It has some helpful links, not only about Vail but with some visitation reports of other ski resorts too.

There's extensive ski area information in the winter months including a daily snow report , slope grooming, "What's Open Today", and a skier's exercise program

Off Ski Season Travelogues!

If you've ever thought about visiting Turkey, here's the detail of a 2011 trip to that country.

Or maybe Spain?  This was a 2012 fall visit.

How about off the beaten path 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.

Now for some fishing trips.

March 2016 to El Pescador in Belize followed up by a second visit there in September to Banyon Bay

Best so far - Alphonse Island Resort in the Seychelles in October 2016, again in October 2017, in September, 2018,  October, 2019, and October, 2021.

June of 2017's trip was to Kamalame Cay in the Bahamas.

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.

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

2019 started out with an interesting trip to Christmas Island in the South Pacific.  Lousy lodging but fun fishing.  Another trip there in January, 2020.

In March, 2019 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 Caye Resort where the tarpon fishing was even better than in the spring.  In July it was back to Kamalame Caye again.

In 2020 the C19 virus shut us down until the fall when we finally went to Punta Pescadero in Mexico in September and Rancho Leonero in November.

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.  In October it was back to Alphonse Island.


Other details related to our favorite activity of fly fishing are available including a daily log that's updated twelve months a year.

For different fishing from what we have in Colorado, how about some fly casting in the Maldives?


We hope you'll respect the mountain environment, and please practice catch and release on these streams - particularly since many trout populations are still in decline because of whirling disease.

Planning on fishing the Eagle River? View our Google map guide or the original access page (it needs updating) and 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.

For a cam view of Vail Mountain in the summer click here.  In the absence of the resort's mountain cams due to the Covid issue, here are some views from the Town of Vail web site.

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



Orv Petersen
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