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Guided Trips

Arkansas River, Gunnison River, South Platte River and Private waters

ARKANSAS RIVER IN SALIDA / BUENA VISTA / LEADVILLE

The Arkansas River boasts 102 miles of Colorado’s Gold Medal designated trout water. With up to 5000 fish per mile, this fishery is all about numbers. The shop is in a prime location, a block of the river offering us quick access to great fishing opportunities. This year round fishery is a family friendly experience for anglers of any skill level. Beginners welcome! Enjoy learning to fly fish, or honing your technique while in the shadows of stunning 14,000 foot mountains. It has been said trout live in beautiful places, come and see some of our favorites!

Read more about the Arkansas River




WALK AND WADE

2 HOUR


1 ANGLER
$150

2 ANGLERS
$250

3 ANGLERS
$350

half day


1 ANGLER
$300

2 ANGLERS
$400

3 ANGLERS
$525

full day (mar - nov)


1 ANGLER
$425

2 ANGLERS
$525

3 ANGLERS
$650

FLOAT TRIP

half day


1 angler
$465

2 anglers
$515

full day


1 angler
$600

2 anglers
$675

*Cost of float trips does not include taxes and use fees

High Alpine Lake Adventures

Experience Colorado’s most unique and beautiful fly fishing adventures with our High Alpine Lake trips. The vast high country of the San Isabell National Forest offers some of the best alpine lake fly fishing opportunities in the state.  Whether traveling on foot or utilizing our 4×4 side by side vehicle, you’ll be sure to find some of the most pristine water the state has to offer.  Crystal clear water, high mountain peaks and hungry Cutthroat Trout are what dreams are made of.



Alpine Lakes

Full Day


1 angler
$575

2 anglers
$675

3 anglers
$775

**A 5.4% land use fee will be added to the trip cost.

Private Still Water in Salida

Our private water consists of four pristine ponds located 10 minutes from downtown Salida yet feel like a million miles away from it all. Treat yourself and your family to a day in a serene setting with the opportunity to catch gigantic trout with no crowds!

The ponds are are lush with trees and shade is abundant. There is a nice picnic table area to enjoy a break or lunch at.



Walk and Wade

Half Day


1 angler
$325

2 anglers
$450

3 anglers
$600

Included in private water pricing is a $25 per angler land use fee (rod fee)

Gunnison River

The Gunnison River sits about an hour west of Salida and is know for it’s world class fly fishing opportunities. We typically target the Gunnison in the fall when large numbers of Kokanee Salmon migrate upstream from Blue Mesa Reservoir to spawn. The Kokanee themselves are a great fighting sport fish and are a blast to catch on a fly rod. As the Kokanee start to spawn, the resident trout on the Gunnison will gorge themselves on the eggs of the spawning salmon. Targeting large trout feeding behind the Kokanee is the main goal for this fall fly fishing adventure.

Read more about the Gunnison River




walk and wade

full day


1 angler
$475

2 anglers
$575

SOUTH PLATTE RIVER

The South Platte River is located a little over an hours drive east of Salida. The ‘Dream Stream’ section in between Spinney and Eleven Mile Reservoirs is known for it’s large migratory trout entering the river from Eleven Mile Reservoir in the spring and fall. Large number of Kokanee Salmon also move into the river in the fall. As the Kokanee begin to spawn, sight fishing to large trout feeding on their eggs is the name of the game. This tail water is not an easy fishery by any means but can be extremely rewarding for the persistent angler.

Read more about the South Platte




walk and wade

full day


1 angler
$475

2 angler
$575



THE FINE PRINT:

At THE NEXT EDDY, the price of the trip includes use of rods, waders, flies, and all other terminal gear.

2 Hour and Half Day (4 Hour) trips include snacks and beverages.
Lunches are provided on all of our Full Day (8 Hours) trips. Participants 16 and older must possess a valid Colorado fishing license. Fishing licenses are available for purchase at the shop before departure or online.

With all wade trips on rivers, we operate with a max of a 3 to 1 ration of clients to guides, which is reflected in the pricing.

All float fishing trips on the Arkansas River are operated under ARKANSAS RIVER TOURS and operate at a max of 2 to 1 ratio of clients to guides.

For winter trips (December-February) no full day trips available.

Cancelation Policy:

50% of the trip pay is due 30 days out from the trip date.  Your deposit is fully refundable less processing fees until 7 days before your reservation date.  Cancellations within 7 days of your trip date will result in a loss of your deposit.  Cancellations within 24 hours of your trip date will result in the loss of your full payment.  As stated before, we fish rain, snow or shine.  We want you to have a great fishing experience.  If your guide feels there is reason to reschedule your trip due to conditions, they will let you know the afternoon before or morning of with no penalty to you.  Please let us know if there is an emergency that is the reason for a short cancellation notice of your trip.

The reason for our cancellation policy is to protect our guides’ time.  The loss of your deposit or trip pay is to provide a minimal amount of compensation for the guide(s) that was assigned to your trip. Our guides rely on this income in the summers and they were taken out of our rotation when they were assigned to your trip.

Guide Service in
Salida, CO


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meet the guides



Colin Medved

Colin has been fly fishing for 22 years and guiding for 16. …

Sam Ritter

Sam is as good at catching fish as he is at pouring…

Cameren Shinabery

Cameren grew up in Ohio & has been in Colorado over 25…

Chris Gerbig

From salt water to fresh, Chris can fish it all!  New to…

Sean Krayer


Mike Moravetz


Liam Baldrige


Tanner Barbeau


Sarah Briam

Sarah’s love for fly fishing started when she met Colin.  She was…