ELP Gold Leader - Vail Valley Anglers
Vail Valley Anglers
Member since 2017
Vail Valley Angler’s is the Colorado Rocky Mountain’s premiere fly fishing outfitter and guide service. Our business model at its core relies on the health of our environment and specifically our local rivers, streams and fisheries. We strive for the highest level of service in all that we do, including our environmental impact.
In early 2017, we achieved Actively Green Certification through Sustainable Travel International and the Walking Mountain Science Center in Edwards, CO. This program has helped us quantify our sustainable efforts and actively pursue reducing our impact. We call our sustainability initiative #FishFirst and use this title to spread our efforts among the fly fishing community and industry. In the last year we have made many changes to our infrastructure including LED retrofit, fully subsidizing our energy use with wind, installing high efficiency toilets, and much more.
The social equity piece of sustainable business practices is also very important to us -- this includes hosting events to benefit local charities (Trout Unlimited, Eagle River Water Shed Council), hosting free events with the focus on educating the local community, and participating in river and highway cleanups. Finally, we have started a new guided trip offering called Bike & Fish. This trip eliminates the need for a car as we utilize our community bike path to access the river and enjoy the art of fly fishing. These are just a few of our ongoing sustainable programs.