Fishing Program Rules & Regulations

Cordillera River/Pond Regulations

  • All fishing is with flies and single, barbless hooks, only.
  • No bait fishing is permitted on the ponds or river.
  • All caught fish must be released immediately.
  • A valid State of Colorado Fishing License is required to fish the river.
  • A one-time, fee-based orientation class is required for river fly fishing.
  • Reservations are required for river beats and made through VVA.
  • The duration of a beat reservation cannot exceed 4 hours of fishing time.
  • No more than two anglers are permitted in each river beat (one of whom must be a current Fly Fishing pass holder).
  • Ponds remain open daily as long as there is no ice.
  • A Fly Fishing pass holder can only book one beat per day.
  • Reservations are not required for fishing at the ponds.
  • The Club at Cordillera members who request fishing privileges must pay an annual $500 fee to access the Cordillera River Parcel. Checks are to be made out to Cordillera Property Owners Association. They must also complete the one-time orientation with Vail Valley Anglers. Upon completion they will be granted access to the Cordillera River Parcel.
  • During float fishing season on the Eagle River, VVA float guides are prohibited to anchor on CPOA property regardless of member affiliation or status unless they have a beat reserved.


The parking areas, identified by Cordillera signs, are on Red Canyon Road and the access trails are clearly marked. Immediately refer all trespassing issues to Cordillera Metro District Public Safety at 970-926-2335. It is mandatory to put your current year parking pass in your dashboard. If you are using a different vehicle please let VVA know before fishing, your pass is specific to your vehicle


Anglers are required to book reservations in advance with VVA. Please call 970-926-0900, stop by the shop or book online through the portal.

During the peak, season (June-September), VVA is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the offseason (September-May), VVA is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Before departure for a river outing, property owners can pick up passes, pick up rental equipment and find out what flies are working at Vail Valley Anglers located in the Riverwalk Center in Edwards, Colorado.

*Beats can be booked 10 days prior, any beats booked outside of 10 days will be canceled.

Fishing Reaches/Beats

  • River reaches/beats are designated #1 through #6.
  • Vail Valley Anglers will manage how many beats are open daily based on water temperature, water flow and fish health.
  • Peak season (June-September): Morning beats are open sunrise until 12 p.m. and afternoon beats are open at 3 p.m. – sundown.
  • Off season (September - May): To protect the health of the river, beats will be open from sunrise to sundown for only one booking per day.  The members have the ability to book a 4 hour time slot based on conditions.  Start and end times are to be communicated to VVA upon booking and fishing time CANNOT exceed four hours.
  • Vail Valley Anglers will close a beat based on high water temperatures or when water levels reach 1,000 CFS or higher.

Fishing Fees

  • Free for property owners and their family members (who have completed the one-time fee-based orientation).
  • $150 fee for up to two people is required for a one-time orientation with guide. Please call the Metro District to schedule the orientation.

Guide Fees

  • $200 fee for property owners or their family members, up to two people.
  • Includes approximately 3.5 hours of instruction, rod, reel, waders, boots, terminal tackle, flies and drinking water.
  • Vail Valley Anglers is the only permitted guide service to operate on the river parcel and ponds.


Required one-time $150 fee-based orientation with VVA guide must be completed before an angler can fish the CMD-owned river stretch on his/her own to learn safety, rules and regulations and proper fish-handling techniques. Family members over the age of 18 wanting to fish the CMD-owned river stretch on their own are also required to complete the one-time fee-based orientation with guide. Family members include: spouses, children, step children, grandchildren, step grandchildren, parents and stepparents.

Note: 2017 fishing pass holders who completed the orientation with the previous fishing outfitter are not required to re-take the orientation with VVA.

*Please email ( or drop of this filled out form to the administration staff.  Once the staff have approved your membership status, this form will be sent to VVA where they will then call you to schedule your orientation.

Bi-Weekly Fishing Update

VVA emails a bimonthly fishing update from May through September and once a month in the offseason on river issues, fishing conditions and upcoming programs. Weekly updated fishing conditions are also available at Be sure to visit for the latest fly fishing tips, tricks and techniques.