Carp Fly Fishing Trips

Guided Carp Fly Fishing Trips

Full Day Trip Rates:

  • One angler – $375
  • Two anglers – $475
  • Three anglers – $575

Half Day Trip Rates:

  • One angler – $295
  • Two anglers – $375
  • Three anglers – $475

Your Fly Fishing Trip Includes:

  • All gear and tackle including rods, reels, waders & boots, leaders, tippet, and flies.   This means you don’t get stuck with hidden charges (i.e. wader rental fees, flies purchased separately etc.)  Of course, you are welcome to bring and use any personal gear.
  • Lunch – freshly-made custom sandwiches and snacks
  • Hot chocolate or coffee, bottled water, Diet Coke®, cooler with ice

What to Bring:

  • Rain jacket and any layering pieces to adjust for changing mountain weather. (it can get cold)  Synthetics or wool are best underneath your waders and on your feet.  Drab or earth toned clothing preferred.
  • Polarized sunglasses (brown or amber lenses are preferable)
  • Brimmed hat to help with vision
  • Sunscreen (higher altitudes have more intense UV rays)
  • Any medications you require, or allergy EpiPen®
  • Any other drinks you desire, not mentioned above
  • Camera/mobile phone!  Because trips are “catch and release”, your photos are your trophies. We’ll happily shoot photos on our equipment if preferred.

Colorado Fishing Licenses:

  • Colorado fishing licenses are required for all anglers aged 16 or older.  These are not included in any trip costs, and must be purchased ahead of time.  Normally a one-day or five-day pass suffices, but the annual may make sense if you’re going to be fishing in the state (or with us!) again.
  • Purchase online at the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website
  • Purchase by calling toll-free 1-800-244-5613.  You will need a driver’s license and credit card for this method.  Upon completion, the agent will give you a code to write down (or record in your phone) and bring with you.  The code serves as you license for the day(s).  It’s easier than it sounds and can be done from anywhere.


  • Our guides will either meet you at a predetermined location, or we can arrange for pickup. Ask about pick-up and drop-off options at the time of booking. We’re more than happy to help get you to the fish from your downtown Denver hotel or other locations.


  • A 50% deposit of the guide fee is charged to hold your reservation
  • Private water fees are charged in full at the time of booking and are non-refundable
  • Payments can be made by Visa®, Mastercard®, American Express®, Discover®, PayPal®, or cash.
  • Balance of trip is charged upon completion
  • Click on the Pay Now button to pay 50% deposit
  • It is customary in the fly fishing industry to tip your guide on the day of the trip

Reservation & Cancellation Policy:

  • Trips cancelled outside of 30 days or due to adverse conditions will receive full refund of the deposit.
  • Trips cancelled inside of 30 days but outside of 7 days will forfeit the deposit, but the deposit can be applied towards another trip within one calendar year of the original date(s).
  • Any trip cancellation or date change within 7 days will forfeit the original deposit
  • We recommend getting travel insurance for unseen circumstances, weather issues getting to your trip, or while on your trip.   Travel insurance will cover all incurred costs at a minimal percentage of your total trip expenses.
  • No-shows will charged the full trip price.
  • At the discretion of the guide, the trip may be cancelled due to adverse conditions with a full refund given.

Waiver and Disclaimer:

  • Trips are conducted in all weather types, including rain, snow, wind, and cold.
  • Guided fly fishing carries inherent risks
  • A signed waiver must be completed by each angler in the group.  Waivers for minors must be signed by a parent or legal guardian only.


Guided Fly Fishing for Carp

The greater Denver metro area offers some of the finest carp fly fishing in the country!  Carp are a wary, intelligent fish and present the angler with unique challenges.  It takes patience, persistence, stealth, and skill to get them hooked up.  A guided carp fly fishing trip is a wise investment to help you successfully fish to them.  The reward?  Fish measured in POUNDS that have no trouble ripping into your backing!

The Denver South Platte (DSP)

The DSP offers some of the largest carp in the area, and some of the wisest.  Carp fly fishing has a dedicated local following, putting pressure on the fishery.  The extra element of river current adds to the challenge of fooling these fish.  But again patience, perseverance, and respect for the fish will pay off in time.

Fly angler standing on bridge piling waiting to cast to unsuspecting carp.
Perched on the Denver South Platte looking for carp!

The Denver South Platte is truly an urban fishery, cutting right through the heart of the city.  Parts of the river have undergone restoration, and work continues to bring back the resource.  Denver’s temperate winters don’t allow the river to freeze over, and the carp that inhabit it will feed throughout the year.  This allows for good growth rates and some BIG carp!

The South Platte through Denver, Colorado is also the competition grounds for the famous South Platte Pro-Am Carp Slam.  The tournament was started as a way of helping promote restoration, improvement, and usage of our local waterway.  Professional and amateur anglers get together at the end of each summer in randomly assigned two-man teams to stalk carp right through the city.  2016 marked the 10th anniversary of the tournament.  Our Chris Galvin has won the tournament FOUR times! (2015-2018)

It’s not well known that the South Platte through Denver is a year-round fishery for carp, smallmouth bass, and even trout.  In the cooler months, the best days are during a warming trend.   Give us a call, or quick email to inquire about current conditions.

Lakes and Reservoirs

Within an easy drive of downtown Denver, you can find an array of lakes and reservoirs holding large carp.  Stillwater carp season typically runs from mid-March into October.  Typically, we stalk the margin of the lakes looking for targets.  Ideally you’ll find happy carp tailing, already on the feed.  Other times, wading can be productive.  The guides know the area lakes and the best ways to approach them.

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Carp Fly Fishing

Turn up the degree of difficulty a few notches and chase the big boys from a stand up paddleboard!  Over the past few seasons, we’ve been exploring new areas for carp on the board.  The SUP allows you to access fish that would be difficult or impossible from shore or by wading, while still allowing for stealth and visibility.

Paddleboarding experience is helpful and recommended before taking on this trip.  To give you a better idea about this experience, check out this video series from Fly-Carpin.  His website features a myriad of articles, tips and videos to help you get started.


Galvin Guiding LLC is fully licensed, insured, and bonded.  Colorado Outfitter #3066.