By L.S. Burns
This Father’s Day, forget the boring tie or tired golf shirt and get dad something he’d really enjoy — a fly fishing adventure.
Minturn Anglers, with locations in Parker and the Vail Valley, is offering a Father’s Day special that’s sure to please pop. Enjoy a walk and wade fly-fishing trip for two people on the Eagle River for the price of one ($440, single-day fishing license and guide gratuity not included). Purchase the special through the third week of June and redeem anytime through October. Everything is provided for the day, including all fishing gear and waders. Dad can apply what he learns from an experienced guide to his own fishing adventures.
“We love to guide trips; guiding trips is our number one thing,” said Dave Budniakiewicz, the manager of the Parker location. “We take anyone out — from the absolute beginner to the most advanced.”
If a guided trip is out of your budget, the store has plenty of other options sure to make dad grin.
The store carries a large selection of Patagonia clothing and apparel from Simms, including waders, boots, packs and fishing clothing. Bamboo shirts have been really popular, according to Budniakiewicz. Made by Free Fly, the shirts are super soft and comfortable, and as a bonus, they’re antibacterial (which means they won’t retain any unpleasant smells), have UV protection, wick moisture and help regulate body temperature. There are more than 10 colors to choose from; the long sleeve shirt is $59.95 or the hoody is $69.95.
There are plenty of cool accessories to choose from as well. Consider getting dad a selection of flies, or some new Simms nippers. There are also flasks from Montana Fly Company, Fishpond toiletry kits, iPhone covers with artistic fish patterns and high end, polarized sunglasses from Smith and Costa Del Mar.
Or if dad is looking to get into tying his own flies, you could buy him a gift certificate for either a group or one-on-one fly tying class, offered November through March. The classes cover the essentials of fly tying and helps attendees build the skills needed to successfully tie flies.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.minturnanglers.com or call 720-851-4665.