Fishing Runoff

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Summer is here and the Roaring Fork is roaring! The Roaring Fork is classified as a “Freestone” river, meaning that it contains no dams from its headwaters to its confluence with the Colorado River. As a result, water levels in the Fork and other Freestones are controlled by snow melt and precipitation alone. That means that in spring and early summer, snow melt produced by warm weather at high elevations causes a surge of water to course through our river systems in a process we call “runoff.” Runoff means high, fast moving water, and presents unique challenges to trout and anglers alike. But, as fishermen we can take advantage of the fast moving, murky water to fool trout with big flashy bugs and heavy tippet. If you haven’t fished high water, you’re missing out on an amazing and unique experience!

Fishing Mindfully: The Rainbow Trout Spawn

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Spring is here in Aspen, and the fishing has been fantastic! Spring is an amazing time of the year to chase trout on the Roaring Fork river. As the water warms, insects begin to hatch in greater numbers and the fishing heats up. However, fishing at this time of year requires a little extra attention – because spring is when the rainbow trout are spawning.

WE’RE HIRING: 2022 SEASON

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Aspen Outfitting Co. is hiring for the 2022 season! We are seeking hospitality driven candidates who love the outdoors; both seasoned guides and associates, but also candidates with a willingness to learn and grow. Positions include: Retail Manager, Retail Associates, and Fly Fishing Guides.

Clay Target Shooting in Aspen

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From the beginning, clay target shooting was designed to help hunters improve their wingshooting skills. But since its inception, the joy of breaking clays has spread across the world and grown into a sport in its own right. It is an accessible, year round activity for shooters of ALL ability levels (even first-timers!), and is one of our favorite activities … Read More

Valentine’s Day Special: Understanding the Angler You Love

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It’s Valentine’s Day! So it’s time to talk about what it’s like to be in a relationship with a die hard angler –or even a fishing guide! We’ll tell you that loving an angler is the best thing you can do because, well, we’re the most fun, best looking, incredible bunch around! However, we do have some tendencies that are hard to understand, and might be frustrating at times. Whether you fish or not, if you’re in a relationship with an avid angler (and especially a fishing guide), keep these things in mind. 

Entomology for Trout Fishermen Pt. 1: Midges

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When it comes right down to it, Fly Fishing is all about the bugs! Each trout stream has a unique array of insect life that cycles and changes on its own schedule. If you’re an angler that is comfortable with the fundamentals of casting, mending and getting a good drift, then geeking out about bugs is your next step. Read through our series of articles to learn about Stoneflies (Plecoptera), Mayflies (Ephemeroptera), Caddisflies (Trichoptera), and Midges (Chironomidae). We hope that you can take this knowledge and apply it on the river, because getting down to the nitty gritty of the variation within each species will help you find success out on the water.

Aspen Outfitting Gift Guide: Off The Water

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Still looking for great gifts for your family and friends? Worried that your online order won’t arrive in time for the holidays? Then come in and grab one of these beautifully crafted products and support our local, brick and mortar business! If you haven’t seen our “On the Water” gift guide for the angler in your life, go check it out! Not looking for someone who’s always on the water? Don’t worry, we’ve also put together a list of items that are perfect “Off the Water” gifts. Enjoy!

Aspen Outfitting Co’s Gift Guide: On the Water

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Snow is on the ground here in Aspen and the Holidays are just around the corner! If you’re looking for a gift for the special angler in your life, look no further. We know that if you’re not an avid angler it can be hard to pick the perfect gift, so we have put together a list of products that anyone who chases trout would be thrilled to find under the tree!