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!

Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch

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Mother’s day is here, and what an amazing day it is! We get to celebrate the women who gave us life, helped shape who we are and supply us with a never ending stream of love. But, as luck would have it, it’s also the namesake of the prolific “Mother’s Day Caddis” hatch on the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers.  … Read More

Streamer Fishing the Spring!

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Streamer fishing is always a blast, especially with warming spring weather! March, April and May are some of the best months of the year to throw streamers. Good fly selection, rigging and presentation will skew the odds in your favor and let you take advantage of this wonderful time of year. Let’s dive in!

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.

Why Winter Fly Fishing Is Great in Aspen!

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Winter is one of our favorite times of year to fly fish here on the Roaring Fork River!  Many people think of fly fishing as a warm weather affair, but the winter means less fishermen and more fish for those willing to get out there. Ski season isn’t quite in full swing — in fact it’s off to a pretty slow start this year — so the next few weeks are the perfect time to get out and discover the wonders of winter fly fishing. Snow-covered banks, icicles dripping with sunlight, and the dazzling flashes of a wild trout tugging on your line in clear cold water. It’s a magical experience, and once you try it, you may find yourself reaching for a fly rod instead of your skis!

Fall Fly Fishing on The Roaring Fork River

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Golden Leaves Fly Fishing

‘Change is hard, but for autumn anglers it is also good…” We saw the first snow of the season in our valley yesterday morning. The transition into fall is always bittersweet – but I find it especially hard to swallow when Mother Nature mixes in an unexpected dusting of winter so early. Wasn’t it just summer? The snow continued to … Read More