Entomology for Trout Fishermen Pt. 1: Midges

Cian McGillicuddyFly Fishing, Winter Fly Fishing2 Comments

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.

Snowpack and Our Watershed

Cian McGillicuddyFly FishingLeave a Comment

After triple-digit accumulations of snow the last week of 2021, Aspen is a winter wonderland! Though we are just as excited as you are to be skiing fresh powder, we’re even more excited about what this snow means for our rivers. Having a healthy snowpack is incredibly important because snowmelt provides the cold, clean water that insects and fish need to survive during the spring and summer months.

Why Winter Fly Fishing Is Great in Aspen!

Jarrod HollingerWinter Fly FishingLeave a Comment

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

Jarrod HollingerFly FishingLeave a Comment

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