On the fly: the world is yours

Photo of Barkley Wedemeyer and a Fryingpan Rainbow Trout.
Courtesy of Justin Moore

Barkley by JM

If you visit the Roaring Fork Valley this week, excellent fishing opportunities await. Even if you’ve left all your gear at home or have never fished before, don’t despair – there are plenty of fly shops in the valley eager to help. Most shops offer rental equipment as well as guide services, and there are hundreds of miles of rivers to choose from, including high mountain lakes and smaller streams.

If you’ve never fly-fished in the Roaring Fork Valley, hiring a guide for your first outing makes perfect sense. The guides know these rivers like the back of their hand and will be able to find a water feature suited to your skill level and physical abilities. Most guided trips consist of deep (nymph) fishing in the morning and switching to dry flies when the river warms up and the sun rises a bit higher in the afternoon.

There are also options for shore and wading fishing or float fishing from a drift boat or raft. Wading is generally more suitable for beginners, and float fishing is a little faster. When fishing with guides, all of your gear is usually provided as well. If you drop by your local fly fishing shop they will be happy to let you know what they fish and where and how.

If you’re here doing a bit of tinkering, look for midges, pale morning duns, crane flies, blue-winged olives, and caddisflies in the frying pan. The Roaring Fork has a few drakes hatching in Aspen and the Carbondale Valley, and Colorado has fished fairly well with yellow sallies, caddies, and stoneflies. The high mountain lakes always offer terrific damselfish fishing throughout the summer.

Wherever you find yourself on our rivers, we hope you have fun and have the opportunity to stop and smell the roses!

This report is provided weekly by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at 970-927-4374 or TaylorCreek.com.

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