Fly fishing can be done at any time of year. New to fly fishing? Let us give you some guidelines! You’ll have so much fun that the time will simply fly by!

Visitors to the Roaring Fork Valley are learning that fly fishing is a year-round sport!

A unique way of catching fish, fly fishing involves a fly rod, reel, and a weighted line. The most important part of fly fishing is having the right fly. These can be made (which takes a lot of patience) or purchased to resemble flies that will lure the fish.

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Never fly fished before? Don’t worry — there’s rental equipment available at most fly shops. It’s a good idea to hire a wade or float-fishing guide because it will make your experience much better. If you’re a fly fisher, make sure to bring your rods and waders and ask the locals for some recommendations to have a fun time on the water. In the winter, the insect hatches are basic so you’ll have a successful day.  

You may notice that the majority sections of the rivers from Aspen to Glenwood Springs remain fishable as long as there’s sunlight! One of the best places to fly fish is the Fryingpan River in Basalt.

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According to Taylor Creek Fly Shops, flies of note are midges, blue-winged olive nymphs, egg patterns, and small streamers that represent other juvenile fish. Grab a guide and a pair of hand warmers! There’s nothing stopping you from catching a trout and having a fun day in the Roaring Fork Valley!

Are you ready to give fly fishing a try? Do you have a favorite place for winter fly fishing? Please let us know in the comments below!

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