On the fly: find your magic


A local brown trout. Kara Moore / Courtesy Photo

Fly fishing serves different people in different ways. For many, going out on the river and immersing yourself in nature is all one needs, using the time as a meditation and landing a fish is just a bonus. Others are addicted to the tugboat and will travel for miles for a chance to get tangled with a trophy fish. It’s hard to deny that fly fishing holds magic, but where it is seen it differs from person to person.

Descending the Roaring Fork as the sun slowly descends beneath the mountains as our famous green drakes pour out of the river is nirvana for some. Other fishermen might say that floating is a bit too fast and prefer the beauty of what they find while wading; enjoy the calm, the sound of the river and listen to the wildlife singing its sweet song through the seasons.

Some anglers might find our local rivers in the summer a bit too crowded for their liking and resort to their feet to go the extra mile, where they can find heaven in the high countries. Catching trophy fish is not a concern for those seeking magic above the treeline. Throwing hoppers into crystal-clear streams or pristine mountain lakes for greedy cutthroat and brook trout can be as good as it gets. Winter dry fly fishing on the crowd-free frying pan is also a draw for many.

In the end, fly fishing is little more than fishing. For all of us who live in the Roaring Fork Valley, we are doubly blessed by the amount of public land and water that we can explore throughout the year. For example, we have the opportunity to ski our world famous mountains in the morning and fish in the gold medal waters in the afternoon, let’s just say we are so lucky. Don’t you agree?

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

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