Of the four major rivers within the Roaring Fork Valley, the Colorado River is perhaps the most overlooked by anglers.
The river's large size intimidates many wading anglers, and spending a day rock hopping along its cobbled boulders is surely not for the weak.
Anglers must be proficient at slinging heavily weighted nymph rigs, be able to make stealthy casts with small midge dry flies, and have the ability to properly fight and subdue the often times large and aggressive fish.
The reward of wading the river is that it allows you methodically cover each given area in more detail.
Dry fly fishing is more effective on foot than in a boat in most situations.
For anglers less adept at fly fishing, don't fret; you still have the option to float this renowned river, which serves as the lifeblood of the West.
Float fishing guides keep their anglers at a set distance from the bank, allowing for quick, short, precise casts that even rank beginners can easily handle.
Another advantage to floating the river is that you obviously don't face the treacherous walk along boulder gardens on the riverbank.
On colder days, it's awfully nice to be sitting in the warmth of a drift boat with a cup of hot soup, compared to shivering in knee deep water, waiting on the next riser to make its presence known.
In a nutshell, you can't go wrong either way.
Younger and more adventurous anglers will relish in stalking risers on foot, while floating anglers can cover water and whack the daylights out of fish by nymphing the frothy seams and deep pools.
Have an arsenal of midges of various sizes, colors and stages of life.
Additionally, egg, stonefly and BWO nymphs will also fish very well.
One of the best ways to kick off the spring fishing season is by hitting up the Fly Fishing Film Tour in Aspen on March 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House.
A myriad films on subjects from trout to tarpon, comedy to documentary and more will be showcased.
Get ready for lots of hooting and hollering from the audience as emotions feverishly run high during this endorphin filled film tour.
- This report is provided every week by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at (970) 927-4374 or taylorcreek.com.