Forget the powder day and go fishing! |

Forget the powder day and go fishing!

Will Sands
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

While I am sure most locals and visitors are dreaming of dropping into their favorite powder stashes and an epic mountain opening day, there are still plenty of fishheads out there taking advantage of some excellent fishing right now.

When the snow starts flying, many people find it hard to wrap their head around the idea that fly fishing is still even possible.

It is just not an activity that is traditionally thought of during the winter months.

That being said, more and more anglers each year are learning just how good winter fishing is.

Thus, for the non-skier visiting the valley with their ski bum friends or to take a day off and rest some weary ski legs, winter fly fishing certainly is an option.

At this time of the season, bright, warm winter days can produce excellent midge hatches on the Fryingpan and floating the Roaring Fork can be a memorable way to enjoy a day.

With snow throughout the valley, the rivers take on a whole different appearance.

With a few good layers, and the right flies, you might forget for a few hours that the winter ski season is beginning – or that you are just downvalley from the legendary ski town of Aspen – and could be instead fishing the world famous rivers of the Roaring Fork Valley during ski season!

Anglers concentrating their efforts on the Fryingpan this week should expect good midge hatches midday, coupled with blue wing olives (BWOs).

Dry-fly fishing has been quite consistent from noon to 3 or 4 p.m.

Before, after or during hatch periods, nymph fishing will be very solid.

Tiny flies, 20-24, are necessary right now and light leaders and tippets from 6X to 7X are a must on the “Pan”.

Roaring Fork anglers have the option to wade or float the river right now.

Both approaches have been productive.

Nymph fishing will be most productive, with limited or no dry-fly fishing on the “Fork.” Concentrate on the deeper runs and pools where fish will be congregating.

Try hiring a local guide if you are new to the valley or drop in a local shop for information on the hot flies this week and public access points if you prefer to do it yourself.

Happy Thanksgiving!

– 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

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