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On the Fly column: An incredible time of year for fishing

November 12, 2018 — Every year I'm surprised at how incredible the fishing is here in the Roaring Fork Valley during fall. This goes for the Colorado and Fryingpan rivers, and everything in between. The shorter periods of light touching the water and the dip in water and air

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On the Fly column: In fall, fishing is magic and so is nature

October 31, 2018 — Ask the local angler their favorite season to fish, and most will sing songs of autumn's splendor. Summer crowds have come and gone, but one thing has stayed consistent, and that's the fishing. With minimal crowds, one can go back to fishing their favorite locations

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Woman fished 52 rivers in a year, encourages others

October 26, 2018 — DURANGO — Shelley Walchak fell in love with fly fishing like a teenage girl falls in love with a boy. She was about 59 at the time, so older than a teenager, but the draw was similar. The woods and the water became her church,

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On the Fly column: Casting for Recovery Colorado crew comes to the Roaring Fork Valley

October 22, 2018 — Last weekend brought the Casting for Recovery Colorado crew to the Roaring Fork Valley for its third annual fly fishing retreat at the historic Redstone Inn. The chapter is led by Colorado Western Slope Program Coordinator Marlene Collins, and it provides a healing and informational

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On The Fly column: The cure for fading waders

October 15, 2018 — Are your waders letting more water in than they are keeping out? All waders, regardless of the brand, will eventually leak. With all of the thistles, thorns and brush we encounter in a day's fishing, it isn't a question of if your waders will get

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On The Fly column: Success is greater when the fish are calm

October 5, 2018 — After watching a TV program the other night about the hard-wired survival responses and instincts in animals, it seemed to me that this especially applies to fly fishing. Fear keeps us alive. When food isn't right, our noses let us know to avoid it. When

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On the Fly column: The one that got away (or not)

October 1, 2018 — Every once in a while we get lucky out there. Especially when fishing alone. There's a few fish I'm sure most of you have caught over your lifetimes that will stick with you forever, mentally. Inevitably this happens when there is no one to document

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On The Fly column: Learning lessons about protecting streams

September 24, 2018 — As another fishing season begins to wind down in the Roaring Fork Valley, there is a lot to process. This summer was trying for just about everyone and every fish, especially those swimming in the lower Fork and Colorado. Drought conditions brought people together with

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On the Fly column: Fish are rhythmic, anglers shouldn’t be

September 17, 2018 — Fish can be quite rhythmic, and so can fly casters. If you grew up hunting, you were probably taught how to stalk, how to sneak. This translates to our fishing, or at least it should. I remember my Dad teaching me to walk softly through

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On The Fly column: Fish like a local

September 10, 2018 — Tim Heng recently crystallized the simple answer we fly shop guys have for perplexed anglers fishing the Fryingpan for the first time, or the hundredth, and struggling. "You can't just show up here unprepared and expect these fish to treat you like a local." What

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Unique Colorado trout saved from stream polluted by wildfire

September 7, 2018 — DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A unique type of trout thought to be extinct has been rescued from southwestern Colorado streams where ash from a wildfire threatened their survival, state officials said. Nearly 60 Colorado River cutthroat trout were taken to a hatchery in Durango where

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On the Fly column: You may never wade again

August 28, 2018 — If you are a lifelong wade angler, your first foray on a drift boat will have you questioning everything you thought you knew about the sport. Here are a few tips to ensure success and help you feel a little bit less like a fish

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Area wildfires may impact hunters in big game season

August 24, 2018 — With archery season for elk, deer and other big game starting Saturday in Colorado, local hunters may be heading out as early as this weekend. And, while wildfires in the area are close to contained, some favorite hunting spots may be affected by closures. While

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On the Fly column: Wild fish, random weather

August 12, 2018 — Working behind the counter of a fly shop is very similar to tending bar or being a relationship counselor, when you boil it down. A fly fisher has many relationships outside of the human realm. Relationships exist between fish and fishers, and anglers can reach

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On the Fly column: Water improving in the Roaring Fork River

August 6, 2018 — While much of the Rocky Mountain west is dealing with low water, the Roaring Fork Valley is seeing some significant improvements this week. We are blessed to enjoy the Fryingpan tailwater, which has been raised this week to a clean and ever-cold 200 cubic feet

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On the Fly column: There’s no place like home

July 31, 2018 — Besides hiking, golf, cycling, kayaking and all the other distractions this valley has to offer, fly fishing can be a very relaxing way to spend your day. Even if you've never fished the Roaring Fork Valley, there are a bunch of great places to explore

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On the Fly column: Check your ego at the river

July 22, 2018 — The art of fly fishing can really mess with your self-esteem. One day you are pretty impressed with yourself, and the next you seemingly can't function on the water. I had a dose of this just last week, after a blissful twilight green drake hatch

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On the Fly column: Fishing is hot in the colder water upvalley

July 16, 2018 — This has been a challenging (yet inspiring) week here in the Roaring Fork Valley as fire crews, law enforcement, pilots, EMS, CPW agents and the community have come together to overcome the first phase of the Lake Christine Fire. It's upsetting to see so many

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On the Fly column: Trout are under no obligation to make sense

June 18, 2018 — I read somewhere recently that the universe is under no obligation to make sense to us. This is doubly true when applied to trout fishing, don't you think? In the course of a busy day in the fly shop, fly fishers from around the world

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On the Fly column: The 30-inch rainbow trout

June 5, 2018 — Rumors of a recently spotted 30-inch rainbow inspired us to head up the Fryingpan last week. I was sitting on Scott's porch up at my Granddad Wally's ranch, both of us enjoying the spring air fragrant with the scent of fresh lilac. The night was

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