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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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Maroon Bells bus service starts June 9 from Aspen Highlands

May 31, 2018 — Bus service to the Maroon Bells Scenic Area will gear up June 9 for its 40th season, according to the U.S. Forest Service. "That's 40 years of reducing traffic congestion, carbon emissions and other impacts in the environment by limiting car trips," the agency said

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On the Fly column: Good time to fish the high country lakes

May 28, 2018 — Anglers take advantage of the multitude of high country lakes in our backyard for all of the best reasons. Freestones like the Crystal, Roaring Fork and the Colorado rivers are in runoff mode, so this is your opportunity to see what all the fuss is

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On the Fly column: Love and tarpon on the Yucatan Peninsula

May 20, 2018 — With the freestone rivers running brown, many anglers start thinking blue. For some, casting a fly into the salty unknown is as good as it gets. Whether that be walking flats in search of bonefish, chasing the elusive tailing permit, or casting into the maze

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White River National Forest campgrounds now open for the season

May 19, 2018 — Many White River National Forest campgrounds are opening for the season this weekend, which means more people in the woods interacting with each other and with wildlife. "The Forest Service would like to remind visitors to be responsible when visiting the forest by demonstrating camping

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Australian climbs 7 peaks in 7 continents in record time

May 14, 2018 — KATHMANDU, Nepal — An Australian mountaineer scaled Mount Everest on Monday, completing his quest to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents in record time, an expedition organizer said. Australian climber Steve Plain scaled Everest 117 days after beginning his mission in Antarctica. Iswari

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On the Fly column: The renowned and downplayed Mother’s Day hatch

May 13, 2018 — Rising rivers offer unique challenges to the angler as well as the trout, but you can take advantage of the conditions and turn them to your favor. Sure, there will be days you have to choose your battles out there, but these conditions can make

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On The Fly column: Fishing during spring cleaning

May 6, 2018 — As we start to see runoff conditions here in the Roaring Fork Valley, it is time to change up our fishing game with adjustments to ensure success. True runoff will not be here for another week or two, but if you've been out there fishing

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