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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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Carbondale filmmaker heading home to the Potomac River for his next project

May 3, 2018 — Growing up just outside Washington, D.C., Michael CB Stevens had the mighty Potomac River right in his backyard. But, like so many of his neighbors, he never really embraced what he had. Now, with a greater understanding, the 25-year-old Carbondale-based filmmaker plans to return to

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On the Fly column: If you can’t row, you can’t go

April 29, 2018 — There is an adage here in the valley among the local fly fishers. If you can't row, you can't go. This refers to how we rotate around the boat while floating the Roaring Fork and Colorado, everyone getting a shot at the coveted front spot,

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Spring backcountry skiing and travel tips

April 26, 2018 — Just because the spring sun is shining doesn't mean it's open season in the Colorado backcountry. Need proof? Look to the past: In 2013, a massive avalanche let loose along the Sheep Creek drainage near Loveland Pass, trapping and killing five snowboarders under several hundred

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On the Fly column: The caddis hatches are coming

April 22, 2018 — The recent blue winged olive hatch has been the best in recent memory. Springtime weather has set it back here and there, but those in-the-know choose their days wisely. These grayish-olive mayflies blanket the water while the trout sip them in pools, tailouts, and sometimes,

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Permit system goes into effect Wednesday for overnight visitors to Conundrum Hot Springs

April 16, 2018 — An overnight camping permit reservation system goes into effect Wednesday for the popular Conundrum Hot Springs area. The system at http://www.Recreation.gov will be activated at 8 a.m., according to the U.S. Forest Service. Ranger stations will not issue permits. Details on how to reserve a

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On the Fly column: Whitefish a key indicator, and fun to snag, too

April 16, 2018 — Rocky Mountain Whitefish get a bad rap, and I'm not sure why. When the trout are in a bad mood, the whitefish can save your day. If you're not already catching them, look for these hard-pulling fish on the Colorado and lower-to-middle Roaring Fork as

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On the Fly column: Spring has sprung on area rivers

April 9, 2018 — The excruciating wait is over, fly fishers. After a winter of squinting at your midge box, you can start to think about spring bugs like blue winged olives and caddis. Down on the Colorado River, BWOs have been strong for a few weeks now, and

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On the Fly column: Be not afraid of off-colored water

April 2, 2018 — As we move into spring the most significant change we will begin to see is the changing of water clarity, especially on the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers. While water clarity certainly affects fishing conditions it sometimes is to the angler's advantage. While we are

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Hunting access on the Roan north of Rifle to be restricted

March 30, 2018 — Upon learning that popular hunting grounds for many locals may soon be fenced off by new property owners, Rifle resident Robert Winn started up the Roan Area Access Project. In a matter of weeks, he has received hundreds of responses from hunters around the country

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Construction begins on South Canyon bike trails network

March 17, 2018 — Construction has begun on three new single-track mountain biking trails in South Canyon as part of a joint project between the city of Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association (RFMBA). The city will improve or construct approximately 5.5 miles of trails for

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