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On the Fly column: Tough decision — ski or fish (or both)

January 21, 2019 — First World problems plague residents and visitors this week: ski or fish? My answer is a resounding both. After a bone-dry summer in 2018, we are all thankful for the deep snow this winter. As of now, we are sitting comfortably above 100 percent of

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‘Ride’ returns to Roaring Fork Valley this June

January 19, 2019 — The annual Denver Post Ride the Rockies Cycling Tour makes its way back to the Roaring Fork Valley for the first time since 2016 this year, with overnights in Snowmass Village and Carbondale. The Ride is entering its 34th year. According to an announcement made

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100 Club’s Hal Sundin of Glenwood recognized for helping to keep seniors active

January 18, 2019 — The co-founder of the seniors 100 Club, Hal Sundin, received a proclamation from Glenwood Springs City Council Thursday evening and a subsequent standing ovation. "Hal Sundin co-founded in 1990 the 100 Club, a social club whose aim was to enhance the health, lives and enjoyment

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AVSC’s Kate Oldham named to U18 team for Scando Cup

January 17, 2019 — As with most athletes, August Teague had a plan for Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club skier Kate Oldham. However, that plan has temporarily fallen apart, and in the best way possible. "She is one of the athletes where you sort of plan on a

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Carbondale hosts its first winter triathlon Saturday

January 17, 2019 — When Margaret Donnelly started working at the Carbondale Parks and Recreation Department three years ago, she had an idea. "It's been something I have been thinking about. … We finally have the time and a plan," said Donnelly, who works as health and wellness coordinator

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On the Fly column: Time flies when you’re tying flies

January 14, 2019 — I don't remember tying a single fly last summer. The warmer months become a blur when you fish hard, and some things, especially vise time, falls by the wayside. There is something instinctive in me that awakens when the flakes fly. Akin to spawning rituals

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On the Fly column: January’s low, clear water makes fish ‘spooky’

January 6, 2019 — January brings our lowest and clearest fishing water, and this can oftentimes cause trout to become more "spooky" than selective. Stealth and accuracy become quite important during low-flow months, as the fish can see and feel more than they will in the high water levels

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On The Fly column: Fly tying takes lots of practice

December 31, 2018 — Are you ready to start tying your own flies? Getting started doesn't have to be daunting, especially with the wealth of fly shops around here, the amazing books available, and the treasure troves of information on the internet these days. Hooking trout on something that

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Aspen meeting will explore history, future of backcountry ski hut system

December 7, 2018 — Established and aspiring backcountry hut enthusiasts in the Aspen area are being urged to attend a meeting Wednesday to learn about the history and the future of the regional system. The Alfred A. Braun Hut System and Mountain Rescue Aspen are hosting a panel discussion

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Mikaela Shiffrin elated, thoughtful following historic super-G win

December 4, 2018 — EAGLE-VAIL — When local ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin was growing up, she dreamed of winning every discipline in ski racing. After accomplishing that goal with a super-G win on Sunday, Shiffrin posted her thoughts on Monday, Dec. 3. "I definitely didn't expect for it to

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On the Fly column: Nymphing basics

November 26, 2018 — Our fall and early winter fishing season is in full swing. At no other time of year can such a multitude of fishing styles be effective on the water. Blue wing olive mayflies are still hatching, providing thrilling dry fly opportunities along with the year's

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On the Fly column: Slow down and pay attention

November 19, 2018 — Yesterday I spent all day on the same section of the Fryingpan. Usually I cover the river at a frenetic pace over the course of the day, catching a few here and there and moving on. But yesterday something dawned on me. It became most

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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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