‘Aprés-ski’ fly-fishing in the valley
On The Fly
Our valley attracts certain types of people.
People who are far more obsessed with their passions than about what they “do” for a living.
Luckily, many of us get the rare chance to combine the two, which most folks in the “keeping-up-with-the-Joneses” lifestyle never get to realize.
I actually get paid to teach and talk about my fly-fishing passion, which makes me and those I work with very lucky people.
At this point in my life, I’d rather spend a day on the Fryingpan tailwater than hit the slopes, but many of the fishing guides I work with are also experts on the mountain and augment their income by patrolling, instructing or working in tune shops.
This valley truly has the best of both (fishing and skiing) worlds.
The icing on the cake is that we have ample opportunities in the winter to enjoy both endeavors in the same day.
In the fall we enjoy “cast and blast” days, which are fishing and waterfowling or upland bird hunting combined.
In winter, these become “backcountry and back eddies” days.
Many unique fishing spots are literally a few minutes from the bases of our mountains, and it is quite easy to get a few casts in after an epic powder day.
Or the other way around!
If you are river-bound after getting off the mountain this winter, the fly selection is much more simplified compared to complex hatch summer days.
Midges and egg patterns are almost all you need to hook a few fish, and don’t forget the mysis shrimp flies if you are heading to the upper reaches of the Fryingpan.
Give your favorite fly shop or guide a call if you can spare a little time over the holidays, they will appreciate it and so will you.
— 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 taylorcreek.com.
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Born in New Castle, Alice McKennis Duran learned to ski at 2 at Sunlight Mountain with her father and older sister, Kendra. She also had a brief stint training with the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club prior to joining the national team.