On The Fly: Mild winter temps lead to hot action on river
On The Fly
With the mix of milder weather the past few days and a nice mix of snow throughout the valley, we are blessed with a variety of activities to choose from.
It’s always amazing to most visitors that spend much of their time planning the day around mountain activities to even think about winter fly fishing. Many locals know they can sneak in a few great runs in the morning and spend a couple hours catching trout in the afternoon. Even at this time of year, local anglers and guides relish the opportunity to catch a mid-valley day approaching 40 degrees or better and then float-fish local rivers. Floating on a balmy winter day is an experience not soon forgotten.
Snow in the forecast is often a sign of great floating and also just good all-around fishing conditions to come. Snow and overcast evenings act as an insulator and maintain warmer nightly temperatures much more so than bright, cold nights. These warmer nights keep our local river temperatures stable and ideal for a day of angling opportunities.
This week, fishing opportunities abound throughout the valley equally for wading or floating.
Anglers headed out this week should be focused on fishing the slower, deeper pools wherever they decide to wet a line. Fly selection should be comprised mainly of midges, some baetis imitations and attractors patterns like copper johns, ice princes or glo-bugs are good lead patterns that can trigger strikes.
Stop by your local shop to hook up with a good guide or get the latest info on where to be with exactly the right flies. Tis’ the season, so make sure you do not overlook finding that something special for the angler in your life.
This column is provided weekly by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at http://www.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.