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No Snow? Let’s fish

By Will Sands for the Aspen Times

While I am sure most locals and visitors are dreaming of dropping into their favorite powder stashes and an epic mountain opener, there are still plenty of fishheads out there taking advantage of some excellent fishing right now.

When the snow starts flying, many people find it hard to wrap their head around the idea that fly fishing is still even possible. It is just not an activity that is traditionally thought of during the winter months.

More and more anglers each year are learning just how good winter fishing out west can be.

That being said, more and more anglers each year are learning just how good winter fishing is. Thus, for the non-skier visiting the valley with their ski bum friends, or to take a day off and rest some weary ski legs, winter fly fishing certainly is an option.

At this time of the season, bright warm winter days can produce excellent midge hatches on the Fryingpan and floating the Roaring Fork can be a memorable way to enjoy a day. With snow throughout the valley the rivers take on a whole different appearance. With a few good layers and the right flies, you might forget for a few hours that the winter ski season is beginning, that you are just downvalley of the legendary ski town of Aspen and instead fishing the world-famous rivers of the Roaring Fork Valley during ski season!

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