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On the fly: Seeking solitude

Kirk Webb
Special to The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – Working in a busy fly shop during the summer, I get to witness firsthand the amount of fishing traffic that comes in and out of our valley. It’s mind-boggling to say the least.

The majority of most anglers fish the easy access points along the Fryingpan and the Roaring Fork rivers. While these easy to find access areas provide good fishing opportunities for most persons, I generally try to escape the crowds and fish during less busy times of the day or I fish the less prime spots and make do with what is thrown at me.

Midday hatches of pale morning dun and green drake mayflies attract plenty of attention from anglers fishing on the Fryingpan River.

The hatches typically fade by 3 p.m. and, shortly thereafter, most fishermen retreat back to their families to eat dinner and call it a day while the guides head over to the bar to drink and tell stories. This scenario is just fine by me.

The evening hours offer not only more solitude but also cooler weather and plenty of rising fish.

This past week I fished with several out of town friends and ventured up the Fryingpan near Folkstad Springs (mile marker 10.5) during a busy Saturday. This area of the river consists of mostly pocket water and plunge pools and is generally quite shallow.

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For the casual angler, water like this doesn’t appear to hold many fish, but, upon closer inspection, is in fact chock-full of rainbow and brown trout. These lesser-fished areas of the popular river are prime for dry fly or dry/dropper fishing.

Often times, the biggest key to having a successful day on this river is to simply find fish that haven’t been fished over all day. Find those “less prime” areas of river and cover water continually looking for new and fresh fish.

Needless to say, we are fortunate to have such a quality fishery where one spot isn’t necessarily better than another.

There are lots of river out there, so don’t fret if someone is fishing in your secret spot. You very well might find a new spot that fishes just as good as or even better than your old favorite.

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