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Fishing report: Downvalley day trip

Kirk Webb
Special to The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – With such an abundance of water here in the Roaring Fork Valley, it always amazes me that I can still find new sections of river that I’ve yet to fish.

Just this past Monday, I met up with another one of our guides, Jason Peltack, to do some fishing. Typically at this time of year, the Fryingpan River yields the most consistent fishing, as its water temperature is slightly warmer than surrounding rivers. To be honest, we were both a little burned out on fishing the Fryingpan, as we’ve been spending the majority of our free time fishing this renowned tail-water. It was time for a change of pace.

The weather has been so pleasantly warm that we decided to bask in the warmth by heading downvalley and fishing the Colorado River below Glenwood Springs. I explained to Jason that, while we won’t catch massive numbers of fish, we will have a shot or two at some big fish. Jason, despite being a valley trout bum, has never spent much time investigating the Colorado. “Why drive to the Colorado when the Fryingpan and the Roaring Fork are right here in our own back yards?” he asked rhetorically.

After rigging up and tying on egg patterns with midge emerger droppers we promptly began sticking fish. Despite my infinite wisdom as an “industry professional,” we proceeded to catch fish after fish after fish, with not one of them over 12 inches. I knew there were larger fish in the area, we just couldn’t find them. This was exactly the opposite of what was supposed to happen.

After an hour of netting small fish after small fish, I made the executive decision to pack up and try a new spot. I kept my confidence level high and yarded a fat, healthy rainbow on my first drift that sky-rocketed to the surface and shook my hook free. Jason hopped in behind me as I was re-rigging and hooked a 5-pound rainbow that screamed upriver and leapt on the surface numerous times. After landing the beast I told Jason, “Welcome to our version of steelheading in the Roaring Fork Valley.”