Fishing report: Nice day for a float |

Fishing report: Nice day for a float

Will Sands
Special to The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – With the milder weather the past few days and a nice mix of snow throughout the valley, we are blessed with a variety of activities from which to choose.

It’s always amazing to most visitors, who spend much of their time planning the day around mountain activities, to conceive of winter fly fishing. Many locals know they can sneak in a few great runs in the morning and spend a couple of hours catching trout in the afternoon.

Even at this time of year, local anglers and guides relish the opportunity to catch a midvalley 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. This week fishing opportunities abound throughout the valley, for both 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 comprise mainly midges, some baetis imitations and attractor patterns like copper johns, ice princes or glo-bugs, which are good lead patterns that can trigger strikes.

Stop by your local shop to hook up with a good guide or get the latest information on where to be with exactly the right flies.

Tis the season, so make sure you don’t forget to find that something special for the angler in your life.

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