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New DVD a guide to local fishing

Janet Urquhart
Aspen, CO Colorado

Anglers in need of a guide to fishing in the Roaring Fork Valley can now pop one into their DVD player.

Seattle-based filmmaker Eric Rafoth has produced “Fly Fishing 411,” capturing five fishing guides as they work sections of the Roaring Fork and Fryingpan rivers in a 27-minute instructional DVD that is now available through amazon.com.

Independently produced by Rafoth’s Houseboat Films, the DVD taps into the knowledge of the guides. It’s sort of a primer on fishing the two rivers, particularly for newcomers who may not know what to expect, according to Rafoth.

“We followed five professional guides and asked them how they approach the different sections of these two rivers,” he explained.

An avid angler himself, Rafoth grew up fishing his home waters in the Casades with friends, including Scott Dickson, now a Denver-based fishing guide. The DVD features Dickson and four guides with Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt ” Mike Thomas, John Hansen, Gifford Maytham and Brandon Soucie. It’s shot in what Rafoth calls “sort of a documentary style.” He questions the guides on their techniques as they fish.

Rafoth spent five days last spring filming each of them, a day at a time, on various segments of the rivers. He also spent one day with his flyrod, rather than his camera, in hand. It was his first fishing trip to the valley.

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“I had no idea how beautiful it was,” Rafoth said. He tried to capture the splendor of the surroundings in the DVD as well, he said.

For a visitor, a trip to a new river means either doing one’s homework or hiring a local guide. “Fly Fishing 411” (the 411 is a reference to dialing directory assistance for information) should give anglers an idea of where and how to catch trout in the Fork and the Fryingpan, Rafoth said.

It sells for $14.95.