On the Fly: Buddies go fly-fishing | AspenTimes.com

On the Fly: Buddies go fly-fishing

Heather Hicks and Chris Palasz
Contributed report
Aspen CO, Colorado

ASPEN ” Sunday morning marked the third annual Buddy Program fly-fishing float trip down the Roaring Fork River. Eager Buddies, fishing rods, floating boats and hungry fish met blue skies, white cotton clouds, plenty of sunshine and beautifully colored leaves.

For the majority of the happy crew of kids and adults that gathered on this picturesque day, this would be their first time out on the water to fly-fish. According to some philosophers, fishing is more than just a sport ” it’s a communing of sorts with the outdoors and with yourself, your inner core. Several comments from Big Buddies stood out from the day:

“My Little Buddy Sophia did not stop catching fish,” bragged Adelaide Waters. “She must have caught 10 fish along the way before take-out.”

Sophia then caught another four fish as they were about to come ashore midway through the day for lunch. As she kept on hooking fish ” mainly white and brown rainbow trout ” her guide continued doing laps down the river.

“She’s a natural,” Ry, her fly-fishing guide, said of Sophia’s performance.

“I just watched her over and over again and supported her,” Adelaide added. “I was so proud.”

Another Big Buddy, Bruce Gordon, said the same about his Little Buddy, T.J.: “I’m so happy that T.J. got to try this out and that he’s learned so much more in a day than I have in my entire life about this sport. It was neat to witness, and I’m proud of him.”

Both Big Buddies and fly-fishing guides gave positive reinforcement to the kids throughout the day. It’s no surprise then that the Little Buddies tallied up the most fish caught at the day’s end.

However, at the take-out point, the smiles that decorated the faces of Big and Little Buddies alike proved that the day was equally enjoyed by all.

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