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On the fly: Ditch the bobber

Kirk Webb
Special to The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – Day in and day out, if you want to catch numbers of trout, then the easiest and preferred method is the multiple fly nymph rig. These flies are tied below an indicator (bobber) with ample weight placed above your flies to drive them to the river bottom, where hungry trout wait to engulf your offerings.

There’s nothing overly technical about this setup. Western trout guides rely on this technique seemingly 95 percent of the time, and for good reason: It’s downright effective. The downfall is that beginning anglers rarely get to learn about all the other wonderful nuances of fly fishing that made many of us fall in love with the sport in the first place.

Springtime yields more pleasant daytime temperatures, warmer water and extended daylight. These factors all contribute to seeing the year’s first hatches of mayflies, caddis flies and stoneflies. This is the big green light to the fish that spring is officially upon us and that fishing season is in full swing. With this in mind, I encourage fly anglers to get outside the comfort zone of the traditional nymph rig and devote their time to learning new techniques.

The dry fly fishing (fishing floating flies) is picking up each and every day. The ease of tying on a single or tandem dry fly setup to the end of your tippet is refreshing. Hunt the river looking for a hatch. Hunt the river looking for rising fish. And lastly, hunt the river like you’re a hunter. I often encourage people to sit on the bank of the river and simply watch and pay attention to their surroundings. I can promise you that you’ll come back rewarded with good fish-karma and perhaps some fish in your net. Enjoy the hunt. This is what fly fishing is all about. It’s not about catching the most fish or even the biggest fish. That will come in due time. It’s about coming back at the end of the day having learned something new and advancing your skills as a passionate fly fisher.