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On the fly: Spring kickoff

Will Sands
Special to The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado

BASALT – Change is in the air and as winter tries to retain its grip, spring has surely been trying to sneak in. More and more familiar faces are strolling through local fly shops and, much like spring, fishing urges are resurfacing.

Recently all area waters have shed their icy covers from Aspen to Glenwood, and the bite is quite good. Spreading out and taking advantage of previously unfishable water is key right now; no need to tramp around on that same old winter water.

The upper Roaring Fork has been slowly beginning to wade fish more consistently over the past week and, at the opposite end, floating the lower stretches between Carbondale and Glenwood has been very good. The Fork has been and will be mostly a nymphing game; hatches here are just around the corner. More intense hatches are occurring on the Fryingpan daily, and anglers can find solid numbers of noses poking at midges from about noon on. Breezy afternoons have been the only factor precluding good dry-fly action right now. No doubt, if it’s breezy and the hatch is skewed, a couple pieces of shot and an indicator should surely result in hooking a few.

To assist and motivate your season, don’t miss out on the kickoff fishing party of the season. The fly-fishing film tour is coming to the Wheeler Opera House on Tuesday, March 15. With an amazing collection of films, including local filmmaker RA Beattie, this event will take you across the world and expound on much more than just catching fish. From environmental concerns to hilarious comedy and awe-inspiring cinematography, this event will get you fired up. Live emcee, door prizes, special offers and more – check out flyfishingfilmtour.com.

So if you need advice about how to shake off winter, stop by your local shop for a hint on what’s happening locally. If you are itching for a far-off destination, then there are some well-traveled anglers who can easily assist in planning that trip.