On the Fly: Think warm thoughts
On the Fly
Colder temps are around the bend, but don’t let brisk mornings deter you from getting out on the river.
There are a few tips to keeping warm and staying out longer on the water. Most anglers despise fishing with gloves, but some days they are a requirement. We suggest always bringing two pairs; you never know when you might slip and put your hand into the numbing water.
Along with gloves, a small towel also is very beneficial. After landing a fish, always take your gloves off — for the safety of the fish, but this also steers you away from getting your gloves wet. The towel comes into play after releasing the fish for drying off your hands before putting your gloves back on. A wet glove can be a frozen glove in a matter of minutes.
If you’re one to fish all year long, do yourself a favor and buy a box of hand and toe warmers; you can never can have too many. Nothing beats getting those fingers and toes back to life with a steamy hand warmer. Putting a few in your boots, waders and jacket can make a world of difference on the coldest of days. Also, try not to stand still for too long, keep wiggling your toes and moving around often to keep the blood flowing, and even getting out of the river every once in a while will do you some good.
When that dreadful day comes when your line guides on your rod begin to freeze, take your time “popping” out the ice — when you rush it can end up in a broken rod. Late fall and early winter fishing can be some of the best days you’ll always remember, as big fish seem to show up in runs you have fished all summer when the temps begin to drop.
Get out, stay warm and create some memories!
This column is provided by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at 970-927-4374.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
The steep Jail Trail that leads into downtown Aspen is getting a better grade to address safety concerns and make it easier for people to use.