Thanks to Taylor Creek
I am writing this letter to show our deepest gratitude to the gentlemen at Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt. I’m a teacher at Aspen High School and was the course leader for the Fly Fishing in the Valley Experiential Education course. The course was designed to provide a low-cost, stay-at-home option for students interested in learning to fly fish our local gold medal waters. After several meetings over the past few months, the course wrapped up with a week on the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan rivers.
The students and I would like to publicly thank Will, Kirk, Brandon, Josh, Jason, Cam, Taylor, Lincoln, and Mike from Taylor Creek. For the third year in a row, the shop loaned waders and fly rods to our group for the week – free of charge. The guides volunteered their services, including stopping by on their days off to work with the students. They instructed the students in proper casting, tying knots, and entomology.
Once we hit the river, they worked with each student on the overall skills needed to read the water, cross rivers at appropriate places, and safely catch, handle, and release the fish. We had a fantastic week, despite some rough weather and very cold hands. Even students brand-new to the sport caught and released multiple fish during the course of the week. This is great testament to the skills of the guides!
Again, we truly appreciate everything that the gentlemen at Taylor Creek did to help us. The kids had an incredible time, learned a great deal, and are excited to use their new-found skills in the future. I believe they have begun a life-long appreciation of the art of fly fishing.
Fly Fishing in the Valley Experiential Education
Aspen High School
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