The anticipation of another great fishing season |

The anticipation of another great fishing season

Chris Suplee

This is a special time of year. The Fryingpan is offering up everyone’s chance to catch the biggest trout of their life, and guides that have spread all across the country (and the world) are starting the annual migration back to Basalt. We have guides arriving from Washington, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Florida, Christmas Island, Australia, and Mexico in anticipation of another great season.

Many folks are “concerned” about the flows on the Fryingpan, but those in the know realize this is our opportunity to stick some nice fish. Fish that don’t look like they’ve been caught six times since Sunday. The increase in flow pushes many big fish out of their hiding spots and helps spread the insects around the river. The sight fishing in the football field flats is as good as it ever gets right now!

This looks like it will be another epic fishing season here in the Roaring Fork Valley. Our snowpack was above average, it’s been a cool, slow-melting spring, and conditions should be perfect. We will be fishing green drakes by the end of June on the Colorado and lower Roaring Fork rivers, and before you know it the frenzied caddis, yellow sally and pale morning dun hatches that make this valley famous will be in full swing. The anticipation is killing me, but luckily time flies here in paradise.

I look forward to all the stories of the returning itinerant guides — these guys fish all over the world and usually have a few knee-slappers to share after offseason. (Just ask Tim the next time you see him about his trailer in Mexico.) The guide staff may be full of A personalities, but when it all boils down, we are a family, albeit a dysfunctional one. This year is going to be sweet!

This report is provided every week by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at 970-927-4374 or

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