Colorado fly fishing in the Aspen/Snowmass area offers the Gold Medal waters of the Roaring Fork River and the Frying Pan River. The headwaters of the Roaring Fork River begin above Aspen, at the base of Independence Pass. This river makes its way north through Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale, joining the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs. Just minutes from the Timberline Condominiums, the ‘Fork’, as its known to locals, is a healthy river ecosystem, supporting a variety of insect life that keep fish well-fed year round. Rainbows, browns, cutthroats, and the mountain whitefish make up the fishery. Both wade fishing and float fishing are popular on the Roaring Fork.
The Frying Pan River, joining the Roaring Fork in Basalt, is a world famous tail-water fishery, known for its consistent hatches and clever fish. The Ruedi Resevoir dam control ensures consistent water temperatures and allows for ice-free fishing in the winter. A rare freshwater shrimp inhabits Ruedi Reservoir and provides extra protein for the fish near the dam as water (and shrimp) are released. The fishing rewards the persistent angler with stronger and more colorful trout.
Fly fishing near Aspen/Snowmass is possible year-round, but it is most popular in before the high water run-off in April and May and after the run-off from July to October. Popular dry flies include caddis, green drakes, PMDs and BWOs. Nymphs include stoneflies, pheasant tails, caddis pupa, micro-mayflies, and midge.
Take advantage of the world class fly fishing opportunities within minutes of the Timberline Condominiums. Our staff is happy to get you connected with an outfitter at Blazing Adventures.