Fly Fishing in Aspen & the Roaring Fork Valley
The Fork, the Pan—culinary implements or rivers? Both. Though, in the Roaring Fork Valley, they are the abridged names of two of the finest rivers in the US.
So, why fly fish in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley? Simply enough, some of the best fly fishing can be enjoyed here. That’s why area rivers, including the Roaring Fork and the Frying Pan River, earned the Gold Medal designation. The Gold Medal waters designation means that, per acre, there are 60 pounds of living organisms in the river, including big fish. Get on the river because there’s a lot of fishing waiting for you!
Roaring Fork River
Fish the Roaring Fork River just outside of downtown Aspen. The stretch of water near the old power plant building (former Aspen Art Museum) is perfect for an evening outing. First, enjoy a lovely meal at an Aspen restaurant. Then, head to the Roaring Fork River to see what’s biting. After catching a few trout, visit the nearby John Denver Memorial.
Frying Pan River
Located in Basalt, the Frying Pan River is known the world over for being a fly fishing hot spot. Hire a fly fishing guide who can take you to the best spots on this popular river.
Go on a fishing adventure on the Crystal River in Carbondale. The trout are known to be a bit smaller in the Crystal, but don’t let that stop you! On top of trout, see if you can hook a native mountain whitefish.
Fish the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, Rifle, or New Castle. As in other local rivers, you’ll find trout, but in the Colorado, you’ll also have the chance to lure flannelmouth sucker fish.
If you want to learn how to fly fish, the Roaring Fork Valley offers some of the best rivers and most picturesque settings in the world. And if you’re already a seasoned angler, you’ll have plenty of fun!