World Class Fly Fishing
Anglers flock to Basalt, where two notable trout streams provide challenging rainbow, brook and brown trout fishing year round. The Fryingpan River, particularly the section below the Ruedi Reservoir dam, produces trout as heavy as 10 pounds. Significant elevation changes in the course of the Roaring Fork River create the rapids that give the river its name.
All our surrounding fly fishing rivers fish very well all year long, with very little pressure in any of the rivers.
Fly Fishing All Year Long
WINTER - Winter months often account for some of the year’s best fly fishing with the majority of big fish caught during this time. Crowds are at their lowest offering more fish per angler and daily midge hatches.
SPRING - Spring is punctuated by the year’s first hatches of Blue Wing Olive and Caddis flies. The trout move from the deep glides and pools of winter to the riffles and pocket water to feed more openly for longer periods of time.
SUMMER - Summer delivers prolific insect hatches including the Green Drake mayfly from late June through September. Dry fly fishing is common during the afternoons and evenings while summer float trips yield exciting and fast paced nymph and dry/dropper fishing.
FALL - Fall is when the crowds of summer are long gone and the fish begin to prowl with a heightened level of activity. Glorious mountain weather and big fish are hallmarks during autumn months. If there is a season that is favored by the many of the local fishing guides, it would be the fall.
Basalt’s Gold Medal Waters
Frying Pan River
One of the world’s most renowned tailwater fisheries, the Frying Pan River is located in Basalt, is known for its ease of wading, year-round hatches and trout that often exceed ten pounds.
Roaring Fork River
With over sixty miles of fishable water, the Roaring Fork River offers anglers superb wade and float fishing opportunities from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. This freestone gem offers everything from classic dry fly slicks to pocket water and everything in between.
Just a short 20 minute drive from Basalt, The Colorado is often the river the guides fish on their off-days as no other river offers more mystery and magic than the Colorado. This river is often wade fished though truly fishes best by float fishing. Strong, hard fighting fish including exotic species call the Colorado River home.
Local Fly Fishing Guides
Looking of for a local Fly Fishing Guide to show you around Basalt’s Gold Medal Waters?
Try these Guides: