Fly fishing for wild trout in the unspoiled waters of Western Colorado is surely one of life's greatest pleasures. The Aspen/Snowmass area, with the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers at its back door, is the center of the finest wild trout fishing in Western Colorado. Both rivers are designated as Gold Medal Rivers by the Colorado Department of Wildlife to signify outstanding trout fisheries.
The Roaring Fork River originates high in the Rockies near Independence Pass and flows through Aspen, emptying into the Colorado River. One of the best-kept secrets for many years is the great spring and summer insect hatches along the Roaring Fork, producing incredible dry fly fishing for months on end.
The Frying Pan River is a tail water fishery with controlled water release from Ruedi Reservoir, and is a thirty-minute drive from Aspen or Snowmass Village. The Frying Pan is well known by avid fly-fishermen across the country for its outstanding insect hatches and year round fishing. Spectacular vistas of mountains and canyons and sightings of mule deer, elk, and wild duck and geese are common experiences for anglers.
We provide waders, but we recommend you to wear long pants and wool socks. Hats or visors are highly recommended. Polarized sunglasses help to see the fish in the water.