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By Greg Rulon and Stacey K. Kelly | Agent in Snowmass Village, CO

Cast Your Line in Aspen and Snowmass Village

It’s not always drifting snow, skiing, snowboarding and powder here in Aspen and Snowmass Village. In fact, this year’s long, warm spring has turned many people in town toward their summer sport of choice a touch earlier than other years in recent memory.

This year the fly-fishing enthusiasts are the big winner after such a warm winter. Low run-off from the mountains allows fishermen and women to get in the rivers and lakes earlier to practice their sport without fear of high water and strong currents.

Unlike some summer sports, fly-fishing offers one the opportunity to truly get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get back to nature.  There is no more intimate way to connect with Nature than to pull on a pair of Gore-Tex waders and wade out into some of the most beautiful water one will ever see, much less experience. The Roaring Fork River and the Frying Pan River offer spectacular river views as well as some of the best trout fishing conditions in the country. Anglers far and wide are attracted to these waters. Smaller creeks like the Ivanhoe and Granite Creek are great fishing spots as well, particularly for those new to fly-fishing and looking to build confidence.

Typically, the water around Aspen and Snowmass Village is known for its brown and rainbow trout. Here trout is so healthy that size is measure not by inches as is common in other parts of the country, but rather in pounds.

For those new to the Aspen area, or new to the sport of fly-fishing, or both, a guided fly-fishing trip into the backcountry is a great way to see more of the area and to experience an entirely different aspect of the area. Particularly as Aspen and Snowmass Village have a great deal of private land, and special regulations, a fishing guide can ensure that you fish the best spots, with proper licenses, in complete compliance with the law. Additionally, their know-how, specified for this region, and the species present in the area makes catching that trophy fish easier than ever before.

The Aspen and Snowmass Village area is home to several gear shops and guided tour offices as well. Each company offers a wide variety in services and tours available. Everything from the family fishing trip, to group fishing to individual trips, one can fish part of the day, or all day. Some shops even offer overnight fishing opportunities as well.  For the diehard fly-fisherman or woman, there are even winter fly fishing trips. Not quite sure about wading in the rivers while fishing? Float trips are also available making it easier to stay warm and dry while trying out the sport.

After splashing around the rivers and lakes in Pitkin County, it will be easy to see why the lucky few cast their lines here. Find the perfect place to rest your fishing pole in a condo, home or investment property in the Aspen and Snowmass Village area. Click here to see a few of the homes available today!

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