Veteran angler reveals secrets to fall fishing in the Roaring Fork Valley
Credit: Dave Buchanon, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
October offers more choices than brilliant leaves, brisk mornings and big-game hunting.
The change of seasons affects fish and fishermen, making the former more aggressive (particularly the fall-spawning brown and brook trout), which in turn makes the latter more aggressive, particularly when chasing the large trout stocking up on winter calories.
The Roaring Fork Valley, which for our purposes includes the Roaring Fork, Fryingpan, Crystal and Colorado rivers, offers an angler several opportunities for midfall fishing.
The broad-shouldered brown trout in the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers are eager to slash at a colorful streamer, while the gin-clear water of the Fryingpan demands tying on some 6x tippet and lofting size 20 Blue-winged Olives for the selective browns and rainbow trout.
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