Go Fish: A Perfect Day on the Roaring Fork

Swift, deep, and clear - the Roaring Fork River flows northwest through Aspen on its way from the Continental Divide to the Colorado River. Within that river, are all the trout you can reel in. Welcome to summertime fishing at Dancing Bear!

For Owners and guests at Dancing Bear Aspen's luxury fractional ownership resort, the Roaring Fork awaits, and so do the experts at Aspen Outfitting Company who want you to experience the thrill of fly fishing this summer.

It's as a perfect day, all for the taking. Whether you're an experienced angler or you've never once tied a fly, all you need to do is step outdoors and place yourself in the hands of these enthusiasts.

Fly Fishing for Everyone

"We provide all the necessary equipment," said Jarrod Hollinger, one of the experts at Aspen Outfitting. "Just dress for a hike. We provide the waders, the boots, rods, reels, line, and flies."

From there, the company's Certified Guide Program takes over -getting you into your equipment and out to the water- your destination is just a 15 to 20 minute ride to the Fryingpan, a 14-mile stretch of Gold Medal fishing, just below Ruedi Reservoir. Their fishing coaches are right there to help with whatever level of expertise you may, or may not, need.

Fly fishers are pulling mostly brown and rainbow trout this time of year, Hollinger said. And for the animal lovers in your family, it's good to note that the Roaring Fork is catch-and-release only, along the stretch you'll visit.

The Perfect Day (by Night!)

While a perfect day on the river may amount to a morning/early afternoon on the river's edge, Hollinger suggests something slightly different and unique... evening fishing.

Intrigued? Here's how it works.

After a late morning breakfast, a shopping excursion or spending a bit of the afternoon riding bikes, you and your guests meet in the lobby of Dancing Bear Aspen, right around 4 p.m., then walk over to Aspen Outfitting Company's shop in the St. Regis, and get your gear. You'll be driven out to the Roaring Fork, settling into a private spot, and then the action begins.

"It's a very nice of time of day to be out on the river," said Hollinger. "We get people out there by 4:00 or 5:30 and they fish right up 'til dark. That last hour can be fantastic. The fish feed pretty seriously then, and there are big fish- the kind not really out earlier in the day. And, of course, the light is beautiful."

Once you've conquered some trout, it's time to pack it in and tell some big fish stories over a glass of wine or a beer. Hollinger says that an ideal end-of-trip note is to slip into Jimmy's, just a few steps from your residence, and plunge into a juicy steak or burger.

Although, your perfect day doesn't end there. Finish it off right at Dancing Bear Aspen, spending some time in the hot tub under the stars, unwinding completely, and reflecting on a day very well-spent... your Roaring Fork River experience awaits!

To learn more about ownership opportunities at Dancing Bear Aspen, please contact us at 855.920.2510 (toll free in the US) or 970.920.2510 (direct) or via email at info@dancingbearaspen.com.