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The Roaring Fork Watershed: A Fly Fishing Paradise

Colorado’s Roaring Fork River is aptly named, as the sound of rushing water is ever present along its beautiful 70 mile descent from the crest of the Rocky Mountains to it’s confluence with the Colorado River.  As the water tumbles down it’s course, the many rapids inject oxygen into the cool water, creating the perfect conditions for trout and the many aquatic insects they ingest.  Such conditions combined with beautiful settings and a course that runs directly through Aspen makes the Roaring Fork a fly fisherman’s paradise.
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aspen fly fishing 81611aspen fly fishing 81611The Fork, as the local’s call it, provides a variety of fishing opportunities depending upon the time of year.  In winter, low, clear waters and abundant midge hatches provide anglers with an opportunity to escape the skiing for a quiet and challenging fishing experience that can be surprising productive.  Spring brings high water, and fishing high up Independence pass and the many high alpine tributaries allows anglers to revel in the beauty of the Rockies while pursuing mountain trout in beaver ponds and small stream conditions.  As the waters recede and the Summer days lengthen, anglers move down valley and pursue larger trout from the banks and drift boats with many top water flies, including the Green Drake, which the Fork is famous for during the months of July and August.  With the changing of the colors in Fall comes the baetis hatch and anglers can expect un crowded, clear waters full of hungry fish that are working hard to put on weight for the long winter ahead.

aspen fly fishing 81611Beyond the main stem of the Fork, the overall watershed offers many other exciting fishing activities to the avid angler.  The world famous Frying Pan River and the more mysterious and less crowded Crystal River are the two largest tributaries to the Fork and both provide excellent angling opportunities.  With many other smaller tributaries and various high alpine lakes in the Aspen area, there are abundant opportunities for the exploring angler to get away from it all.aspen fly fishing 81611

Finding these spots and the best areas of the Fork can be an exciting challenge, but it is recommended to hire a local guide if one is a beginning angler or is only in the area for a short time.  Aspen Outfitting (aspenoutfitting.com) is a long time Aspen based outfitting business that offers wade trips to both public and private waters on the fork in the Aspen area.  Taylor Creek Fly Shop (taylorcreek.com) is also a long time area expert Based in Basalt that specializes in float trips on the lower section of the Fork and wade trips on the Frying Pan.aspen fly fishing 81611

Author Chris Burley is an active Aspen local and fly fishing guide for Aspen Outfitting.  He can be requested upon booking.

Halloween Events in Aspen & Snowmass

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Happy Halloween! In Aspen and Snowmass, fall is certainly in the air with crunchy leaves blanketing the sidewalks and yellow and orange foliage brightening up the mountainsides. The dramatic change in the landscape and the weather has us thinking about Halloween events in Aspen and Snowmass. Here is what you can enjoy on Halloween if you will be in the valley.

Family Trick or Treating

Trick or treating is a fun activity for the whole family. Kids get to dress up, run around in their crazy costumes, and collect candy. And for parents, they can enjoy spending quality time with the whole family, and a nice walk in a beautiful mountain town on a crisp fall day.

One of the most popular trick or treating spots in Aspen is the North 40 neighborhood in the Aspen Airport Business Center. This small, residential neighborhood is bustling with young families, so on Halloween, expect a lively and exciting trick or treating experience.

Belly Up

Head to the Belly Up in downtown Aspen for their annual Halloween celebration. Get in the Halloween spirit by dressing up in a fun costume, and enter the costume contest for a chance to win tickets to Belly Up shows and gift certificates for local restaurants. The Belly Up bash will feature the band Danger Kitty, a rock band hailing from Upstate New York.

Caribou Club

If you have always wanted to go to one of Aspen’s most exclusive clubs, then Halloween night is the night, as the Caribou Club will open their doors to the public. Don a fun Halloween costume, and head to the Club for what should be an unforgettable dance party.

Lodging in Aspen & Snowmass

Headed to Aspen and Snowmass for Halloween events? Check out our Aspen and Snowmass condo rentals and home rentals, and find the perfect lodging for your trip.

If you find something you like, contact Alpine Property to book your lodging. And if you need assistance with finding the right condo or home rental for your stay, we will happily provide you with available lodging options.

Call Alpine Property at 1-800-543-0839, or send us an email.

Aspen & Snowmass Closing Day 2014

Aspen Snowmass Closing Day 2014It is a beautiful spring season here in the Rockies! With plenty of sunshine and warmer temperatures, the spring skiing and riding season is in full swing. With frequent spring snowstorms, skiing and riding conditions could not be better. With a week (and a couple of weekends) remaining in the ski season, the warming temperatures and sunshine have everyone looking ahead to the closing day celebrations in Aspen and Snowmass.

Closing day on each of the local ski mountains is not so much about skiing and riding, but more about celebrating the close of another great season on the mountain. For this reason, many shed their GORE-TEX and down for more festive apparel. The parade of costumes on the mountain is something that cannot be missed. In the past several years, vintage eighties ski apparel has made a comeback, as evidenced by the ever-popular neon onesie ski suits. Also, there are often a handful of skiers and riders donning a variety of animal costumes, or decked out in campy, glamorous outfits comprised of glittery spandex and fur ski coats and hats. Whether participating in the costume parade, or enjoying the hilarity of it all, this part of closing day is fun for everyone.

During closing day this year on Snowmass Mountain, check out the Schneetag event on Spider Sabich at the top of the Burlingame lift. The competition involves teams of four, a 75′ x 20′ pond, and a homemade watercraft designed to glide over the pond’s surface. Each of the teams designs their craft and costumes on a theme, whether that be a rock band, silver miners, a video game, or the like. Some crafts are well-built, and travel part way across the pond before coming to a slow halt, and ultimately sinking. Then, there are those other crafts that completely fall apart on the descent to the pond, and never even hit the water. Though, watching as some crafts succeed and others fail is all part of the Schneetag fun.

Make sure to swing by the Schneetag antics any time between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on Snowmass Mountain closing day on Sunday, April 20.

Closing day for the other three mountains is as follows:
Buttermilk Mountain, closed on Sunday, April 6
Aspen Highlands Mountain closing day on Sunday, April 13
Aspen Mountain closing day on Sunday, April 20 (open for two bonus weekends on April 26 – 27 and May 3 – 4)

The team at Alpine Property Management is looking forward to closing out the season in style on all the local ski mountains, and we hope to see you on the slopes this spring.

If you are making a trip to the Rockies this season for some spring skiing, find out more about Snowmass vacation home rentals available through Alpine Property. We offer homes located right on the slopes of Snowmass Mountain that offer excellent ski in, ski out access.

Contact us today by phone at 1-800-543-0839, or send us an email.