The Roaring Fork
Paul Prentiss

While attending the annual Colorado Trout Unlimited Spring Rendezvous in Redstone I took some time (for me it's SOP every year) to fish the in the Roaring Fork Valley. I had the good fortune to fish on both the Fork and Sopris Spring Creek. The water below Carbondale was muddy due to the inflow of the Crystal River but upstream it got progressively clearer as you drove towards Aspen.

As usual, I was very impressed by the Rendezvous and the 20 Colorado TU chapters who participated in this event. I don't think many fly fishermen realize how lucky they are to be represented on the ground in the dome of the state capital by these folks. The time and energy invested on behalf of coldwater fishers for you and your grandchildren is astounding. Today we have something like 10,000 members which is 3 times what is was 10 years ago. Think what could be accomplished if this number doubled!

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Getting back to the Roaring Fork Valley - the weather was terrific and the fishing was even better. We got some dry fly action on small blue wing olives (18's and 20's) using a variation of Craig Mathew's Sparkle Dun. When the sun appeared it was time for nymphing or streamers. A copper Copper John and Jon Spiegel's Wounded Sculpin (a pine squirrel streamer) was the just the ticket.

The Wounded Sculpin

A word to the wise concerning this streamer pattern. I would suggest you buy or tie a set of these flies in rust and olive. Carry them with you in a small box whenever you go fishing - you won't be sorry!