Fishing has always been an important part of life in the Roaring Fork Valley. Prior to the 1880s, the Ute Indians spent summers hunting and fishing in the upper elevations of the Valley. When mining prospectors came to the Roaring Fork in the late 1870s, the population of the Valley exploded. In the rush to find silver, settlers quickly depleted many of the natural resources, including the native fish populations. Not until the mid-20th century did the fish populations begin to recover. Today anglers from all over the world come to fish its 26 miles of Gold Medal waters and 2,000 miles of streams.
Mike Kish is intimately familiar with the Roaring Fork Valley. His presentation covered the four seasons of fishing these waters, and he tied some of his all time favorite patterns for the area.