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Roaring Fork River. Fast, deep, and uninterrupted by dams from its headwaters to its junction with the Colorado, the Roaring Fork River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the state. The healthy populations of rainbow and brown trout—of the hefty 12- to 18-inch variety—make the Roaring Fork a favorite with anglers. From the headwaters at Independence Pass to within 3 miles of Aspen most of the river access is on public lands, and is best fished in summer and early fall. Downstream from Aspen the river crosses through a checkerboard pattern of private and public land; it's fishable year-round. CO. www.wildlife.state.co.us/fishing.
Aspen Trout Guides. This company, which is in the Hamilton Sports shop, runs guided fly-fishing tours of local waterways in Aspen. 520 E. Durant Ave., Aspen, CO, 81611. 970/379-7963. aspentroutguides.com.
Taylor Creek Fly Shop. This shop has Aspen's best selection of flies and other fishing supplies and also offers guided fishing trips on local rivers. In Aspen Sports, 408 E. Cooper Ave., Aspen, CO, 81611. 970/920–1128. www.taylorcreek.com.
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