Little Nell Director of Fly Fishing Matt Burmaster loves this time of year, not just for the fall colors and the beauty of local rivers but for the fishing itself.
“Late September/early October is when the brown trout are in spawn mode,” he said. “It’s when they get aggressive.”
The fish aggressively strike at bait, making fishing more exciting and allowing anglers to go “streamer fishing” — which means using larger, fish-like bait.
In addition to the stunning scenery of fall, fly fishing this time of year doesn’t mean an early wake up call.
“You can hit the river at 9:30 or 10 a.m.,” Burmaster said. “There’s no need to be up early this time of year to catch fish. I like to call it the ‘gentlemen’s time’ for fly fishing.”
The Little Nell Fly Fishing Adventures can also be paired with a scenic Jeep Tour in the late afternoon. Guests can head up Aspen Mountain with their private driver and have a serene picnic on Peanut Butter Ridge, offering unbeatable views of the yellow aspen leaves spreading across the mountains.