Fly Fishing for Trout in the Roaring Fork Valley River, Colorado

Brown trout on Michael's line!

The morning of the Greenalicious dinner (July 20,) The Little Nell chef Ryan Hardy took Michael and Michel out to Roaring Fork River for a fly fishing adventure. The hotel offers these excursions to guests now, with a fishing clinic in the morning followed by a streamside lunch prepared by Ryan himself.  Fortunately for the trout, no such lunch was in the cards for those the gentlemen snagged on this outing.  Soon after their safe release, the chefs left for the hotel to finalize dinner preparations.  Next time, little fishies… there’s always a next time!

Here’s what Ryan had to say about it all:

I took Michael and Michel to the upper Roaring Fork River just outside of Aspen.  This is a wild river trout pocket fishing environment where the fish are harder to catch due to differing water flows – but they are big, hog sized trout!  We were on the water for about 2 hours, just long enough for Michael to hook his first giant brown trout and get sunburned beyond belief.  All told, we hooked 6 fish and returned them all to the beautiful waters where they wait until the next time they visit!

Michel's one of five!

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