A lot of people fish, but recently, local fly shop owners have seen an upswing in the number of people, especially women, who are taking up fly fishing.
Mike Keith, manager of the South Platte Fly Shop, which just opened May 11 in Woodland Park, said he has seen this upswing and he thinks it’s related to a recent resurgence in all outdoor sports.
“It helps that we have gold-medal water within an hour’s drive of Woodland Park,” he said, referring to the river that gives his shop its name. “More people are getting into outdoor sports in general, hiking, biking and camping, for example. People are becoming more health-conscious, and fly fishing is a great recreational sport. It’s good for the arms and, after standing in cold water (and the river’s current) for half a day, you’ll really feel it in your legs.”