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Water flow: 484 cfs below Woody Creek (Aspen), 690 cfs in Basalt, 2260 cfs in Glenwood Springs
Visibility: 60 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 38 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: 9am. to 5pm.
Best stretch: Basalt to Glenwood Springs
Best access point: Jaffe Park, Aspen. Lower Woody Creek Bridge. Two rivers road Basalt. Catherine Store Rd. Carbonedale. Sunlight Bridge Glenwood Springs.
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
CADDIS, stoneflies and beatis.
Fish species: Trout
Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: June 1 - September 30)
Nearest airport: Aspen-Pitkin County Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader: 7 ½ Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Trout Easy Mend WF
One of Colorado's premiere freestone trout fisheries, the Roaring Fork River's headwaters run down from the top of Independence Pass and flows for seventy miles down through the Roaring Fork Valley! Because of this great length, the river offers a variety of water types for the angler. From tight canyon pocket water in the upper river to the exceptional float fishing stretches of the lower river, there is always ...
new water to explore. Superb Caddis and Green Drake hatches are the hallmarks of this classic freestone fishery and fishes well on a year round basis.
The Bow River downstream from the City of Calgary is well known as one of the premier blue ribbon trout streams in the world. The forty miles of river Between Calgary and the hamlet of Carseland is home to wild rainbow and brown trout, some of which are of very large size. The river has somewhat limited access to the pedestrian angler and it is often floated to get access to waters that cannot be reached by crossing private lands.
What sets the Bow apart from other quality fisheries is the large average size of the fish it produces. Fish in the sixteen to eighteen inch range are commonplace on the Bow. It is an unusual day when an experienced angler does not hook a fish in excess of twenty inches. These large fish can be taken on a variety of fly fishing methods. Under the right conditions heavy caddis and mayfly hatches will bring the large fish to the surface and the dry fly fishing can be spectacular. If the fish are not rising, the versatile angler will switch to nymph or streamer fishing, which can be very consistent.
The Bow River is open to fishing year round, but the best fishing occurs after spring runoff of the snowmelt from the mountains. Runoff usually occurs in late May and early June, lasting up to a couple of weeks, depending on the snow pack in each year. In a normal year the Bow will be in good fishing condition by late June or early July. The best fishing takes place in the months of July, August, September and early October.
Roaring Fork River Report May 16, 2013 Follow us on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/tcreekflyshop, or follow us on Facebook under "Taylor Creek Fly Shops" or subscribe and follow our blog at: http://taylorcreekflyshop.blogspot.com/ Upper Roaring Fork - Aspen Downstream to Basalt FLOW: 484 cfs below Maroon Creek (Woody Creek Canyon) WATER CLARITY: Gray to clear OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10. THE SHORT AND SWEET: The upper and middle Fork are fishing better today than the lower, due to the Crystal blowing out a bit downvalley. Not as many BWOs as you will see on the middle Fork, but the midges will bring some trout up top to eat dries. Other bugs to consider are stones, eggs, caddis and baetis nymphs. FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges 20-22, Eggs 14-18, BWOs 18-22, Stoneflies 6-14 IN DEPTH REVIEW: BWO emergences are getting stronger on the upper Fork, but you'll see heavier hatches from Basalt down to Glenwood. Check out Jaffe Park, Upper and Lower Woody Creek, and the Dart access for some terrific fishing. Although it's usually 10 or so degrees warmer in Basalt, fishing near Aspen can be quite good. . Midges and baetis will be the main hatch coming off with a mix of small black spring stoneflies and golden stones. Best fishing times are from 10 am to 4pm. Now, with that being said, get out and fish! Appropriate Patterns Dries: Morgan's Midge 20-24, CDC Comparadun 20-22. Colletts Para. BWO 18-22. Flag Dun 18-22, Perfect Baetis 20-22, No Hackle BWOs 20-22. Bills Midge Emerger 20-22, Roy Boy Emerger 20-22. Nymphs:Top Secret Midge 20-22, Jujubeatis 18-22, PT's 18-22, Ultra-bling RS-2's 20-22, RS-2 black 20-22, Tung. Hoover Beatis 18-22, Prince 14-18. Freestone Emerger 20-22, Rainbow Warriors 18-20, Sand's STD black 18-20, Cat Poop Stones, 6-8, 20 Incher 12-14. Eggs 14-18. Hints: Find the deeper, darker water to start, then transition with the fish to riffles and runs once hatches commence. Below Carbondale and the confluence of the Crystal River, the Roaring Fork is too discolored to fish effectively. Best water visibility will be during the late afternoons into the evening hours. Get ready for Green Drakes in the coming weeks!
River is in good shape above Carbondale with varying water clarity (changing daily) below.