Roaring Fork River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Roaring Fork River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Best fishing has been during the afternoons and evenings.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Roaring Fork River is currently Good

Water flow: 300/Aspen, 1000cfs/Basalt, 1300cfs/Glenwood

Visibility: 24 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 48 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Mornings.

Best stretch: The entire river is fishing excellent, Glenwood to Aspen.

Best access point: Two Rivers Rd, Catherines, Bonedale, Westbank, Glenwood

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

BWO nymphs, emergers and dries, eggs, midges

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: June 1 - September 30)

Nearest airport: Aspen-Pitkin County Airport

Roaring Fork River Description

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 ...

Techniques & Tips

*Taylor Creek is your guiding headquarters in the Roaring Fork Valley, NOT Sunrise Anglers, which is based out of Denver May 20, 2019 UPPER ROARING FORK- ASPEN DOWNSTREAM TO BASALT FLOW: 450 cfs below Maroon Creek (Woody Creek Canyon) WATER CLARITY: Getting big and brown, early runoff is here. You'll find clearer water conditions in the afternoons OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 10 FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWO adults and nymphs, Midges, winter stones, sculpins THE LOW DOWN: BWOs and Midges are the main food source, but leading with a stonefly or prince nymph could get fish looking. When fishing the upper Fork, especially at these low flows, sight fishing can be key. Also lighter tippet such as 5 and 6x will prove to get more eats. Make sure to wear some studded boots or bring a walking staff, fishing from the middle of the river opens opportunities for multiple drifts and picking off every pocket a trout could hold. Be mindful rainbow trout are spawning, so there is a good chance you will see their beds (redds) in this section. Please avoid fishing/stepping on the beds, rather put the rod down and watch the magic of nature take place. HATCHES: BWOs 18-22, Midges 20-24, winter stoneflies 16-18 APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: DRIES: Sparkledun BWO 18-22, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, Sprout Midge 20-24, Skittering Z Lon Midge 20-22 NYMPHS: BLM 18-20, Tungsten Bead Baetis 20, BTS Baetis 20-22, Sparklewing RS2 20-22, Freestone Emerger 20, BH Polywing Emerger 20, Kingrey's Cap'n Hook 20-22, Bead Wing Midge 20-22, Rojo Midge 20-22 STREAMERS: Weir's Sculpin 6, Autumn Splendor 6, Zuddler 6, Slumpies 6-8 HINTS: Skip the blah water and focus on the deeper open runs and pools. MIDDLE ROARING FORK- BASALT DOWNSTREAM TO CARBONDALE FLOW: 680 cfs in Basalt WATER CONDITIONS: ?A foot or so of visibility. Clarity is going to yo-yo a bit going forward, we have a historic snowpack this year! OVERALL RATING: 5 out of 10 FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Caddis, Midges, winter stones, BWO adults and nymphs, sculpins THE LOW DOWN: The Fork around Basalt has turned on! We are seeing the first waves of BWO and midge hatches in town, and they have been darn good. Midges tend to hatch out of the slower water, so key in on the holding water on the side of the riffles. Fishing is still most productive in the deeper holes, with tiny and shiny flies being the main producers. We are also starting to fish more stonefly nymphs. You might see a few molting on the side of the banks, and it's a great lead fly to get the fish's attention, be sure to get your flies DOWN. Be mindful rainbow trout are beginning to spawn, so there is a good chance you will see their beds (redds) in this section. Please avoid fishing/stepping on the beds, rather put the rod down and watch the magic of nature take place. HATCHES: Caddis 14-18, BWOs 18-22, Midges 20-24, winter stoneflies 16-18 APPROPRIATE PATTERNS NYMPHS: BLMs 18-20, Prince Nymphs 18-20, Pheasant Tails 18-24, Freestone Emerger 20, BH Polywing Emerger 18-20, Biot Baetis 18-20, Sparklewing RS2 20-22, Tailwater Assassin 20-22, Imposter 20-22, Lil Foamy 18-20, Neon Nightmare 20-22 DRIES: Elk Hair Caddis 16-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 16-18, Collett's Parachute BWO 18-22, Perfect Baetis 20-22, No Hackle BWO 20-22, Bill's Midge Emerger 20-22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Hatching Midge 20-22, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22 HINTS: 4x and 5x tippet is more productive right now with lower flows and clear water. LOWER ROARING FORK- CARBONDALE TO GLENWOOD FLOW: approximately 1420 cfs in Glenwood Springs WATER CONDITIONS: Pretty blown out this week.... OVERALL RATING: ?4 out of 10 when clear and 2 out of 10 when the Crystal spikes FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Caddis, Midge adults, BWO adults, emergers and nymphs, sculpins THE LOW DOWN: We are loving the conditions on the lower Fork! Despite the few days of blow out we had from heavy rains, this section has been fishing very good! BWOs and midges are hatching in large numbers, especially on the more overcast days. Find a good foam line, and you will find rising fish. Nymphing has still been the most productive during non-hatch periods, and we are finally starting to fish with some larger flies. Worms and stones have been great lead flies as of late. Be mindful rainbow trout are beginning to spawn, so there is a good chance you will see their beds (redds) in this section. Please avoid fishing/stepping on the beds, rather put the rod down and watch the magic of nature take place. Give a call to the shop for all updated reports on fishing and water clarity, we have a historic snowpack and it will be a big water year! HATCHES: Caddis 14-18, BWOs 18-20, Midges 18-26 APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: NYMPHS: Tung PT 18-20, BLMs 18-20, Freestone Emerger 20, RS2s 20-22, Polywing Emerger 18-20, Biot Baetis 18-20, Thread Body Baetis 18-20, Soft Hackle BWO 20-22, Imposters 20-22, Cat Poop 8-12, San Juan Worm 10 DRIES: Missing Link Caddis 14-18, Tan Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Perfect Baetis 20, Collett's Para BWO 18-22, No Hackle BWO 20-22, Roy's Special Fryingpan Emerger 20-22, CDC Comparadun 18-20, Hatching Midge 20-22, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Morgans Midge 18-20, Sprout Midge 18-20, Skittering Zelon Midge 20-22, Griffiths Gnat 20 HINTS: Watching an indicator got you down? Try busting out some streamers on the cloudy days. Upper Roaring Fork: http://www.dwr.state.co.us/SurfaceWater/data/detail_graph.aspx?ID=ROABMCCO&MTYPE=DISCHRG Middle Roaring Fork: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09081000 Lower Roaring Fork: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09085000 Get social with us! Find us on Facebook@taylorcreekflyshops, Twitter@tcreekflyshop, Google+@taylorcreekflyshops and Instagram@taylorcreekflyshops

7-Day Forecast

This is the time of year that the Roaring Fork becomes a bit more technical with the low flows.


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