Roaring Fork River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Roaring Fork River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Roaring Fork River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Capt. Matt Thomas
Sunrise Anglers

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

Visibility: 1 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 48 Degrees F

Water condition:

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:

Golden Stones, PMDs, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes, BWO nymphs, emergers and dries

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

July 6, 2020 UPPER ROARING FORK- ASPEN DOWNSTREAM TO BASALT FLOW: 800 cfs below Maroon Creek WATER CLARITY: ?Clear but still high in volume OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10 FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Caddis, Blue Winged Olives, Pale Morning Duns, Yellow Sallies 14-16, Midges, golden stonefly nymphs, green drake nymphs, sculpins THE LOW DOWN: Runoff is still here but the river is dropping and quite clear. Plenty of bugs are flying around now, no more squinting at midges! Choose your battles on the upper river for a few more weeks, some spots are still tough to fish because of the volume of water running downstream. Dry fly action is picking up, and streamer fishing and nymphing has been quite productive. Small worms, stones and princes make great lead flies and follow them up with RS2s or various midge larva. HATCHES: Midges 20-24, BWOs 18-22, Yellow Sallies 14-18, PMDs 14-18, Golden Stones 8-12, Caddis 14-18 APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: DRIES: Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Ethawing Caddis 16-18, Perfect PMD 16-18, Melon Quill 16-18, Chubby Chernobyl 10-12, Garcia's Mini Hot Yellow Sally 16, Perfect Baetis 20-22, No Hackle BWO 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, Spanflex Stone 10-12, Tungsten Split Case PMD 16-18, PMD Halfback Emerger 14-18 STREAMERS: 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: 1050 cfs in Basalt WATER CONDITIONS: ?Big but clean. Dirty in the mornings, clean in afternoons OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, blue winged olives, golden stoneflies, Pale Morning Duns, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, sculpins THE LOW DOWN: The river looks great around Basalt this week, and has been fishing well to boot. Don't fret if you see a little discoloration, this is just your cue to tie on a San Juan Worm or stonefly nymph! Like the upper, we're seeing improved dry fly activity, but the nymphing has been terrific once you get your appropriate fly in the right kind of water. The fish are fat and seem to have fed well through the spring months, and where you find one fish there is bound to be more. Treat the Fork like you would the Fryingpan for a little while longer- as in small flies and light tippets. Covering water is a great idea versus standing in one spot all day. If it's a cool day, start on the Fork down-valley and work your way up as the day warms. If you are daunted by the Fork, swing in, get a map, and we'll show you our public access "secret" stashes we fish on our off-days. HATCHES: Blue Winged Olives 18-20, Caddis 14-18, Pale Morning Duns 14-18, Yellow Sallies 14-16, Midges 20-24 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, Cat Poop 8-12, 20 Incher 10-14 DRIES: EC Caddis 16-18, Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Melon Quill 16-18, Sparkledun PMD 14-18, Hairy Sally 16, 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: Find some deep water where you can and keep an eye out for risers too LOWER ROARING FORK- CARBONDALE TO GLENWOOD FLOW: 1960 in Glenwood Springs WATER CONDITIONS: Clear but big OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWOs, Midges, golden stoneflies, PMDs, caddis, green drakes, sculpins THE LOW DOWN: In a nutshell, the lower river is fishing very well and is starting to drop in flow. A plethora of bugs are on the menu including green drakes, pale morning duns, golden stones, yellow sallies, caddis and a few BWOs. The green drake hatch is in its early stages, and most of you know this is a power-hour hatch at twilight. They are hatching a bit better on the Colorado at this point. We are seeing tons of PMDs, Sallies and Caddis out there and the streamer bite has been pretty strong, too. HATCHES: Caddis 16-18, Green Drakes 10-12, Blue Winged Olives 18-20, Golden Stones 8-12, PMDs 14-18, Yellow Sallies 14-16, Midges 18-26 APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: NYMPHS: 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, Twenty Incher 10-14, Jerome PMD 16-18, Prince Nymph 8-14 DRIES: Perfect Baetis 20-22, No Hackle Baetis 20-22, H and L Variant 10-12, Royal Wulff 10-12, Melon Quill 16-18, Sparkledun PMD 14-18, Garcia's Mini Hot Sally 16, Ethawing Caddis 14-16, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, 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: Watch out for some pretty good hatches, especially when warm and cloudy. Upper Roaring Fork: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/uv/?site_no=09076300&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060 Middle Roaring Fork: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09081000 Lower Roaring Fork: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09085000

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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