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, BWO nymphs, emergers and dries

Fish species: Trout

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

Nearest airport: Aspen-Pitkin County Airport

Person Fishing in a stream

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

November 30, 2020 UPPER ROARING FORK- ASPEN DOWNSTREAM TO BASALT FLOW: ?115 cfs below Maroon Creek WATER CLARITY: ?Clear and low OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10 FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Blue Winged Olives, Midges, Sculpins THE LOW DOWN: The upper Fork above Basalt has remained low and clear but it is fishing well- the browns are now all post-spawn. In a nutshell we are fishing the upper river with some "sneaky factor"- as in small flies and fine tippets. Except for a bit in the afternoon, the dry fly action has slowed down significantly and the nymphing has gotten very good as long as you are fishing small bugs. Small flies like RS2s and Pheasant Tails have been productive, and skittering a caddis around at twilight has been pretty fun, too. You'll see some late afternoon midge action on calm and cloudy days also. HATCHES: Midges 20-24, BWOs 18-22 APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: DRIES: 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 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: 240 cfs in Basalt WATER CONDITIONS: ?Low and clear OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, Blue Winged Olives, sculpins THE LOW DOWN: Basalt down to Carbondale has been fishing pretty well, and essentially we are fishing it like we are the upper- with small BWO nymphs and some dry fly action in the late afternoon. Floating this section is preferred due to the lack of public access, but local spots like behind Crown Mountain Park and Catherine's Store are good for the wading angler. Keep an eye on the overnight temperatures as we ease into wintertime, when it's less than 20 degrees at night the "slushy factor" will be present the next morning until things warm up. HATCHES: Blue Winged Olives 18-20, 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 DRIES: 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: 465 in Glenwood Springs WATER CONDITIONS: Clear and low OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWOs, Midges, sculpins THE LOW DOWN: ?We are seeing a few BWOs out there, but primarily nymphing and streamer chucking has been the most productive. Like the upper and middle river we are essentially fishing the lower river like it's winter already- tiny and shiny BWO nymphs or midges on finer tippet than you might expect. The streamer game is still happening, and give smaller patterns a try if you're not getting any chases on larger flies. Keep an eye on overnight temperatures, nights colder than 20 degrees will increase the amount of floating ice the next morning. HATCHES: Blue Winged Olives 18-20, Midges 18-26 APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: NYMPHS: BLMs 18-20, Freestone Emerger 22, RS2s 20-22, Polywing Emerger 18-20, Biot Baetis 18-20, Thread Body Baetis 18-20, Soft Hackle BWO 20-22, Imposters 20-22, Prince Nymph 16-20, TC Poxy Biot Baetis 22, Jerome Baetis 20-22, RIP Midge 22 DRIES: Perfect Baetis 20-22, No Hackle Baetis 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: 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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