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

October 13, 2020 UPPER ROARING FORK- ASPEN DOWNSTREAM TO BASALT FLOW: 150 cfs below Maroon Creek WATER CLARITY: ?Clear and low OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Caddis, Blue Winged Olives, Pale Morning Duns, Yellow Sallies 14-16, Midges, golden stonefly nymphs, sculpins THE LOW DOWN: The upper Fork above Basalt has been remaining low and clear but is much cooler than the lower river these days. Green drakes are done, but there are probably a few fish still on the lookout for these big bugs. In a nutshell we are fishing the upper river like it's fall already- as in small flies and fine tippets. Except for twilight, 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 PMD action on calm and cloudy days also. HATCHES: Midges 20-24, BWOs 18-22, Yellow Sallies 14-18, PMDs 14-18, 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: 325 cfs in Basalt WATER CONDITIONS: ?Low and clear OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, Blue Winged Olives, Pale Morning Duns, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, 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 water temperatures, but the middle river is much cooler than the lower these 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 FROK- CARBONDALE TO GLENWOOD FLOW: 500 in Glenwood Springs WATER CONDITIONS: Clear and low OVERALL RATING: 5 out of 10 FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWOs, Midges, PMDs, caddis, sculpins THE LOW DOWN: ?It's finally starting to cool off! We are seeing pretty warm river temps below the Crystal, and It is very important to not play fish to exhaustion and we recommend not taking any fish photos in order to keep them cold and wet. Like the upper and middle river we are essentially fishing the lower river like it's fall already- tiny and shiny BWO nymphs on finer tippet than you might expect. Plenty of caddis and PMDs are being seen. HATCHES: Caddis 16-18, Blue Winged Olives 18-20, 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, 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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