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 Excellent

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

Water flow: 100/Aspen, 263cfs/Basalt, 395cfs/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. March 11, 2019 UPPER ROARING FORK- ASPEN DOWNSTREAM TO BASALT FLOW: 100 cfs below Maroon Creek (Woody Creek Canyon) WATER CLARITY: Low and clear. Significant ice build up in shady areas OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10 in fishable areas FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, BWO nymphs, sculpins THE LOW DOWN: It might feel like winter is still going strong in this section, but Spring is right around the corner. Water is just starting to open up on the upper stretches of the Roaring Fork. With snow and ice dissipating the bug life will take a serious turn for the better. We are already seeing midges hatching all the way up to Basalt, so the dry fly fishing will be here before we know it. Midges are still the main food source present, 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 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: Midges 20-24 APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: DRIES: 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: 181 cfs in Basalt WATER CONDITIONS: ?Clear flows with a bit of edge ice here and there OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, BWO nymphs, sculpins THE LOW DOWN: The Fork around Basalt has turned on! We are seeing the first waves of 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, but also get your flies DOWN. HATCHES: 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: 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 463 cfs in Glenwood Springs WATER CONDITIONS: OVERALL RATING: ?7 out of 10 FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midge adults, BWO 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 so good! Midges are hatching in large numbers, especially on the more overcast days. Find a good foam line, and you will find rising fish. Most all the ice banks have disappeared on the lower stretch, making the river much more accessible. Nymphing has still been the most productive, and we are finally starting to fish with some larger flies. Worms and stones have been great lead flies as of late. Give a call to the shop for all updated reports on fishing and water clarity! HATCHES: 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: 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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