The Roaring Fork River originates high in the mountains south of Aspen and runs from Independence Pass to the confluence with the Colorado River at Glenwood Springs. Its major tributaries are the Frying Pan and the Crystal River. The Roaring Fork is a true freestone stream and is one of the finest rivers in all of Colorado. Heavy hatches of Green Drakes, caddis, yellow sallies and PMDS create outstanding fishing thoughout the summer but fishing is also great the rest of the year and the Fork is one of best winter fisheries in Colorado. Float fishing can be excellent from Woody Creek down, however the majority of the float fishing is done from the confluence of the Frying Pan near Basalt down stream to Glenwood Springs. The Roaring Fork is a Gold Medal river and boasts an excellent population of medium to large size trout that make a day on this river one not to miss when in the area.
The fishing on the Roaring Fork is good every month of the year and is one of Colorado's most productive winter fisheries. The Fork is floatable all year and weather conditions in February and March are often very comfortable with temperatures between 40 to 55 during winter! We provide Guided Fishing Trips, even throughout the winter. Let us show you some tips to catching fish by hiring a guide for the day. If you would like we can meet you in Glenwood Springs or anywhere in the Roaring Fork valley.
Reporter: Emily Dmohowski
Report Date: February 26, 2021
Keep your eyes out for BWO and large Midge hatches in the next few weeks. Nymphing has been the name of the game all winter, but flies larger than 18 have been producing and we are elated! Black Rainbow Warriors and JuJu midges are a solid patterns to start off with. Adjust your depth and split shot(s) to figure out where in the column those fish are actively sitting. We've been told to expect random closures with spring rains and winter thaw due to the fire from last year destabalizing a lot of the terrain.
KEEP EM WET: We tend to associate keeping fish wet with warm temps and that is good, however, the same goes for Keeping Em Wet in the freezing winter temps too. Trout are susceptible frostbite and their gills can freeze. With winter here, remember to try to keep the fish wet, continue to limit photos and leave the fish in the water.
Hatches: Midges, midges, midges
NYMPHS: KF Flasher 20-22, Zebra Midge 18-22, Rainbow Warrior blk 20-24, Perdigon 14-16, Darth Baetis 18-22, BWO Barr's Emerger 18-22, Magic Fly BWO 16-20, Pheasant Tail 16-20
DRIES: Parachute Adams 20-24, Hackle Stacker BWO 18-22, Roy's Special Emerger 18-22, Sprouts Emergers 18-22, Griffiths Gnat 18-20, Renegade 16-20
STREAMERS: Sculpzillas, Kamikaze Sculpin, Hawkin's Hat Trick, Double Thin Mint,