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: Brett Elkman
Report Date: September 25, 2021
The Fork is temperamental right now. Some days are better than others. So far so good with the roads getting to the Fork. Hoppers, BWO's and Midges are all present. If you want to nymph put it behind a hopper and throw a Hopper, Dropper, Dropper rig. A Trigger Belly Hopper or a Chubby Chernobyl to a perdigon to a small Zebra Midge or sz 20-22 BWO Barr Emerger will work. They are also eating size 20 PT's regularly. The motto on the Fork is Tiny and Shiny. There is a BWO Hatch and heads are coming up Small 20-24, The streamer bite is solid in the am.
SPAWNING CLOSURES: Be on the lookout for Spawning Browns
KEEP EM WET: Please follow the Keep Em Wet philosophy and keep the fish wet. If you must take a photo, leave the fish in the water.
Hatches: BOW's, Midges, October Caddis
NYMPHS: KF Flasher 20-22, Zebra Midge 18-22, Rainbow Warrior blk 20-24, Perdigon 14-16, BWO Barr's Emerger 18-22, Pheasant Tail 16-20, Prince Nymph 12-16, 20 Incher 8 -12, RS2 Blk 18-22, BWO Biot Emerger 18-24
DRIES: Parachute Adams 20-24, Renegade 16-20, BWO 20-24, H & L Variant 10-14, Chubby Chernobyl 8-16,Brooks Sprout Emerger 22
STREAMERS: Sculpzillas, Kamikaze Sculpin, Hawkin's Hat Trick, Double Thin Mint,