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Vail Valley Anglers

Reporter: Ray Kyle

Report Date: September 10, 2017

Current Conditions: The water clarity is perfect on the Fork unless we get a heavy rainfall. Caddis, PMDs and Yellow Sallies are the most prominate hatches. Nymph with golden stones, worms and other stonefly patterns. Baetis and PMDs with flash are working as a great dropper. Pulling a streamer in a sculpin pattern has proven to be deadly throughout the Fork. Plan ahead and give yourself time when traveling through Glenwood Springs due to the bridge project.

Guide Tip: Focus your efforts in the afternoons this time of year.

Hatches: Caddis, Golden Stones, and BWOs

Recommended Files: NYMPHS: Cased Caddis 16-18, Buckskin Caddis 16-18, Pats Bread Crust 16-18, Hollaback Girl 16-18. Two Bit Hooker Dark Olive 16-18, Iron Lotus 16-18, Pats Rubber Leg Stone 8-12, Formerly Known As Prince Nymph 14-18, Twenty Bomb 12-14, Poxy Back Drakes 12-14, Yeagers Green Drake 10-12

DRIES: Renegade 16-18, Para Adams, 16-18,  BWO Comparadun 16-18, Elk Hair Caddis 14-16, PMX 14-16, H&L Variant 8-12

STREAMERS: Sculpzillas Blk and Olive, Platte River Spider, Tequilly, Thin Mint, Autumn Cheech Leach, Motor Oil



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.  

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Other Information
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 FLY 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.