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: July 2, 2022
The Fork is pretty clear and fishing well. Expect the water levels to continue to drop and get better by the day. We are seeing BWO's, Caddis, Midges Sallies, PMD's and Drakes up top. Dry fly fishing is real good right now with caddis, sallies and drakes. Try a dry Dropper rig with a Foam Golden Stone down to a Hares ear to a Barr PMD. Nymphing has been the most consistent option but be sure to get the flies down. If Nymphing try a heavier bug like a perdigon to to Zwing Caddis or a Zebra Midge. They are also eating stones like 20 inchers and Prince Nymphs. The streamer bite has been good, be sure to mix up the offerings when it slows, put a different streamer on. Drakes are crawling on the bottom. ATTENTION: Fork is Clear but a little fast.
SPAWNING CLOSURES: The Spawn should be over but if you see a late spawner please avoid them.
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: BWO's, Midges, Caddis, PMD's, Golden Stones, Sallies
NYMPHS: Green Drake Nymphs 10-14, 20 Incher 10-14, KF Flasher 20-22, Zebra Midge 18-22, Rainbow Warrior blk 20-24, Perdigon 14-16, Poison Tung Blue 18-20, Pheasant Tail 16-20, Prince Nymph 12-16, Neon Nightmare 20-24. Polywing Emerger 18-22, RS2 Blk 18-22, Midge Biot Emerger 18-24, Pat Rubber Leg 10-14
DRIES: Parachute Adams 20-24, Renegade 16-20, BWO 20-24, H & L Variant 10-14, Chubby Chernobyl 8-16,Brooks Sprout Emerger 22, Elk Hair Caddis, 14-18, Stimi 8-16, Mothers Day Sallie, Larimers Yellow Sallie, Foam Golden Stone
STREAMERS: Sculpzillas, Kamikaze Sculpin, Hawkin's Hat Trick, Double Thin Mint, Bowlicious Black and Olive