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: Ray Kyle
Report Date: September 17, 2019
Current Conditions: The Roaring Fork has really turned on the past couple weeks as the flows have leveled out for the summer. The clear and lower flows are a perfect match for a hopper dropper set up. Use a medium to large hopper with a tungsten beaded jig fly below it. If you are a streamer junky, you will not be disappointed throwing meat towards the banks. Practice safe fish handling and keep 'em wet!
Guide Tip: Throw streamers to move some of the larger fish in the river.
Hatches: BWOs, Caddis, and midges!
NYMPHS: Two Bit Hooker (Dark Olive, black) 16-18, Iron Lotus 16-18, tungsten surveyor 18, Formerly Known As Prince Nymph 14-18, Twenty Bomb 12-14, zebra midge(red, black)18-22, RS2 (grey, black) 18-22
DRIES: Parachute Adams 18-24, special emerger 20-22, Matt's midge 20-24
STREAMERS: Sculpzillas Blk and Olive, Platte River Spider, Tequilly, Thin Mint, Autumn splendor