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: January 12, 2021
Warm weather is on the way. Be careful of the ice flows. The river has opened up some due to a recent ice damn. Not much on the hatch scene to report but when they do expect to see a couple BWO's and Midges. Nymphing has been the best option. Try a perdigon to a small Zebra Midge or sz 20-22 RS2. They are also eating size 20 PT's regularly. The motto on the Fork is Tiny and Shiny which holds true but dont overlook a well presented Perdigon. The streamer bite has been solid as of late and be sure to mix up the offerings when it slows, put a different streamer on. ATTENTION: BE CAREFUL OF ICE DAMS. THE FORK HAS ALREADY HAD ONE.
SPAWNING CLOSURES: The spawn should be done but always be on the lookout and stay away
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
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, Midge 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