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: JP Modderno
Report Date: November 21, 2020
The Fork is in winter mode despite the warmer temperatures lately and as a result the sole hatches are midges. Time to think Tiny and Shiney. Dries, nymphs and streamers are all working right now so have several rigs ready to go. Nymphing has been the most consistent with fish in the fast current or down deep but the streamer fishing is a productive option thats catching some big fish. Indicator rigs with a little weight or a size 14 Tung Bead Perdigon and a size 20 Darth Baetis or a Zebra Midge has produced as of late. The Water is cold, but LOW so fish are easily spooked. Long leaders and 5x minimum are a must when nymphing.
SPAWN ALERT: The brown trout on the Fork are pretty much done with the spawn but be mindful of the redds when anchoring or wade fishing. There are still enforced closures withing 150 yds of Fourmile Creek and Threemile Creek until November 30th. Please be respectful of the fishery and don't fish in these areas or around redds to help protect the future of this amazing resource.
KEEP EM WET: We tend to associate keeping fish wet with warm temps and that is good, however, the same goes for Keeping Em Wet in the freezing winter temps too. Trout are susceptible frostbite and their gills can freeze. With winter on the approach, remember to try to keep the fish wet, continue to limit photos and leave the fish in the water.
Guide Tip: Try fishing a shallower rig mid-day when the fish get more suspended in the water column. A 14 perdigon or tungsten pheasant tail with a red zebra midge or rainbow warrior behind it would be hot.
Hatches: Midges, midges, midges
NYMPHS: Prince Nymph 14-18, Tungsten Surveyor 18, Slim Shady 16-22, RS2 (grey, black) 18-22, Rainbow Warrior blk and red 20-22, Perdigon 12-16, Darth Baetis 18-22, Pheasant Tail 14-20
DRIES: Para Wulf Adams 14-18, Hackle Stacker BWO 18-22, Roy's Special Emerger 18-22, Sprout BWO and Midge 18-22
STREAMERS: Sculpzillas, JT Screamer, Sloppy seconds, Thin Mint, Motor Oil