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Reporter: Ray Kyle
Report Date:  May 26, 2017

Current Conditions

Fish above Carbondale for clear, cleaner water. Streamers in the early am. Caddis have been moving alot with large hatches on warm days. There's still a large presense caddisflies, BWOs, and stoneflies.  All fishing techniques are working from dry fly, streamers, and nymphing are doing the job however nymphing is still the most productive and to help, use 9 ft leaders in 5x.  Dry fly fishing opportunities will be plenty and gaining as the days get warmer. For those that prefer to wade, it has been productive.  Fish are being caught from the slow armpit of the run through the fast water and into the tailing water. Weight and depth are important. Try and stonefly pattern with a smaller flashy baetis in size 18-22.  Use Light indicators, long leaders and 5x to 6X tippet and double fly rigs. 

Guide Tip:  With nighttime temps below freezing the midday sun often can do wonders to the water temp throughout the day. Focus your efforts in the afternoons this time of year.

Hatches: Caddis, Golden Stones, BWOs, Midges

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, Magic Fly 18-22, Sparklewing RS2 Gray 20-22, Pure Midge in Blk/Red 18-22, UV Midge 20-24, Zebra Midge 18-22, Johnny Flash 18-24, Lint Bug 18-22

DRIES: Renegade 16-18, Para Adams, 18-24,  BWO Comparadun 16-20, Fim Critic BWO 18-20,  Sprouts Midge 18-22

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.