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 4 , 2020
Current Conditions: The Fork is all there for float and wade fishing. The water is coming down fast so keep in mind and be conscious of the temps.KEEP EM WET! Caddis , PMD's and Red Quills throughout the day and Tricos in the morning. Dries, nymphs and streamers are all good right now so have seceral rigs ready to go. Stimis have been good for the caddis on top. Wet flies like the soft hackle partridge or the swing nymph are a good bet.
Guide Tip: Nymphing down deep is the most successful way to catch fish but dont be afraid to throw a big foam bug with some kind of stone behind it.
Hatches: Caddis, PMD's, Red Quills, Tricos
NYMPHS: Biot Golden Stone 14-16, tungsten surveyor 18, Slim Shady 16-22, RS2 (grey, black) 18-22, Rainbow warrior blk 20-24, Zwing Caddis Poxyback Drake 10-14, Hunchback PMD 18, Bubbleback PMD 14-20,
DRIES: Para Wullf Adams 10-16, H&L Variant 10-14, Roy's Special Emerger 18-22, Elk Hair Caddis 10-18, Ext body PMD 14-20, Last Chance Drake 10-14, Film Critic Drake 10-14, Cripple Foam Drake 10-14, Black Sprouts
STREAMERS: Sculpzillas, Kamikaze Sculpin, Hawkin's Hat Trick, Double Thin Mint,