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 17, 2020
Current Conditions: The Roaring Fork is low and clear. Expect some frozen patches and bank ice throughout the river. Step with caution and be stealthy. Warmer weather is expected into the weekend and next week so be careful of ice dams. Take advantage of the warmer weather and get out to fish. Midges and some BWO's are the name of the game and are still showing up nicely on those warmer days. Focus on the deeper, slower runs but don't neglect steeper drop-offs right on the bank. We like to pick our holes and run through them with shallower nymph rigs about 3.5 feet deep and then go back through with our heavier and deeper rigs. This is a great way to find some more active fish without spooking the more lethargic fish that are pooled up and sitting on the bottom. Current wading conditions are a bit sketch with anchor ice which forms on the bottom of the river so keep your eyes open. We also typically see moderate ice flows start coming down when the nighttime lows begin dipping below 20 and into the mid-teens.
Guide Tip: When nymph fishing, be sure to rig deep enough to hit bottom and then adjust your indicator a bit. Be sure to get your flies down deep.
NYMPHS: Iron Lotus 16-18, tungsten surveyor 18, Slim Shady 16-22, zebra midge(red, black)18-22, RS2 (grey, black) 18-22, Glass bead rainbow warrior(red, black) 18-22, worms and eggs
DRIES: Parachute Adams 18-24, special emerger 20-22, Matt's midge 20-24, Griffith's Gnat 18-20
STREAMERS: Sculpzillas, Kamikaze Sculpin, Hawkin's Hat Trick, Double Thin Mint,