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: September 17, 2020
The Fork is fishing well. Dries, nymphs and streamers are all good right now so have several rigs ready to go, but nymphing has been the most consistent. A Chubby to a perdigon, BWO or Baetis underneath is a good bet. Tiny and shiny. Have a double dry set up for the risers throughout the day with a size 18 BWO Hackle Stacker to a size 20 Para Adams. Rembember to Keep the fish in the water as much as possible.
Guide Tip: Try fishing a Hopper,Dropper,Dropper rig. Put a nice attractor pattern like a prince nymph sz 14 followed by a Magic Fly BWO sz 18
Hatches: Caddis, PMD's, BWO's
NYMPHS: Prince Nymph 14-18, tungsten surveyor 18, Slim Shady 16-22, RS2 (grey, black) 18-22, Rainbow warrior blk 20-24, Bubbleback PMD 14-20, Perdigon 12-16, Darth Baetis 18-22, BWO and PMD Barr Emerger 18-22, Magic Fly BWO 16-20, Pheasant tail 16-20
DRIES: Para Wullf Adams 14-18, Hackle Stacker BWO 18-22, Roy's Special Emerger 18-22, Elk Hair Caddis 10-18, Ext body PMD 16-20, Ext Body BWO 18-22, Sprouts Emergers 18-22
STREAMERS: Sculpzillas, Kamikaze Sculpin, Hawkin's Hat Trick, Double Thin Mint,