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.
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Reporter: JP Modderno
Report Date: March 21, 2019
Current Conditions: Flows are starting to pick up and both float fishing and wade fishing have been productive. Focus mostly on double or triple nymph rigs with small midge patterns and an attractor or egg pattern. On warmer days you may run into decent midge hatches and pods of rising fish. Most these fish seem to key in on single midge dries or unweighted emergers rather than cluster patterns like the griffith's gnat. Streamer fishing can be productive as well but make sure you fish DEEP.
Guide Tip: Look for the open water and you'll find the fish. Be careful when walking on the ice shelves.
Hatches: Midges, midges, midges!
NYMPHS: Two Bit Hooker (Dark Olive, black) 16-18, Iron Lotus 16-18, tungsten surveyor 18, Formerly Known As Prince Nymph 14-18, Twenty Bomb 12-14, zebra midge(red, black)18-22, RS2 (grey, black) 18-22
DRIES: Parachute Adams 18-24, special emerger 20-22, Matt's midge 20-24
STREAMERS: Sculpzillas Blk and Olive, Platte River Spider, Tequilly, Thin Mint, Autumn splendor