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: June 16, 2021
The Fork is clear and fishing well. It is still a bit big but has a nice flow to it. Fish are starting to spread out and move off the banks a bit. Dry fly fishing is picking up with PMD's Caddis and Drakes late evening. Nymphing has been the most consistent. Try a Chubby Chernobyl down to a thread Frenchie or a prince down to a smaller Baetis. The streamer action has been good in the morning. When nymphing, adjust your depth to figure out where in the column those fish are feeding. Although water temps are good right now, please be aware and carry a thermometer.
SPAWNING CLOSURES: The spawn is done but remeber to tread lightly
KEEP EM WET: Please follow the Keep Em Wet philosophy and keep the fish wet. If you must take a photo, leave the fish in the water.
Hatches: Midges, BWO's, Caddis
NYMPHS: KF Flasher 20-22, Zebra Midge 18-22, Rainbow Warrior blk 20-24, Perdigon 14-16, Darth Baetis 18-22, BWO Barr's Emerger 18-22, Magic Fly BWO 16-20, Pheasant Tail 16-20
DRIES: Parachute Adams 20-24, Hackle Stacker BWO 18-22, Roy's Special Emerger 18-22, Sprouts Emergers 18-22, Griffiths Gnat 18-20, Renegade 16-20
STREAMERS: Sculpzillas, Kamikaze Sculpin, Hawkin's Hat Trick, Double Thin Mint,