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: Ray Kyle
Report Date: May 22, 2019
Current Conditions: The Fork is holding steady due to the cooler weather the Roaring Fork valley has seen this week. Visiability is coming back but beware of the river moving fast. Fishing the slower water along the sides for the midge hatches. BWO hatches are starting to pick up as the water slowly warms and large midges have been working great as a dry. If they are not taking bugs off the surface try a double or triple nymph rig with small midge patterns and an attractor or egg pattern. Streamer fishing can be productive as well but make sure you fish DEEP. The water on the Lower Fork have been slightly off color but has been fishing well with larger attractor nymphs. Please be aware of the spawning rainbows and their redds (spawning beds).
Guide Tip: Fish your nymph rigs DEEP. If they are not deep try to bring your rig up six inches.
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