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: September 18, 2018
Current Conditions: The lack of snow from the winter and the absents of afternoon monsoons combined with the high daytime temperatures should be a concern for all anglers. The Fork is extremely low due to the summer drought conditions. CPW and the local Trout Unlimited chapters issued voluntary closures of the Roaring Fork River from 2:00 pm to midnight. These current water conditions are causing the water temperatures to rise too high to fish in the afternoon. Any temperature above 68 degrees can kill trout, especially if they are stressed (ie, hooked and fought). Please limit your fishing to the morning and be off the water by noon to ensure our trout populations stay healthy and alive. All the great summer flies are popping off right now. We are seeing caddisflies, PMDs, and small stoneflies. Nymphing is great early in the morning and the dry fly hatch is great as the day develops. Pulling a sculpin streamer pattern through some deeper runs have proven to be deadly throughout the Fork, especially on overcast days or when the water is off color.
Guide Tip: Dry dropper is deadly on the Fork.
Hatches: Caddis, Stoneflies, and PMDs
NYMPHS: Two Bit Hooker Dark Olive 16-18, Iron Lotus 16-18, Pats Rubber Leg Stone 10-12, Formerly Known As Prince Nymph 14-18, Twenty Bomb 12-14, Guides Choice Hare’s Ear 14-16, Z Wing Caddis 16-18
DRIES: Missing Link Caddis 14-16, PMX 12-14, Parachute Adams 14-16, Parachute PMD 14-16, Found Link PMD 14-16, X2 Caddis 16-18
STREAMERS: Sculpzillas Blk and Olive, Platte River Spider, Tequilly, Thin Mint, Autumn Cheech Leach, Motor Oil