Roaring Fork River Fishing Report

Fly Fishing Report for September 12th, 2014

The Roaring Fork River starts high above Aspen and makes its way down valley through Basalt (Frying Pan River) to Glenwood Springs where it meets up with the Colorado River. The upper Fork above the Town of Carbondale is fantastic wade and raft float fishing on the large freestone fishery. From Carbondale down river to Glenwood Springs the river widens and is more conducive to Drift boat fishing as well as wading. The Roaring fork although not as scenic as other rivers is an incredible trout fishery that is known for it’s Green Drake hatch starting in early July most years. The Roaring Fork is home to some big Browns and Rainbows especially as you get near Glenwood Springs. Excellent public access is available from Glenwood to Aspen. The current flows are pretty low for the hard boats in some spots. Great wading access above Carbondale all winter. The Frying Pan River enters the Roaring Fork at Basalt, the Pan is one the world’s most recognized trophy Trout rivers. The Roaring Fork is a great winter fishery lower elevation and warmer temperatures are the norm. Full day wades and floats are happening over on the Roaring Fork River right now!

The annual Green Drake hatch is coming off nicely along with great hatches of Caddis, Pale Morning Duns and Golden Stones. Don’t forget the Hoppers and Ants. The flows are dropping on the Fork and wade fishing should begin to improve with safer access, but floating has been the best program lately.

The Frying Pan levels have been lowered to a very good level for fishing in the last few days. The Green Drake and big Pale Morning Dun hatches. Excellent dry fly fishing right now.

Roaring Fork Report Date


Roaring Fork Flow
  • Frying Pan 269 CFS
  • Emma 600 CFS
  • Glenwood Springs 1150 CFS
Roaring Fork Mid Day Water Temp

59.0 @ Glenwood Mid day

Roaring Fork Current Rating (1-10)
  • 8 of 10 Above Carbondale
  • 9 of 10 Below Carbondale
Roaring Fork Fly Fishing Report

With tons of easy public access and it’s easy floating there’s no wonder the “Thunder River” is a popular as it is.  Expect to see a few fisherman over there, but the fishing is worth it.  It fishes well wading or floating throughout the day.  Good hatches of Pale Morning Duns, Caddis and Stone Flies to go along with the great terrestrial action.  Blue Wings are coming off when the clouds roll in.  If you want a great day on the Fork go with us and be ready to go a little early to beat the Aspen crowds who don’t like to get up early.

Hot Flies on the Roaring Fork

DRIES/EMERGERS- PMX’s (Yellow, Peacock, Royal) Para Wulffs, Bullet Head Stones, Rolling Golden Stone, Stimulator, Patriot, Renegade, H&L Variant, Chernobyl ant, B.C. Hopper.

NYMPHS: JR’s Emerger (#18-22) Formerly Princes (#14-18) BH Pheasant Tail (#16-22) Red/ Chartreuse /Zebra Copper John (#16-20) Hares Ear(#16-20) , Barr Emerger BWO (#16-18)Pat’s Rubber legs R-S2 gray/blk (#18-22) Miracle Nymph (#16-22) Eggs Chartreuse/peach (#12-18) San Juan Worms (#10-14) 20 Inchers (12-16)

STREAMERS- Buggers. Invaders, Sculpzillas, Tequilly’s…