Roaring Fork River Fishing Report

Fly Fishing Report for October 4th. 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 Frying Pan levels have been lowered to a very good level for fishing in the last few days.  Still a few Drakes and PMD’s.  Blue Wings and Midges are the best bet.

Roaring Fork Report Date


Roaring Fork Flow
  • Frying Pan 175 CFS
  • Emma 490 CFS
  • Glenwood Springs 1000 CFS
Roaring Fork Mid Day Water Temp

53.0 @ 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.  Fall float fishing can be great especially during mid week when there are less crowds

Hot Flies on the Roaring Fork

DRIES/EMERGERS- PMX’s (Yellow, Peacock, Royal) Para Wulffs (#16-20), Extended Body BWO’s(#16-18), Patriot(#14-16), Renegade (#16-20), H&L Variant(#18-22),

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…