Roaring Fork Fish Report

Roaring Fork River Fly Fishing Report for April 17th, 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!  Please respect the Spawning Rainbows and the Creek closures at 3 and 4 Mile Creeks.

Roaring Fork Report Date:

                        4/6/2014

Roaring Fork Flow:

  • Frying Pan 216 CFS 
  •  Emma 489 CFS
  • Glenwood Springs 885 CFS

Roaring Fork Mid Day Water Temp:

             48.0 @ Glenwood Mid day

Roaring Fork Current Rating (1-10):

  • 7 of 10 Above Carbondale

  • 9  of 10 Below Carbondale

Roaring Fork Fly Fishing Report:

The Roaring Fork is one of the most productive winter freestone fisheries in Colorado.  A great deal of open water and warmer temperatures make for a longer fishing day this time of year.  The section through Glenwood Springs is a fantastic "Gold Medal" fishery.  We are wading and floating the Fork. Fishing for very large Browns and Rainbows that are holding in the deeper, slower runs with Nymphs and the mid day dry/dropper rig.  The large "Dirty" Midge and Blue Winged Olives are hatching now starting mid day.  The Streamer bite is also on!.  We also guide the Division of Wildlife leases of the Frying Pan River above Basalt, which is arguably the most famous river in Colorado.  Both the upper an lower Fork are fishing very good right now! We are floating the fork from Carbondale to Glenwood right now! Avoid the floaters by wading up river of Carbondale.

 Hot Flies on the Roaring Fork:

DRIES/EMERGERS- Griffiths Gnat (#20-22) Para. Adams (#18-22) Extended Body BWO's (#18-20) Morgans Adult Midge(#18-22) Roy's special emerger (#20-22) Parachute Adams(#16-20) Extended Body Blue Winged Olive (18-22) Purple Parachute (#16-20) 

 NYMPHS: JR's Emerger (#18-22) Formerly Princes (#14-18) BH Pheasant Tail (#16-22) Red/ Chartuese /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 Chartuese/peach (#12-18) 20 inchers (#10-14) 20 Incher (12-16)

STREAMERS- Buggers. Invaders, Sculpzillas, Teqeely's...

USGS Roaring Fork Report:

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