Roaring Fork River Fishing Report

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 Updated: May 11th. 2017

Current Conditions: Great!  Great conditions for dries/Streamers!

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 its 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 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.

5/11/2017-  The Roaring Fork river is a world class Trout river that fishes great all year due to its lower elevation and “Banana Belt” climate.  The flows have come up, but are steady for the moment.  Gold Medal water flows right through the town of Glenwood Springs.  Great conditions right now! We have started doing float trips on the Fork already! The Blue Winged Olives and streamers are fishing best! There is more public access then you could fish in a year meaning you can get away from crowds.  We think this is the best Winter freestone fishery in Colorado.  If conditions are right, we can float this river all year.  Take advantage of our discounted Winter guide rates and the most experienced guides in the valley for a great day on the water.

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Roaring Fork Flow
  • Emma 771 CFS 
  • Glenwood Springs 1690 CFS
Roaring Fork Mid Day Water Temp

49 @ Glenwood Mid day

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

One of Colorado’ great Freestone rivers with a ton of public wading access and float fishing. Great float fishing with Blue Winged Olives and Streamers right now.  One of our favorite full day float trips. Water Clarity will fluctuate with what is coming out of the Crystal River at Carbondale.  The Fork can become very crowded on weekends, but don’t let that scare you off. The Fork has been fishing very good with this unseasonably warm weather.

Hot Flies on the Roaring Fork

DRIES/EMERGERS: Griffiths Gnats(#18-22), Morgan’s Midge(#20-22)parachute Adams(#18-22)Extended Body BWO(#18-20)Elk Hair Caddis (#14-18)

NYMPHS: JR’s Emerger (#18-22) Flash Back PT’s(18-22) Craven’s JUJU midge’s (#20-24) KF Flash Midge (#18-22)Egg’s,RS-‘s (#18-22)Fowler Biot Midge(#18-22) Barr BWO emerger(#18-22)Black, Red&Purple Zebra Midges(#18-22)Eggs (12-16)

STREAMERS: Buggers. Invaders, Sculpzillas, Tequilly’s…Colder water make for more difficult streamer fishing in mid winter