Roaring Fork River Fishing Report- July 16, 2020 – Vail, Beaver Creek CO

 Updated: July 16, 2020

Flows are are great for floating and wading.

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.

7/16/2020- As the flows drop and water temps increase we should start seeing Caddis and Yellow Sallies are all hatching now! The Green Drakes are all but gone maybe some up near Aspen. Caddis, Yellow Sallies and PMD’s are still bringing on a strong dry fly bite. The flows are low and the clear water can make for spooky fish. Maybe time to bust out the Fluorocarbon. Hoppers are also very productive on the Fork. The Fork is a fantastic Trout river with very diverse sections for wading and floating. Tons of public access.

Recommended Patterns: Yellow/Royal PMX (10-16), Tan Elk Hair Caddis (14) X2 caddis, FKA Prince #16-18, Golden stone flies(10-14) Copper john’s Red/zebra/Chart. (12-16) Squirninators#12


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