Roaring Fork River Fishing Report

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 Updated: October 20th. 2016

Current Conditions: Much Better then a couple of Weeks ago!!


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 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.

10/22/2016- Good wading and floating conditions on the Fork right now. The ugly algae has finally dissolved leaving clear conditions. Still very good dry fly fishing with mostly Hoppers and Pale Morning Duns.   A favorite of our guides for both full day wades and floats.  There is a huge amount of public access for wade fishers. Try to avoid the Fork on the weekends if possible it gets awfully crowded with the local floaters. Gold Medal water all the way Baby! Dry/droppers are working well. The streamer bite is going to come along anytime now. Flows have dropped considerably in the last few days making for great wading.

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Roaring Fork Report Date


Roaring Fork Flow
  • Emma 375 CFS 
  • Glenwood Springs 604 CFS
Roaring Fork Mid Day Water Temp

54 @ Glenwood Mid day

Roaring Fork Current Rating (1-10)
  •  7  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 dries, Hoppers.  One of our favorite full day float trips.  The Fork can become very crowded on weekends, but don’t let that scare you off.  Fishing has been a bit tougher the last few weeks on the Fork.

Hot Flies on the Roaring Fork

DRIES/EMERGERS: PMX’s (#8-14)Para. Adams(#16-20)Adams Para Wullfs(#16-18)Purple Para Wulffs(#16-18) Extended Body BWO’s(#16-18)

NYMPHS: JR’s Emerger (#18-22) Formerly Princes (#14-18) BH Pheasant Tail (#18-22) Red/ Chartreuse /Zebra Copper John (#16-20) Barrs Emereger BOW (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(#16-20) BH Micro may BWO(#16-18)

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