Roaring Fork River Fishing Report

ffo-175-05Bryan townsend Jan 2014-1juju Bee MidgeIn the net! January float fishing

Fly Fishing Report for April 20th. 2015


CRUSHING IT!!!  Great conditions!!

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 an amazing 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!  Some of the best Trout water in Colorado and we Guide it every day.  Very good afternoon dry fly fishing right now on the Fork!!!  The March floats on the Roaring Fork are AMAZING!


Roaring Fork Report Date


Roaring Fork Flow


  • Emma Ice at Gauge 440 CFS
  • Glenwood Springs 800 CFS
Roaring Fork Mid Day Water Temp

46.0 @ Glenwood Mid day

Roaring Fork Current Rating (1-10)
  • 7 of 10 Above Carbondale
  • 8 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 as popular as it is.  The lower elevation and it’s north to South direction make for much milder and sunny days in the Roaring Fork valley.  Browns and Rainbows that can measure in the 20 plus inch range make this a very popular destination for many of the worlds most seasoned anglers.  We are wading and floating  over there right now, but these are full day excursions due to the longer travel time, which is about 1 hour.  The Fork is one of our most popular winter fishing destinations, because the quality of the fishing on a year round basis.

The weather has made for fantastic fishing conditions right now!  Wade or float it’s all good.


Hot Flies on the Roaring Fork

DRIES/EMERGERS- Roy’s special emerger(20-24)  Griffiths Gnat(@18-22), Renegade (#16-20), H&L Variant(#18-22)  Parachute Adams(@18-22)  Morgans Adult Midge(#2-22)

NYMPHS: JR’s Emerger (#18-22) Formerly Princes (#14-18) BH Pheasant Tail (#18-22) 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) Craven’s JUJU Bee Midges,red,blue or black(#20-22) BH 20 Incher(#8-12) Pat’s Rubber legs (#6-10)

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