Roaring Fork River Fishing Report

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July 5th, 2015

Waters Dropping!!

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.

Run off is coming to an end and the flows are dropping by more each day.  The Fork is now very fishable, but still a little on the High side.  Call us for more info and watch for the Green drake hatch!

Roaring Fork Report Date


Roaring Fork Flow
  • Emma 1630 CFS Dropping
  • Glenwood Springs 2880 CFS
Roaring Fork Mid Day Water Temp

60.0 @ Glenwood Mid day

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

The Green drake hatch is under way right now over on “Thunder River”. If you want to get into this program the best fishing is going to be late in the day (6 until dark). Otherwise the Caddis, Yellow sallies and PMD’s are hatching  right now!  Best fishing is probably from the boat with the higher then average flows. The Fork is a tremendous Trout fishery.  WE GOT DRAKES!!

Hot Flies on the Roaring Fork

DRIES/EMERGERS: Peacock/Royal PMX’s(#6-10) Stimis(#4-6), KGB Green Drake (#10-12), Swisher’s Yellow Royal PMX (#12-16), Bullet Head Stones(#8-12),  Royal Wulffs(#10-16) Adams Para Wulff (#12-16) Yellow Sponge Bob’s(#8-12) Yellow PMX’s (#8-12)

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