Roaring Fork River Fishing Report

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Updated October 30th. 2015

Excellent fishing conditions on the “Thunder River”. Wade or float get it on!


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.


Conditions on the Fork have been Excellent the last 2 weeks and the fishing will be great all winter long over there.  Blue Winged Olives and Streamers BABY!

Roaring Fork Report Date


Roaring Fork Flow
  • Emma 380 CFS 
  • Glenwood Springs 685 CFS
Roaring Fork Mid Day Water Temp

46 @ Glenwood Mid day

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

Perfect conditions for wading or floating right now, thinner crowds and great BWO/Midge hatches.  The Streamer fishing has been fantastic!! Our guides have been absolutely crushing big fish on Steamers from the boat!  Best fishing is probably from the boat with the higher then average flows. The Fork is a tremendous Trout fishery albeit a crowded fishery, don’t worry there’s enough to go around.

Hot Flies on the Roaring Fork

DRIES/EMERGERS: Peacock/Royal PMX’s(#6-10) Yellow/tan Stimis(#10-16)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) K.c”s Creature Hopper(#8-10) Triple Decker Hoppers (#6-8) Swisher’s Speckled Legs Royal Yellow/Red(#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 (#8-10) Eggs Chartreuse/peach (#12-18) San Juan Worms (#10-14) B.H Princes (#8-16) BH 20 Incher(#8-12) Pat’s Rubber legs (#6-10)Quasimodo(#14-18)

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