The Roaring fork is a true "freestone" stream from its headwaters along Independence, to its confluence with the Colorado River near Glenwood Springs, CO. The upper stretches of The Roaring Fork are tight with a steep gradient, offering pocket water fishing for Brook and Rainbow Trout. Between the towns of Basalt and Glenwood Springs the Roaring Fork is wider with less gradient, which produces great trout holding water. Access is avaible in this stretch for both the wade, and float fisherman.
Ice has cleared from the Roaring Fork.
Flows are currently near 540 CFS near Glenwood Springs.
Current Food Sources:
golden stonefly nymphs | caddis larva | Baetis | midges | eggs | leeches, small fish, worms, etc. |
Flies to Try:
Guides Choice Dozen $24.99
TDJ Golden Stone size 10-16 | Egan's Jig Frenchie size 14 | Tungsten CDC Hare's Ear size 14-18 | Flashback or natural Pheasant tail size 16-22 | JuJu Baetis red or natural size 18-22 | UV Midge black or brown size 18-22 | Sparkle Wing RS2 black or size 18-22 |
| Purple Parachute Adams (Purple Haze) size 14-16 | ELK HAIR CADDIS various colors size 10-18 | CDC Baetis Dun size 18-22 | I-Wanne-Dun BWO size 18 - 22 | Extended Body BWO size 18-22 | Griffith’s Gnat size 18-24 | CDC Morgan’s Midge size 18-22 | Brook Sprouts Midge grey, black, or cream size 18-24
guide tip of the week:
The Roaring Fork is a great spring time fishery. Running a deeper nymph rig is a good option this time of year. Weighted stonefly or caddis imitations could be used as a point/anchor fly, trailed by smaller midge and Baetis patterns. Also keep streamers in mind as well at this time of year. The fish on the Roaring Fork love chasing streamers.
Guides Charlie Schmidt and Reed Ryan got out for their first rip on the Roaring Fork for the year. Stellar dry fly fishing was had during a mid day/afternoon BWO hatch. On another note, did you know Charlie Schmidt is the designer of one of our fishiest nymphs the TDJ Golden Stone, which is a great anchor fly to use on the Fork.