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.
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River Flow (Cubic Feet Per Second):
Flows have been on a slow decline, and are currenlty near 1600 CFS
Water Temperature (degrees F):
low 40's through upper 50's
the water here has cleared up nicely, and we are currently looking at 2' plus on most days.
Current Food Sources:
Large Golden Stoneflies | Yellow Sallies | caddis | PMDs | Green Drake nymphs | midges | leeches, small fish, worms, etc. |
Flies to Try:
Guides Choice Dozen $24.99
Pat's Rubber Legs black 8 -12 | TDJ Golden Stone size 10-16 size 12-16 | Euro Jig Nymph olive or brown size 14 | Egan's Jig Frenchie size 14 | Black or purple Jig zebra Midge size 16-20 | Sparkle Wing RS2 black size 18-22 | Bead Head Gummy Worm pink or purple | Pretty In Pink San jaun worm | Pegged Eggs Gold Roe, Peach Pearl, Montana Roe, or Ruby Roe |
Purple Parachute Adams (Purple Haze) size 14-16 | ELK HAIR CADDIS size 10-16 | Crystal Stimulator Yellow size 10-16 | Griffith’s Gnat size 18-24 | CDC Morgan’s Midge size 18-22 | Brook Sprouts Midge grey, black, or cream size 18-24
Sparkle Minnow in Olive/white or Brown/Yllw | Articulated Goldie | Galloup's Dungeon black or white | Chou’s Fortune Cookie white size 4 | Kyle’s Super Yummy yellow size 4 |
guide tip of the week:
We are in the height of run off, but it looks like we may be seeing the beginning of the end, as flows are waning slightly this week. Water is still off color so brighter flies are still a good choice. look for the water to clear as flows drop, and for more hatches to occur as water tempertures may warm slightly.
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.