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 are currently between 500 - 600 CFS.
Water Temperature (degrees F):
water temps have been satying in the 50's (perfect for trout fishing)
quite clear, a bit spookier conditions than usual.
Current Food Sources:
Large Golden Stoneflies | caddis larva | Fall Baetis | Quills | Tricos | midges | 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 |
Chubby Chernoble tan or olive size 12-16 | Crystal Stimulator Yellow size 10-16 | Hippy Stomper purple size 10-12 | Purple Parachute Adams (Purple Haze) size 14-16 | ELK HAIR CADDIS various colors size 10-18 | 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
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:
With lower/clearer water the fishing here might be a bit spookier than usual. A light hopper dropper rig featuring imiations of small Baetis, midges, and Tricos could be a good choice of rig. If running running a deeper nymph rig, a weighted stonefly or caddis imitations could be used as a point/anchor fly, trailed by the smaller midge and Baetis patterns. Keep an eye out for rising fish as well, and use a double dry, or light dry dropper rig to target these fish.
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.