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.
Flows are right around 650 cfs at Glenwood because of excellent releases from Ruedi Reservoir.
Low 50's to Mid 60's. Pending a major warming trend or decreased water release from Ruedi, temperatures should stay in the right range for fishing!
4' feet depending on section of river, and weather. After rain events its been very off color.
Current Food Sources:
golden stonefly nymphs/adults | green drakes | pale morning dun | caddis | Baetis | midges | leeches, small fish, worms, etc. |
Flies to Try:
Guides Choice Dozen $24.99
TDJ Golden Stone size 8-16 | Egan's Jig Frenchie size 14 - 16 | Tungsten CDC Hare's Ear size 12-18 | Flashback o | JuJu Baetis red or purple size 18-22 | UV Midge black 18-22 | Sparkle Wing RS2 black size 18-22 |
guide tip of the week:
Flows are stable on the fork and temperatures are finally on their way down. Upper sections of river will see better fishing conditions throughout summer as water temps stay cooler. Weighted stonefly or caddis larva imitations could be used as a point/anchor fly (along with green drake nymphs), trailed by smaller patterns immitating Baetis, midges, smaller caddis pupa, eggs and worms. Small RS2s do very well here as well. Also keep streamers in mind during this time of year, slapping the banks from a boat can be quite nice on some days. Dry fly fishing can also be superb here if the water has about 2' foot of clarity or better.