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. 

 

Current Conditions:

 

 

River Flow:

Flows are right around 460 cfs at Glenwood with 46 cfs coming from the Frying Pan.

 

Water Temperature: 

40's

 

Water Clarity:

4' feet depending on section of river, and weather. 

 

Current Food Sources:

golden stonefly nymphs/adults | Baetis | midges | leeches, small fish, worms, etc. |

 

Flies to Try:

 

Guides Choice Dozen $24.99

 

NYMPHS:

 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 |

 

DRIES:

| Purple Parachute Adams (Purple Haze) size 14-16 | Missing Link Caddis size 14-16 | Pearl and Elk Caddis size 18 | Parachute Extended Body BWO size 16-22 | CDC Morgan’s Midge size 18-22 |

 

STREAMERS:

  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:

 

Fishing on the fork has been awesome as winter starts to take hold. Weighted stonefly or worm patters are excellent attractors, trailed by smaller patterns immitating baetis and midges. 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. There is tons of public water on the fork, so if youre looking to get away from people its a good place to check out. As winter progresses, the upper river will start to freeze up, so focusing your attention downstream from Basalt is never a bad idea.

 

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