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.
Nymphs To Try: Hare's Ear size 14-18 beaded and natural, Pheasant Tails size 12-20 both bead head and natural, Tungsten Physco Baetis black size 18-20, Ju-Ju baetis red and grey size 20-22, The Ninja size 18-20, RS2 in black or grey with sparkle wing, UV Midge brown and black size 20-22, Disco Midge red 20-24, pegged eggs
Dries To Try: Parachute Adams 18-22, Parachute Extended Body Blue Wing Olive, Brook Sprout Midge various colors size 20-24, CDC Morgan's Midge, Griffins Gnat size 18-22
Streamers To Try: Boogie Man in olive, Meat Whistle in black or brown, Sculpzilla olive, Wooly Bugger small sizes in white or black, egg sucking leeches.
The Roaring fork is a good option at the moment as the elevation is slighlty lower, meaning warmer temps and less snow/ice. Water clarity is good, and the fishing pressure is low. Mid day Blue Wing Olive hatches have been a staple food source for the last few weeks, as well as sporadic midge hatches that will continue to occur throughout the winter. Small emerger patterns have been a go to on the nymph rig. Rising fish can also be taken on small Baetis and midge patterns.
A voluntary fishing closure issued by the CPW for the Roaring Fork River from Carbondale downstream to its confluence with the Colorado River is no longer in effect. However a voluntary full-day fishing closure is in effect for the Crystal River from Avalanche Creek downstream to the confluence with the Roaring Fork.
Temperatures and dissolved oxygen content have improved recently and the Fork should be a good option now. A hopper dropper set up is usually a good technique to employ on this stretch of water, especially with the lower water this summer. current Hatches include Golden Stoneflies, Yellow Sallies, Caddis, PMDs, Red Quills, Blue Wing Olives and Midges. That leaves a lot of options, so keep your eyes open and try to figure out which is the most active species of the day.
Fishing on the Roaring Fork near Glenwood Springs is still similar to our last update. Mid-Summer bugs such as Caddis, PMDs, and Golden Stoneflies are still hatching. Expect to see more bugs in the fall spectrum of things as well, such as Red Quills, Fall Baetis, Tricos, and midges. Late summer is a great time of year to fish a hopper dropper set up as water is typically clear and lower, with a lot of terrestrial insects near the rivers. Try a grass hopper or beetle pattern with a nymph or two representing any aquatic insects you can see in, or on the water. ALSO PLEASE BE CONSCIOUS OF WATER TEMPERATURES ABOVE 65 DEGREES, AND TAKE A BREAK FROM FISHING DURING THESE TIMES.
The Roaring Fork has come down into lower summertime conditions. The clarity is good and a large variety of aquatic insects are hatching. Likely hatches include Caddis, PMDs, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes, BWOs, and always midges. If you are seeing a lot of adult insects on the water combined with trout actively feeding near the surface it is probably a good idea to fish dry patterns of the bug you are seeing in the highest numbers. Otherwise try nymphing with imitations of the bugs mentioned above until you find the species trout are eating most frequently.
The Roaring Fork near Glenwood is running a bit high, but has good clarity. Float fishing could be good at this time using Giant Golden Stone, Yellow Sally, Caddis, and Blue Wing Olive imitations. Streamer fishing is always an option as well. be sure to check with in with the local shops for the most up to date info if you are heading to the Roaring Fork Valley.
Sounds like the Roaring Fork is starting to clear as well. As long as water clarity is at least a foot or more the Fork is a viable option. Try calling local shops for recent water clarity, and hatch updates.
The story remains consistent among our freestone rivers.........OFF COLOR. Once again high temps last week have triggered the start of spring run off in the Roaring Fork Valley. Currently we are seeing very bad visiblity in the Roaring Fork downstream of the Crystal River confluence all the way to Glenwood Springs. Upstream of Crystal River things are a touch better with about 8" of clarity along the banks. Previously the Fork was fishing well, with Baetis, and midges hatching daily.