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.
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.
Nymphs To Try: FFK Prince Nymphs size12-16, The 20-Incher size 10-14, Pat's Rubber Legs, various colors size 6-12, chartreuse Physco Prince 14-16, hot bead Physco Baetis size 18-20, Bead Head Flash-back Pheasant tails of various sizes.
Dries To Try: Pearl and Elk Hair Caddis size 16-18, Spotlight Caddis Emerger olive size 16, Parachute Extended Body Blue Wing Olive
Streamers To Try: Boogie Man in black or white, Sparkle Minnow in white, Slump Busters in black, Double Gonga in black or white.