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THE ROARING FORK

The famous Roaring Fork River is one of Colorado’s premier freestone rivers, running roughly 70 miles from the town of Aspen to Glenwood Springs where it spills into the mighty Colorado. The Roaring Fork provides anglers with substantial hatches from Caddis, Yellow Sallys, PMD, BWO’s, and it’s ever famous Green Drakes, making it a haven for Dry Fly Fisherman. The Fork is a great river for wading however it is perfect for a full day float trip. The Roaring Fork is a Gold Medal River with healthy fish numbers that will produce for anglers of all abilities.

RECOMMENDED FLIES

  • #4 Tequeely
  • #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis Black
  • #18-22 Black Sparkle Wing RS2
  • #14-18 BH Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
  • #10 Amy's Ant Red
  • #14-18 Black/Red Perdigon

Report Date:  September 20th, 2020

I-70 is now open through Glenwood Canyon, but closures and delays in the near future from repairs and rockslides are likely, so keep an eye on road conditions before making a trip to the Roaring Fork Valley. The storm that rolled through the state gave the Roaring Fork a much needed bump in flows.  The precipitation combined with the cold has brought the water temps back down to a good level for the fish.  However, a stretch of warm weather could potentially put temps pack into the danger zone, so its still not a bad idea to carry a thermometer. 

Mornings are still going to be the way to go, but getting out super early will become less important as we move further into fall. Lighter leaders and smaller flies are starting to be the name of the game. Nymphing with Midges, Baetis, Caddis, PMDs, and Golden Stoneflies has been most productive, but dry fly action has also been good with Tricos in the morning, and Hoppers, Red Quills, and Caddis throughout the day.  The recent weather has also improved the streamer fishing, and it will continue to get better as we get closer to fall.

Remember to keep an eye on the water temps and minimize your fish handling to keep the fish happy and healthy.  Stop by the shop or give us a call for more info!

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