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.
Report Date: February 25th, 2021
Fishing on the Roaring Fork has been pretty good recently. Temps have been a little colder, which means ice can be an issue, but as the day warms, it usually becomes less of a factor, especially in the lower stretches. There is still plenty of ice and snow on the banks and in the river so use caution out there. Focus on the deeper pools, warmer parts of the day, and warmest days in general for success. Make sure to get your flies into the zone and constantly adjust your depth until you find the sweet spot.
Smaller bugs are definitely the way to go, with Midges being the main hatch, but a larger Stonefly nymph or Egg pattern can also be a good option up front as an attractor. On warmer days when bugs are hatching, fish will move up in the water column to feed, but otherwise, getting your flies deep in winter holes is the way to go.
Colder temps have made the streamer bite more inconsistent, but you can still have success throughout the winter. Focus on getting your fly deep, as the fish don’t want to chase anything very far when the water is very cold.
Please be ethical out there and minimize your fish handling and avoid walking on Redds. Stop by the shop or give us a call for more information!