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: April 29th, 2021
Flows have been pretty stable, despite the weather being all over the place. Fishing on the Fork has been great, with good hatches and feeding fish!. Rainbows and Cutthroats are starting to spawn, so please be mindful and observe seasonal spawning closures in effect from 3/15-5/15 near Three Mile and Four Mile Creeks (see CPW regulations for more details).
The most prevalent hatches right now are still Midges and BWOs, but expect to start seeing some caddis in the lower sections as the water warms. Nymphing is still the way to go for the most part, but dry fly action can be great if you are in the right place at the right time. A larger Stonefly nymph or Egg pattern can be a good option up front as an attractor, and trailing a couple smaller Midge/BWOs behind should make for a solid rig. For dry flies, try Parachute Adams, BWO patterns, and Midge patterns around a size 18. The warmer temps and rising flows have the fish starting to spread out, so be sure to try different water types if you aren’t having success.
Streamer fishing has been picking up as well, and fish are starting to respond a little more to faster, more aggressive retrieves
Please be ethical out there and minimize your fish handling, avoid redds, and don’t fish to spawning fish. Stop by the shop or give us a call for more information!