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: November 21st, 2020

The Fork is low and clear, but the fishing has been great, as the fish are trying to pack on the pounds before winter sets in!  The nice weather this week has created some outstanding conditions, but look for snow and ice to come into play in the near future.  The best fishing as we move into winter will be on the lower stretches of river, and winter tactics are definitely starting to come into play.  Focus on the deeper pools and the warmer parts of the days for success.  Look out for spawning Browns, obey all closures, and avoid walking on redds or casting to spawning fish.   

Smaller bugs are definitely the way to go, with Midges and BWOs being the main hatches, but a larger Stonefly nymph or Egg pattern can also be a good option up front as an attractor. Dry fly action can still be good with smaller midge patterns on warmer days, but nymphing will definitely be most productive. 

Don’t forget about streamers this time of year, as the bite has been good.  All types of streamers can be effective on the Roaring Fork, so mix it up until you find out what they want.  Make sure to get them down deep when the water is cold and slow down your retrieve.

Fall means Brown and Brook trout in our local streams will begin their annual spawn soon.  Avoid walking on Redds and don’t fish to actively spawning fish. Stop by the shop or give us a call for more information!

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