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Roaring Fork River


While the Roaring Fork Valley received some much-needed rain this week, which helped increase flows, it wasn't enough to resolve water temp concerns between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. As a result, CPW placed a voluntary fishing closure between Carbondale and Glenwood after 12 pm. Please observe this closure and fish the morning hours and pack it up at noon. Giving the trout a break during the afternoon is critical to their health. Early morning streamer fishing has been great but tends to shut off around 10 am. After 10 am, trout are feeding above and below the surface on PMDs, green drakes, caddis and stoneflies. Fish hopper dry fly or droppers/dry droppers along outer seams and shelves. Elk Hair Caddis, Green Drakes, Chubby Chernobyls and Parachute Yellow Sallys are great patterns for a dry dropper setup. Trail one of those patterns with a Pat’s Rubber Legs, Iron Sally, Copper John (red), Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear or Flashback Pheasant Tail. When fishing deeper water, nymph rigs are recommended. Lead with a larger stonefly or caddis pattern and trail a baetis emerger or caddis pupa. If trout aren’t responding, Rainbow Warriors, Perdigons and Frenchies are good alternate trailers.

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