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Roaring Fork River


The Roaring Fork is finally back in action as peak runoff is behind us. Flows are still on the high end and the river is fast, but clarity has greatly improved and that’s the important part. PMDs, caddis, midges and yellow sallies have been the most prominent hatches lately. Double dry and dry dropper setups have been productive during hatches when fished along the banks. If you have a hard time tracking smaller mayfly patterns, lead with an Elk Hair Caddis or All-Season Caddis and trail a Parachute PMD behind it. If trout are feeding just below the surface, a hopper dropper setup with a Chubby and a emerger/pupa or attractor nymph is a good way to go. If you’re not seeing surface activity along the banks, a nymph rig will get the job done. As always with elevated flows, larger attractor patterns are ideal lead flies. Think Pat’s Rubber Legs, Tungstones, Electric Caddis, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ears, Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns and Squirmy Worms. For your trailer, either match the hatch or go with a smaller attractor such as a Rainbow Warrior, Perdigon or Frenchie. While trout will start to spread out a bit more as flows continually drop, the water 5 – 15 feet from the bank is producing the best results at the moment. As flows drop, we should see more action in the middle of the river. Streamers are a great option during the morning and evening but tend to fizzle out between 11 am and 5 pm.

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