RIVER REPORT

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.

RECOMMENDED FLIES

  • Galloup’s Barely Legal Conehead
  • #10-12 Tungsten Woven Stonefly Tan
  • #14-16 BH Flashback CDC Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
  • #20-22 Forky Baetis
  • #18-20 BH Buttcrack Baetis Purple
  • #14-16 Peach Roe

Report Date:  January 12, 2020

Winter in the Roaring Fork Valley is in full swing and as the temps hold in the single digits to teens and 20’s,  the river begins to take on a different look and feel and creates a few obstacles that fishers will only find during the Winter, low flows, an assortment of ice variables, snow and lethargic trout.  As the winter continues be careful of ice bridges and build ups and always have a plan whether you are floating or wading.  Nymphing deep in current seams and drop-offs with an egg or stonefly followed up with some smaller midge/baetis patterns should be the most reliable way to produce right now.  If you are seeing risers, which you will, try throwing a size 16 Blue Winged Olive followed by a size 20-22 midge dry or emerger. The streamer fishing can also be lights out this time of year, so don’t be caught without a few big bugs in your box! We have everything you need for a Winter day on the river so come on by and see why Minturn Anglers is the best place to start and end your fly fishing adventure of a lifetime.  

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