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 Sex Dungeon Cream
  • #10 Fly Formerly Known as Prince
  • #14-18 Prince Nymph
  • #10-14 20 Incher
  • #10-14 Chubby Chernobyl Tan
  • #10-12 Trina’s Carnage Drake

Report Date:  July 30th, 2019

 

The Roaring Fork is still running a bit high, but clarity is good and the fish are hungry!  Floating is going to be the most productive way to fish the fork at these flows, but success can still be had for the wading angler, particularly in the upper river above Carbondale where the river isn’t quite as big.  The Green Drake hatch is happening right now, and the best way to get in on the action is to throw big, bushy dry flies from dusk until you can’t see your dry fly anymore. Throughout the day the most productive methods are going to be throwing a Golden Stone dry fly with a Caddis or Drake nymph dropper near the banks, and nymphing the deep holes with Drake nymphs, Golden Stones, and Caddis larva.  Also, the streamer bite has been good recently, especially if you have good cloud cover, so don’t hesitate to throw some big flies! 

 

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Roaring Fork Access Points

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