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:  Oct 21st, 2019

Fall is a great time for both wade and float fishing on the Roaring Fork.  Due to the snowy conditions experienced in the high country, your best bet is most likely going to be focusing your efforts on the lower river below Carbondale.  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, 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! Fall means that the brown trout are gearing up for their annual spawn, so please watch out for spawning redds and don’t fish to actively spawning fish.  Feel free to stop by the shop or give us a call for more detailed information.

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