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.


  • #6-10 Sex Dungeon Black
  • #6 Tungsten Rolling Stone Gold
  • #14-18 BH Frenchie
  • #16-20 Butt Crack Baetis
  • #18-22 Top Secret Midge
  • #16-20 Parachute BWO

Report Date:  May 28th, 2019


The flows on the Roaring Fork have dropped little with the recent cold snap, but will likely soon be on the rise again.  If the clarity is good, there may be opportunities to throw dries. Midges and blue wing Olives are still going to be the primary food source available. As the water rises and gains color, nymping will be the name of the game.  Worms and Stoneflies are a good lead fly, and smaller caddis nymphs along with midges and blue wings will work well as a trailer. High water also usually means that the streamer bite can be productive. I have found that medium to large dark colored streamers work best on the Roaring Fork.

Roaring Fork Access Points

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