Fishing Report For: Week of
November 21st. 2022

Flows are low. great wading conditions!

The Roaring Fork River starts high above Aspen and makes its way down valley through Basalt (where it receives additional flow from the Frying Pan River) to Glenwood Springs where it meets up with the Colorado River. The upper Fork above the Town of Carbondale is fantastic wade and raft float fishing on this large freestone fishery. From Carbondale to Glenwood Springs the river widens and is more conducive to drift boat fishing with pockets of wade fishing available.

The Roaring Fork, although not as scenic as other rivers, is an incredible trout fishery that is known for its Green Drake hatch starting in early July most years. “The Fork” is home to some big Browns, Rainbows, and even the occasional Cutthroat, especially as you get near Glenwood Springs. Excellent public access is available from Aspen to Glenwood Spring. The Roaring Fork is one of the most consistent freestone fisheries in the West.

11/19/22– The Fork is one of Colorado’s premier trout rivers. Flows have dropped a lot in the last couple days.  Floating rubber is best from now on.  Low flows are great for wading as well.  Late fall conditions are very good right now. We are expecting warmer and sunny weather for Thanksgiving week. The Browns are in spawn so please take care not to disturb them on the redds.   There is a lot of public access. We do floats and wades on mostly full day trips, but its worth it. Some incredible dry fly action. Best fishing is from sun up to early afternoon, then right at dusk. We are doing a majority of our floats over on the fork right now. Our guide staff has as much experience on the Fork as any outfitter.

Recommended Patterns:

Barr’s Emerger BWO #18-22 FKA Prince #12-18, Copper john’s Red/zebra/Chart. #12-16, Pheasant Tails (#16-20) JR’s Emerger (#18-20) Runt Stone, Purple, Black (#14-18) Zebra Midge, Grey, Olive(#16-18) RS-2 Black, Olive, Gray (#18-24),

Dry Flies: Adult Midges #20-24, Griffith’s Gnats #20-24

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