Fishing Report For: Roaring Fork river
May 24th. 2024

Run-off has started in earnest

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.

5/24/2024– Cooler weather the last few days has slowed the run off this is going to be your last best shot as weather is going to get warm next week.

May on the Fork is a time of transition. That means that the flows and water temperatures are all over the place. Weather conditions will dictate the water conditions for the next several weeks. We are constantly monitoring the river. As of this week there has been good hatches of spring Caddis, Blue Wings and Midges. The fluctuating flows will make for better nymphing conditions right now.

Recommended Patterns:

Nymphs: Zebra Midges #18-22, Jiggy Leeches #10-14, Pardigons #16-20, squirmy’s #10-12, Formerly Prince #12-14, Micro May Olive #16-20, Barr’s Emerger BWO #16-20, Newberry’s Alt Rocker Black #12-16, Ju Ju Baetis #16-18, Eggs

Dry Flies: Griffith’s Gnats #18-22, Parachute Adams #16-18, Adams/Purple Para Wulff #16-20, Parachute BWO #16-18 I can see it Midges #20-24

Streamers: Olive/Black Buggers #2-8, Olive/White Cheech Leech#2, Olive/Black/Brown Sculpzilla #4-6, Olive/Black/Brown Slupmbuster #4-8


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