Fishing Report For: Roaring Fork river
September 19th. 2023

Perfect 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.

9/19/2023– The Roaring Fork river is in great shape going into late summer, thanks to a big snowpack. There has been some rain over there earlier this week which caused some clarity issues. The Dry fly fishing has been awesome. Wading or floating, it’s all good!. Caddis and now Hoppers, Ants and Beetles. The conditions on the Fork are as good as they have been in years right now. Streamer season!!

Recommended Patterns:

Nymphs: Pat’s Rubber legs #8-14, Jiggy Leeches #10-14, 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: Caddis Olive/Black #14-18, Stimis Peacock/royal #12-18 #10-16 s and Stoneflies, Hoppers, Ants, Beetles

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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