Fishing Season: Year Round (Prime: June 1 - September 30)

Roaring Fork River - CO

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Temperature 34°



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Taylor Creek-Basalt's Tip of the Week

Best fishing has been during the afternoons

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Map of Roaring Fork River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

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Capt. Matt Thomas
Sunrise Anglers

5-Day Outlook as of 2/26/24

This is the time of year that the Roaring Fork becomes a bit more technical with the low flows.

Techniques & Tips as of 2/26/24

Feb 26, 2023 UPPER ROARING FORK- ASPEN DOWNSTREAM TO BASALT FLOW: 65 CFS WATER CLARITY: Cold and clear OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10 FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, BWOs, Winter Stoneflies, Sculpins THE LOWDOWN: The bug menu is pretty simplified- midges, baetis and a few winter stones. Dry fly hatches are winding down, but be ready if you're out there on a warm and cloudy afternoon. The river is low and clear, it's time to get stealthy and treat the upper Fork like you would the Fryingpan. HATCHES: Midges 18-24, BWOs 20-22, Winter Stoneflies 16-18 APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: DRIES: HOH CDC Thorax BWO 20-22, TC Sparkledun BWO 20-22, Massacre Midge 22-24, Mole Midge 20-22, HOH Hanging Midge 20-22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, Sprout Midge 20-24, Skittering Z-Lon Midge 20-22, Putterbaugh Caddis Black 16-18 (fished as a winter stone) NYMPHS: BTS Baetis 20-22, Sparklewing RS2 20-22, Freestone Emerger 20, BH Polywing Emerger 20, Kingrey's Cap'n Hook 20-22, Bead Wing Midge 20-22, Rojo Midge 20-22 STREAMERS: Autumn Splendor 6, Carlton Banks sz 4, Cousin It Sculpin sz 6, Grease Monkey sz 4, Beldar Lemon Drop sz 8 HINTS: Fish the soft water where your flies have time to get down in front of the fish. MIDDLE ROARING FORK- BASALT DOWNSTREAM TO CARBONDALE FLOW: 180 CFS in Basalt WATER CONDITIONS: Clarity is perfect OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10 FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, Blue WInged Olives, Sculpins THE LOWDOWN: The river is in perfect shape and the dry fly fishing is good. Dry flies in the afternoon include Winter Stones, BWOs and midges. There's not a lot of public access mid-river, but local favorites are Catherine Store, behind Crown Mountain Park, and the section along Two Rivers Road here in Basalt. HATCHES: Blue winged olives 20-22, Midges 18-24, Winter Stoneflies 16-18 APPROPRIATE PATTERNS NYMPHS: Stott's Good Carl 20, Stott's BH Drama Rust 20, Jigged Tungsten Red Tie PT 18-20, Freestone Emerger 20, BH Polywing Emerger 18-20, Biot Baetis 18-20, Sparklewing RS2 20-22, Imposter 20-22, Lil Foamy 18-20, Neon Nightmare 20-22 DRIES: Perfect Baetis 20-22, Befus' Para Emerger 18-22, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, Bill's Midge Emerger 20-22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Hatching Midge 20-22, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22, Massacre Midge 22-24, Roy's Special Emerger 20-22, Putterbaugh Caddis Black 16-18 (fished as a winter stone) STREAMERS: Tungsten Double Mint sz 4-8, Hansen's Meal Ticket sz 4, Baby Gonga Black sz 8, Home Invader sz 2 HINTS: Find some deep water where you can and keep an eye out for risers too LOWER ROARING FORK- CARBONDALE DOWNSTREAM TO GLENWOOD FLOW: 450 in Glenwood Springs WATER CONDITIONS: Clear and cold OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, BWOs, Winter Stoneflies, Sculpins THE LOW DOWN: Midday hatches of BWOs, midges and winter stones are keeping us busy in our boats and while wading. Streamers are usually effective on the lower Fork, we'd suggest smaller flies and natural colors for the most part. Keys tarpon eat size 8 flies, so don't feel like you have to throw a 3/0 double articulated fly to be "streamer fishing." HATCHES: Midges 18-26, Winter Stones 16-18, Blue Winged Olives 20-22 APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: NYMPHS: Guide's Choice Hares Ear 16-18, Double Down CDC PT 16-18, Copper John 14-16, BLMs 18-20, Freestone Emerger 22, RS2s 20-22, Polywing Emerger 18-20, Roy's Biot Baetis Emerger 18-20, Soft Hackle BWO 20-22, Imposters 20-22, TC Poxy Biot Baetis 22, Jerome Baetis 20-22, RIP Midge 22 DRIES: Roy's Special Emerger 20, TC Sparkledun BWO 18-22, Perfect Baetis 20-22, Hatching Midge 20-22, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Morgans Midge 18-20, Sprout Midge 18-20, Griffiths Gnat 20, Putterbaugh Caddis Black 16-18 (fished as a winter stone) STREAMERS: Beldar Lemon Drop sz 2, Grease Monkey sz 4, Slumpbuster 6-8, Devourer of Souls 6, Tim's Splendor 6-8 HINTS: Generally, cloudy days tend to produce the best hatches and action Upper Roaring Fork:,00060 Middle Roaring Fork: Lower Roaring Fork:

Local Species Available Year Round (Prime: June 1 - September 30)

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Taylor Creek-Basalt's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Fly Formerly Known As Prince N/A 14-16
Sparkle Dun N/A 22-24
Travis Hi-Vis Green Drake Para Emerger N/A 16-20
TH 20 Incher N/A 20-22
BLM Pck 18-20
Buckskin N/A 16-18
Birchell's Hatching Midge Gray 20
Tungsten Cone Head Woolly Bugger Blk or Wht 4-8
Ziwi black 4
Autumn Splendor N/A 4-8

Fly Formerly Known As Prince

A must-have nymph for every fly box

Taylor Creek-Basalt's Recommended Gear

Description: About Roaring Fork River

One of Colorado's premiere freestone trout fisheries, the Roaring Fork river's headwaters run down from the top of Independence Pass and flows for seventy miles down through the Roaring Fork Valley! Because of this great length and diversity, the river offers a variety of water types for the angler. From tight canyon pocket water in the upper river to the exceptional float fishing stretches of the lower river, there is always new water to explore. Superb caddis and green drake hatches are the hallmarks of this classic freestone fishery and fishes well on a year round basis.

Nearest Airport:

Aspen-Pitkin County Airport


BWOs, Caddis, Golden Stonefly, Pale Morning Dun,

Best Time to Fish:


Best Stretch:

The entire river is fishing excellent, Glenwood to Aspen.

Best Access:

Two Rivers Rd, Catherines, Bonedale, Westbank, Glenwood