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Roaring Fork Fishing Report



Fly Fishing Report for the 4 Main Rivers in the Roaring Fork Valley, the Roaring Fork River, Frying Pan River, Colorado River and the Crystal River. The fishing report is updated regularly so check back often for current information. If you have any questions or contact us for the most current conditions and fly fishing report. We also have a hatch chart available for general bug hatch information.

Frying Pan River Fishing Report


Flows are rising below the dam due to remaining snow pack and the fact the reservoir is 85% full. Current flows are around 500cfs and may rise further to 600cfs. The lower pan is of color, but will clear quickly once the river stops rising. The upper Frying Pan can fish well in the area just below the dam at these flows. Lots of Mysis shrimp will be traveling through the dam, and the increase in flows and push some of the Toilet Bowl pigs down stream. Fish Mysis, worms, eggs, and Drake nymphs.

If you find the Upper Frying Pan River near the dam is too dam crowded, the middle and lower Frying Pan River is a great change of pace.  Flies are similar, but concentrate on deeper pools for nymphing and look for other places that aren't normally fished. You might find a gem!

Call us for the most current conditions or stop by to find out more before wading.

Dries: 20 - 24 Para Adams, CDC Adult Midge, Morgans Para Midge, Low Rider Midge, Trailing Shuck Midge, Extended Body Baetis, Comparadun Baetis, Peacock Caddis, X Caddis
Mysis (Toilet Bowl to Baetis Bridge): Charlie's Mysis, Ultra Mysis, Epoxy Mysis, BTS Mysis
Nymphs:   Electric Caddis, RS2, WD40, Lively's BFD, ICU Midge, Zebra Midge, JuJu Bee, JuJu Baetis, BWO Mayhems, BWO Bat Wings,
Streamers:  Slump Busters, Coffeys Sparkle Minnow,

Frying Pan River Flows


Roaring Fork River Fishing Report


Right now fishing is difficult at best. Cooler weather over the weekend could improve conditions, but that remains to be seen. Conditions will likely be high fast and off color for around 2-3 weeks.

Floaters, when floating above Carbondale Ramp, check flows. Touching the bottom during low flows is trespassing, and you will be called on it and may get a ticket. Anytime you are touching bottom, even just to push off rocks, you are trespassing. Check the flows first and be respectful of others.


The Roaring Fork River can be vulnerable to alot of the low level snowmelt and can be 'on again' or 'off again' on any given day. Sometimes it clears in a day or two or sometimes (if we're lucky) later in the day. We check the river daily and our guides are fishing it if they can, give us a quick call for updated info before heading our direction.

Call us for the most current conditions or stop by to find out more before floating or wading.


Dries: Para Adams, CDC Adult Midge, Morgans Para Midge, Trailing Shuck Midge, Orange Stimulator, Ginger Variant, Rogue Stone
Nymphs: LeBug, Black Mayhem black RS2, Lively's BFD, Zebra Midge, Electric Caddis, Zebra Midge, Bars net builder, Prince, 20 Incher, Pats
Streamers: Slump Busters, Goldie, Zonkers, Coffeys Sparkle Minnow, Circus Peanut, Chain Reaction

Roaring Fork River Flows


Crystal River Fishing Report


The Crystal River is in full runoff mode and should remain so for a few more weeks. On the bright side, The Crystal Drainage has the lowest snowpack in the drainage. The Crystal my be the first river to clear!


Dries: Royal Wulff, Royal or Orange Stimulator, Yellow Rogue Stone
Nymphs: FFKA, BH FB Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns,  Stones, Princes - BH & non-BH

Crystal River Flows


Colorado River Fishing Report


See the Colorado River on the Wave Park Webcam.

There is lots of snow in the upper Colorado River drainage. It looks like the Colorado will get another good scouring! Good for the fish and the bugs! We really don't have a good prediction for fishable conditions…….

Call us for current conditions before you come up.


Dries: Para Adams, CDC Adult Midge, Low Rider Midge, Gulper Special, Hi Vis Baetis, Peacock Caddis
Nymphs: Pat's, 20incher, GB Epoxy Stone, Lively's Beady B, LeBug, Mayhem BWO, RS2, Mercury RS2, Electric Caddis, Lively's BFD, ICU Midge, JuJu Baetis, Electric Caddis, Green Hornet, Guides Choice Hares Ear
Streamers: Chain Reaction, Belly Dancer, Big Head Todd, Circus Peanut, Sun Ghost Dancer, Goldie, Zonkers

Colorado River Flows


Still Waters

Beaver Run Ranch on Woody Creek is open to our guided clients and it is phenomenal! A 12-15 lb rainbow was landed on the 10th. We also have other private lakes & ponds that can produce some Kodak moments. Call us about our Private Waters and their availability.

Stop by and stock up on flies or just check out some of our new patterns. Please see our Hatch Chart and contact us for fly recommendations or to book a guided fly fishing trip.


If you are planning a fishing trip out in Colorado, we encourage that you purchase your license online. Please visit the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website to buy your license online from CPW. Buy Fishing License online

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