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.
The Frying Pan River is typically the most consistant river in the area during the Spring Runoff. There are still some fluctuations to come but it usually maintains good fishabilty throughout. In the next few weeks there sould be Midges, Baetis and Caddis hatches. Don't forget to stretch before excessive use of your elbows. You'll need at least one to cast.
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 - 22 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,
REMINDER, 4 Mile Creek and 3 Mile Creek closures are in effect until May 15th!!
No fishing within 50 yards of creek mouths and no fishing 1/2 mile up the creek.
The Roaring Fork River flows are up from this winter making the Roaring Fork River more floatable. A word of caution to all going above Carbondale Ramp, anyone caught trespassing 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 bugs are moving around and the fish are too. The fish are moving to true feeding lanes and the bugs are all moving around eating and growing untill it is their time to hatch. The fish tend to take advantage of the activity and will eat almost anything they think looks good. In April we should start seeing Caddis in preparation of the world reknowned 'Mother's Day Caddis' Hatch. 'Breathe through your nose' or wear a buff to prevent having a 'caddis appetizer'.
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 aren't guidiing, 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, Extended Body Baetis, Comparadun Baetis, Peacock Caddis, X Caddis, Rogue Stone
Nymphs: Lively's Beady B, LeBug, Mayhem BWO, RS2, Mercury RS2, Electric Caddis, Lively's BFD, Zebra Midge, JuJu Baetis, Electric Caddis, WD40, Zebra Midge, BWO Bat Wings, Special Emerger, magnymphico, pheasant tails, Prince, 20 Incher, Pats
Streamers: Slump Busters, Goldie, Zonkers, Coffeys Sparkle Minnow, Circus Peanut, Chain Reaction
The Crystal River is on the rise and is occasionally called the 'Not So' Crystal River when water is rising and muddy. General attractor patterns are the ticket on the Crystal River, there are bugs but the fish aren't as picky as on other rivers.
Dries: Royal Wulff, Royal or Orange Stimulator, Yellow Rogue Stone
Nymphs: FFKA, BH FB Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, Stones, Princes - BH & non-BH
See the Colorado River on the Wave Park Webcam.
The Colorado River below GWS is at the mercy of the Roaring Fork and Crystal Rivers as far as mud is concerned, above GWS the Eagle River and the Upper Colorado River can be problematic.
The Colorado River can be vulnerable to alot of the low level snowmelt and can be 'on again' or 'off again' on any given day. We check the river daily and our guides are fishing it if they aren't guidiing, give us a quick call for updated info before heading our direction.
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
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.
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