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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

The Fryingpan is down to normal summer flows so fishing should be good and wading fairly easy. From mid-July thru August it will be the 'Season of the Drake'. Green Drakes will be moving up into the 'Pan and are pretty constant for most of the summer. Other hatches of note this time of year are the Flavalina (Flavs), Pale Morning Duns (PMDs), Yellow Sallies, Summer Baetis (or Blue Winged Olive / BWOs) and Caddis.

If you find the Upper Frying Pan River near the dam is too damn 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.

Flies:
Dries: Para Adams 10 - 24, Extended Body Baetis, Comparadun Baetis, Peacock Caddis, X Caddis, Hen Wing or Hairwing Drake 10 - 14, Film Critic, Killer Green Bug, Drake Cripples, Light Cahill 14-16, Sprout Flav, Para Quill PMD
Mysis (Toilet Bowl to Baetis Bridge): Charlie's Mysis, Ultra Mysis, Epoxy Mysis, BTS Mysis
Nymphs: Caddis Pupa, RS2, WD40, Lively's BFD, JuJu Baetis, BWO Mayhems, BWO Bat Wings, PMD Mayhems, PMD Bat Wings, Drake Crawler, Pheasant Tails 10 - 18,
Streamers:   Slump Busters, Goldie, Zonkers, Coffeys Sparkle Minnow

Frying Pan River Flows

 

Roaring Fork River Fishing Report

The Roaring Fork water levels are on the way down but it is getting additional water from the rains, so it may be a slow descent this year. The 'Season of the Drake' has begun on the Fork, activity has been from Glenwood Springs to Carbondale. The hatch should be 'progressive' meaning that it will keep moving upriver towards Aspen for the rest of the summer. The best hatches are evening (dark) and on cloudy days mid-day. Evening fishing is best with anything size 10 to 14 using patterns with 'White Wings' or Wulffs. We are also seeing Yellow Sallies & Caddis during the day. If you have a blue-sky day the ticket should be fishing the river with nymphs for Drakes, Sallies & Caddis with a Pheasant tail thrown in for good measure.

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 rains 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.

Flies:

Dries: Para Adams 10-24, Extended Body Baetis, Comparadun Baetis, Peacock Caddis, X Caddis, Hen Wing or Hair Wing Drake 10 - 14, Drake Cripples!, Wulff patterns 10-20, Cahill 14-16, Para Quill PMD, Yellow Foam Stone 10-16, Stimulators (Yellow, Orange or Tan) 10-16
Nymphs: Caddis Pupa, RS2, WD40, Lively's BFD, JuJu Baetis, BWO Mayhems, BWO Bat Wings, PMD Mayhems, PMD Bat Wings, Drake Crawler, Pheasant Tails 10 - 20, LeBug, Barrs Net Builder, Prince, 20 Incher, Pats, FFKA, Copper Johns
Streamers: Slump Busters, Goldie, Zonkers, Coffeys Sparkle Minnow, Circus Peanut, Chain Reaction

Roaring Fork River Flows

 

Crystal River Fishing Report

The Crystal River is on again off again depending on the recent rainy or sunny days. When it is clear it fishes very good with mostly attractor patterns either nymphing or using the dry-dropper technique.

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

Flies:

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

Crystal River Flows

 

Colorado River Fishing Report

See the Colorado River on the Wave Park Webcam.

Well, we were starting to get a window but it got blown shut. I saw the CO a couple of days ago and was about ready to call in sick but I had to go to work. Then we had a gullywasher with a mudslide above Dotsero. Oh well! Stay tuned...

Call us for current conditions before you come up.

Flies:

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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