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Roaring Fork | Colorado

Roaring Fork River Fly Fishing Information

The Roaring Fork River is one of Colorado’s exceptional trout fisheries, the Roaring Fork begins at the top of Independence Pass and flows for seventy miles down through the Roaring Fork Valley! Because of this great length, 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.

The Roaring Fork is a great nymph-fishing river, with Stoneflies, Mayflies and Caddis patterns being consistently effective. Big stone-flies hatch in June, smaller ones as the summer progresses and both mayfly and caddis hatches continue on into the fall. These varied hatches make the Roaring Fork good for dry flies too, especially in the evenings.  The Green Drake hatch begins late summer and the fish go bonkers for them!  The trout in the Roaring Fork are a mix of Browns and Rainbows, with average fish from 12-18 inches and larger. The most unusual aspect of this fishery is the opportunity to catch the states biggest whitefish when nymphing the river in winter or during their spawn in October. Nymphs are the most productive way to fish the Roaring Fork, but the Dry Fly fishing can be exceptional in the summer.


Roaring Fork River Real Time Stream Flows

Roaring Fork River Hatches
Summer – Salmonflies, Green Drakes, Pale Morning Duns, Terrestrials, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, Red Quills
Fall – Baetis, Terrestrials, Caddis, Midges
Spring – Blue Winged Olives, Stoneflies, Caddis, Midges, Salmonflies
Winter – Midges

Roaring Fork River Flies: