United States
39° 24' 20.556" N, 107° 10' 56.0316" W
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - 602cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The rain this week has pushed the flows up a little in the Fork making the floating in rafts from Basalt a little easier. The fishing is excellent as the pressure had dropped off and the cooler water and conditions has made for good floating all the way to Glenwood.

The best results are from nymphing and the best nymph patterns are getting smaller. The conditions are also good on the Fork now higher up. Concentrate on small flies.

Try small baetis such as the FPA Sparkle Baetis, the FPA Thorax Emerger, and black pheasant tails have also worked well. For emergers, the rs2 in black or gray. Also the sparkle wing rs2.

For small flies, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.

For the stone fly nymphs good patterns continue to include the BB FB Epoxy 20 Incher, the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher and the CTB RL Epoxy 20 Incher. Also try drake nymphs such as the FPA Nymph, or the poxyback. For variety try the muskrat as well.

Try streamers. 

Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 71-80 F

Runoff has finally arrived. We are expecting the Roaring Fork to rise toward peak flows. This cool spring seems to have finally warmed into more summer like  temps. If you can find a bit of more clear and slow water fish can still be had, but the location has to be perfect. Concentrate on big dark nymphs, streamers and worms.

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.


Nymphs: Prince, Pats, FFKA, Copper Johns, Eggs, GB Epoxy Stone
Streamers:Big and dark!

Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

The cloudy weather and rain brought on some nice hatches and dry fly activity. The hatches are a little sporadic with a few drakes and PMD's coming off and BWO's in the rain. The BWO's tended to come off later in the day mid-river so be prepared to stay out a little later if there is the possibility of rain.

The outlook for the coming week is excellent. Be prepared for wet weather. Some of the best hatches come off in the rain so you don't want to miss out because you forgot to bring along your wet weather gear.

The conditions are ideal.

Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos, pmd's and drakes, both nymphs and dries.

For mysis at the dam use Mike's Mysis. epoxy mysis, and BDV mysis.

The midges will come off during the day, particularly if it is sunny. So try Wilson's Reverse Candy Cane #20, red and black chironocones #20, nick's larva in miracle pink, olive, and purple back, brassies #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, copper johns #18 - #22, rainbow warriors, black polywings #18 - #22 and bling midges # 18 - #22.

As they come off try the gray loopwing emergers #20 - #22, the FPA special emergers, biot emergers both with and without the trailing shuck and gray RS2's #18 - #22, Johnny Flash in Olive, Grey, and Black, Olive and Red Jujubee, trailing shuck midge black and cream.

In addition try dry patterns such as the z-wing real midge, black cdc midge and any similar dry black and gray patterns in sizes from #20 through to #26.

The fish are taking generic nymphs such as pheasant tails and caddis larva patterns. The BWO's are coming off as well. Try emerger patterns such as rs2's and WD-50's.

For BWO naturals use standard BWO's, parachute BWO's, parachute Adams, and Thorax patterns.

For PMD's use emergers and dries. For emergers, use the RS2, the emerger, or the FPA shuck trailer PMD. For dries use the No-hackle, the Comparadun or the parachute.

For drake nymphs try the Flavilinea, the FPA Nymph and the Muskrat. As soon as the fish start taking dries start with the emerger and then try W's Drake, the Wulff, the cripple, and the Comparadun.

There will also be caddis and crane flies in the evening.