Roaring Fork River
Lower (Below Carbondale)

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  1. CDC Midge  

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  3. Imposter Pupa  

  4. Parachute BWO  

  5. Emerging Midge  

  6. BWO  

  7. Elk Hair Caddis  

  8. Sculpzilla  

  9. Adult Midge  

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Jun 24 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 4/5

LOWER ROARING FORK- CARBONDALE TO GLENWOOD
FLOW: 2060 CFS in Glenwood Springs
WATER CONDITIONS: The river is dropping quickly. Clarity improves on days following colder nights.
OVERALL RATING: 8 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Green Drakes, Caddis, Pale Morning Duns, Yellow Sallies, BWOs, Golden Stoneflies, Midges, Sculpins
THE LOW DOWN: Locals were very thankful to see a quasi-normal runoff this time around. The snowpack was great, then it wasn't, then it cooled off significantly and prolonged the melt until the peak last week.

Green Drakes are on the scene at twilight now, and even a few are being spotted mid-day. We are still seeing consistent hatches of caddis, BWOs and midges. Pale Morning Duns and Yellow Sallies are now hatching sporadically and will only increase in the coming days. Golden Stones are flapping around here and there as well!
HATCHES: Green Drakes 10-12, Yellow Sallies 16, Golden Stoneflies 4-10, Caddis 14-18, Blue Winged Olives 18-22, Midges 18-26
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
NYMPHS: Spanflex Stonefly 6-8, Twenty Incher Nymph 12-16, Prince Nymph 10-16, Tung Torin's Soft Hackle 16-18, Copper John 14-16, BLMs 18-20, Freestone Emerger 22, RS2s 20-22, Polywing Emerger 18-20, Biot Baetis 18-20, Soft Hackle BWO 20-22, Imposters 20-22, TC Poxy Biot Baetis 22, Jerome Baetis 20-22, RIP Midge 22
DRIES: TC Sparkledun Green Drake 10-12, HOH CDC Thorax Green Drake 12, Stott's KGB Green Drake 12, Hackled Green Drake 12, Royal Wulff 10-12, Hairy Sallie 16, Reed's Rogue Golden Stone 4-8, Chubby Chernobyl 6-10, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Tan Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Lawson's No Hackle BWO 20-22, Befus Para Emerger BWO 20-22, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, Roy's Special Fryingpan Emerger 20-22, Hatching Midge 20-22, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Morgans Midge 18-20, Sprout Midge 18-20, Griffiths Gnat 20
STREAMERS: Double Dirty Hippy sz 2, Beldar Lemon Drop sz 2, Grease Monkey sz 4, Galloup's Dungeon sz 2
HINTS: Generally, cloudy days tend to produce the best dry fly action.

Upper Roaring Fork: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/uv/?site_no=09076300&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060

Middle Roaring Fork: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09081000

Lower Roaring Fork: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09085000

This report was written by Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen: http://www.taylorcreek.com
(970) 920-1128

Jun 19 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 3/5

LOWER ROARING FORK- CARBONDALE TO GLENWOOD
FLOW: 3620 CFS in Glenwood Springs
WATER CONDITIONS: We are seeing consistent runoff conditions on the lower Fork, but the river in general is dropping quickly. Clarity improves on days following colder nights.
OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Caddis, Pale Morning Duns, Yellow Sallies, BWOs, Golden Stoneflies, Midges, Sculpins
THE LOW DOWN: Locals were very thankful to see a quasi-normal runoff this time around. The snowpack was great, then it wasn't, then it cooled off significantly and prolonged the melt until the peak last week.

Green Drakes should be on the scene at twilight any night now, and we are still seeing consistent hatches of caddis, BWOs and midges. Pale Morning Duns and Yellow Sallies are now hatching sporadically and will only increase in the coming days. Golden Stones are flapping around here and there as [email protected]!
HATCHES: Yellow Sallies 16, Golden Stoneflies 4-10, Caddis 14-18, Blue Winged Olives 18-22, Midges 18-26
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
NYMPHS: Spanflex Stonefly 6-8, Twenty Incher Nymph 12-16, Prince Nymph 10-16, Tung Torin's Soft Hackle 16-18, Copper John 14-16, BLMs 18-20, Freestone Emerger 22, RS2s 20-22, Polywing Emerger 18-20, Biot Baetis 18-20, Soft Hackle BWO 20-22, Imposters 20-22, TC Poxy Biot Baetis 22, Jerome Baetis 20-22, RIP Midge 22
DRIES: Hairy Sallie 16, Reed's Rogue Golden Stone 4-8, Chubby CHernobyl 6-10, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Tan Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Lawson's No Hackle BWO 20-22, Befus Para Emerger BWO 20-22, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, Roy's Special Fryingpan Emerger 20-22, Hatching Midge 20-22, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Morgans Midge 18-20, Sprout Midge 18-20, Griffiths Gnat 20
STREAMERS: Double Dirty Hippy sz 2, Beldar Lemon Drop sz 2, Grease Monkey sz 4, Galloup's Dungeon sz 2
HINTS: Generally, cloudy days tend to produce the best dry fly action.

Upper Roaring Fork: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/uv/?site_no=09076300&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060

Middle Roaring Fork: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09081000

Lower Roaring Fork: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09085000

This report was written by Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen: http://www.taylorcreek.com
(970) 920-1128

Jun 19 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 3/5

MIDDLE ROARING FORK- BASALT DOWNSTREAM TO CARBONDALE
FLOW: 1780 CFS in Basalt
WATER CONDITIONS: Runoff is in effect, but dropping quickly!
OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Blue Winged Olives, Caddis, Midges, Pale Morning Duns, Golden Stoneflies, Sculpins
THE LOWDOWN: Changes are afoot, and we are seeing fluctuating flows now, but off-color water isn't a deal breaker. As a general rule, the water will be more off-color in the morning and clear up substantially by late afternoon.

Do not be afraid to seriously beef up your tippet and fly size when fishing in these runoff conditions. Fish will tend to look for pockets of slower water to conserve energy so focus your efforts on these areas.

Expect to have the best clarity on days following cooler nights. Though it seems the peak of runoff is behind us, expect the river to remain off color as we enter our hottest week yet.
HATCHES: Caddis 14-18, Blue Winged Olives 18-22, Midges 18-24, Golden Stoneflies 4-10

APPROPRIATE PATTERNS
NYMPHS: Cat Poop Stonefly 4-10, Zirdle Bug 6-8, Twenty Incher Nymph 12-16, Freestone Emerger 20, BH Polywing Emerger 18-20, Biot Baetis 18-20, Sparklewing RS2 20-22, Imposter 20-22, Lil Foamy 18-20, Neon Nightmare 20-22
DRIES: Cloud Nine Golden Stonelfy 4-8, Chubby Chernobyl 6-12, TC Custom Sparkledun PMD 16-18, Hackle Dun PMD 16-18, Perfect PMD 16-18, Harrop's CDC Biot Dun BWO 20-22, TC Sparkledun BWO 18-22, Harrop's CDC Thorax BWO 20-22, Missing Link Caddis 16-18, Olive Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Bill's Midge Emerger 20-22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Hatching Midge 20-22, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22
STREAMERS: Tungsten Double Mint sz 4-8, Hansen's Meal Ticket sz 4, Baby Gonga Black sz 8, Home Invader sz 2
HINTS: Find some deep water where you can and keep an eye out for risers too



This report was written by Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen: http://www.taylorcreek.com
(970) 920-1128

Jun 07 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 2/5

MIDDLE ROARING FORK- BASALT DOWNSTREAM TO CARBONDALE
FLOW: 1480 CFS in Basalt
WATER CONDITIONS: Runoff is in effect
OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Blue Winged Olives, Caddis, Midges, Winter Stones, Sculpins
THE LOWDOWN: Changes are afoot, and we are seeing fluctuating flows now, but off-color water isn't a deal breaker. As a general rule, the water will be more off colored in the morning and clear up substantially by late afternoon.

Do not be afraid to seriously beef up your tippet and fly size when fishing in these runoff conditions. Fish will tend to look for pockets of slower water to conserve energy so focus your efforts on these areas.

Expect to have the best clarity on days following cooler nights. Though it seems the peak of runoff is behind us, expect the river to remain off color as we enter our hottest week yet.
HATCHES: Caddis 14-18, Blue Winged Olives 18-22, Midges 18-24, Winter Stones 16-18

APPROPRIATE PATTERNS
NYMPHS: Freestone Emerger 20, BH Polywing Emerger 18-20, Biot Baetis 18-20, Sparklewing RS2 20-22, Imposter 20-22, Lil Foamy 18-20, Neon Nightmare 20-22
DRIES: Harrop's CDC Biot Dun BWO 20-22, TC Sparkledun BWO 18-22, Harrop's CDC Thorax BWO 20-22, Missing Link Caddis 16-18, Olive Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Bill's Midge Emerger 20-22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Hatching Midge 20-22, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22
STREAMERS: Tungsten Double Mint sz 4-8, Hansen's Meal Ticket sz 4, Baby Gonga Black sz 8, Home Invader sz 2
HINTS: Find some deep water where you can and keep an eye out for risers too



This report was written by Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen: http://www.taylorcreek.com
(970) 920-1128

Fly Shop Directory

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Phone Number: 970-641-7404
Address: 10209 Highway 135, PO Box 513, Almont, CO 81210
Website: http://www.roaringforkanglers.com
Phone Number: 970-963-9245
Address: 995 Cowen Dr. Ste. 102, Carbondale, CO 81623
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Website: http://www.fryingpananglers.com
Phone Number: 970-927-3441
Address: 132 Basalt Center Circle, Basalt, CO 81621
Website: http://www.gorecreekflyfisherman.com/
Phone Number: 970-476-3296
Address: 675 Lionshead Place - Building A, Level 1 Vail, CO
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Phone Number: (970) 827-9500
Address: 102 Main Street, Minturn, CO 81645
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Phone Number: 970-945-0180
Address: 2114 B Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
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Phone Number: 303-447-2400
Address: 1904 Araphoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
Website: http://www.taylorcreek.com
Phone Number: (970) 920-1128
Address: 408 E Cooper Ave, Aspen, CO 81611
Website: http://www.taylorcreek.com
Phone Number: 970-927-4374
Address: 183 Basalt Center Drive, Basalt, CO 81621
Website: http://thecoloradoangler.com/
Phone Number: (970) 513-8055
Address: 249 Summit Place, Silverthorne, CO 80498
Website: http://troutsflyfishing.com
Phone Number: 303-733-1434
Address: 1303 E. 6TH Ave, Denver, CO 80218
Website: http://www.vailvalleyanglers.com/
Phone Number: 970-926-0900
Address: 97 Main Street Unit E102 Edwards, CO 81632
Website: http://www.westernanglers.com
Phone Number: 970-244-8658
Address: 413 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501