Roaring Fork River
Lower (Below Carbondale)

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Jun 16 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 1/5

MIDDLE ROARING FORK - BASALT DOWNSTREAM TO CARBONDALE
FLOW: Approx. 4000cfs in Basalt (Gauging station currently down)
WATER CONDITIONS: Clarity is way down, especially in the earlier half of the day. To get an idea of how hard run-off is hitting the Fork, flows have nearly doubled on average since last week.
OVERALL RATING: 1 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Blue Winged Olives, Midges, Caddis, Stoneflies, Sculpins
THE LOWDOWN: Fishing will be tough going this time of year with drastically elevated water levels and reduced clarity. If you choose to try your hand in this stretch, stick to the banks and wade carefully.

There's not a lot of public access mid-river, but local favorites are Catherine Store, behind Crown Mountain Park, and the section along Two Rivers Road here in Basalt.
HATCHES: Caddis 14-18, Golden Stoneflies 4-10, Blue Winged Olives 20-22, Midges 18-24
APPROPRIATE PATTERNSNYMPHS: Cat Poop Stonefly 6-10, Bead Head Swiss Straw Emerger 16-18, Stott's USD Drake Nymph 12, San Juan Worm 10-12, PMD Trigger Nymph 16-18, Spanish Perdigon 16-18, Stott's Good Carl 20, Stott's BH Drama Rust 20, Jigged Tungsten Red Tie PT 18-20, 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: Chubby Chernobyl 6-10, Rubber Legs PMX 12, Mole Fly Baetis 20-22, Perfect Baetis 20-22, Befus' Para Emerger 18-22, Putterbaugh Caddis Black 16-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Royal Wulff 10-12, H&L Variant 10-12, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, Bill's Midge Emerger 20-22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Hatching Midge 20-22
STREAMERS: Tungsten Double Mint 4-8, Hansen's Meal Ticket 4, Baby Gonga Black 8, Home Invader 2
HINTS: Fish the banks - trout are lazy!



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

Jun 12 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 1/5

LOWER ROARING FORK - CARBONDALE DOWNSTREAM TO GLENWOOD
FLOW: 6900cfs in Glenwood Springs and still rising
WATER CONDITIONS: The Crystal is starting to spike with the warm ups, adding even more color to the already-dirty Fork. We will continue to see flows yo-yo in the coming weeks.
OVERALL RATING: 1 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Golden Stones, Blue Winged Olives, Caddis, Midges, Sculpins
THE LOW DOWN: Our annual run-off is here and should (hopefully) subside in the next few weeks. Though the water is very high, Caddis are still coming off later in the evening when the temperatures begin to turn and the clarity improves slightly.

Like everywhere else on the Fork, the fish should be hanging out on the banks, which is good news because wading can be extremely dangerous with current conditions. Be careful out there!

Streamers are usually effective on the lower Fork, we'd suggest smaller flies and natural colors for the most part. Keys tarpon eat size 8 flies, so don't feel like you have to throw a 3/0 double articulated fly to be "streamer fishing."
HATCHES: Caddis 14-18, Blue Winged Olives 18-22, Midges 18-26, Golden Stones 4-10
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: NYMPHS: Jigged Duracell 16-18, Cat Poop Stone 4-10, Mercer's Jigster PMD 16-18, Jigged Frenchie 16-18, Spanflex Brown Stonefly 8, San Juan Worm, Foam Top RS2 18-20, Murder She Wrote Rust 18-20, Guide's Choice Hares Ear 16-18, Double Down CDC PT 16-18, Copper John 14-16, BLMs 18-20, Freestone Emerger 22, RS2s 20-22, Polywing Emerger 18-20, Soft Hackle BWO 20-22, Imposters 20-22DRIES: Reed's Rogue Mustard Chubby 8-12, Egg Layer Golden Stone 8, Improved Sofa Pillow 4-8, Cloud Nine Golden Stone 8-10, H&L Variant 10-12, Royal Wulff 10-12, Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Improved Sparkle Dun BWO 18-22, Quasi-No Hackle BWO 20-22, Roy's Special Emerger 20, Perfect Baetis 20-22, Hatching Midge 20-22, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, Morgans Midge 18-20, Griffiths Gnat 20
STREAMERS: Beldar Lemon Drop 2, Grease Monkey 4, Slumpbuster 6-8, Devourer of Souls 6, Tim's Splendor 6-8
HINTS: Generally, cloudy days tend to produce the best mayfly action, but caddis prefer the high, bright sun.

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 12 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 1/5

MIDDLE ROARING FORK - BASALT DOWNSTREAM TO CARBONDALE
FLOW: 4300cfs in Basalt
WATER CONDITIONS: Clarity is way down, especially in the earlier half of the day. To get an idea of how hard run-off is hitting the Fork, flows have nearly doubled on average since last week.
OVERALL RATING: 1 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Blue Winged Olives, Midges, Caddis, Stoneflies, Sculpins
THE LOWDOWN: Fishing will be tough going this time of year with drastically elevated water levels and reduced clarity. If you choose to try your hand in this stretch, stick to the banks and wade carefully. Flows will be affected by the bumps on the Fryingpan through Saturday.

There's not a lot of public access mid-river, but local favorites are Catherine Store, behind Crown Mountain Park, and the section along Two Rivers Road here in Basalt.
HATCHES: Caddis 14-18, Golden Stoneflies 4-10, Blue Winged Olives 20-22, Midges 18-24
APPROPRIATE PATTERNSNYMPHS: Cat Poop Stonefly 6-10, Bead Head Swiss Straw Emerger 16-18, Stott's USD Drake Nymph 12, San Juan Worm 10-12, PMD Trigger Nymph 16-18, Spanish Perdigon 16-18, Stott's Good Carl 20, Stott's BH Drama Rust 20, Jigged Tungsten Red Tie PT 18-20, 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: Chubby Chernobyl 6-10, Rubber Legs PMX 12, Mole Fly Baetis 20-22, Perfect Baetis 20-22, Befus' Para Emerger 18-22, Putterbaugh Caddis Black 16-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Royal Wulff 10-12, H&L Variant 10-12, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, Bill's Midge Emerger 20-22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Hatching Midge 20-22
STREAMERS: Tungsten Double Mint 4-8, Hansen's Meal Ticket 4, Baby Gonga Black 8, Home Invader 2
HINTS: Fish the banks - trout are lazy!



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

Jun 05 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 1/5

MIDDLE ROARING FORK - BASALT DOWNSTREAM TO CARBONDALE
FLOW: 2300cfs in Basalt
WATER CONDITIONS: Clarity is way down, especially in the earlier half of the day. Visibility in the afternoons may increase to a foot or two.
OVERALL RATING: 1 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Blue Winged Olives, Midges, Caddis, Stoneflies, Sculpins
THE LOWDOWN: Fishing will be tough going this time of year with drastically elevated water levels and reduced clarity. If you choose to try your hand in this stretch, stick to the banks and wade carefully. Flows will be affected by the bumps on the Fryingpan through Saturday.

There's not a lot of public access mid-river, but local favorites are Catherine Store, behind Crown Mountain Park, and the section along Two Rivers Road here in Basalt.
HATCHES: Caddis 14-18, Golden Stoneflies 4-10, Blue Winged Olives 20-22, Midges 18-24
APPROPRIATE PATTERNSNYMPHS: Cat Poop Stonefly 6-10, Bead Head Swiss Straw Emerger 16-18, Stott's USD Drake Nymph 12, San Juan Worm 10-12, PMD Trigger Nymph 16-18, Spanish Perdigon 16-18, Stott's Good Carl 20, Stott's BH Drama Rust 20, Jigged Tungsten Red Tie PT 18-20, 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: Chubby Chernobyl 6-10, Rubber Legs PMX 12, Mole Fly Baetis 20-22, Perfect Baetis 20-22, Befus' Para Emerger 18-22, Putterbaugh Caddis Black 16-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Royal Wulff 10-12, H&L Variant 10-12, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, Bill's Midge Emerger 20-22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Hatching Midge 20-22
STREAMERS: Tungsten Double Mint 4-8, Hansen's Meal Ticket 4, Baby Gonga Black 8, Home Invader 2
HINTS: Fish the banks - trout are lazy!



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

Jun 02 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 1/5

LOWER ROARING FORK- CARBONDALE DOWNSTREAM TO GLENWOOD
FLOW: 3410 in Glenwood Springs and still rising
WATER CONDITIONS: The Crystal is starting to spike with the warm ups, and the lower Fork is getting dirty. We will see flows yo-yo a bit now that we are warming up.
OVERALL RATING: 1 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Golden Stones, Blue Winged Olives, Caddis, Midges, Sculpins
THE LOW DOWN: Our annual run-off is here and should subside in the next few weeks. Though the water is very high, Caddis are still coming off later in the evening when the temperatures begin to turn and the clarity improves slightly.

Like everywhere else on the Fork, the fish should be hanging out on the banks, which is good news because wading can be extremely dangerous with current conditions. Be careful out there!

Streamers are usually effective on the lower Fork, we'd suggest smaller flies and natural colors for the most part. Keys tarpon eat size 8 flies, so don't feel like you have to throw a 3/0 double articulated fly to be "streamer fishing."
HATCHES: Caddis 14-18, Blue Winged Olives 18-22, Midges 18-26, Golden Stones 4-10
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: NYMPHS: Jigged Duracell 16-18, Cat Poop Stone 4-10, Mercer's Jigster PMD 16-18, Jigged Frenchie 16-18, Spanflex Brown Stonefly 8, San Juan Worm, Foam Top RS2 18-20, Murder She Wrote Rust 18-20, Guide's Choice Hares Ear 16-18, Double Down CDC PT 16-18, Copper John 14-16, BLMs 18-20, Freestone Emerger 22, RS2s 20-22, Polywing Emerger 18-20, Soft Hackle BWO 20-22, Imposters 20-22DRIES: Reed's Rogue Mustard Chubby 8-12, Egg Layer Golden Stone 8, Improved Sofa Pillow 4-8, Cloud Nine Golden Stone 8-10, H&L Variant 10-12, Royal Wulff 10-12, Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Improved Sparkle Dun BWO 18-22, Quasi-No Hackle BWO 20-22, Roy's Special Emerger 20, Perfect Baetis 20-22, Hatching Midge 20-22, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, Morgans Midge 18-20, Griffiths Gnat 20
STREAMERS: Beldar Lemon Drop 2, Grease Monkey 4, Slumpbuster 6-8, Devourer of Souls 6, Tim's Splendor 6-8
HINTS: Generally, cloudy days tend to produce the best mayfly action, but Caddis prefer the high, bright sun.

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 02 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 1/5

MIDDLE ROARING FORK- BASALT DOWNSTREAM TO CARBONDALE
FLOW: 1490 CFS in Basalt
WATER CONDITIONS: Clarity is way down, especially in the earlier half of the day. Visibility in the afternoons may increase to a foot or two.
OVERALL RATING: 1 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Blue Winged Olives, Midges, Caddis, Stoneflies, Sculpins
THE LOWDOWN: Fishing will be tough going this time of year with drastically elevated water levels and reduced clarity. If you choose to try your hand in this stretch, stick to the banks and wade carefully.

There's not a lot of public access mid-river, but local favorites are Catherine Store, behind Crown Mountain Park, and the section along Two Rivers Road here in Basalt.
HATCHES: Caddis 14-18, Golden Stoneflies 4-10, Blue Winged Olives 20-22, Midges 18-24
APPROPRIATE PATTERNSNYMPHS: Cat Poop Stonefly 6-10, Bead Head Swiss Straw Emerger 16-18, Stott's USD Drake Nymph 12, San Juan Worm 10-12, PMD Trigger Nymph 16-18, Spanish Perdigon 16-18, Stott's Good Carl 20, Stott's BH Drama Rust 20, Jigged Tungsten Red Tie PT 18-20, 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: Chubby Chernobyl 6-10, Rubber Legs PMX 12, Mole Fly Baetis 20-22, Perfect Baetis 20-22, Befus' Para Emerger 18-22, Putterbaugh Caddis Black 16-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Royal Wulff 10-12, H&L Variant 10-12, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, Bill's Midge Emerger 20-22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Hatching Midge 20-22
STREAMERS: Tungsten Double Mint 4-8, Hansen's Meal Ticket 4, Baby Gonga Black 8, Home Invader 2
HINTS: Fish the banks - trout are lazy!



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

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Address: 1060 W. Beaver Creek Blvd., Avon, CO 81620
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Phone Number: 970-927-3441
Address: 132 Basalt Center Circle, Basalt, CO 81621
Website: http://www.gorecreekflyfisherman.com/
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Phone Number: (970) 827-9500
Address: 102 Main Street, Minturn, CO 81645
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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
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Phone Number: 303-733-1434
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Phone Number: 970-926-0900
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Phone Number: 970-244-8658
Address: 413 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501