LOWER ROARING FORK- CARBONDALE TO GLENWOOD
FLOW: 415 cfs in Glenwood Springs
WATER CONDITIONS: Clear
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midge adults, sculpins
THE LOW DOWN: FYI: Two Rivers boat ramp in Glenwood is closed for repairs until April, so plan accordingly. Nights below 20 degrees yield slushy conditions, the warmer nights present excellent float and wade conditions the following day.
Like the upper and middle, most fish have abandoned the shallow riffles (for now) and are found in the deeper pits with more oxygenated water and cover.
Stones, worms, and egg patterns can be great lead flies on the lower stretch, with trailing your small baetis and midge offerings. Time to start downsizing your tippet as well, 5x should be your go-to.
HATCHES: Midges 18-26
NYMPHS: BLMs 18-20, Freestone Emerger 20, RS2s 20-22, Polywing Emerger 18-20, Biot Baetis 18-20, Thread Body Baetis 18-20, Soft Hackle BWO 20-22, Imposters 20-22, Cat Poop 8-12, San Juan Worm 10
DRIES: Roy's Special Fryingpan Emerger 20-22, CDC Comparadun 18-20, Hatching Midge 20-22, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Morgans Midge 18-20, Sprout Midge 18-20, Skittering Zelon Midge 20-22, Griffiths Gnat 20
HINTS: Watch out for some pretty good hatches, especially when warm and cloudy.
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