Roaring Fork River
Lower (Below Carbondale)

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  1. Prince Nymph  

  2. Parachute BWO  

  3. BWO  

  4. Baetis Nymph  

  5. Comparadun  

  6. CDC Midge  

  7. RS-2  

  8. Imposter Pupa  

  9. Mercer's Missing Link  

  10. Emerging Midge  

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Recent Guide Reports

Jun 17 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 3/5

LOWER ROARING FORK- CARBONDALE TO GLENWOOD
FLOW: 3420 in Glenwood Springs, we are seeing fluctuations
WATER CONDITIONS: Fast, but clean
OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Pale Morning Duns, BWOs, Caddis, Golden Stoneflies, Midges
THE LOW DOWN: Fishing during high and dirty water can be tough this time of year. Try to find slow water and work the edges near the banks. Heavy flies and lots of split shot are a must.

The best fishing tends to be from noon until 5 PM. Don't overlook the twilight hour when the female caddis come back to the water. In other words, you can work all day and still get some great fishing right before dark!

The nymphing game can be strong in the morning leading with large bugs such as Cat Poop Stone Flies or Prince Nymphs. Follow these with a smaller baetis pattern.

The streamer game is still happening, and give smaller patterns a try if you're not getting any chases on larger flies.
HATCHES: Blue Winged Olives 18-20, Caddis 14-18, Golden Stoneflies 6-10, Midges 18-26
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
NYMPHS: Poxyback Golden Stone 8-12, BLMs 18-20, Freestone Emerger 22, RS2s 20-22, Polywing Emerger 18-20, Biot Baetis 18-20, Thread Body Baetis 18-20, Soft Hackle BWO 20-22, Imposters 20-22, Prince Nymph 16-20, TC Poxy Biot Baetis 22, Jerome Baetis 20-22, RIP Midge 22
DRIES: Perfect Baetis 20, CDC Comparadun BWO 18-20, No Hackle BWO 20, Roy's Special Fryingpan Emerger 20-22, Rogue Foam Golden Stone 6-8, Chubby Chernobyl 8-12, Lawson's EZ Caddis 16-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 16-18, Missing Link Caddis 14-18, 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: Generally, warm and cloudy tend to be good blue winged days where hot and sunny tend to be good caddis days.

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 17 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 2/5

MIDDLE ROARING FORK- BASALT DOWNSTREAM TO CARBONDALE
FLOW: 1360 cfs in Basalt, the runoff is here and flows will fluctuate
WATER CONDITIONS: Fast but clean
OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Caddis, BWOs, Midges
THE LOW DOWN: Basalt down to Carbondale has been fishing pretty well on days when there is decent water visibility. Like the upper fork, lead with a heavy point fly and follow it with a baetis if you are nymphing.

Local spots like behind Crown Mountain Park and Catherine's Store are good for the wading angler.
HATCHES: BWOs 18Keep an-22, Caddis 14-18, Midges 20-24

APPROPRIATE PATTERNS
NYMPHS: Copper Back Golden 8-12, San Juan Worm 10, BLMs 18-20, Prince Nymphs 18-20, Pheasant Tails 18-24, Freestone Emerger 20, BH Polywing Emerger 18-20, Biot Baetis 18-20, Sparklewing RS2 20-22, Tailwater Assassin 20-22, Imposter 20-22, Lil Foamy 18-20, Neon Nightmare 20-22
DRIES: Lawson's EZ Caddis 16-18, Missing Link Caddis 14-16, Chuck's Varient Caddis 16, Perfect baetis 20-22, CDC Comparadun BWO 18-22, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, Bill's Midge Emerger 20-22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Hatching Midge 20-22, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22
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 08 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 2/5

LOWER ROARING FORK- CARBONDALE TO GLENWOOD
FLOW: 3420 in Glenwood Springs, we are seeing fluctuations
WATER CONDITIONS: Muddy and fast, but should start to clear up soon.
OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Pale Morning Duns, BWOs, Caddis, Golden Stoneflies, Midges
THE LOW DOWN: Fishing during high and dirty water can be tough this time of year. Try to find slow water and work the edges near the banks. Heavy flies and lots of split shot are a must.

The best fishing tends to be from noon until 5 PM. Don't overlook the twilight hour when the female caddis come back to the water. In other words, you can work all day and still get some great fishing right before dark!

The nymphing game can be strong in the morning leading with large bugs such as Cat Poop Stone Flies or Prince Nymphs. Follow these with a smaller baetis pattern.

The streamer game is still happening, and give smaller patterns a try if you're not getting any chases on larger flies.
HATCHES: Blue Winged Olives 18-20, Caddis 14-18, Golden Stoneflies 6-10, Midges 18-26
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
NYMPHS: Poxyback Golden Stone 8-12, BLMs 18-20, Freestone Emerger 22, RS2s 20-22, Polywing Emerger 18-20, Biot Baetis 18-20, Thread Body Baetis 18-20, Soft Hackle BWO 20-22, Imposters 20-22, Prince Nymph 16-20, TC Poxy Biot Baetis 22, Jerome Baetis 20-22, RIP Midge 22
DRIES: Perfect Baetis 20, CDC Comparadun BWO 18-20, No Hackle BWO 20, Roy's Special Fryingpan Emerger 20-22, Rogue Foam Golden Stone 6-8, Chubby Chernobyl 8-12, Lawson's EZ Caddis 16-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 16-18, Missing Link Caddis 14-18, 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: Generally, warm and cloudy tend to be good blue winged days where hot and sunny tend to be good caddis days.

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 05 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 2/5

LOWER ROARING FORK- CARBONDALE TO GLENWOOD
FLOW: 3420 in Glenwood Springs, starting to see fluctuations
WATER CONDITIONS: Muddy and fast
OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, BWOs, Caddis, Golden Stoneflies
THE LOW DOWN: Spawning Closures are in effect at 3 Mile and 4 Mile Creeks on the lower Roaring Fork from March 15 to May 31st.

Fishing during high and dirty water can be tough this time of year. Try to find slow water and work the edges near the banks. Heavy flies and lots of split shot are a must.

The best fishing tends to be from noon until 5 PM. Don't overlook the twilight hour when the female caddis come back to the water. In other words, you can work all day and still get some great fishing right before dark!

The nymphing game can be strong in the morning leading with large bugs such as Cat Poop Stone Flies or Prince Nymphs. Follow these with a smaller baetis pattern.

The streamer game is still happening, and give smaller patterns a try if you're not getting any chases on larger flies.
HATCHES: Blue Winged Olives 18-20, Caddis 14-18, Golden Stoneflies 6-10, Midges 18-26
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
NYMPHS: Poxyback Golden Stone 8-12, BLMs 18-20, Freestone Emerger 22, RS2s 20-22, Polywing Emerger 18-20, Biot Baetis 18-20, Thread Body Baetis 18-20, Soft Hackle BWO 20-22, Imposters 20-22, Prince Nymph 16-20, TC Poxy Biot Baetis 22, Jerome Baetis 20-22, RIP Midge 22
DRIES: Perfect Baetis 20, CDC Comparadun BWO 18-20, No Hackle BWO 20, Roy's Special Fryingpan Emerger 20-22, Rogue Foam Golden Stone 6-8, Chubby Chernobyl 8-12, Lawson's EZ Caddis 16-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 16-18, Missing Link Caddis 14-18, 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: Generally, warm and cloudy tend to be good blue winged days where hot and sunny tend to be good caddis days.

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 05 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 2/5

MIDDLE ROARING FORK- BASALT DOWNSTREAM TO CARBONDALE
FLOW: 1500 cfs in Basalt, the runoff is here and flows will fluctuate
WATER CONDITIONS: Dirty most days but should start to clear up soon
OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Caddis, BWOs, Midges
THE LOW DOWN: Basalt down to Carbondale has been fishing pretty well on days when there is decent water visibility. Like the upper fork, lead with a heavy point fly and follow it with a baetis if you are nymphing.

Local spots like behind Crown Mountain Park and Catherine's Store are good for the wading angler.
HATCHES: Midges 20-24, BWOs 18Keep an-22, Caddis 14-18

APPROPRIATE PATTERNS
NYMPHS: Copper Back Golden 8-12, San Juan Worm 10, BLMs 18-20, Prince Nymphs 18-20, Pheasant Tails 18-24, Freestone Emerger 20, BH Polywing Emerger 18-20, Biot Baetis 18-20, Sparklewing RS2 20-22, Tailwater Assassin 20-22, Imposter 20-22, Lil Foamy 18-20, Neon Nightmare 20-22
DRIES: Lawson's EZ Caddis 16-18, Missing Link Caddis 14-16, Chuck's Varient Caddis 16, Perfect baetis 20-22, CDC Comparadun BWO 18-22, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, Bill's Midge Emerger 20-22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Hatching Midge 20-22, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22
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

Website: http://www.almontanglers.com/
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
Website: http://www.crystalflyshop.com/
Phone Number: 970-963-5741
Address: 208 Main Street, Carbondale, CO 81623
Website: http://www.fishcolorado.com
Phone Number: 970-262-2878
Address: PO Box 2540, 400,Blue River Pkwy, Silverthorne, CO 80498
Website: http://eagleriverflyfishing.com/
Phone Number: 970-328-2323
Address: 25 Eby Creek Road, Eagle, CO 81631
Website: http://www.flyfishingoutfitters.net
Phone Number: 970-845-8090
Address: 1060 W. Beaver Creek Blvd., Avon, CO 81620
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
Website: http://www.minturnanglers.com
Phone Number: (970) 827-9500
Address: 102 Main Street, Minturn, CO 81645
Website: http://www.rfanglers.com
Phone Number: 970-945-0180
Address: 2114 B Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Website: http://www.rockymtanglers.com
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