Roaring Fork River
Lower (Below Carbondale)

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  1. Parachute BWO  

  2. BWO  

  3. RS-2  

  4. Prince Nymph  

  5. Pat's Rubberlegs  

  6. Pheasant Tail  

  7. Zebra Midge  

  8. CDC Midge  

  9. Imposter Pupa  

  10. Sculpzilla  

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Apr 08 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 4/5

LOWER ROARING FORK- CARBONDALE TO GLENWOOD
FLOW: approximately 463 cfs in Glenwood Springs
WATER CONDITIONS: Slightly off color, keep an eye on the graphs to watch for a spike in cfs
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 when clear and 2 out of 10 when the Crystal spikes
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midge adults, BWO adults, emergers and nymphs, sculpins
THE LOW DOWN: We are loving the conditions on the lower Fork! Despite the few days of blow out we had from heavy rains, this section has been fishing very good! BWOs and midges are hatching in large numbers, especially on the more overcast days. Find a good foam line, and you will find rising fish.

Nymphing has still been the most productive during non-hatch periods, and we are finally starting to fish with some larger flies. Worms and stones have been great lead flies as of late.

Be mindful rainbow trout are beginning to spawn, so there is a good chance you will see their beds (redds) in this section. Please avoid fishing/stepping on the beds, rather put the rod down and watch the magic of nature take place.

Give a call to the shop for all updated reports on fishing and water clarity, we have a historic snowpack and it will be a big water year!
HATCHES: BWOs 18-20, Midges 18-26
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
NYMPHS: Tung PT 18-20, 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: Perfect Baetis 20, Collett's Para BWO 18-22, No Hackle BWO 20-22, 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: Watching an indicator got you down? Try busting out some streamers on the cloudy days.

Upper Roaring Fork: http://www.dwr.state.co.us/SurfaceWater/data/detail_graph.aspx?ID=ROABMCCO&MTYPE=DISCHRG

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

Apr 08 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 4/5

MIDDLE ROARING FORK- BASALT DOWNSTREAM TO CARBONDALE
FLOW: 222 cfs in Basalt
WATER CONDITIONS: Clear flows but a bit of color here and there as we see a warming trend. Clarity is going to yo-yo a bit going forward, we have a historic snowpack this year!
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, winter stones, BWO adults and nymphs, sculpins
THE LOW DOWN: The Fork around Basalt has turned on! We are seeing the first waves of BWO and midge hatches in town, and they have been darn good. Midges tend to hatch out of the slower water, so key in on the holding water on the side of the riffles.

Fishing is still most productive in the deeper holes, with tiny and shiny flies being the main producers. We are also starting to fish more stonefly nymphs. You might see a few molting on the side of the banks, and it's a great lead fly to get the fish's attention, be sure to get your flies DOWN.

Be mindful rainbow trout are beginning to spawn, so there is a good chance you will see their beds (redds) in this section. Please avoid fishing/stepping on the beds, rather put the rod down and watch the magic of nature take place.
HATCHES: BWOs 18-22, Midges 20-24, winter stoneflies 16-18

APPROPRIATE PATTERNS
NYMPHS: 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: Collett's Parachute BWO 18-22, Perfect Baetis 20-22, No Hackle BWO 20-22, Bill's Midge Emerger 20-22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Hatching Midge 20-22, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22
HINTS: 4x and 5x tippet is more productive right now with lower flows and clear water.



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

Apr 03 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 4/5

MIDDLE ROARING FORK- BASALT DOWNSTREAM TO CARBONDALE
FLOW: 222 cfs in Basalt
WATER CONDITIONS: Clear flows and edge ice is pretty much gone
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, winter stones, BWO adults and nymphs, sculpins
THE LOW DOWN: The Fork around Basalt has turned on! We are seeing the first waves of midge hatches in town, and they have been darn good. Midges tend to hatch out of the slower water, so key in on the holding water on the side of the riffles.

Fishing is still most productive in the deeper holes, with tiny and shiny flies being the main producers. We are also starting to fish more stonefly nymphs. You might see a few molting on the side of the banks, and it's a great lead fly to get the fish's attention, be sure to get your flies DOWN.

Be mindful rainbow trout are beginning to spawn, so there is a good chance you will see their beds (redds) in this section. Please avoid fishing/stepping on the beds, rather put the rod down and watch the magic of nature take place.
HATCHES: BWOs 18-22, Midges 20-24, winter stoneflies 16-18

APPROPRIATE PATTERNS
NYMPHS: 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: Collett's Parachute BWO 18-22, Perfect Baetis 20-22, No Hackle BWO 20-22, Bill's Midge Emerger 20-22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Hatching Midge 20-22, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22
HINTS: 4x and 5x tippet is more productive right now with lower flows and clear water.



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

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