Roaring Fork River
Flow: 383cfs/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 610cfs Basalt, 1120cfs Glenwood Springs
Conditions: The river has reached peak runoff and is now rapidly decreasing. Water clarity has been superb and very fishable throughout its entirety (a true rarity for the time of year). Even below the Crystal River we’re seeing great visibility most days! Caddis, PMD and yellow sally stoneflies dominate right now with residual green drake sightings below Carbondale. Currently the main wave of drakes is being seen from Snowmass to Catherine’s Store. Fly selection can be varied with the multiple hatches taking place. The streamer bite has tapered off with the drop in water volume– popular colors have been yellow, white and black. Good hatches have been seen most every evening with plenty of fish looking up. Picky fish might require a skated caddis dry, though in the “power hour” a dead-drift is often all that’s required. Nymph fishing catches a lot of fish too with beadheads, jigs, PMDs, caddis and stones all working. Green drake emergers like soft hackles and Stalcups Winged Drake Emerger are fish-catchers prior to the drake hatch.
Dries: Royal Stimulator, Renegade, Foam Elk Hair Caddis, Royal Humpy, PMXs, Chubby Chernobyls, Foamulators, Royal Wulff, H&L Variant, Drake Comparadun, Drake Cripples
Nymphs: Jig Rubberlegs, Cheater Belly Stones, Lucent Sally, Tungsten Sally, Jig Sally, Jig Flashwing Prince, 20 Inchers, Winged Drake Emerger, San Juan Worms, Tung Electric Caddis, Tungsten PTs, Perdigons, Frenchies, Jig Red Copper John
Streamers: Dungeons, Sparkle Minnows, Double Bunnies, Skully Buggers, Sculpzillas