Roaring Fork River
Flow: 96cfs/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 401cfs Basalt, 602cfs Glenwood Springs
Conditions: Low, clear and cold water conditions and vastly improved fishing. BWOs are certainly the main event now with sporadic hopper, trico and midge hatches. The streamer fishing has also picked-up significantly lately with fall and the brown trout spawn quickly approaching. After a rough summer of low and warm water coupled with big crowds, it feels fantastic to have some normalcy back! The nymph fishing is steady with small flies like pheasant tails and RS2’s in sizes 18-24 dominating. Hopper/dropper rigs are still productive midday in the pockets. Dry fly anglers are finding pods of fish on the surface in the big pools gulping BWOs, midges and tricos. Light tippets of 6x are needed given the small size of dry flies being fished.
Dries: Panty Dropper Hopper, Clodhopper, Chubby Chernobyls, Trico Male Spinner, Umpqua Adult Midge, Trailing Shuck Midge Emerger, CDC RS2’s, CDC Comparadun BWO, Roy’s Emerger
Nymphs: Two Bit Hooker, BTS Baetis, Pheasant Tail, Micro Mayfly, Sparklewing RS2, Biot Emergers Gray/Black, Prince, Perdigon, Frenchie, Jig Rain Drop Olive, Jig Tung Tied Baetis
Streamers: Gongas, Dungeons, Sculpilicious, Sculpzilla, Winter Warlock, Sculpinator, Thin Mint