Roaring Fork River
Flow: 124cfs/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 425cfs/Basalt, 609cfs/Glenwood Springs
Conditions: The water and air temps have cooled off and the fishing has rebounded in a big way. Hatches are consisting of Hoppers, PMDs/Rusty Spinners, caddis and BWOs. With the water dropping, fish are moving off of the banks and into midriver holding areas. The river is at a great level for hopper/dropper/dropper rigs with even a fair amount of fish coming up and eating the dry! Streamer fishing is becoming increasingly more effective but keep in mind it’s still not the October/November bite. The waters from Snowmass to Aspen are in great shape and fishing well at these water levels. Short nymph rigs or dry/dropper fishing has been fishing best. Crowds have begun to thin out a bit just as the fishing heats-up! The headwaters of the river up near Independence Pass have really been shining lately too – Picking pockets with a single dry fly and catching fall brook trout is about as much fun as you can have with your Crocs on.
Dries: Parachute Hopper, Fat Albert, Chubby Chernobyls, Dry Humpers, Tarantulas, PMXs, Stimi ChewToys, Foam Elk Hair Caddis, Egg Laying Caddis, E/C Caddis, Renegades, Rusty Spinner, Ants
Nymphs: Sunkin Spinner, Red Headed Princes, Electric Caddis, Breadcrust Caddis, Rock Grinders, Jiggy Sally, Halfback PMD, Swiss Straw Emerger, Split Case PMD, Translucent Sally, CDC RS2, Mayhems in Black and BWO, TwoBit Hookers, CDC Pheasant Tails, Purdee John Yellow, Perdigons Orange and Black, Frenchies, Bubble Up Mayflies, San Juan Worms
Streamers: Jig Mini Bugger, Thin Mint, P3 Bugger, Double Bunny, Gongas, Dungeons, Jig Sparkle Minnow