Roaring Fork River Report

Roaring Fork River Report
March 3, 2023 manager
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Roaring Fork River

Flow: N/A ice/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 184cfs/Basalt, 370cfs/Glenwood Springs

Conditions: The fishing has finally changed to point where a new fishing report was needed. Longer, warmer days are here and the fish have taken notice! The select few anglers who’ve been on the water the past two weeks have noticed a very considerable up-tick in the fish and insect behaviors and thusly catch rates. Our famous ‘Fifth-Season’ has officially kicked-off! Good numbers of risers are being seen below our headquarters here in Carbondale. BWO hatches can be encountered on any given day now too – with the best numbers being seen during the usual warmer and overcast days. When the fish aren’t rising we generally like to nymph stoneflies, eggs, or caddis larva with smaller BWO and midge imitations as droppers. The larger and deeper pools that you relied on all winter still hold fish but don’t overlook shallower holding water now either (hint hint). There’s not a real need to get out there and float unless if you’re very comfortable knowing the lines with the low water levels.


Dries: Griffiths Gnats, Triple Doubles, Roys Special Emerger, Zelon Midge, CDC RS2, Stillborn Midge

Nymphs: Flashtail Eggs, Princes, 20Inchers, Rainbow Warrior (black/pearl), PTs, 2Bits (black/olive), Sparklewing RS2, CDC RS2, Biot Emerger (black/gray), Mayhems (BWO/gray), TZMs (black/red), Disco Midge red, Bubble-Ups, Tung Tied Baetis, Perdigons/Bullets/Frenchies whatever

Streamers: Mini Dungeons (white, tan, black), Sculpilicious, Sculpzilla, Clousers, Autumn Splendor, Beldar Bugger, Jig Mini Bugger, PSLs