Roaring Fork River Report

Roaring Fork River Report
May 11, 2023 manager
In River Reports

Roaring Fork River

Flow: 503/Aspen (Jaffe Park), 1090cfs/Basalt, 2400cfs/Glenwood Springs

Conditions: It’s runoff time – the trend of cool weather giving us small fishing windows and warm weather giving us muddy conditions will continue for the next several weeks. We’ve got a great snowpack this year and are already looking forward to having a sensational summer season under good water conditions! At this point, realistically the best fishing has been from Basalt to Carbondale – too much mud below the Crystal River and too much volume of water above Basalt where the river is more narrow. Junk-rigs are best for the big, stained or muddy water. Think along the lines of stoneflies, caddis larva, green drake nymphs, worms and eggs fished in shallow/moderate depths in the soft water. If the river is green/clear we tend to be fishing more hatch-matching insects like baetis and caddis. The caddis hatch is here but is sputtering with the overcast and cool temps recently. Feel free to give us a call for daily river conditions at 970.963.5741


Dries: Polywing Midge Adult, Stillborn Midge, Trailing Shuck Midge, Zelon Midge, Comparadun Adams, CDC BWO Comparadun, Para Roy’s Special Emerger, Almost Dun, Quill Body BWO Parachute, Silhouette Dun BWO, Renegades, Caddis Variant, Stimi’s, Chubby Chernobyl Gold/Olive

Nymphs: 20Inchers, Rubberlegs, Zirdles, Tactical Turds, Worms, Flashtail Mini Eggs, BH Electric Caddis, Puparazzi, HE-Mans, FKA Prince, Dick Teasers, Euroflashes, Batwing BWO, Macgrubers, Split Back BWO, Sparklewing RS2s, Mayhems, Foam Wing RS2, BH Polywings, Rainbow Warriors, Duracells, Mops, Worm Farm

Streamers: Sculpilicious, Sculpzilla, Mini Dungeons, Sparkle Minnows, Beldar Buggers,