The Roaring Fork River begins life at 12,000 ft. and roars 70 miles on its way down to the Colorado River. From its alpine
beginnings, downstream to Glenwood Springs, four species of trout can be caught: Cutthroat, Brook, Rainbow, and Brown Trout.
Upstream of Aspen the Fork is a small stream flowing through a spectacular mountain setting. The long summer days offer unsurpassed dry fly fishing to eager trout in this high altitude environment.
As the river passes through Aspen to Basalt, it increases in size as it picks up water from the surrounding mountains. Much of this stretch is state designated WILD TROUT WATER. There is no stocking in this portion of the river, and special Fly Fishing/Catch and Release only regulations apply. Wading is the best way for individuals to access this stretch of the river. Hatches are diverse and prolific, providing an excellent opportunity to test your hatch matching skills.
The Frying Pan River flows into the Roaring Fork in the small town of Basalt. This marks the beginning of 28 river miles that the state designated as GOLD MEDAL TROUT WATER, the highest classification of waters in Colorado. This increase in size affords float-fishing opportunities throughout the summer months. Spring, late summer, fall, and winter are excellent times to wade fish this reach. This stretch of river offers strong insect hatches from spring through fall, and excellent nymphing opportunities throughout the year.
When the Roaring Fork reaches Carbondale, the Crystal River is added to the mix and changes the Fork into a classic large western river. The river here is a mix of large riffles, long runs, and deep pools that hold some of the largest trout in Colorado. The most effective way to fish this awesome stretch of water is in a drift boat with a local guide. Except during spring runoff, this stretch of river offers excellent wade fishing throughout the entire year. The Roaring Fork River finally adds its flow to the Colorado River as it passes Glenwood Springs. Check the current Roaring Fork River Fishing Report now.