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Roaring Fork Fishing Report

 

 

Fly Fishing Report for the 4 main rivers in the Roaring Fork Valley, the Roaring Fork River, Frying Pan River, Colorado River and the Crystal River. The fishing report is updated regularly so check back often for current information. If you have any questions call us or contact us for the most current conditions and fly fishing report. We also have a hatch chart available for general bug hatch information.


 

Frying Pan River Fishing Report

The Frying Pan River is at it's normal winter flow of 100 CFS plus or minus a couple cubic feet. The primary fare this time of year is the midge, wet  or dry, nymph or emerger. For nymphing, we recommend using a caddis pattern or baetis pattern followed by a midge of your choice. We haven't seen much icing up happening yet, but the winter season is hardly here yet. Please use caution when walking on or fishing near icy banks.

If you find the Upper Frying Pan River near the dam is too dam crowded, the middle and lower Frying Pan River is a great change of pace.  Flies are similar, but concentrate on deeper pools and look for places that aren't normally fished.

Call us for current conditions or stop by to find out more before wading.

Flies:
Dries: 20 - 22 Para Adams, Adult Midge, CDC Adult Midge, Low Rider Midge, Trailing Shuck Midge, 22 Rubber Leg Stimi
Mysis: Charlie's Mysis, Epoxy Mysis, BTS Mysis, Ultra Mysis
Nymphs:   Electric Caddis, RS2, Lively's BFD, Bling Midge, ICU Midge, Zebra Midge, JuJu Bee, JuJu Baetis, RoJo Midge, Disco Midge, Poison Tung Midge
Streamers:  Slump Busters, Zuddlers

Frying Pan River Flows

 

Roaring Fork River Fishing Report

The Roaring Fork River flows are holding just a bit higher this winter than last but is still 'bony' for floating. The Roaring Fork is fishing very good with the warmer weather and is  also very wadeable. As the weather gets colder watch out for the 'chunky monkeys' floating in the river. Wait for the weather to warm up during the day, typically 10 until 3 or 4 depending on the weather for that day. This time of year we like to take extra cloths in the truck for 'just in case'.

The trout are all 'schooled up' for the most part and can be found in the bigger deeper pools and runs. It is all about getting down to where the fish are right now or 'Low and Slow'. Get down to them with split shot or a heavy up fly and give them a good long look at your selection.

Call us for current conditions or stop by to find out more before floating or wading.

Flies:

Dries: 20 - 22 Para Adams, Adult Midge, CDC Adult Midge, Low Rider Midge, Trailing Shuck Midge, 22 Rubber Leg Stimi
Nymphs: Lively's Beady B, LeBug, Mayhem BWO, RS2, Mercury RS2, Electric Caddis, Lively's BFD, Bling Midge, ICU Midge, Zebra Midge, JuJu Bee, JuJu Baetis, RoJo Midge, Disco Midge, Poison Tung Midge
Streamers: Slump Busters, Zonkers

Roaring Fork River Flows

 

Crystal River Fishing Report

The Crystal River is very low this time of year. It is at 66 CFS at Avalanche Creek near Redstone but no reading in town. We recommend to get above Carbondale and look for the deeper holes.

Flies:

Dries: n/a
Nymphs: FFKA, BH FB Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns,  Stones, Princes - BH & non-BH

Crystal River Flows

 

Colorado River Fishing Report

See the Colorado River on the Wave Park Webcam.

The Colorado River is looking pretty sweet but it is also a fickle river. One day good, next day not so much. We haven't heard anything about Streamer action and we would recommend deep nymphing. Later in the winter we'll be looking for some midge action up top but for now get your rig down. Typical rig would be a stonefly followed by q egg, midge, or a small baetis or caddis.

If you are seeing 'chunky monkeys' in the river, it hasn't warmed up enough. Try mid day for the best results.

Call us for current conditions before you come up.

Flies:

Dries: 20 - 22 Para Adams, Adult Midge, CDC Adult Midge, Low Rider Midge, Trailing Shuck Midge, 22 Rubber Leg Stimi
Nymphs: Pat's Rubber Legs, 20incher, GB Epoxy Stone, Lively's Beady B, LeBug, Mayhem BWO, RS2, Mercury RS2, Electric Caddis, Lively's BFD, Bling Midge, ICU Midge, Zebra Midge, JuJu Bee, JuJu Baetis, RoJo Midge, Disco Midge, Poison Tung Midge
Streamers: Chain Reaction, Belly Dancer, Big Head Todd, Circus Peanut, Sun Ghost Dancer, Slump busters

Colorado River Flows

 

Still Waters

Beaver Run Ranch on Woody Creek is open to our guided clients and it is phenomenal! A 12-15 lb rainbow was landed on the 10th. We also have other private lakes & ponds that can produce some Kodak moments.

Stop by and stock up on flies or just check out some of our new patterns. Please see our Hatch Chart and contact us for fly recommendations or to book a guided fly fishing trip.

 

If you are planning a fishing trip out in Colorado, we encourage that you purchase your license online. Please visit the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website to buy your license online from CPW. Buy Fishing License online

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