The Roaring Fork River is a beautiful river in part of the most scenic part of Colorado. Running south to north from Aspen and meeting the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, “The Fork” is known for it’s year-round fishing opportunities, it’s variety and size of trout (as well as size of whitefish) and it’s accessibility.
The Roaring Fork is 70 miles long and fishes top to bottom. From wooded, high-gradient 3-4 weight water in Aspen and Woody Creek to 6 weights from the boat by Glenwood Springs, the Roaring Fork River has much to offer and all of it is accessible right off of Route 82. The Roaring Fork Valley also boasts two other great rivers within a few miles if you’d like to knock out a few in one day; the Frying Pan and the Crystal Rivers.
When it comes to bugs, this wonderful freestone river is known for it’s Green Drakes in June/July and it’s Blue Winged Olives in Winter. Though completely opposite in size, these two bugs both emerge in epic fashion and both garner much attention from our freshwater friends. Otherwise, you still get your great Summer Caddis, Yellow Sally and PMD hatches that the Central Rocky Mountain rivers are known for. Terrestrial fishing in July and August from the boat can be spectacular as well!
With an elevation change of 6200′ over it’s 70 miles, this river grows drastically as it gains flow from the Frying Pan and Crystal Rivers. It’s a night and day difference from it’s headwaters outside of Aspen to the confluence of the Colorado River. Though wading it can be extremely productive, you’d be hard pressed to find a better experience then to float it – Summer or Winter!
Access for The Fork, whether floating or wading, can be found throughout the Valley by following Rte 82 and looking for clear pull-offs to park or by grabbing intel from your local fly shop like Hookers or Aspen Outfitting. It’s always great to load up on input from the locals as they themselves or the shop’s guides are on the water daily and know what areas have been producing the most action for the angler. Things can change daily if not hourly on the Roaring Fork so the more you know, the better your chances of hooking up.
Enjoy your time on this beautiful river and soak in it’s scenery as you throw giant dry flies at the end of June! For more information, contact us or your friends at Hookers in Glenwood Springs and Aspen Outfitting in Aspen and Woody Creek.