Roaring Fork River

Lower Roaring Fork Glenwood to Carbondale Fishing is 8 out of 10

The Lower Roaring Fork River is crystal clear through Glenwood Springs, the best time to go is 11AM to 4PM with the super cool mornings let the water warm up a bit before heading out . lots of fly patters are working very well with fish hitting the surface in the mid to late afternoons otherwise nymphs and streamers are the way to go. right now the trick is weight, lighter tippet and a proper drift is needed to have good success, remember to set your hooks downstream.

Dry Patterns:18-20 adams, 18 cluster midge, 18-20 Spent Midge, 18-22 Tan Adult Midge,18-22 Midge emerger

Nymphs:  10-14 Mop Flies,14-16 Fox Spot caddis pupa, Trout Beads,14-16 Cased Caddis,18-22 Zebra Midges , 18-22 jujubees in olive, red or black,18-22 Foam back RS2’s in grey, olive or black,16-20 Prince's of all kinds, 18 Hotspot Frenchie, 12-16 Pats Rubber Legs

Middle Roaring Fork Carbondale to Basalt 7 out of 10

Very similar to the lower stretch I wouldn’t bother going until the temp starts warming up around 11AM. fish the deep holes and pockets. use lighter tippet and weight is needed 5x to 7x as the water is crystal clear Nymphing is your best bet for most of the day mid afternoon fish are rising to Midges. Like the lower lighter tippet, weight and a proper drift is needed for success .

Dry Patterns: 18-20 adams, 18 cluster midge, 18-20 Spent Midge, 18-22 Tan Adult Midge,18-22 Midge emerger

Nymphs:  10-14 Mop Flies,14-16 Fox Spot caddis pupa, Trout Beads,14-16 Cased Caddis,18-22 Zebra Midges , 18-22 jujubees in olive, red or black,18-22 Foam back RS2’s in grey, olive or black,16-20 Prince's of all kinds, 18 Hotspot Frenchie, 12-16 Pats Rubber Legs

Upper Roaring Fork Basalt to Aspen 4 out of 10

Its winter time up the upper stretch and a great place to go wade fishing right now its low and clear, the crowds are skiing and the river is vacant and full of hungry fish. Wait till mid day when the water warms a little. we have switched to smaller flies for the most part and lighter tippet on the upper stretch. midges seem to be the main fly they are biting on. because of the clarity of the river is crystal clear be stealthy on the river the fish can spook easy.

Dry Patterns: 18-20 adams, 18 cluster midge, 18-20 Spent Midge, 18-22 Tan Adult Midge,18-22 Midge emerger

Nymphs:  10-14 Mop Flies,14-16 Fox Spot caddis pupa, Trout Beads,14-16 Cased Caddis,18-22 Zebra Midges , 18-22 jujubees in olive, red or black,18-22 Foam back RS2’s in grey, olive or black,16-20 Prince's of all kinds, 18 Hotspot Frenchie, 12-16 Pats Rubber Legs, 24-28 Micro Nymphs.

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The Frying Pan River

Upper Section Rudi to Mile Marker 8 out of 10

Flows are good on the Upper Pan and with the snowy weather, we are seeing midge hatches with surface feedings around 11AM to 3:30 PM just move around till you find the hatches.

Mysis patterns Are a great choice when nymphing as well as egg patterns since we are seeing the Browns still spawn. with that said please give the reds a rest there are plenty of big fish in the runs and holes.

Streamer fishing the upper section can hook you in to some of the bigger fish in the river. dead drifting a sculpin pattern has been the way to go, after dead drifting, mess with your retrieval rate until you get a bite.

Dry Patterns: 18 Cluster Midge,18-22Midge Emerger, 22-24 CDC Midge Adult ,22 CDC Transitional Midge , 12-16 Leadwing Coachmen, 18-22 Adams.

NYMPHS: Trout Beads, 18-22 Zebra Midges, 18-24 Rainbow Warriors Red or Black, 22 Candy Cane Midge, 18-22 Chocolate Thunder, 16-20 Mysis, 16-20 Epoxy Mysis, Leadwing Coachman12-16, 22-28 Micro Nymphing has been very effective

STREAMERS:  6-8 Slumbuster, 4-6 Sculpin Patterns,8-12 wooly buggers

Middle Section Mile Marker 8 to Mile Marker 6 out of 10

The flow and water clarity are good just drive up to till the ice is off the water in the middle section and the solitude can be even better. We are seeing Midge hatches during the warmest hours of the day with a few rising fish. Our suggestion is if you want to fish dries go to the upper section there will be more rising fish. Nymphing and Streamer fishing is the way to go through this stretch of water. The fish are moving around in the middle sections, make sure you are being stealthy while wading around and using the lightest tippet possible as the water is very clear.

DRIES:  20-22 Baetis patterns, cluster Midge 18, Midge Adult18-22, 18-20 Sprout Midge

NYMPHS:  20-22 Foam Back Black or Gray RS2, Leadwing Coachman 12-16, 18-20 Zebra Midge Red, 20-22 Black Beauty, 18-22 Two Bit Hookers,18-22 Red Rainbow Warriors, 18-22 juju’s Red

STREAMERS:  4 Bugger Rust/White, 6-8 Murphys Minnow, 6-8 Wooly Bugger start dark and go light till you get a bite.

Lower Section Mile Marker 4 to Basalt 2 out of 10

The water is Iced up through the lower section with the winter weather here there can be ice on the water.

DRIES:  18-22 Morgans Midge, 20-22 , 18 Cluster Midge, 20-22 Adult Midge, 22-24 Midge Patterns

NYMPHS:  14-18 Red or Chartreuse Copper John , Baetis nymphs 20-22, 20-22 Zebra Midge Black,Red or Olive , 20-22 wd40 Midge, 18-20 Foamback RS2 Gray or olive,

STREAMERS:  Murphys Black, 4-10 Wooly Bugger Olive or Black, 4-8 Autumn Splendor

Colorado River: 8 out of 10

The Colorado is a great choice for this time of year, nymphing is going to be your best bet for success but there has been surface midge feedings around 1 to 4ish in the afternoon . Fish the deep SLOW holes with lighter tippet and weight. best time to go is 11 am to 4pm. Let the warm up from the sun.

Dries: 18 Midge cluster, 18-20 midge emergers , 20 para midge,18-22Para Adams.


Nymphs: 10-18 Prince’s of all kind, 8-12 Pats, ,Cased Caddis, Copper Johns, Trout Beads, 8-10 epoxy stones , 16-18 Tungsten hot spot Zebra Midge, 16-20 Two Bit Hookers, 18-22 grey foam back RS2 . 18-20 BH Pheasant tails, 18-20 BWO Baetis Nymph Patterns of all kinds
Streamers: 6-12Black and Olive Wooly Buggers, 6 Murphys Sculpin, Clouser’s of all kinds

Crystal River

The Crystal is iced over in most of the upper stretch in-between crystal to redstone. the best fishing is in the town of carbondale between 11-4PM.

Dries: 18-20 Cluster Midge,18-22 Sprout Midge,18-22 adult midge, 18-22 Midge Emergers 12-16 Leadwing Coachman emerged

Nymphs: 12-20 Prince Patterns of all kinds, 12-20 Pheasant Tales of any Pattern, Eggs, 14-16 Cased Caddis, 10-16 Mop flies in Chartreuse, Copper Johns in red, purple, chartreuse, black, copper, Hare’s Ears of all kinds, 8-12 Wolly Buggers in olive and Black, 12-16 Pat’s Rubber legs,12-16 Leadwing Coachman