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Fishing Information

Roaring Fork River - Aspen to Carbondale

41 cfs
8 mph
46 °F
Weather @COLORADO BASIN - Updated September 19, 2020 - 6:02am by OpenWeather

Current River Flow Updates

Latest Update: 8/31/20 -- Flows below Aspen are at 55.8 cfs and 475 at Basalt. Looking for hopper fishing? Look no further! We have seen some of the best hopper fishing in the state on this river as it contains healthy flows and cooler water temperatures. The clarity in the upper section has been consistent and there is also still a good amount of water flowing, these are prime freestone conditions. There are all kinds of bugs hatching! Caddis, Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD's, Drakes and more. This is a great time to get on the Roaring Fork. Nymphing is a great approach this time of year, but this is also the time of year to dry dropper fish. Try: Chubbies, Hoppers, Stimulators or other larger attractors up top and then Pat's Rubber Legs, Prince Nymphs, UV Sallies, Tungsten Rubber Leg Sallies, Flash Back Tungstones, Jigged Nymphs below and then possibly a third smaller like- Radiation Baetis, Shot Glass Baetis, Two Bit Hookers, Zebra Midges and more. Look for Drake hatch!

Historical River Flow

River Information

The Roaring Fork is another one of Colorado's most famous freestone rivers. This major tributary of the Colorado River begins near the town of Aspen and runs hard for approximately 70 miles before it reaches the Colorado in Glenwood Springs. Fishing can be outstanding for the entire length of the river, offering anglers the opportunity to fish a variety of conditions as it grows in size heading towards the Colorado. The river is most often fished on foot, however does offer the option to float fish all 12 months of the year, on most years. Most of the floating takes place from Basalt to Glenwood Springs, while most of the wading takes place from Aspen to Basalt. Hatches are abundant on the Roaring Fork and the fish can grow quite large and powerful. This river should definitely be on any angler's list when visiting the areas of Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale or Glenwood Springs.

Seasonal Conditions

The Roaring Fork can be fished year round, however, like many rivers in Colorado, can really shine during the months of March through November. Stoneflies are abundant in the river so fishing some sort of Stonefly nymph (Rubberlegs, Stone Bomb, 20 Incher) followed by a Mayfly or Caddis nymph is usually effective the majority of the year. By summertime, the Mayflies, Stoneflies and Caddis become very active and provide excellent dry fly fishing opportunities as long as you match the hatch. Terrestrial patterns will also take fish during the Summer and into the Fall. Streamers can be fished effectively from Spring through Fall.


Winter/Spring: Midges, Baetis

Summer: Mayflies (PMD, Red Quills, Green Drakes) , Stoneflies (Salmonflies, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies), Caddis, Terrestrials, General "Attractor" Dries, Streamers.

Fall: Mayflies (primarily Baetis), Midges, some Caddis, Streamers

Additional River Information

Roaring Fork River near Aspen

COLORADO BASIN River Gauge View Detailed Information

  • Flow 41 cfs
  • Wind 8 mph
  • Temp 46 °F
  • High/Low 46/68

River access

Accessing the Roaring Fork is very easy. Public access exists regularly from Aspen clear down to Glenwood Springs. Highway 82 runs the length of the river and anglers will find considerable access throughout much of this route. Fishing access around Carbondale and Basalt can be , to find and quite productive.

One item to note- While a very wadable river, there is certainly no shortage of moss covered, bowling ball sized rocks covering the streambed. Anglers should wade with caution when learning the river.

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