Roaring Fork River Report 10-21-20
Posted on 21 October 2020
October 21, 2020
UPPER ROARING FORK- ASPEN DOWNSTREAM TO BASALT
FLOW: 75 cfs below Maroon Creek
WATER CLARITY: Clear and low
OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Blue Winged Olives, Pale Morning Duns, Midges, golden stonefly nymphs, sculpins
THE LOW DOWN: The upper Fork above Basalt has been remaining low and clear but it is fishing well and you can't beat the fall colors.
In a nutshell we are fishing the upper river with some "sneaky factor"- as in small flies and fine tippets. Except for twilight, the dry fly action has slowed down significantly and the nymphing has gotten very good as long as you are fishing small bugs.
Small flies like RS2s and Pheasant Tails have been productive, and skittering a caddis around at twilight has been pretty fun, too. You'll see some late afternoon BWO action on calm and cloudy days also.
HATCHES: Midges 20-24, BWOs 18-22, PMDs 14-18
DRIES: Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Ethawing Caddis 16-18, Perfect PMD 16-18, Melon Quill 16-18, Chubby Chernobyl 10-12, Perfect Baetis 20-22, No Hackle BWO 20-22, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, Sprout Midge 20-24, Skittering Z Lon Midge 20-22
NYMPHS: BLM 18-20, Tungsten Bead Baetis 20, BTS Baetis 20-22, Sparklewing RS2 20-22, Freestone Emerger 20, BH Polywing Emerger 20, Kingrey's Cap'n Hook 20-22, Bead Wing Midge 20-22, Rojo Midge 20-22, Spanflex Stone 10-12, Tungsten Split Case PMD 16-18, PMD Halfback Emerger 14-18
STREAMERS: Autumn Splendor 6, Zuddler 6, Slumpies 6-8
HINTS: Skip the blah water and focus on the deeper open runs and pools.
MIDDLE ROARING FORK- BASALT DOWNSTREAM TO CARBONDALE
FLOW: 366 cfs in Basalt
WATER CONDITIONS: Low and clear
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, Blue Winged Olives, sculpins
THE LOW DOWN: Basalt down to Carbondale has been fishing pretty well, and essentially we are fishing it like we are the upper- with small BWO nymphs and some dry fly action in the late afternoon.
Floating this section is preferred due to the lack of public access, but local spots like behind Crown Mountain Park and Catherine's Store are good for the wading angler. Keep an eye on water temperatures, but the middle river is much cooler than the lower these days.
HATCHES: Blue Winged Olives 18-20, Midges 20-24
NYMPHS: BLMs 18-20, Prince Nymphs 18-20, Pheasant Tails 18-24, Freestone Emerger 20, BH Polywing Emerger 18-20, Biot Baetis 18-20, Sparklewing RS2 20-22, Tailwater Assassin 20-22, Imposter 20-22, Lil Foamy 18-20, Neon Nightmare 20-22, Cat Poop 8-12, 20 Incher 10-14
DRIES: Perfect Baetis 20-22, No Hackle BWO 20-22, Bill's Midge Emerger 20-22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Hatching Midge 20-22, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22
HINTS: Find some deep water where you can and keep an eye out for risers too
LOWER ROARING FORK- CARBONDALE TO GLENWOOD
FLOW: 475 in Glenwood Springs
WATER CONDITIONS: Clear and low
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWOs, Midges, PMDs, caddis, sculpins
THE LOW DOWN: We are seeing a few BWOs out there, but primarily nymphing and streamer chucking has been the most productive. There's still a few random PMDs and caddis, but they're fading fast.
Like the upper and middle river we are essentially fishing the lower river like it's winter already- tiny and shiny BWO nymphs or midges on finer tippet than you might expect.
HATCHES: Caddis 16-18, Blue Winged Olives 18-20, PMDs 14-18, Midges 18-26
NYMPHS: BLMs 18-20, Freestone Emerger 22, RS2s 20-22, Polywing Emerger 18-20, Biot Baetis 18-20, Thread Body Baetis 18-20, Soft Hackle BWO 20-22, Imposters 20-22, Cat Poop 8-12, San Juan Worm 10, Twenty Incher 10-14, Jerome PMD 16-18, Prince Nymph 8-14
DRIES: Perfect Baetis 20-22, No Hackle Baetis 20-22, Melon Quill 16-18, Sparkledun PMD 14-18, Garcia's Mini Hot Sally 16, Ethawing Caddis 14-16, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Roy's Special Fryingpan Emerger 20-22, CDC Comparadun 18-20, Hatching Midge 20-22, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Morgans Midge 18-20, Sprout Midge 18-20, Skittering Zelon Midge 20-22, Griffiths Gnat 20
HINTS: Watch out for some pretty good hatches, especially when warm and cloudy.
Upper Roaring Fork: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/uv/?site_no=09076300&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060
Middle Roaring Fork: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09081000
Lower Roaring Fork: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09085000