Roaring Fork River Report 12-16-22
Posted on 29 November 2022
December 16, 2022
UPPER ROARING FORK- ASPEN DOWNSTREAM TO BASALT
FLOW: 14 CFS
WATER CLARITY: Clean and low
OVERALL RATING: 5 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, BWOs, Sculpins
THE LOWDOWN: Low and clear flows will persist through the winter. There isn't a ton of dry fly activity any more, but if you see rising fish they'll probably be keyed in on BWOs and small midges.
We fish the upper Fork like the Fryingpan, meaning small flies, tippets, weights and indicators.
HATCHES: Midges 18-24, BWOs 18-22
DRIES: Perfect Baetis 20-22, CDC Comparadun BWO 18-22, TC Sparkledun BWO 18-22, HOH Hanging 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: 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
STREAMERS: Autumn Splendor 6, Carlton Banks sz 4, Cousin It Sculpin sz 6, Grease Monkey sz 4, Beldar Lemon Drop sz 8
HINTS: Fish the soft water where your flies have time to get down in front of the fish.
MIDDLE ROARING FORK- BASALT DOWNSTREAM TO CARBONDALE
FLOW: 176 CFS in Basalt
WATER CONDITIONS: Low and clear
OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Blue Winged Olives, Midges, Sculpins
THE LOWDOWN: The middle Fork has a decent BWO hatch mid-day, but most of the time we are nymphing and throwing small streamers. There's not a lot of public access mid-river, but local favorites are Catherine Store, behind Crown Mountain Park, and the section along Two Rivers Road here in Basalt.
HATCHES: Blue Winged Olives 18-22, Midges 18-24
NYMPHS: Freestone Emerger 20, BH Polywing Emerger 18-20, Biot Baetis 18-20, Sparklewing RS2 20-22, Imposter 20-22, Lil Foamy 18-20, Neon Nightmare 20-22
DRIES: Harrop's CDC Biot Dun BWO 20-22, TC Sparkledun BWO 18-22, Harrop's CDC Thorax BWO 20-22, Missing Link Caddis 16-18, Olive Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Bill's Midge Emerger 20-22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Hatching Midge 20-22, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22
STREAMERS: Tungsten Double Mint sz 4-8, Hansen's Meal Ticket sz 4, Baby Gonga Black sz 8, Home Invader sz 2
HINTS: Find some deep water where you can and keep an eye out for risers too
LOWER ROARING FORK- CARBONDALE TO GLENWOOD
FLOW: 482 CFS in Glenwood Springs
WATER CONDITIONS: Low and clear
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWOs, Midges, Sculpins
THE LOW DOWN: The lower Fork is settling in to "winter" mode as the flows drop quickly. There is still a decent BWO hatch in the slicks and tailouts, especially on cloudy afternoons. Be aware of annual spawning closures near 3 and 4 mile creeks, you'll see the signs.
Streamers are getting plenty of looks, it seems like small and white or small and rust colors are what they want.
HATCHES: Blue Winged Olives 18-22, Midges 18-26
NYMPHS: Copper John 14-16, BLMs 18-20, Freestone Emerger 22, RS2s 20-22, Polywing Emerger 18-20, Biot Baetis 18-20, Soft Hackle BWO 20-22, Imposters 20-22, TC Poxy Biot Baetis 22, Jerome Baetis 20-22, RIP Midge 22
DRIES: Lawson's No Hackle BWO 20-22, Befus Para Emerger BWO 20-22, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, Hatching Midge 20-22, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Morgans Midge 18-20, Sprout Midge 18-20, Griffiths Gnat 20
STREAMERS: Double Dirty Hippy sz 2, Beldar Lemon Drop sz 2, Grease Monkey sz 4, Galloup's Dungeon sz 2
HINTS: Generally, cloudy days tend to produce the best mayfly action
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