Roaring Fork River Report 5-2-22
Posted on 02 May 2022
May 2, 2022
UPPER ROARING FORK- ASPEN DOWNSTREAM TO BASALT
FLOW: 70.4 CFS
WATER CLARITY: Low and Clear
OVERALL RATING: 5 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, BWOs, Sculpins
THE LOWDOWN: Conditions are much improved as we ease in to Spring. This March has brought us plenty of moisture and low temperatures, which is much needed after the last two bone-dry winters.
Midges and winter BWOs are moving around and the fish are starting to get on them. Most of you know to fish the upper Fork like you would the Fryingpan, as in small flies and light tippets.
HATCHES: Midges 18-24, BWOs 18-22
DRIES: Mole Midge 20-22, 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: 539 CFS in Basalt
WATER CONDITIONS: Starting to yo-yo with clarity, flows are increasing
OVERALL RATING: 5 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Blue Winged Olives, Caddis, Midges, Winter Stones, Sculpins
THE LOWDOWN: Changes are afoot, and the "middle" river is fishing better every day. The worm and stonefly bite has been excellent subsurface, and we are starting to find a few risers out there keyed in on caddis, BWOs and midges.
We are seeing fluctuating flows now, but off-color water isn't a deal breaker.
HATCHES: Caddis 14-18, Blue Winged Olives 18-22, Midges 18-24, Winter Stones 16-18
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
CLOSURES IN EFFECT AT 3 MILE AND 4 MILE CREEKS ON THE LOWER ROARING FORK RIVER. PLEASE RESPECT SPAWNING TROUT.
FLOW: 1240 CFS in Glenwood Springs
WATER CONDITIONS: There was a big bump recently, the river is starting to yo-yo a bit as we warm up. Please observe annual spawning closures at the mouths of 3 and 4 Mile Creeks.
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 if there's good vis, 1 out of 10 if blown out
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Caddis, BWOs, Winter Stones, Midges
THE LOW DOWN: The first waves of caddis and baetis (BWOs) have begun! Baetis on the lower Fork tend to be gray and vary from size 18 down to 22. Midges are prolific, and the streamer bite has been pretty savage! Caddis are sproradic, but getting strong on days with bright sun.
The lower Fork came up 1,000 CFS last week and is currently rising and falling depending on nightly temps.
On the warmer days expect to see some off colored water on the lower Fork. Runoff is just around the corner!
HATCHES: Caddis 14-18, Blue Winged Olives 18-22, Midges 18-26
NYMPHS: Prince Nymph 16-20, Tung Torin's Soft Hackle 16-18, 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: Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Tan Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Lawson's No Hackle BWO 20-22, Befus Para Emerger BWO 20-22, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, Roy's Special Fryingpan Emerger 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 dry fly 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