Roaring Fork River Report 6-18-20

Posted on 18 June 2020

June 18, 2020 

FLOW: 800 cfs below Maroon Creek

WATER CLARITY: Clear but still high in volume

OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10 

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT:  Caddis, Blue Winged Olives, Pale Morning Duns, Yellow Sallies 14-16, Midges, golden stonefly nymphs, green drake nymphs, sculpins

THE LOW DOWN: Runoff is still here but the river is dropping and quite clear. Plenty of bugs are flying around now, no more squinting at midges!

Choose your battles on the upper river for a few more weeks, some spots are still tough to fish because of the volume of water running downstream.

Dry fly action is picking up, and streamer fishing and nymphing has been quite productive. Small worms, stones and princes make great lead flies and follow them up with RS2s or various midge larva. 

HATCHES: Midges 20-24, BWOs 18-22, Yellow Sallies 14-18, PMDs 14-18, Golden Stones 8-12, Caddis 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, Garcia's Mini Hot Yellow Sally 16, 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.


FLOW:  1050 cfs in Basalt

WATER CONDITIONS: Big but clean. Dirty in the mornings, clean in afternoons

OVERALL RATING:  7 out of 10

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, blue winged olives, golden stoneflies, Pale Morning Duns, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, sculpins


The river looks great around Basalt this week, and has been fishing well to boot. Don't fret if you see a little discoloration, this is just your cue to tie on a San Juan Worm or stonefly nymph!

Like the upper, we're seeing improved dry fly activity, but the nymphing has been terrific once you get your appropriate fly in the right kind of water. The fish are fat and seem to have fed well through the spring months, and where you find one fish there is bound to be more.

Treat the Fork like you would the Fryingpan for a little while longer- as in small flies and light tippets. Covering water is a great idea versus standing in one spot all day.  If it's a cool day, start on the Fork down-valley and work your way up as the day warms. If you are daunted by the Fork, swing in, get a map, and we'll show you our public access "secret" stashes we fish on our off-days.

HATCHES: Blue Winged Olives 18-20, Caddis 14-18,  Pale Morning Duns 14-18, Yellow Sallies 14-16, 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: EC Caddis 16-18, Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Melon Quill 16-18, Sparkledun PMD 14-18, Hairy Sally 16, 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


FLOW: 1960 in Glenwood Springs


OVERALL RATING:  7 out of 10 

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWOs, Midges, golden stoneflies, PMDs, caddis, green drakes, sculpins

THE LOW DOWN: In a nutshell, the lower river is fishing very well and is starting to drop in flow. A plethora of bugs are on the menu including green drakes, pale morning duns, golden stones, yellow sallies, caddis and a few BWOs.

The green drake hatch is in its early stages, and most of you know this is a power-hour hatch at twilight. They are hatching a bit better on the Colorado at this point.

We are seeing tons of PMDs, Sallies and Caddis out there and the streamer bite has been pretty strong, too.

HATCHES: Caddis 16-18, Green Drakes 10-12, Blue Winged Olives 18-20, Golden Stones 8-12, PMDs 14-18, Yellow Sallies 14-16, Midges 18-26

NYMPHS: BLMs 18-20, Freestone Emerger 20, 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,  H and L Variant 10-12, Royal Wulff 10-12, 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.

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