Roaring Fork River Report 6-4-18

Posted on 03 June 2018


June 4, 2018

FLOW: 800 cfs below Maroon Creek (Woody Creek Canyon) 

WATER CLARITY: The Upper Fork is easing out of runoff mode, but certainly fishable most days now!

OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT:  BWO adults, BWO, PMD and green drake nymphs, golden stonefly nymphs, caddis adults, emergers and larva, cranefly larva, midges, sculpins

THE LOW DOWN:  Crowds are very light this time of year and Aspen is quieting down.  We are seeing spring runoff conditions, keep in mind the river is dirtiest in the mornings and cleanest in the afternoons.

Considering the fluctuating conditions of runoff, we've still seen BWOs and caddis taking flight lately. We tend to fish this section of the Fork like the upper Fryingpan (and not just in the spring), so remember your slim and quiet bugs versus the fat and flashy ones.  The opposite can be true if you find some deep and oxygenated areas where golden stoneflies thrive.  

Miles of water can be found in Jaffe Park, and spend some time this spring with your map in your lap figuring out all of those other public access points!

HATCHES: Caddis 12-18, Midges 22-24, BWOs 18-22


DRIES:  Ethawing Caddis 14-16, Pearl and Elk Caddis 12-18, Peacock Caddis 14-18, CDC Comparadun BWO 18-22, Befus' BWO 20-22, Flag Adams 16-20, Bills Midge Emerger 20-22, Bills Midge Adult 20-22, Biot Wing Midge 20-22, Sprout Midge 22-24

NYMPHS: BLMs 18-20, Tungsten Bead Baetis 20, BTS Baetis 20-22, Sparklewing RS2 20-22, Cat Poop Stone 8-10, Freestone Emerger 20, BH Polywing Emerger 20, Biot Baetis 20-22, Prince 18-20, Bling Midge 20-22, Kingery's Cap'n Hook 20-22

STREAMERS: Weir's Sculpin 6, Autumn Splendor 6, Zuddler 6, Slumpies 6-8 

HINTS: This is the least crowded time of year and the upper Fork is fishing better in the afternoons.


FLOW: 1000 cfs in Basalt 

WATER CONDITIONS: Clarity is vastly improved and we are at the tail-end of runoff already.

OVERALL RATING:  7 out of 10

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Caddis adults, BWO adults, midges, Golden stone adults, BWO, PMD and green drake nymphs, golden stonefly nymphs, caddis larva (cased and free-swimming), cranefly larva, sculpins

THE LOW DOWN: Conditions have improved in the last week. Guides are witnessing golden stone adults, giant sedges, caddis, BWOs and midges while on the river now.

PMDs and Sallies are down lower on the river near Glenwood, but keep your eyes peeled for any and all summer bugs as we ease out of runoff. You might notice a little off-color water in the mornings, but clarity is fine after noon.

Check out the public accesses around old town Basalt, behind Crown Mountain Park or near Catherine's Store for some terrific spring fishing.

HATCHES: Midges sz 22-24, BWOs 18-20, caddis 14-20, sedges 12-14, sporadic PMDs 14-16, golden stones 6-10


NYMPHS: BLMs 18-20, Princes 16-20, PTs 16-20, Tung Teasers 16-18 Freestone Emerger 20, BH Polywing Emerger 18-20, Biot Baetis 18-20, Sparklewing RS2 20-22, Tailwater Assassin 20-22, Imposter 20-22, Epoxyback Golden Stone 8-10, San Juan Worm 10

DRIES: Sparkledun PMD 14-18, Flag Dun PMD 16-18, Morgan's Midge 20-22, Sprout Midge 20-22, Befus Para Emerger 20-22, Roy Palm's Special Fryingpan Emerger 20-22, Tan or Black Elk Hair Caddis 14-18

STREAMERS: Peanuts, Gongas, Carlton Banks, Splendors, Bread n Butter Bugger 6

HINTS: Keep downsizing your presentations if you are in the struggle box, or focus on completely different water types.


FLOW: 2080 cfs in Glenwood Springs

WATER CONDITIONS:  Feel free to call us up for recent hearsay, or simply click on the link below for real-time stream flows. We're in runoff mode!

OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 Weather and water conditions can make or break your day, so seize the moment if things look good. 

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT:  PMD adults, BWO adults, caddis adults, midge adults, BWO, PMD and green drake nymphs, caddis (cased and free swimming) larva, sculpins, cranefly larva, golden stone adults and nymphs

THE LOW DOWN:  Runoff has been up and down this year, and we have seen prime to not-so-prime conditions as of late. Caddis and BWOs are hatching through runoff, and we are now seeing some PMDs showing up between Carbondale and Glennwood Springs. Our guides have seen a few early yellow sallies and green drakes too!

Fish your hopper-dropper rigs around the grassy-banked areas, stoneflies in the rough water, and smaller bugs in the soft stuff. PMD Rusty Spinners are starting to turn fish early and late in the day, and don't be afraid to nymph them in the morning hours either.

We are essentially done with runoff and all rivers are dropping quickly.  This year will offer prime conditions well before most visitors come to the Roaring Fork Valley, so fish hard like a local!

HATCHES: Pale Morning Duns 14-18, Rusty PMD Spinners 14-18, Yellow Sallies 16, Blue winged olives 18-20, caddis 14-18, midges 18-22


NYMPHS: Tung PT 18-20, 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, Tan Cat Poop 8-10

DRIES: H and L Variant 10-12, KGB Green Drake 10, Flag Adams 10-18, Flag Dun Emerger PMD 16-18, Hackle Dun PMD 16-18, Sparkledun PMD 14-18, CDC Rusty Spinner 14-18, Collett's Parachute BWO 20-22, No Hackle BWO 20-22, Chuck's Variant Ginger Caddis 16-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Morgans Midge 18-20, Sprout Midge 18-20, Skittering Zelon Midge 20-22, Griffiths Gnat 22

STREAMERS: Carlton Banks, Meat Gazers, Sculpzillas, Peanuts, Gongas, Splendors

HINTS: Look at the flows and weather before you go and be prepared to fish dries all afternoon!

Real Time Flows

Upper Roaring Fork:

Middle Roaring Fork:

Lower Roaring Fork:


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