Roaring Fork River Report 9-9-19

Posted on 09 September 2019

September 9, 2019

FLOW: 292 cfs below Maroon Creek

OVERALL RATING: 8 out of 10 

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT:  BWO adults and nymphs, midges, golden stoneflies, caddis, PMDs, yellow sally nymphs, sculpins

THE LOW DOWN: After a big runoff, the upper Fork is looking great. 

BWOs, caddis, yellow sallies, PMDs, golden stones and midges are the main food source, but leading with a stonefly or prince nymph could get fish looking. When fishing the upper Fork, especially at these flows, focus on the soft water near the banks. We're starting to fish some larger bugs on heavier tippet, but you may need to revert to small flies and tippet if the river is running clear.

Make sure to wear some studded boots or bring a walking staff, fishing from the middle of the river opens opportunities for multiple drifts and picking off every pocket a trout could hold. 

HATCHES: BWOs 18-22, midges 20-24, caddis 16-18, golden stoneflies 6-10, PMDs 14-18, yellow sallies 16


DRIES: Egg Laying Golden Stone 8, Rogue Foam Golden Stone 6-8, Pearl and Elk 16-18, Peacock Caddis 16-18, Sparkledun PMD Pink or Yellow 14-18, AK's Melon Quill PMD 16-18, Sparkledun BWO 18-22, Hackle Dun Baetis 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: Weir's Sculpin 6, Autumn Splendor 6, Zuddler 6, Slumpies 6-8 

HINTS: Skip the blah water and focus on the deeper open runs and pools.


FLOW: 600 cfs in Basalt


OVERALL RATING:  8 out of 10

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Caddis, Midges, BWO adults and nymphs, golden stoneflies, craneflies, PMD adults and nymphs, worms, sculpins

THE LOW DOWN: The Fork is in perfect shape! Daytime hatches are consisting of yellow sallies, PMDs and some caddis. Caddis hatches are strongest on the sunny days, mayflies like PMDs prefer cloud cover. You may see a few oddball BWOs and midges as well.

HATCHES: Caddis 14-18, BWOs 18-22, Midges 20-24, PMDs 14-18, Yellow Sallies 16


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: White Wulff 10, H and L Variant 10-12, Royal Wulff 10-12, Elk Hair Caddis 16-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 16-18, Sparkledun PMD Pink 16-18, Melon Quill PMD 16-20, Collett's Parachute BWO 18-22, 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 soft water where you can


FLOW: 992 cfs in Glenwood Springs


OVERALL RATING:  8 out of 10 

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Yellow sallies, caddis, midge adults, BWO adults, emergers and nymphs, PMD adults, emergers and nymphs, rusty spinners, worms, craneflies, sculpins

THE LOW DOWN: The fishing is really good out there! This is the time for the mid-summer switch, when we start to downsize our flies on the freestones. 

We are now in perfect floatable shape out there, and daytime hatches consist of yellow sallies, golden stoneflies, PMDs, BWOs, caddis and a few midges, too.

The last hour of light has been excellent with caddis egg-layer action plus PMD spinners.

HATCHES:  Caddis 14-18, BWOs 18-20, PMDs 14-18, Yellow Sallies 16, Midges 18-26, golden stoneflies 6-10


NYMPHS: BH Swiss Straw Emerger 16-18, Halfback PMD Emerger 16-20, 20 Incher 10-14, Poxyback Drake Nymph 12, 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, Jerome PMD 16-18, Tungsten Bruised PMD 16-18, Imposters 20-22, Cat Poop 8-12, San Juan Worm 10

DRIES: Hairy Sally 16, Garcia's Mini Hot Sally 16, Melon Quill PMD 16-18, Hackle Stacker PMD 16-18, No Hackle PMD 16-18, Missing Link Caddis 14-18, Tan Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Perfect Baetis 20, Collett's Para BWO 18-22, No Hackle BWO 20-22, 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, Egg Laying Golden Stone 6-8

HINTS: Watch out for some pretty good hatches, despite the high flows.

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