The Roaring Fork is looking good because the Fork is always looking good. The famed Fork is one of Colorado’s best truly wild freestone streams…perfect just the way nature made it. Rarely can fly anglers walk away from the Roaring Fork with a slow day on the water. Experienced anglers know that something is almost always hatching on the Roaring Fork. Year round hatches of midges, mayflies, caddis and stones make this an exciting river to fish.
The Fork is looking good this weekend, carving its way through the earth at a nice and ripping CFS. Like most western trout streams nymph fishing is often the name of the game. It’s hard to go wrong on Colorado’s Roaring Fork with a Twenty Incher stonefly nymph in sizes 12-18. Midges are a favorite daily food source of Roaring Fork trout and a local guide favorite is to fish the Poison Tongue Midge in hook sizes 18-24. Small mayflies are another staple on the Fork and some of the best patterns include the JuJuBaetis sizes 16-24 or the Barr’s Emerger 18-24.
There are lots of brown trout in the Roaring Fork and fly fishing with streamers is very effective. Please be sure and PINCH your barbs to avoid harming the fish. Patterns like the Sculpzilla in sizes # 2-12 routinely hook trophy brown trout on the fork.
Right now prospecting with dry flies is also a great way to fool some wary trout. Working the banks and riffles with a grasshopper pattern like the Amy’s Ant in hook sizes 12-18 has been producing some nice fish on the surface. Flows are ideal for both wade fishing and float fishing so get out and fish!
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