Roaring Fork Fishing Report: January 23rd

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Roaring Fork Rainbow Trout

Winter Fly Fishing Conditions

The Roaring Fork is fishing well top to bottom. Like the Eagle River trout are holding in the deeper slow moving pools and will continue to stay there until water temps begin to rise. Nymphing is going to be your best shot at hooking trout during the winter months, but do not be surprised to see some rising trout on warmer overcast days. Large attractor flies such as; Squirmy Worms, Eggs and Winter Stones make excellent lead nymph patters. Behind these flies you should be trailing smaller Midge & Baetis imitations in a variety of sizes and colors. We are not far from the “fifth season” midge and BWO hatches that happen later in February throughout the early Spring. During this time you can expect incredible dry fly fishing on the Roaring Fork. The two rivers boat ramp is under repair until April so expect heavier boat traffic on the mid river until then.


The following flies have been working well on the Roaring Fork. Squirmy Worms (pink/ red), flash micro eggs, zebra midge (Cream, Black, Olive), RS2’s, (Black, Grey), Soft Hackle BWO, Pheasant Tails and Jigs (Black, Purple).