Roaring Fork River

The Roaring Fork is a gold medal freestone river that originates in the Hunter-Fryingpan wilderness, just south of Aspen. The Roaring Fork flows north through the towns of Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood springs where it meets the Colorado River.

Roaring Fork River

The Minturn Anglers team has been guiding and hosting corporate fly fishing events since the shop opened back in 2008 and we have put together a program that is sure to make your next corporate outing one that is talked about for years to come.

River Details

Water Type

Public

Guided?

yes

Region:

Vail Valley

Trout Species:

Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Cut Bow Trout

Angling

The Roaring Fork has something to offer every angler. Anglers looking for small stream fishing and easy access will gravitate towards the stretch between Aspen and Basalt. From Basalt to Glenwood Springs, the river offers great wade fishing year-round and float fishing from late spring through the fall. The most popular stretch for float fishing is Carbondale to Glenwood Springs, which is ideal because wading access is limited by private property. The Roaring Fork experiences a vast number of hatches throughout the year consisting of midges, BWOs, PMDs, green drakes, caddis, golden stoneflies, yellow sallys and terrestrials. While these trout are generally less selective like most freestone trout, high water clarity throughout most of the year can make fishing more technical. Nymphing and streamer fishing is the most consistent tactic but if you time it right, you’ll experience fantastic dry fly fishing during one of the many hatches.

River Background

As it makes its way through the Roaring Fork Valley, the river increases in size from a small pocket water stream to a wide river. The Fryingpan River empties in to the Roaring Fork in Basalt, and the Crystal River confluence is in Carbondale. The addition of these two rivers have a huge impact on the Roaring Fork river and can change flows and clarity of the Roaring Fork quite a bit. The upper section of the river near Aspen is home to cutthroat, brook, brown and rainbow trout. Downstream, the river is populated with healthy rainbows, browns and whitefish.

River Access

Depending on the stretch you wish to fish, accessibility varies. Between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, access is limited due to a large amount of private property, but there are a number of SWA and public access points for anglers to utilize. Above Carbondale, anglers will find more access points. The Roaring Fork River parallels highway 82 from Glenwood Springs to Aspen. So, if you’re looking to explore the river, drive south along highway 82 towards Aspen and keep an eye out for pull-offs and marked access points.

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