This week kicks off Aspen’s annual Food and Wine festival, and with it, the official start of the Summer season in the Roaring Fork Valley. The fishing has been excellent valley wide. The upper Roaring Fork has seen clear water for the last two weeks or so with water levels dropping rapidly. Expect to see normal summer levels by the end of the week. Nymphing this section has been productive with stonefly patterns, caddis larva, and green drake nymphs. Dry fly fishing has been productive with small BWO hatches, with some caddis still coming off in the evenings and on cloudy afternoons.
The middle section of the Roaring Fork is fishing lights out, especially from a boat. The slightly higher water levels and clarity allow us to get you to places on the river that aren’t normally accessible. Evening dry fly fishing is picking up and the nymphing is most productive during the day. Expect to see some green drakes in the coming weeks.
The lower section of the Fork, Carbondale to Glenwood is fishing great. We are already starting to see some Drakes coming off in the lower section in the evening and the fish aren’t too pressured yet allowing us to throw attractor patterns with good success. Hopper season is in full swing. Fishing a hopper dropper on shallow sections next to grassy banks can offer some exciting takes.
This year will be an interesting one with the low snowpack and lack of rain so far. Run off is essentially over, ending about 2 weeks before it typically does. The fishing is great everywhere so get out there and fish or book a trip!
Water levels for the Roaring Fork River:
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