Roaring Fork River

Carbondale, Colorado 81623

Roaring Fork River

Roaring Fork River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Roaring Fork may be the best relatively unknown river in the nation. From alpine origins high on the slopes near Independence Pass to the confluence with the mighty Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, the Fork is a study in delightful contrasts. Sixty river miles change from meandering high meadow stream to full-sized, brawling western freestone river suitable for McKenzie River drift boats (watch for rocks!). It also varies from small pocketwater to large runs and pools that may require hours to cover properly.

The Fork is also among the finest winter fisheries in Colorado. Many visit the area to combine skiing at nearby Aspen with fly fishing. The Roaring Fork has not achieved the status and ranking it deserves. Perhaps attention goes to its world-famous neighbor, the Fryingpan. In any event, the Fork, with forty miles of Gold Medal Water, holds trout, some up to eight pounds, throughout its entire length. Types of Fish: Primarily rainbow, brown and whitefish. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."

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Open year-round, best July through October
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