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Fly Fishing in the Roaring Fork Valley
It’s no secret…we are blessed with miles and miles and miles of some of the best trout rivers in Colorado and the world. Whether you want try your hand at catching a trophy, freestone river rainbow, throw grasshopper patterns to large, wild brown trout, or trick a picky tailwater trout, there is something for everyone in the Roaring Fork River.
In Colorado, we have over 100,000 miles of trout streams throughout the state. That means if you look on a map and see a small blue line meandering through it, chances are it’s holding trout. And that’s especially true in the Roaring Fork Valley, where we are blessed with more river miles of trout streams than you could fish in years. Here are some of our most popular fisheries:
Roaring Fork River
Originally called the Thunder River by the native Americans that inhabited the Valley, the Roaring Fork river is one of the finest freestone rivers in Colorado. Its headwaters is high atop Independence Pass, where it comes to life as a small creek you could step across. From there it drops steeply down Independence Pass and into the town of Aspen, collecting water from various creeks along the way. From Aspen the Roaring Fork continues its journey down valley towards Basalt, then through Carbondale and finally through Glenwood Springs where it dumps into the Colorado River.
More specifically, the lower Colorado River, “begins” in the Glenwood Canyon and flows west through Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt and then finally into Rifle…while it continues its journey westward until it dumps into Lake Mead, as it pertains to trout fishing, Rifle is pretty much the end of the road. The Colorado is home to some of our Valley’s largest fish, and while it sometimes isn’t a numbers game, you always have the chance to hoist a trophy fish of a lifetime when you’re down on the Colorado.
Frying Pan River
Perhaps our most popular river, the Frying Pan is one of the country’s premier tailwater fisheries. The most popular section begins below Ruedi Reservoir and flows for 13 miles until it flows into the Roaring Fork River in Basalt. With constant water temperatures year-round, a remarkable number of fish per river mile, and an abundance of insects, the Frying Pan attracts anglers from all over the world.
Perhaps the least pressured fishery in our Valley is the Crystal River. Starting high above Marble, CO and flowing through the Crystal Valley (through Redstone and then through Carbondale) until it intersects with the Roaring Fork river, the Crystal is full of smaller trout and beautiful stretches of public water. While you’re chances of hoisting a large trout are small, if you just want to get out and surround yourself by beautiful scenery while having large sections of water to yourself, the Crystal can be a great choice!
There are too many small creeks to list. While they all have their own personalities, I would encourage anyone looking for some adventure to explore these creeks and enjoy the peace and solitude that comes with venturing into the high country.