Gold Medal Water(Frying Pan River to confluence with Colorado)

Current Flows: Current Flow at Glenwood Springs, Current Flow above Frying Pan, Current Flow near Aspen
 
Effective Patterns: #10-14 20Inchers, #16-20 Prince Nymph, #16-20 Copper John, #16-20 Pheasant Tail, #18-22 Barr’s Emerger, #18-20 RS2, #16-20 Hare's Ear, #16-18 San Juan Worm, #16-18 Egg Pattern, #16-22 Blue Winged Olive, #16-20 Parachute Adams, #10-18 PMX, #12-18 Stimulator, #10-14 Green Drake, #10-16 Hopper.
 
The Roaring Fork River is a personal favorite of mine.  No matter what time of year you are there, this river fishes well.  The Roaring Fork is a true freestone river that begins just below Independence Pass and runs from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. The river grows in size as high mountain streams and rivers, like "The Frying Pan" and the "Crystal River", feed into it.  There is a fair amount of public water, but please be aware of where you are as there is private land scattered along the way.  I believe the Roaring Fork to be one of the healthiest rivers in Colorado and the trout population reflects that.  This river is stacked with large rainbows and browns, that will fight and run like a greyhound at the end of your line.  In addition to the trout there is a good chance that you will catch a whitefish.

With three distinct sections of the Roaring Fork, there is a lot of water to fish.  Highway 82 runs parallel to the river giving anglers easy access.  Theupper Roaring Fork runs from Aspen downstream to Basalt.  A good size river through this stretch, which is normally a bit clearer than the lower sections, especially at the end of runoff.  The middle Roaring Fork flows from Basalt downstream to Carbondale.  This section is where the fork gets a bit bigger from the Frying Pan flowing into it.  With big water here it is important to find those honey holes, and where there is one fish there are more.  The lower Roaring Fork runs from Carbondale downstream to Glenwood Springs.  This is probably my favorite section of the river.  With lots of pocket water, shelves, and riffles, there are plenty of trout throughout this stretch. Another great thing about this lower section is that Mt. Sopris is always in the background making for some great photos. (Good place for Mt. Sopris photo)
 
From the confluence at the Colorado River, up and through Aspen, the Roaring Fork has some of the best fishing in the state.  There is lots of pocket water and deep troughs that hold lots of fish.  You can fish the fork wading from the shore, or by float.  Floating the river in the summer is a great way to see and fish a lot of water.  This float and fishing will match up with some of the best spots across the nation.See our “Guideto Float Fishing” tab for put-in and take-outs.  During the spring and summers the bug life on the fork is thriving.  A favorite setup of mine is a dry/dropper rig.  While you take some fish on the nymph, there is nothing more exciting than seeing a big rainbow take your dry fly from the surface.  The Green Drake hatch on the Roaring Fork is legendary, and if you hit it right, you will most likely have the best fishing day of your life.  This Hatch usually starts around the beginning of July and works its way up the river.  If you’re like me and plan your fishing trips around major hatches, put this one on your calendar and don't miss it.