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River Reports

The River Reports are brought to you by our staff, guides and those anglers frequently chasing the jewels of the Roaring Fork Valley! We hope this information helps you pick where to fish as well as what flies to use, to entice the valley's trout.

Renowned for some of the most prolific insect hatches of any western water, the Frying Pan is a year round fishery that provides some of the most varied angling opportunities throughout the entire year. Anglers can fish size 12 Green Drake through the summer, Blue Winged Olives in the Spring and Fall and have exciting Midge fishing through the winter months!
Being a tailwater fishery the Frying Pan also adds the excitement of large, (in excess of ten pounds), Mysis Shrimp fed fish within the first mile of the spillway!

One of Colorado's premiere trout fisheries, the Roaring Fork River's headwaters run down from the top of Independence Pass and flows for seventy miles down through the Roaring Fork Valley! Because of this great length, the river offers a variety of water types for the angler. From tight canyon pocket water in the upper river to the exceptional float fishing stretches of the lower river, there is always new water to explore. Check in here for a detailed report of this unique fishery.

The mighty Colorado offers anglers the opportunity to hook up with some of the strongest fighting fish in the state. Due to the size of this river, float fishing is the preferred means of fishing the river. However, wade access is plentiful for the angler willing to work a little as the banks can be steep and rocky in areas. Either way, the river's big, hot Colorado rainbows and browns are well worth it.


The Crystal river offers a spectacular setting as it flows down the Crystal Valley and enters the Roaring Fork in Carbondale. From its reaches, the river winds down the valley offering easy access, eager trout and mountain whitefish. Good numbers of rainbows and browns with the occasional cutthroat or brookie! Great for younger anglers and new comers, the Crystal is not to be overlooked!


The Roaring Fork Valley holds a wealth of intimate high country fishing, chasing brookies and cutts in pristine mountain settings.  From short day hikes to extended overnight trips, getting off the beaten path and chasing high country jewels is an experiance not to be forgotten.  Our diverse staff will be happy to share our knowledge and help select a short hike or overnight trip into the more remote areas of the valley!

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