Roaring Fork and Frying Pan

Flyfisherman with trout

With lots of public access and incredible hatches you can be sure that fly fishing the Roaring Fork river is on every anglers hit list. Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley offers some of the best fly fishing waters in the state. The Roaring Fork starts as a small stream above Aspen and is a lot of fun hopping pockets for colorful rainbows and browns. The lower sections of the Roaring Fork may be the best freestone stream in Colorado with dynamic water, prolific insect hatches and an abundance of wild trout. Float or wade fishing on the Fork is always worth the trip and ample public access allows this river to be enjoyed by all anglers. The Fork fishes well year round and is world famous for hatches of Green Drakes, Blue Winged Olives, Pale Morning Duns and Midges.

Experienced anglers know that something is almost always hatching on the Frying Pan. Few rivers have as much diverse insect life as the Pan. Below Ruedi Reservoir the trout grow large but expect extremely heavy angling pressure. The lower sections of the Pan have lots of public access and are full of wild trout. Most of the fish tend to be a little smaller but trophy fish can be found on all sections of this gold metal tail water making Frying Pan fly fishing some of the best in the state.