Roaring Fork River -Autumn Fishing
However the Fork is very accessible for wading at a number of places. Get a copy of Micheal Shooks map of the area which lists the access points. We carry a copy in the shop. As the Autumn progresses the flies will get smaller although there will still be a few caddis about. Best results with caddis are fishing pupa patterns. Ideally fish them anticipating the take on the swing. This emulates the pupa rising to surface prior to hatching.
In the mornings as you are starting out before the hatches start, try san juan worms. If they are working keep them on until the Baetis start to hatch.
The best results will be with BWOs. Use nymphs, emergers and dries if they are hatching. If it is quiet use a larger fly such as a Royal Stimulator with the baetis nymph dropper. Pheasant tails and sparkle baetis nymphs or sparkle RS2s will work well.
In addition midge fishing can be very good on the Fork. The afternoons are the best time for the midges. Again keep your eyes open, go slow, six x tippets, and wear good polarized glasses. Try a size #18 prince with a #20 black biot emerger as a trailer.
In addition lower down, use streamers both black and olive.
Autumn is an excellent time to get onto the Fork, particularly after the traffic of the summer has dissipated and you can access some good water wading. The Fork has big fish all the way up towards Aspen. Don't think that the larger fish are only towards Glenwood. With the reduced traffic and easier wading you will be able to access some great fishing during the Autumn.
Recommended Flies :
elk hair caddis #16 and smaller for the adult;