Roaring Fork

The Roaring Fork may be the best relatively unknown river in the nation. From Alpine origins high on the slopes near Independence Pass to the confluence with the mighty Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, "The Fork" is a study in delightful contrasts. The 60 river miles change from a meandering high meadow stream to a full-sized, brawling Western freestone river suitable for McKenzie River driftboats (watch for rocks!). It varies in character from small pocket water to large runs and pools that may require several hours to cover properly. The Fork is also among the finest winter fisheries in Colorado. Many visit the area to combine skiing at nearby Aspen with fly fishing.

The Roaring Fork has not achieved the status and ranking it deserves. Perhaps attention goes to its world-famous neighbor, The Frying Pan. In any event the Fork, with 40 miles of Gold-Medal designated water, holds trout, some up to 8 pounds, through its entire length.

This river offers some of the finest fly and lure fishing for trout in the United States. Catch-and-release sections on the nearby Fryingpan River below Ruedi Reservoir provide anglers with an opportunity to catch rainbow trout up to 10 pounds! The Roaring Fork River not only provides excellent trout fishing with majestic Mount Sopris in the background, but also offers the best mountain whitefish angling in the state.

Part of the Roaring Fork River has been designated a Gold Medal Trout Stream by the Colorado Wildlife Commission.

Part of this river has also been set aside as Wild Trout Water.

Contains: Rainbows, Browns, and Mountain Whitefish.

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