Roaring Fork River
Amazingly the quality of the fishing in the Roaring Fork River does not seem to be well known given the comments received over the years on discussions of local rivers. The Fork was recently designated a Gold Medal River from Basalt down verifying what locals have known for years.
Historically the Fork was not easily floated above Carbondale because of the degree of braiding which had developed over years of run-offs. However in the last several decades, river bank work and the narrowing of the river course have enabled the river to now be floated from Jaffe Park near Aspen in ideal water conditions all the way to Glenwood.
In addition, the practice of some of the counties of acquiring open space as well as requiring fishermen's easments when granting subdivisions has opened up many stretches of the Fork to walk/wade fishing.
Consequently the Fork offers a lot of excellent public access fishing along the 40 miles from Aspen to the confluence with the Colorado River at Glenwood Springs. We have an excellent map in the shop produced by a local guide which identifies the various access points and public fishing water on the Fork. The map is regularly updated as new areas come available.
The Fork is truly a great river for walk/wade as well as floating. Apart from the fishing it also offers beautiful scenery and a nice whitewater raft journey for anyone interested in just floating for the experience.
We have prepared a series of observations in relation to each season which we hope you will find will be of some help in planning your trip.