....................... ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
Destinations: Roaring Fork River, Colorado The Roaring Fork is a 75 mile long river with a section of water classified by the state of Colorado as Gold Metal Water. In other words, if you are not familiar with the state's system of classifying streams, twelve miles of the river rates among their best.
This river takes on the water from another great trout stream, the Fryingpan River. It is another stream with Gold Metal water. The Roaring Fork is a tributary of the Colorado River. Its headwaters are in the famous ski country near Aspen, Colorado. The river is small in its headwaters with small cutthroats and brook trout. The middle and lower sections hold larger rainbows and brown trout.
This river got its name from the fact it is so steep its water makes a roaring sound. The Roaring Fork River has one of the steepest declines of any streams in the state of Colorado. It is fast moving, pocket water at its best.
At the point the Fryingpan River's water enters the stream, the aquatic insect population changes due to the water changing from a slightly acidic pH level to a higher pH with lots of mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies. In its lower section the Roaring Fork receives the water from the Crystal River. Click here to view our Perfect Fly section on the Roaring Fork River.