The world class fly-fishing in the Roaring Fork Valley is no secret. The valley offers two gold medal rivers and a nearly unlimited supply of high mountain lakes and streams that provide numerous opportunities to catch trout. You will find rainbow, brown, cutthroat and brook trout in nearly every body of water here in the Roaring Fork Valley. Fishing, however, is not always about catching fish. Trout live in beautiful places and sometimes it is just as rewarding to find yourself in these beautiful places as it is to catch fish. The Roaring Fork River is a freestone river that starts high up on Independence Pass and runs 70 miles through the Roaring Fork Valley until it meets up with the mighty Colorado River in Glenwood Springs. The “Fork” offers up a wide range of fishing experiences with easy wade fishing access on the upper river to the excellent float fishing on the lower stretches. The Frying Pan River offers up 14 miles of gold medal trout water below the Reudi Reservoir. The infamous “Toilet Bowl” holds monster fish (10+pounds) gorging themselves on the freshwater Mysis Shrimp pouring out of the dam below the reservoir. Due to the consistent year round water flows and temperature of this tail water river, anglers on the Frying Pan experience abundant insect hatches.

If you are visiting the Roaring Fork Valley and are interested in fly-fishing, we recommend contacting Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt to hire an experienced guide or to get some additional information on the local rivers and streams.

Taylor Creek Fly Shop River Reports

Taylor Creek Fly Shop on the Frying Pan River

183 Basalt Center Circle Basalt, CO 81621 (970) 927-4374


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