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Roaring Fork - Emma - Colorado

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

Directions To Location

Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Morning-Noon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Biot Midge
February Midges, Stoneflies Afternoon 12-18, 18-22 Black Stonefly, Zebra Midge
March Skwala Stoneflies, Baetis Late Afternoon 8-14, 18-22 Skwala Stone, RS2
April Blue Winged Olive, Midge Morning-Afternoon 16-20, 18-22 BWO Emerger, Disco Midge
May Caddis, Green Drake Late Morning-Evening 10-16, 8-12 X Caddis, Green Drake Dun
June Stoneflies, Green Drakes Afternoon-Evening 6-10, 8-12 Golden Stone, Drake Parachute
July Caddis, PMD Early Morning-Late Evening 14-18, 16-20 Elk Hair Caddis, PMD Sparkle Dun
August Tricos, Caddis Morning-Late Evening 20-24, 14-18 Trico Spinner, Fluttering Caddis
September Tricos, Blue Winged Olive Morning-Afternoon 20-24, 16-20 Trico Spinner, CDC BWO Emerger
October Blue Winged Olive, Midges Afternoon 16-20, 18-22 BWO Dun, Zebra Midge
November Midge, Blue Winged Olive Morning-Afternoon 18-22, 16-20 Zebra Midge, BWO Dun
December Midges Morning-Noon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Biot Midge

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Roaring Fork River in Emma, Colorado boasts many prime spots for fly fishing. It’s not only known for its large variety of fish, but also its picturesque beauty.

Top spots on the Roaring Fork:

  • Gold Butte: This spot is accessible by boat and has a larger fish population due to its relative remoteness.
  • Woody Creek: This area is excellent for beginners due to its slower moving water and is perfect for catching brown and rainbow trout.
  • Basalt: Known for its abundance of Rainbow Trout, this spot provides a classic fly fishing experience.

Remember, irrespective of the spot chosen, responsible fishing practices should always be maintained, ensuring preservation of the river’s rich diversity for future generations.

Best Access Points

The Roaring Fork River – Emma Section is a “Gold Medal” stretch in Colorado known for its world-class fly fishing. Here are some of the best access points to consider:

  • Lower River Access: Located near the town of Basalt, this section is ideal for anglers interested in large Rainbow and Brown Trout. Access points include the Old Emma Store and the Basalt State Wildlife Area.
  • Frying Pan River: This tributary of the Roaring Fork River, just below Ruedi Reservoir, offers exceptional fishing opportunities. Popular access points here include the Toilet Bowl, Bend Pool and Mile Marker 8.
  • Upper Roaring Fork: The stretch between Aspen and Basalt contain some of Roaring Fork’s most coveted waters. Access points include Jaffee Park, Difficult Campground, and Stillwater Bridge.

All anglers must possess a valid fishing license and be aware of local fishing regulations.

Local Fish

  • Trout
    • Rainbow Trout – A favorite amongst fly fishers for their beautiful coloration and feisty attitude.
    • Brown Trout – Abundant in the Roaring Fork. They are a challenging catch, renowned for their cunning and strength.
    • Brook Trout – Smaller than the Rainbow and Brown Trouts, they inhabit colder, higher-altitude waters.
    • Cutthroat Trout – Unique to the American West. Named for the distinctive red “slash” under its jaw.
  • Sockeye Salmon – Most often found in the lower Roaring Fork during their annual spawning migration.
  • Mountain Whitefish – A less popular choice for fly fishing, nonetheless, they are abundant and a good sport.
  • Pike – Famous for their aggressive strikes and acrobatic jumping, they are a thrilling catch.
  • Grayling – Known for their beautiful sail-like dorsal fin, a true trophy for any fly fisher.

About The River

Roaring Fork is a delightful, lively brook that runs from the peak of Mount Mitchell to the town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Named ‘Roaring Fork’ because of its loud, rushing sounds, it’s a beloved destination for its scenic surroundings. Nestled along its path is the historic farmstead fondly known as ‘Emma’.

  • The beautiful stone and wood house, established in the 1850’s, is reminiscent of a slower, simple time.
  • The name ‘Emma’ was inspired by a beloved resident and hardworking homesteader, Emma Ownby.
  • This historical destination bears witness to her legacy, offering an intimate glimpse into life in the 1800s.
  • Emma’s preserved rustic cabin, barns and a tub mill draw visitors with the authenticity of its history.

Today, the Roaring Fork – Emma is not just a tranquil wilderness site, but also a celebratory testament to the survival and perseverance of early Americans.


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