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Roaring River - Roaring River State Park - Missouri

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 #20-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
February Blue Wing Olive Afternoon #18-22 BWO Emerger, Adams
March Caddis Evening #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
April Stoneflies Morning and Evening #10-14 Stimulator, Prince Nymph
May Mayflies Afternoon and Evening #12-18 Parachute Adams, Light Cahill
June Terrestrials All Day #10-16 Chernobyl Ant, Dave's Hopper
July Terrestrials All Day #10-16 Beetle, Ant
August Terrestrials All Day #10-16 Foam Hopper, Trico Spinner
September Tricos Morning #20-24 Trico Spinner, Trico Dun
October Blue Wing Olive Afternoon #18-22 BWO Emerger, Adams
November Midges Morning #20-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
December Midges Morning #20-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra 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 River State Park is a premier destination for fly fishing. It offers serene freshwater ecosystems with a vast population of trout. Some of the best spots to try your hand at fly fishing within the park include:

  • The Roaring River Spring: A major trout habitat, boasting a huge daily hatchery production.
  • Zone 1: The area around the hatchery. Fly fishing restricted to artificial lures and flies.
  • Zone 2: Extensive area for all types of baits. An excellent spot for beginners due to its ease of access.
  • Zone 3: This zone is perfect for fly fishermen seeking a challenge. It’s less crowded and provides a more “wild” fishing experience.
  • The River Bend: A tranquil spot, known for large trout population making it ideal for fly fishing.

Each location provides unique fishing conditions and opportunities, making Roaring River State Park a versatile fly fishing destination.

Best Access Points

The Roaring River in Roaring River State Park is a premier trout fishing destination. Here are the best access points for fly fishing:
  • Main Spring: It’s the source of Roaring River and offers optimal conditions for fly-fishing. It is easily accessible with many public access points along the bank.
  • Whistle Bridge: Another popular spot, especially for beginners due to the slow and gentle flow of the river here.
  • Bluff Hole: This is further downstream from the whistle bridge. It offers an excellent challenge for seasoned fly anglers due to its deeper and faster water.
  • Missouri Department of Conservation Trail: Provides excellent access to the lower third of the park and the river.
Please keep in mind that Roaring River State Park requires a daily trout tag for fishing in these areas.

Local Fish

  • Rainbow Trout: Easily the most popular and numerous fish targeted for fly fishing in the Roaring River.
  • Brown Trout: Another frequently targeted trout in the Roaring River, typically found in quieter waters.
  • Brook Trout: Occasionally stocked in the river and prized by anglers for their striking coloring.
  • Cutthroat Trout: These are less common in the Roaring River but can still sometimes be found and targeted by fly fishers.
  • Bluegill: While not as glamorous as the trout, bluegill put up a good fight and are a fun target on the fly.
  • Smallmouth Bass: Though not as common as the trout species, these can still be targeted with a fly rod on the Roaring River.
  • White Bass: These bass can occasionally be found in the Roaring River, particularly in warmer periods.
  • Crappie: This species is found less frequently in the Roaring River, but they are a treasured catch nonetheless.

About The River

Rising in the magnificent Ozarks, the Roaring River flows through the heart of Roaring River State Park. This enchanting park has a rich history dating back to the early 20th century. The river’s name is derived from the impressive rush of water flowing from Roaring River Spring. Folklore even says that the river used to roar so loudly, it could be heard miles away!
  • The Missouri State Park Board purchased the land in 1923 and established Roaring River State Park which quickly became a beloved Missouri destination.
  • Soon, the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) built several features in the 1930s, adding stability and beauty to the landscape.
  • Over the years, the Roaring River State Park has also become renowned for its world-class trout fishing.
Today, this enchanting river and the beautiful park continues to provide a lively and thrilling destination for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Enjoy hiking, camping, and picnicking or simply spend time marveling at the natural wonders that the Roaring River has on offer.

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