Match the hatch on mountain streams and rolling rivers in the heart of the Rockies.
Hugging the banks of the Colorado River at the confluence of the Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs lies at the heart of a river system born in the high Rockies. This is classic, Western fly-fishing amidst a stunning mountain environment.
During its 70-mile trip from alpine headwaters to confluence with the Colorado, the Roaring Fork turns from a mountain stream into a rolling river. Wading is good in the upper stretch, while floating is popular on the lower stretch. Riffles, holes and runs hold brown, rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout. Patterns range from tiny midges to nymphs to big hoppers and streamers, depending on the season.
Branching from the Roaring Fork, within ready reach of Glenwood Springs, are the Crystal and Frying Pan rivers. The Frying Pan is a legendary tailwater stream known for its big trout and abundant insect life. Bring your fine tippet and dry-fly box, and get ready to match the hatch!
The Colorado is bigger water, long seams and deep holes that are best fished from a drift boat. Glenwood Springs is also a jump-off point for floating the Gunnison Gorge. About 140 miles to the southwest, the Gunnison flows through the spectacular, remote and deep canyon of Gunnison National Park. It's another tailwater, offering fishing year-round.
The spring run-off from May through mid-June is the only time that fishing on the freestone (non-tailwater) streams is off. Winter is cold and snowy (several ski resorts are nearby), and the fishing tends to be slower, but hatches, good nymph fishing and a lack of crowds can reward hardy anglers. Summer and early fall are the most popular seasons. October brings the turning of the aspen, coloring the mountainsides bright yellow.
When you've reeled in your line for the day, consider a hike into the surrounding mountains or a dip in the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, one of the largest outdoor mineral pools in the world.
- 47° 22° Dec-Feb
- 63° 36° Mar-May
- 88° 57° Jun-Aug
- 66° 38° Sep-Nov
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Gone Fishing Colorado
Conveniently located in the heart of the Roaring Fork Valley We are personally dedicated to providing the best guided fly fishing experience that the beautiful rivers of Colorado have to offer. Gone Fishing provides both Guided Wade and Guided Float trips. We offer pickup and drop off from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. Please reference our Guided Trips section to view information and detailed descriptions of our trips. All trips include the required equipment. Please come join us in making your Colorado experience exceptional!
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Capt. Matt Thomas
Float guide since 1994, specializing in catching trout with streamers, nymphs, and dries. Capt. Matt has a confident, calm, and patient guide style. For beginners to experts, he also offers guided carp fishing on the Colorado River. Date Range Great fishing year-round, but the best float fishing in Colorado is from March to November. Region/Terrain Where You Fish We fish the Roaring Fork River from Aspen to Glenwood Springs and the Colorado River from Glenwood Springs to Rifle. We driftboat fish on two of Colorado's greatest trout streams.