Originally Posted by Rog 1
If he wants to keep some fish don't keep the stockers...you would know what I mean if you ever cleaned one next to a wild fish...The problem with the Park's freestone streams is that they are not fertile enough to sustain a large population of insect life which means there is only a finite amount of food for the trout....just like a farm pond...if you don't harvest some of the fish all you get are stunted fish and lots of them. Play catch and release if you must but release them into the grease...fish the lower section of Roaring Fork...use a parachute adams or a neversink caddis...once you commit to this section you either fish to the bridge or walk back downstream...some of the water in there will amaze you...once had a local tell me the best fly to use there was a yallarhammar wet fly...you will catch a lot of keepers in the 7-8 inch range with occasionally something bigger....keep the small ones, dust them in cornmeal and fry them up crispy....ear them like corn on the cob....won't be so quick to throw them all back after that.
Actually I am going to do some scouting on Friday because my wife and I will arrive hours before my daughter and son in law. I was seriously thinking Roaring Fork, but have never tried it. I'm sure I can convince him of alternatives once I get this scouted out. How long does it take to fish the section of the stream? We do have time restrictions unfortunately. And how much rock climbing? I did a number on my knee last year in Tremont, so much so I could not wade at all.