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For Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River from Aspen and Basalt for the week ended
Thursday - Saturday - 8am - 6pm
Sunday - Wednesday - 8am - 6pm
Guide School/Fishing camps dates for October 2018.
Guide School/Fishing Camp dates for April/May 2019
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As the Bureau cuts back to winter flows, currently the Pan is at 113cfs. With the lower flows and the cloudy cooler weather over the past few days the fishing has been excellent everywhere. There are good hatches on the Pan and the streamer activity on the Lower Fork and Colorado has been excellent. Look at some recent photos here.
It has been cold and wet over the past week and this will persist for a few more days. We had 6" of snow on Thursday morning and though it cleared for several days, it has been cold and wet again today. This is all good as the water will soak into the ground and be good for the water table. The forecast is for warming weather this week. Thereafter it is predicted to clear and warm a little over the next 2 weeks. There may be a little rain but generally it will be pleasant during the day in the mid 50's. So dress for colder weather, but look forward to some excellent fishing.
The flows have been cut back further towards winter flows, and the dry fly action is excellent. We are looking forward now to great autumnal fishing. Dress for colder weather. It is all good.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, egg patterns.
For mysis at the dam use Mike's Mysis. epoxy mysis, and BDV mysis.
The midges will come off during the day, particularly if it is sunny. So try Wilson's Reverse Candy Cane #20, red and black chironocones #20, nick's larva in miracle pink, olive, and purple back, brassies #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, copper johns #18 - #22, rainbow warriors, black polywings #18 - #22 and bling midges # 18 - #22.
Current Flow: near Emma - 325cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
With the cooler weather and the drop in flows, the float traffic is inhibited but the wade fishing is excellent. Conditions are great now.
Try eggs and attractors. Try small baetis such as the FPA Sparkle Baetis, the FPA Thorax Emerger, and black pheasant tails have also worked well. For emergers, the rs2 in black or gray. Also the sparkle wing rs2.
For small flies, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.
Try PMD's, caddis and drake patterns in the evening.
Also try streamers.
The fishing is excellent at the moment with streamers working well.
For stonefly nymphs use the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher, rubberleg patterns such as Mike's BTB Coffee/Black and the Halloween Speckled Girdle Bug, with midges, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.
Try streamers as well.
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