Frying Pan Anglers; a full service fly fishing shop and outfitter based in Basalt Colorado which provides guided fly fishing trips on the frying pan river, roaring fork river, Colorado river to visitors to Basalt and Aspen.Frying Pan Anglers; a full service fly fishing shop and outfitter based in Basalt Colorado which provides guided fly fishing trips on the frying pan river, roaring fork river, Colorado river to visitors to Basalt and Aspen


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FISHING REPORT

For Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River from Aspen and Basalt for the week ended
13th August 2017

Summer Hours

Friday and Saturday - 8am - 5pm

Sunday - Thursday - 8am - 5pm

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Guide School/Fishing camps dates for October 2017.

Check the photos from our second April 2017 school.

New for 2017. Our Ladies fishing camp. Details here.

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Some rain this past week has colored up the Colorado pushing all floats to the Fork. Unless you have a raft you are stuck as part of the Armarda from Carbondale to Glenwood.

Better to try and fish the Fork higher up while good water levels persist. Soon we will be doing the unthinkable and hoping that the Bureau will push up releases from Ruedi a little!!

Drakes are now reliably on the Pan. The conditions remain perfect for the summer.

An ideal time to be here.

We are now posting photos separately to make the loading of the report easier for your computer. You can see the latest photos: Fly Fishing Photos.


Frying Pan

Current Flow: below the Dam 249cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

With the Pan at 249cfs, the wading is still easy but the fish have a little more protection. The PMD's and BWO's are coming off as as the drakes. The fish are looking up now taking dries and the conditions are excellent. Probably the best results at the moment are on PMD patterns but the fish will take drakes as well as BWO's as the day progresses.

The conditions don't get any better than this.

Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwo, drake and PMD patterns. There are caddis about as well.

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.

As they come off try the gray loopwing emergers #20 - #22, the FPA special emergers, biot emergers both with and without the trailing shuck and gray RS2's #18 - #22, Johnny Flash in Olive, Grey, and Black, Olive and Red Jujubee, trailing shuck midge black and cream.

In addition try dry patterns such as the z-wing real midge, black cdc midge and any similar dry black and gray patterns in sizes from #20 through to #26.

The fish are taking generic nymphs such as pheasant tails and caddis larva patterns. The BWO's are coming off as well. Try emerger patterns such as rs2's and WD-50's.

For BWO naturals use standard BWO's, parachute BWO's, parachute Adams, and Thorax patterns. Try drakes as well.

For PMD's use emergers and dries. For emergers, use the RS2, the emerger, or the FPA shuck trailer PMD. For dries use the No-hackle, the Comparadun or the parachute.

For drake nymphs try the Flavilinea, the FPA Nymph and the Muskrat. As soon as the fish start taking dries start with the emerger and then try W's Drake, the Wulff, the cripple, and the Comparadun.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - 701cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

At 701cfs at Basalt, the Fork has maintained its level from last week thanks to some midweek rain which pushed the flows higher.

The fishing conditions are great now, particularly for floating. The best results are from nymphing although the fish are taking dries as well. The best floating is from above Carbondale because from the Carbondale put-in down, it is a veritable armarda with the Colorado colored up and limiting fishing opportunities.

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.

For the stone fly nymphs good patterns continue to include the BB FB Epoxy 20 Incher, the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher and the CTB RL Epoxy 20 Incher. Also try drake nymphs such as the FPA Nymph, or the poxyback. For variety try the muskrat as well.

The caddis are coming off as well. Use caddis emergers. Drown PMD's as well in the mornings.

Also try yellow sallies as well as streamers.


Colorado

The Colorado has colored up with recent rains so it needs to clear a little before there is much prospect of good fishing.

Recommended Flies:

Generally the way to go is nymphing with small baetis, the FPA sparkle baetis, sparkle rs2's and biot emergers.

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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Shop Location.

Our shop is now at
231 Midland Avenue #205, Basalt Co 81621
18 miles from Aspen.

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