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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
7 days a week - 9am - 3pm
Guide School Dates for April and October 2021
Fly Fishing Classes
Classes start at $150 for a two hour session and are available daily. Pricing includes professional instruction, all gear, and flies. Call us at 970-927-3441
The new year is upon us and the days are starting to get longer bringing warmer conditions as the ice is melting off along the edges and in the flows. It is very quiet on the rivers now with few visitors. So it is a good time to get out and have a day to yourself. The ice fishing has been excellent as the photo of Trey will attest.
Trey with a nice lake trout
With the Pan now back to 57cfs, it is tending to keep the rivers a little clearer of too much ice. The conditions are OK at the moment.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos, caddis and PMD's.
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 - 248cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The flows at 248cfs has made for good wading and acess the full length of the river but be careful of ice dams. Towards Glenwood conditions are quite good and a few fishermen are getting out in the sun.
Try 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.
Try egg patterns and of course streamers now with the fish coming on the spawn.
There are a few fishermen getting out now and enjoying some fishing from the edges with the BWO hatches as well as midges..
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Frying Pan Anglers is a specialty fly fishing
shop, and a licensed (#2389), insured outfitter in the State
Frying Pan Anglers is an equal opportunity employer and service provider and operates under a Special Use permit from the U.S.D.A Forest Service White River National Forest.