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
17th September 2017

Summer Hours

Thursday - Saturday - 8am - 6pm

Sunday - Wednesday - 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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With the flows in the Pan consistently at 327cfs, the fish have settled in to the higher flows, the bugs have come off well and the fishing has been good provided one takes account of the higher flows. We are approaching the level that makes it harder to wade. Provided the flows stay at these levels the fishing with be fine.

The reports of drakes have been excellent over the past week. The drakes have been later this year, but patience has been rewarded. The Fork remains in excellent condition as well as the Colorado.

Over the next week the temperatures are expected to fall a little but generally the forecast is for good weather with little rain.

The prognosis for next week is generally for great fishing.

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 327cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

The river has been consistent this past week and the bugs have reacted accordingly with good hatches of drakes, pmd's, and BWO's. The fishing is excellent.

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 - 565cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The fishing conditions are great now. The best results are from nymphing in the bright conditions. The best floating is from above Carbondale because from the Carbondale put-in down, it remains a veritable armarda. We saw several rafts out today above Carbondale enjoying the conditions and the better flows.

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 cleared and the conditions are good.

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.

See here for other pictures.

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