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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For Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River from Aspen and Basalt for the week ended
26th April 2015

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A little more snow and rain has added to the snowpack over the past week. The forecast is for a little more snow/rain later in the coming week. The conditions have made for some good hatches and dry fly action as the cool conditions have kept the rivers down and clear. The Fork has dropped a little over the past week in the cooler conditions.

The coming week should provide more of the same with good hatches, nice dry fly action and generally clear rivers with similar cool conditions.

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 141cfs.(if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

There was some good fishing this week with the lower temperatures, cloudy days and a little rain. When the change blew in late Saturday afternoon and the pressure dropped, the fish sat on the bottom for a while, but on Sunday it was back to business with nice BWO hatches and the fish taking them off the surface.

In the coming week we note more forecasts for some rain/snow and cooler weather. This will bring off the BWO's. So be prepared for wet weather and anticipate staying out on the river when the rain starts. The hatches will be excellent. The last thing you want is to be unprepared for the weather and have to leave the river as the hatches kick in earnest.

Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwo's, nymphs and attractors. The fish are also taking small nymphs and caddis larva. The fish aren't particularly fussy yet so a well presented pattern will do the trick.

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.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - 431cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

As the cooler weather persisted, the Fork dropped a little and remained clear. In quieter sections BWO's came off offering some good dry fly action. Elsewhere the fish are enjoying the very clear conditions but are a little spooky so it is a matter of fishing at a distance or deep down. The coming week offers more cloudy days and a little rain so the same conditions should persist with good wade and float fishing as the flows remain subdued.

It is a great time to get out onto the Fork now.

Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Mostly weighted attractor patterns now or small nymphs and grey emerger patterns.

You can try small flies such as, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.

They will also take small soft hackles such as the grey biot emerger.

Also try attractor patternssuch as hare's ears, worms and princes.

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.

In the faster water it is also worth trying weighted nymphs such as the Frenchie and Vlad's nymph. They will get down quickly and stay close to the bottom in the faster water where the fish will locate on bright days.


The Colorado is in great condition and should remain that way for now. The water has cleared with the colder snap and even if there is a little color during the day it will clear. Nymphing produces the best results.

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.

For streamers use white or black flies.



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

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