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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Welcome to Frying Pan Anglers
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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
27th July 2014


We have Moved.
Frying Pan Anglers has moved its Basalt shop to a new location.

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

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Summer Hours

Sunday to Thursday 7.30am - 5.30pm

Friday and Saturday 7.30am - 6pm


As predicted, the Bureau dropped the Pan releases by a further 30cfs by the weekend making it an excellent 170cfs. This will probably be the flow now for the next month or so until the US Fish and Wildlife calls for releases in late August for the 15 mile reach.

This week saw the drakes coming off well up to mid river as well as strong PMD hatches. The fish are looking up nicely now and with the reduced flow they are more prone to take bugs off the surface making for great dry fly fishing over the rest of the season. The Fork and the Colorado are also continuing to fish very well now and the flows are excellent for floating everywhere. In addition as the flows fall, the wading is getting easier on the Fork.

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 170cfs.(if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

With the Bureau having dropped the flows to 170cfs this week, the fish will be more prone to feed off the surface as the deeper runs get few and far between. The drakes came off well mid week up to the 8 mile mark during the day and the fish took them nicely. We are now enjoying the best that the Pan has to offer with good drake, PMD, BWO and midge hatches all taking place throughout the day. It is dry fly fishing now all day if one has a mind to do so.

It doesn't get any better than this. The forecast over the next week is for it to be a little cooler in the low 80's with some clouds and rain. This will just enhance the hatches. So make sure you carry some wet weather gear when it rains and keep fishing unless there is any lightning about. In which case, take care and get off the river.

Recommended Flies:Use midges, PMD's and BWO's. Use drake nymphs because they are about and ready to come off.

For mysis at the dam use Mike's Mysis. epoxy mysis, and BUV 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.

With the beatis nymphs and BWO's coming off in the shade try small nymphs such as pheasant tails, bubble backs, FPA sparkle baetis and rs2's. When the BWO's come off parachute adams and standard BWO patterns. Also try the parachute BWO and the thorax patterns.

The PMD's are now coming off so try the nymphs before the hatches start and then emergers and dries. Try Pink Cahill's, Sulphur Dun's and the Comparadun for dries. For emergers try the FPA beadtail emerger, the FPA special emerger, and the killer mayfly pmd.

The drakes are due to start coming off so try the nymphs at the moment and get ready for the hatches around midday. For 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 - 593cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The Fork again dropped significantly this week. The floating is still good for most of its length and will be for a little while longer. But at this rate it won't be long before we see the armarda floating from Carbondale. So take the opportunities now presented to float as much of it as you can. The drakes are coming off in the evening higher now so there are plenty of good opportunities to get out and enjoy the experience.

This week we had a mudslide up the Crystal river which knocked out floating below Carbondale for a day. The forecast for the coming week is for thunderstorms and cooler temperatures, so take note of the weather and if there is any rain up the Crystal River remember that it only takes a couple of buckets of water to send color down from that area. So take note and ring the shop if there is any concern in that respect.

Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use either attractor patterns down deep. Alternatively stoneflies with attractor patterns or baetis.

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.

Also try PMD nymphs, rusty spinner and yellow sallies.

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.

In the afternoon, black and purple streamers such as black buggers have also produced results.

For the drakes in the evening the H & L Variant is a must as it will remain visible into dark. Otherwise try the Colorado Drake, the adult drake, and the hairwing dun.

During the day the drake nymphs wil be about so try them as well as caddis pupae.


The Colorado is in great condition now offering excellent floating opportunties. It is the preferred destination for the guides now who are capable of fishing it and getting on to the fish. If you get the chance to float then head for the Colorado and enjoy the water quaility and conditions.

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.

Also consider yellow sallies, PMDs, and terrestrials.

For streamers use white or black flies.


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