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
19th March 2017

Winter Hours

Friday and Saturday - 8am - 4pm

Sunday - Thursday - 8am - 4pm


Guide School/Fishing camps dates for April 2017.

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


The prediction from last week was accurate again with no snow or precipitation, great fishing and very comfortable weather. The only concern now is whether we will get more snow sufficient to augment the snowpack higher up. The snowpack is diminishing now and is 120% of the median, down significantly over the past 2 weeks. The forecast is generally for clear weather with the possbility of a day or so of rain midweek. Hopefully that will snow higher up and add to the snowpack. In the meantime, the skiing is not much fun now, so if you are in the area, make the trip down and take some time off in the river. It is ideal with the fishing, particularly in the Pan being excellent.

The unseasonally warm weather has brought more color in lower down, so the best destination is higher up on the Fork or on the Pan.

So over the next week the color will persist in the Fork and the Colorado. But the Pan will remain in excellent condition.

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 80cfs.(if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

Another good week of fishing on the Pan with the warm weather persisting. The hatches were good giving good dry fly action. The fish took mostly emergers but break the surface taking dries. The fish were generally active at all levels of the water column. The coming week promises more great fishing.

Recommended Flies:Use midges and egg patterns. The fish will also take small nymphs as well now in the warmer weather.

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.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - 242cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The consistent warmer weather has added a little color in the Fork particularly below Carbondale where the Crystal has been a problem. With the forecast for similar weather over the next week, the color will remain as the flows pick up.

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.

Try streamers now as well.


With a little warming weather there was more color in the Colorado reducing visibility. Probably better to head up the Fork to the Pan or above Basalt.

Try small flies, attractor patterns, streamers and egg patterns.

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.


Shop Location.

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

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Frying Pan Anglers is a specialty fly fishing shop, and a licensed (#2389), insured outfitter in the State of Colorado.

Under Special Use permit from the U.S. Forest Service.  Equal Opportunity employer

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