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
1st March 2015

Winter Hours

7 days a week - 9am - 3pm


Guide School. We are conducting a guide school from the 11th to the 15th of April. See details here.


It continues to snow nicely. With another 21inches over the past week the base on the ski slopes is now 71". It is still snowing and is expected to continue for a few days before it clears. This is all good for the snow pack which is currently showing 92% of median snow pack at this time of year. If the forecast falls continue we are on track for a good pack for this season.

The other pleasant consequence is that it is not cold, so at the lower elevations the snow is not accumulating but rather clears quickly so that access to the rivers is excellent. These are ideal conditions.

The visitors on the river slowed down with the arrival of the snow as they either tended to stay on the slopes skiing or just have taken some time off.

We have finished the house at the Frying Pan River Lodge and are taking bookings for the coming season. You can now view some photos of the interior.

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 126cfs.(if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

The snow continues to add to the snow pack and requires one to dress for inclemency. Although it is not cold, don't take chances because if one gets damp it gets cold very quickly.

With the cloud cover yesterday, one reasonably expected a decent midge hatch. It didn't happen to any significant extent. However today, Marty reported that the fish that took the day off yesterday, fed well today and offered a great day on dry flies.

Generally though the best results have been from fishing emergers or nymphing. But the fishing was good. With the expected cloud and snow this coming week, the hatches should be good.

Recommended Flies:Use midges and eggs. As the weather begins to warm the fish are also taking small nymphs and caddis larva. So unless we get a really cold snap, the fish are beginning to get restless and aren't particularly fussy.

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.

Other patterns which are working now include generic nymphs such as pheasant tails and caddis larva patterns.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - 299cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The Fork remains in excellent condition with minimal ice buildup and hence great access for wading. There are nice BWO hatches bringing the fish to the surface.

The fish are also responding well to streamers at the moment.

It is a great time to get out onto the Fork now with such great conditions. They should persist a little longer, but we do need some more snow to arrive soon.

Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Mostly eggs and attractor patterns now. The browns are on the redds so try streamers and eggs below them.

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

Also try eggs and attractor patterns.

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.


The Colorado is in great condition and should remain that way for now. Nymphing produces the best results. The fish are now responding to streamers and the browns are on the redds.

Recommended Flies: egg patterns as well as some of the patterns suggested above for the Fork.



Our New Location.

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

See here for other pictures.


Check out our new Frying Pan River Lodge.


Kid's Camps for 2015.

Cameron is beginning to confirm details for the Kids Camps for 2015. For those interested click here.


Buy Your Colorado Fishing Licence here.


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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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