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
24th July 2016

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No need to really change the report from last week, except to say that the Bureau has pushed up the releases into the Pan to 250cfs. Apart for that the fishing remainse excellent. The hatches are excellent and the weather has been perfect. The forecast for the coming week is that it should be clear for most of the week. We would welcome and little tropical weather with afternoon showers. This would be welcome as it has been hot and dry now for several weeks without much rain at all.

The flows make for great floating from Basalt down as well as great access for wading the full length of the Fork. The Colorado is also in great condition now.

So looking forward to another great week of fishing. But always be prepared for the possibility of some rain.

**We need your help.**

Take a moment to read the following article in the Aspen Daily News. It is self explanatory in relation to proposed flows this year. We ask that if you have a moment and consider it relevant that you write a note to the attention of Linda Bassi, Chief, Stream and Lake Protection Section at the Colorado Water Conservation Board 1313 Sherman St., Rm. 721, Denver, CO 80203 and let your views be known on the flows in the Frying Pan. You will note that we have had our submission considered this year, but it will need a concerted effort to ensure that the quality of the dry fly fishing in the Frying Pan is maintained in the future. If we don't make the effort to let our views be known, no-one else is going to.

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 250cfs.(if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

The Pan is running at 250cfs and the fishing is excellent with the extra water comforting the fish and getting the bug hatches more active.

At the current level around 250cfs, the water condition is perfect at the top end of the recommended range. The hatches are excellent as the additional water has created more natural conditions for the hatches. The fish are keying in on adults now so they are taking dries more deliberately. There were drakes coming off this evening mid river as well as a lot of midges, and PMD's.

The conditions are ideal.

Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos, pmd's, nymphs and attractors. The fish are also taking small nymphs.

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.

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 - 660cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

There are great caddis hatches at the moment offering some excellent dry fly action above Basalt. The drakes are closer to Basalt now and no longer lower down towards Glenwood. There are also yellow sallies, stone flies, PMDs and BWO's. The midge hatches are prolific as well. The conditions are excellent on the Fork now.

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 as drakes. Use caddis emergers and drake nymphs. Higher up on the Fork the water is still fast, so use attractors such as princes, large stonefly nymphs, and hare's ears in that area.

Also try yellow sallies as well as streamers.


The Colorado is in great condition and dropping rapidly, offering good fishing along the edges if one takes care. The water conditions are excellent. It is just big water fishing at the moment, so if that is daunting, concentrate on the Fork.

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

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