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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FISHING REPORT

For Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River from Aspen and Basalt for the week ended
4th December 2016

Autumn Hours

Friday and Saturday - 8am - 4pm

Sunday - Thursday - 8am - 4pm

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Guide School/Fishing camps dates for April 2017.

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The past week was colder with a little snow. The ski fields have not benefitted much even though they claim to have had up to 17" in the last week. They must have had one of those fishermen's tape measures out.

It is going to get colder in the coming week with the possibility of more snow. We had a few fishermen up this weekend enjoying some lovely weather, particularly on Sunday. It is very quiet at the moment as we wait for winter to arrive. There is still good access at the moment as the minimal snow has not built up along the edges and it hasn't been cold enough to freeze the river.

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 85cfs.(if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

The fish have relocated with the lower water and are enjoying hatches in the afternoon down to mid river. The colder weather has kicked in but there are still some good hatches in the middle of the day in the sun.

It won't be long until we are limited to fishing closer to the dam with midges and eggs. So enjoy the last few days while the opportunity persists.

Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos, and egg patterns.

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 - 230cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

With the lower flows in the Fork the floating is now confined to below Carbondale. The lower flows also make access to most of the Fork easier.

We have not had much snow so access for wade fishing is still perfect and it has not been cold enough to freeze the edges of the river yet.

In the bright light the fish tended to hug the bottom so it is a matter of getting down to them. The water conditions are perfect and the browns are aggressively chasing streamers.

Concentrate on smaller flies and egg patterns.

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.

Try streamers as well.


Colorado

The Colorado is generally in good condition and affords some great floating. The effective flies are getting smaller, but streamers are still yielding good 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.

Try streamers and eggs as well.

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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.



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