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
17th May 2015

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More rain and snow and we are now at 165% of median at the Ivanhoe guage with the entire basin now averaging 100% of median. And with the coming week promising more rain and snow we are looking forward to a confirmed great snow pack for the coming season.

It has been quite cold over the past few days, so the runoff has slowed down and the rivers are in great condition. The BWO hatches have continued to be good on the Pan in the wet conditions and that will persist.

The Pan continues to run at 156cfs but shortly one would expect the releases to pick up if the Bureau decides to participate in the annual co-ordinated releases for the endangered species. We shall know shortly.

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 156cfs.(if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

The Pan is now running at 156cfs with the additional rains. There is always a co-ordinated release in mid May unless the snowpack is too low. The past 2 weeks of rain and snow has pushed the snowpack up nicely above the median increasing the likelihood of a release, so it is possible that there will be inceased flows in the not too distant future.

In the meantime the fishing has been excellent and the water conditions ideal. With the forecast for more rain over the coming week the BWO hatches will be strong. Make sure you dress for cold wet conditions. The rain can blow in quickly. But the fishing will be excellent.

Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwo's, nymphs and attractors. The fish are also taking small nymphs and caddis larva. The fish aren't particularly fussy yet so a well presented pattern will do the trick.

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 - 616cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

Earlier in the week the warmer weather pushed the flows higher, but several days of colder conditions have slowed down the melt bringing the flow down nicely and providing great water conditions which will persist while the colder weather prevails. However as soon as it warms, and the flows pick up the water conditions will deteriorate.

So if you are uncertain just head to Basalt now. If the weather cools the flows may subside a little but expect the conditions to remain colored lower down now that the run-off is appearing to pick up with the warmer weather.

Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Mostly weighted attractor patterns now or small nymphs and grey emerger patterns.

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

They will also take small soft hackles such as the grey biot emerger.

Also try attractor patternssuch as hare's ears, worms and princes.

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.

In the faster water it is also worth trying weighted nymphs such as the Frenchie and Vlad's nymph. They will get down quickly and stay close to the bottom in the faster water where the fish will locate on bright days.


The Colorado is colored up now so don't bother stopping down there. Just come up to Basalt.

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.

For streamers use white or black flies.


Our New Location.

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

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

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