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

Aspen Fly fishing Guided Trips

cabins on the Frying Pan River

river flow report for the frying pan roaring fork and colorado rivers

Frying Pan River Roaring Fork River and Colorado River  guided fishing trips

book a guided frying pan river guided fishing trip

frying pan river trout flies

photos of the frying pan river, roaring fork river and colorado rivers

topics and discussions of the frying pan roaring fork and colorado rivers

frying pan anglers online store

sale items for frying pan anglers

fishing equipment and supplies for colorado fishing

frying pan anglers


Welcome to Frying Pan Anglers
The Best in Colorado Fly Fishing


For Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River from Aspen and Basalt for the week ended
25th January 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.


With minimal snow over the past week, the weather has been excellent. It was a very comfortable 40degrees out on the river today. A few BWO's came off as well as a few midges but the hatches were not strong. There were quite a few fishermen out enjoying the exceedingly pleasant conditions. With a few visitors in town for the X Games, it was quite busy. A change from the past few weeks.

The weather over the coming week promises more warmth in the mid 40's and little to no snow, so there should be ample opportunities to get out onto the river, particularly if you are up here to ski and find that the icy conditions require a day or so to rest. A few hours out on the river is just the ticket.

Cameron has been in both Marlborough last week and New Jersey this weekend at the Fly Fishing Shows and has enjoyed making new contacts and meeting a lot of old friends. He will be at the North Carolina Feb 6and 7th show so if you would like to catch up with him, note it in your diary.

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 103cfs.(if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

With the prediction of generally clear weather over the coming week it will be great to get out onto the river but take care to dress warmly. The clear overnight sky brings the temperatures down well below freezing so the mornings are cold. But in the sunlight things will warm in time.

With the strong flows, the fish are tending to stay a little deeper so if you are nymphing the fishing has been excellent. The hatches have been sporadic so it is a matter of catching them at the right time if you want to enjoy some winter dry fly activity.

Recommended Flies:Use midges and eggs.

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 - n/acfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

Though deep into wintery conditions, the Fork remains in excellent condition with minimal ice buildup and hence great access for wading.

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.


Buy Your Colorado Fishing Licence here.


Table Of Contents.


Visit our Frying Pan Anglers Store Online.

Visit our Durango Store - The San Juan Angler

Visit our South Platte Fly Shop - South Platte Fly Shop


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

"the best in Colorado Fly Fishing "


The Frying Pan River for the best in Fall Fly Fishing.
Aspen fishing experiences with guided fly fishing on the Frying Pan Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers. Great winter fly fishing.

contact        home