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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For Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River from Aspen and Basalt for the week ended
23rd April 2017

Winter Hours

Friday and Saturday - 8am - 4pm

Sunday - Thursday - 8am - 4pm


Our Kids Camp for 2017 is 24th and 25th June. Details here.

Guide School/Fishing camps dates for April 2017.

Check the photos from our first April 2017 school.

New for 2017. Our Ladies fishing camp. Details here.


The week started off quite hot but a predicted cold spell arrived and brought down the flows a little clearing the water. Cameron is on the Fork with the guide class at the moment and reports exceptional caddis hatches coming off. We had a little snow during the week, and the forecast is for more with quite cold weather from mid-week through the weekend. The top temperature will be in the mid 40's so it will be wise to dress well for winter conditions. One would expect the BWO hatches to be excellent in these conditions after the first cold snap.

The cold will also clear the water nicely so expect some great floating.

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 153cfs.(if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

With the Pan now running at 153cfs the fish feel a little more protected. But the changeable weather put the fish down a little so it was necessary to fish deep. The coming week offers more cooler weather and clouds so expect good BWO hatches on the Pan. But dress well and be prepared to fish through rain as that is when the hatches will accelerate. Look forward to a great week on the Pan.

Recommended Flies:Use midges and egg patterns. The fish will also take small nymphs as well now in the warmer weather.

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 - 499cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The temperature spike at the beginning of the week pushed the Fork up to 600cfs. But the advent of the cold spell has brought the flows back down to 499cfs and the continuing cold should serve to bring the flows lower as the week progresses. The water condition will be excellent but make sure you dress for cold conditions. Cameron is reporting excellent caddis hatches at the moment but that may slow a little when the cold and snow hits. But the pupae and larva will still be in abundance so fish them down.

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.

Try streamers now as well.


The Colorado is clearing nicely with the cold weather so the quality of the fishing will improve nicely as the week progresses.

Try small flies, attractor patterns, streamers and caddis pupae and larvae.

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.


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.

Under Special Use permit from the U.S. Forest Service.  Equal Opportunity employer

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