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  and other rivers in the Basalt area.  Frying Pan Anglers carries fly fishing equipment, with Hardy fly fishing equipment, and fly fishing supplies. It provides regular fishing reports and fly fishing reports for the frying pan river, the roaring fork river and Colorado river in our area.  Frying Pan Anglers is the premier fly fishing and guided fly fishing outfitter for the best quality guides and fly fishing equipment.  Frying Pan Anglers provides a range of fly fishing equipment including orvis, hardy, greys, lamson, ross, galvan, and bauer fly fishing reels.  In addition it carries orvis helios fly rods, hardy, greys, GL Loomis, mystic echo and St Croix fly rods. It is your one stop fly fishing shop and fly fishing outfitter in the frying pan river area for guided float and wade fishing trips and tours. It hosts excellent fly fishing guides and fly fishing tours on the frying pan river and other local waters.  The guides will provide excellent teaching and coaching for clients of Frying Pan Anglers.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  and other rivers in the Basalt area.  Frying Pan Anglers carries fly fishing equipment, with Hardy fly fishing equipment, and fly fishing supplies. It provides regular fishing reports and fly fishing reports for the frying pan river, the roaring fork river and Colorado river in our area.  Frying Pan Anglers is the premier fly fishing and guided fly fishing outfitter for the best quality guides and fly fishing equipment.  Frying Pan Anglers provides a range of fly fishing equipment including orvis, hardy, greys, lamson, ross, galvan, and bauer fly fishing reels.  In addition it carries orvis helios fly rods, hardy, greys, GL Loomis, mystic echo and St Croix fly rods. It is your one stop fly fishing shop and fly fishing outfitter in the frying pan river area for guided float and wade fishing trips and tours. It hosts excellent fly fishing guides and fly fishing tours on the frying pan river and other local waters.  The guides will provide excellent teaching and coaching for clients of Frying Pan Anglers.


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Fishing Report

For the Week ending 11th June 2006

I am about as confused as the fish on the Pan are at the moment. Far from running the releases for 2 weeks at 800+cfs, the actual releases from Ruedi have now dropped to 100cfs!! I think it might have finally occurred to someone somewhere that we are in the middle of a mini-drought here at the moment. This week we did get some nice rain on Thursday afternoon and evening which was a welcome change. But really!? How did the Bureau manage to run the river at the highest level it has been for 11 years over Memorial Day weekend and then drop it so far down since then? The fish must be confused and giddy. I know I am. The publicity surrounding the proposal to run at 800cfs for 2 weeks certainly stopped a lot of visitors coming out. It has been very quiet on the river until the last few days.

So now the Pan is low for this time of year. At this time last year the Pan was running at 158cfs! So the fish are all moving about again trying to find some deep water in the bright sunny days.

It was exceptionally hot earlier in the week. On Tuesday the temperature was 90 degrees in Basalt and 85 degrees halfway up the Pan. The hot weather gradually lifted the Fork and then the heavy rains on Thursday dropped a lot of material and color into it so it has been dirty even though it topped out at 3,100 which is lower than the peak of the run-off at 3,500cfs. The last 2 colder days have caused the flow to drop so the Fork is beginning to settle back again and is currently 2,110. Next week the prediction is for hot weather in the mid 70's and cloudy afternoons.

So my prediction for the coming week is that the fish in the Pan will finally settle down after the water levels stays consistent for a week. Of course that excludes any further surprises from the Bureau. In addition the Fork should fish extremely well as the flow settles down again. Luckily the Bureau has little effect there.

As a side note, for those of you who might be contemplating coming out this year and renting the cabins, might we suggest that you do not wait too long to book. We already have July totally booked as well as the first three weeks of August. September is almost fully booked as well. If you want details click on the lodging link on the left.

Frying Pan

Current Flow: below the Dam - 124cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the flow in the Pan was dropped so it is now running at 124cfs. Given that it was running at 158cfs at the same time last year, the Bureau has a few questions to answer as to why they would permit the releases to run at 800+cfs over the Memorial Day weekend ensuring that the fishing would be poor at that time and then finding it necessary to drop it so dramatically. Frankly it makes no sense at all. Instead of ramping the flow up the way they did, conserving a little water and allowing the flow to be a little higher through summer until the calls start to come on would have served the fish and the fishermen better. The fish are now searching out the darker deeper areas where they can get some protection in the bright light. I've seen several blue herons out in the river of late. The fish in the shallow water will have no chance now against those adversaries.

Early in the week the weather was very bright but as the week progressed the afternoons developed thunderstorms which actually delivered some rain. Thursday afternoon, evening and night was quite wet. So much so that the run-off colored up the Pan and the Fork a little. In Thursday's rain I went out fishing and saw a few small drakes coming off. Harry and Art had reported them very thick in the water towards town. By the weekend Merle was catching fish towards the Dam on drake nymphs as well as baetis nymphs. Mid river the fish were taking nymphs but very little dry fly activity. They took baetis, icebreakers, pheasant tails and hare's ears. On Sunday I went out and deliberately fished solely with hare's ears both bead head and non bead head, sizes #14 and #16 to see how the fish responded. They did not pass up the opportunity and took all flies offered. The key was to fish as deep as possible and preferably in areas where one could not see the bottom. The fish have been spooked by the fluctuating water and in the bright light they took every opportunity to stay as low as possible.


Recommended Flies:  The fish now have to adjust to the lower water again and therefore will be a little wary as they seek the darker deeper areas in the bright light. The current level is so low that the fish will be moving back to more protected areas and it will concentrate them more particularly when the light is bright. The lower flow will also make wading a little easier giving greater access to the river again. The water is so low and so clear it is now essential to use either 6x or 7x tippet. There is a consistent midge hatch between mid-morning and late afternoon into the evening. Try midge larva and pupa before the hatch starts. If the hatch appears lackluster, use bead head pupa patterns allowing them to drift down. When the fish begin to feed under the surface, try small emergers; olive biot emergers, size #18 - #22 and black special emergers #18 - #22. Don't fish too shallow too quickly. Even if you think the fish are feeding just under or on the surface, persist with keeping the fly lower until there is no question that they are on dries. Switching to a dry pattern too early can cause you to miss good opportunities. On the surface, use midge dries with emergers in the film as a dropper. Also try Griffiths gnats #18 - #24 and parachute Adams #18 - #22. Use baetis nymphs is nothing is movingon the surface. Try the sparkle baetis, the flashback and rojo pheasant tails and the icebreaker. Now that the water is clear you can try rs2's micro baetis and other very small patterns as well. Currently the better baetis hatches are towards the dam usually around midday to early afternoon if it is cloudy. Otherwise fish in the shade Mid-river the baetis are intermittent at best. As the fish adjust to the lower water and start to look up again, they will be taking more dries. In addition the water is now thick with drake nymphs so use drake nymph patterns, preferably smaller sizes #14 - #18. Hares ears and pheasant tails will also work well. However the key is to keep the flies as low as possible in the water. Don't hesitate to use as much weight as you consider necessary to get the fly to the bottom. You will lose a few flies on the bottom but if you don't you are not fishing deep enough.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - 2110 cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The very hot temperatures early in the week and then the heavy rain later in the week conspired to put paid to the ideal conditions which persisted earlier last week. By Friday the floating conditions had deteriorated to the point of being unsatisfactory and even on Saturday the river remained dirty even quite high up. The last 2 days however have cooled down and it has been dry so the Fork should be fine by the first of the week. Even though the weather was extremely hot the highest flow at Basalt was 3,100cfs which is 400cfs below the highest flow 2 weeks ago. Part of the difference could be explained by the lower flow from the Pan however it is certain now that the height of the run-off is past and therefore barring any further thunderstorms and heavy rain in the next few days, the Fork from here will gradually drop and the fishing will be excellent.

Recommended Flies: Above Carbondale use the same flies as the Pan (See our report for the Frying Pan). Generally try midge patterns larva, pupa and emerger patterns. For variety try very small baetis nymph patterns. Stone flies #16 - #10 - try mercers poxy-back, roaring fork stone, 20 incher. The caddis are thick now so caddis pupa patterns and free swimmers.

Colorado River

The generally increased flow in the Fork, the water below Carbondale from the Crystal and the continuing the work on Shoshone have contributed to make the Colorado practically unfishable at the moment. If you want to try a fish it try midges, and 20 inchers. Also try any nymphs #20 and smaller.

Recommended Flies: midges, both dries and emergers; pheasant tails #16, 18; BWO's #18,20; small copper johns; 20 inchers size #10 - #14; bead head prince nymph red #12 - 16; egg patterns #10 - #18; streamers #6 and #8 and smaller.

 

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