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 1st July 2012


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The remarkably low flows in the Roaring Fork for this time of year have reports of drakes coming off now well past Basalt, yet there are only a few drakes coming off on the Pan because of the colder water. And with the Fork at Basalt measuring 340cfs while the Pan is running at a reduced 145cfs, the net figure around 200cfs indicates how low the Fork is at this time of year.

Wading today between lower Woody Creek Bridge and Jaffee Park, the conditions were remarkable. The wading was very accessible and though later in the day some nice fish took dries even though there wasn't a hatch in evidence. There were a few other fishermen out enjoying the conditions. Given the well publicised conditions elsewhere in the State at the moment, this Valley certain must be a destination of choice. The Pan is also in excellent condition and not particularly heavily fished at the moment. Coming up to the July 4th holiday, it is relatively quiet out on the river.

With the forecast for the coming week for thunderstorms every day, one fervently pleads for less thunder and more storm. The dry conditions are certainly taking their toll. If the ground is not watered, the grass is brown and dead. A number of ranches further up valley have had their water curtailed already limiting their ability to raise hay. Those with water are indeed fortunate. The orchardists are getting ready to call for their water allotment which will bump up the Pan very shortly and the lower Fork will benefit. At these low levels we are trying to get trips out earlier in the day and finish before the hottest part of the day to protect the fish a little. The lower down the Fork the warmer the water.

The releases from the Pan have topped Ruedi out and now it is starting to fall in the smallest increments. Currently at 87.7% it has only moved down a little. With July 4th holiday coming up, one expects a number of visitors in town. Given the difficulties in many other parts of the State with fires the urgency of calling for the utmost caution cannot be understated. So wherever you are travelling, take care and stay safe. If you are coming up here, we look forward to catching up.


Frying Pan

Current Flow: below the Dam 145cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

The flows slowed a little this week as the releases were cut back modestly. The lower water makes for tough fishing when it is bright and clear with low water. Yet with come cloud blowing in during the week and a little rain, there were some great hatches to be enjoyed. Surprisingly though, most fishermen have tended to gravitate to the Fork the enjoy the drake hatches which have been reported well above Basalt. There are a few drakes coming off on the Pan but so far they are so sporadic as to best be ignored. However if you want to feel like it is drake time, through a big Adams and some fish will take it.

During the week when it was bright the better fishing on the pan was in the deeper faster moving pocket water. The fish took orange stimulators, orange cracklebacks, large Adams and larger Parachute BWO's. Up closer to Dam, Cameron was using #26 and #28 midges and BWO's in order to get the fish to eat. It was challenging but fun.

Recommended Flies:Use midges, caddis, PMD's and BWO's.

For mysis at the dam use Mike's Mysis. epoxy mysis, and BUV 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, brassies #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, copper johns #18 - #22, black polywings #18 - #22 and garcia's rojo 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. In addition try dry patterns such as the z-wing real midge, suspended midge and any similar dry black and gray patterns in sizes from #20 through to #26.

For baetis, try small nymphs such as pheasant tails, bubble backs, FPA sparkle baetis and rs2's. When the BWO's come off parachute adams and standard BWO patterns. Also try the parachute BWO and the thorax patterns. With the range of bugs coming off, larger BWO patterns will work well in the rougher water.

The PMD's are now in evidence and working well. For nymphs use the micro mayfly, pheasant tails, and emergers such as the FPA beadtail emerger. For dries, use the CDC comparadun, larger Adams, and parachutes.

For caddis, wait for the day to develop and let the fish move towards the surface. In the mornings they are still tending to stay low and generally only coming to the surface if there is a decent hatch or some caddis floating through. Try small olive elk hair caddis and king's river caddis.

Drakes should be in evidence very soon, given that they have now passed Basalt on the Fork. Try emergers and nymphs until the hatches develop more substance.


Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - 340cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

With the level of the water falling and hence warming in the heat of the day, the drakes have been coming off in the evenings and some reports of drakes in the mornings. There have been good reports of dry fly action well past Basalt and towards Aspen. The low water makes for easy wading and access.

The dry fly fishing in the evenings remains excellent with PMD's, yellow sallies, caddis and drakes as it gets dark.

Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing but with PMD's and yellow sallies, and drakes coming off in the evenings as well as caddis, there are a range of options.

For nymphing using attractors, drake nymphs, midge larvae and emergers, stonefly, pmd, baetis nymphs and emergers. For small flies, copper johns, pc phlash, rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos, and caddis emergers such as bird of prey, sparkle pupae patterns.

In the evenings dries are working well, with the H & L Variant being very visible as the light fades. During the day use comparaduns, sparkle duns, wulff patterns, and Colorado green drake.

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


Colorado River

The Colorado continues to fish well but with the rising temperatures and falling flows we are getting to the time that fishing during the day will begin to stress the fish. This is remarkably early and means one should take care on extremely hot days to consider not fishing during the heat of the day. Ed and Chris have reported some excellent days out on the Colorado with yellow sallies pouring off as well as PMDs.

Recommended Flies: Try Royal Stimulator and the Lime Trude. For nymphing use yellow sally nymphs and small baetis. 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, eggs, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly. For yellow sally dries try the headlight sally or the Flintstone.

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