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 15th July 2012


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A lot of rain this week. Enough to keep the Colorado colored up and not fishable. As a consequence the floating is now busy from Carbondale down but it is getting skinny. The rain is helping flows a little but with the ground so dry it is soaking up the rain leaving little run-off, particularly as the downpours have not been overly heavy. It is great for the ground and the growth and is giving the brown grass a chance to regenerate a little. The forecast is for more thunderstorms and a little rain, so this may continue for a while. It is certainly a contrast from last month. Temperatures are a comfortable mid 80's rather than pushing to the triple digits.

The downside of the rain generally has been the clouding up of the Colorado which is keeping traffic on the Fork in a relatively confined area. The rain has been widespread hence the consistency of the color in the Colorado. But a few clear days and it should clear up.

The cloudy weather has brought on some great hatches although the drakes this year have not put in a strong appearance on the Pan yet. There are a few coming off during the day, but the predominant hatches are PMD's.

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 195cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

The cloudy weather and rain have excited some excellent hatches through the week giving rise to some excellent dry fly days. Today for instance, there was a mid afternoon thunderstorm which brought quite a downpour for a very short period. The fish kept feeding right though the rain as the bugs continued to come off. A mixture of BWO's and PMD's. The fish took all manner of dries from Adams to BWO's and even found the Grey Wulff to their liking.

If it continues to cloud up in the afternoons as predicted, the dry fly fishing will be excellent.

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 - 368cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The Fork has benefitted from the rain over the last few days with it spiking up a little. But in the absence of rain or increased releases from the Ruedi it gets lower and if the hot weather returns, everything will tend to shut down early in the afternoon.

The preference has been to get onto the Fork early and then off before the water temperatures gets too high. A few days of colder weather will be excellent for the conditions and will give the fish a little relief.

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.

In the morning rusty spinners, midges, PMDs and Caddis.

For nymphing using attractors, drake nymphs, midge larvae and emergers, stonefly, pmd, baetis nymphs and emergers. As the day progresses small baetis such as the FPA Sparkle Baetis, the FPA Thorax Emerger, and black pheasant tails have also worked well.

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.

In the afternoon, black and purple streamers such as black buggers have also produced results.


Colorado River

The Colorado remains dark and colored so for the moment avoid it and wait for a few days of dry weather so that it can clear.

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.

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