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 4th May 2014


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Another relatively cold week which brought the flows down significantly in the Fork. At Basalt the flows dropped from 1000cfs to 600cfs by Friday until they lifted over the weekend. This cleared the water nicely and made for some great fishing. The forecast for the coming week is some warming weather with overnight temperatures staying above freezing. Consequently, expect the respite from the melt to end and the river to run up quickly.

This past week we had a little snow on the cold windy days and a little more accumulation higher up. The cold weather and additional snow pushed up the comparisons with last year and the median snowpack noticeably.

The Bureau dropped the releases in the Pan at the end of the week to 238cfs. The big question now is when will the flows pick up again? Usually at this time of year we are considering the possibility of co-ordinated releases for the endangered fish program. There are three possible levels sought in the releases and that generally depends on the snowpack and the availability of water. I would guess that the reason for the drop in the flows this week is that the Bureau is gearing up for a decent flush for the co-ordinated releases shortly. Generally that occurs in the few days leading up to Memorial Weekend and is generally for a week.

Nothing has been said yet, but I would suggest that one should enjoy the next couple of weeks on the Pan and then expect the big release for a week around Memorial Weekend. If we are in decent run-off mode in the Fork by then, there won't be much good fishing here for a few days. This is conjecture but bear it in mind.


Frying Pan

Current Flow: below the Dam 238cfs.(if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

The Bureau dropped the flows by Friday to 238cfs making for some nice fishing over the weekend. The weather was a little unsettled though and it was quite windy. The wind will melt the snow higher up so expect to see flows pick up over the next day or so in the tributaries.

The fish were feeding on midge emergers and there were some nice hatches. But the wind made it tough to fish consistently. The wind blew most everyone off the Pan on Sunday so that when I got to the flats around 1pm there was not a single other person there. The fish were taking emergers sub-surface and occasionally came up and took a dry. The naturals coming off were tiny around #28 - 30 so it was time for small flies.

The coming week should offer some nice days out as the foreacast is for warming weather but cloudy days. There is a chance of rain mid-week so that should encourage some nice BWO hatches.

Just watch the weather forecast and dress for variable weather.

Recommended Flies:Use midges 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, 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.

With the beatis nymphs and BWO's moving around now 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.


Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - 695cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The cold snowy weather brought the Fork down rapidly by 400cfs until Saturday morning. However the warm weather over the weekend pushed the flows up by 100cfs over night so that the Fork colored up a little on Sunday. But being below the highs of last week the water was free of any debris.

It was windy over the weekend, which made floating less fun. But nymphing in protected sections was fine. The coming week promises more warming weather and overnight temperatures staying above freezing. Consequently expect the Fork to pick up quickly again and to be questionable by the end of the coming week. At least come up to Basalt where one has a better chance of a clearer flow until it passes last weeks highs.

Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use either attractor patterns down deep. Alternatively stoneflies with eggs or baetis.

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.


Colorado River

As the Colorodo pushes higher, forget it. Just come higher up the Fork or onto the Pan. If the weather stays warm the Pan will be the only worthwhile destination.

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, eggs, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.

For streamers use white or black flies.

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