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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FISHING REPORT

For Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River from Aspen and Basalt for the week ended
14th May 2020

Current Hours

Sunday - Saturday - 9am - 4pm

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Guide School/Fishing Camp dates for April/May 2020

If you just want a fishing camp experience see how here.

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We are back in business! The shop is open and we are observing standard protocols. Basalt passed an ordinance on Friday requiring face coverings at all times which in the shop so carry the appropriate item with you when you come in.

There are a lot of fishermen out on the river now finally getting a break from the forced incarceration. Time to Fish!! The runoff is picking up so the better fishing is above Carbondale. The Crystal is a mess so not much good fishing lower down.

Just come to Basalt.

This is how we socially distance ourselves.

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Frying Pan

Current Flow: below the Dam 148cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

With the flows at 150cfs the conditions are perfect, the days are beautiful and the fishing is excellent. There are a lot of fishermen out enjoying the conditions. I have never seen so many out at this time of year. Usually everyone is off in Moab or some other distant destination. The weather is perfect. No better time to be out and away from the madness.

Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos.

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.

The fish are taking generic nymphs such as pheasant tails and caddis larva patterns. The BWO's are coming off as well. Try emerger patterns such as rs2's and WD-50's.

For BWO naturals use standard BWO's, parachute BWO's, parachute Adams, and Thorax patterns.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - 621cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The Fork is 621cfs and lwlelling out at Basalt. The early part of the melt is over and now we can enjoy excellent conditions until the later higher elevantion melt starts next month. In the meantime enjoy the conditions above Carbondale. Just come to Baslt. The world is perfect. A few cool nights have really helped with the condition of the water.

Try attractors. 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. Also try drake nymphs such as the FPA Nymph, or the poxyback. For variety try the muskrat as well.

The caddis are coming off. Use caddis emergers . Higher up on the Fork the water is still fast, so use attractors such as princes, large stonefly nymphs, and hare's ears in that area.

Also try streamers.


Colorado

The Colorado is in early runoff condition. Come to the Pan or upper Fork.

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.

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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.


Frying Pan Anglers is an equal opportunity employer and service provider and operates under a Special Use permit from the U.S.D.A Forest Service White River National Forest.

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