Welcome to Frying Pan Anglers
For Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River from Aspen and Basalt for the week ended
7 days a week - 8am - 5pm
Guide School Dates for October 2020.
Fly Fishing Classes
Classes start at $150 for a two hour session and are available daily. Pricing includes professional instruction, all gear, and flies. Call us at 970-927-3441
We have been busy with a lot of new visitors this year. There are few better ways for social distancing than being out on the water. Things have slowed down a little the last couple of days with I70 closed because of the Grizzly fires but with access over Independence Pass reopening, all is good again. Hope to see you shortly.
The floating is excellent.
With the Pan now back to 220cfs, the conditions are ideal. The cool water and easily wadable flows are making this one of the better years for dry fly action.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos, caddis and PMD's.
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.
There will also be caddis and crane flies in the evening.
Current Flow: near Emma - 358cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The flows at 358cfs make for most of the floating below carbondale. The wade fishing is good higher up, but lower down there is a lot of boat traffic as well as a voluntary closure from mid afternoon when the water approaches 70degrees. So head higher up the Fork or to the Pan as the day progresses.
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 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.
Use drakes and PMDs as well.
Also try streamers.
The hot days are still here so fishermen are keeping their eye on the water temperatures lower down the Colorado. At the moment it is not possible to access Grizzly because of the fires.
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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