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For Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River from Aspen and Basalt for the week ended
Thursday - Saturday - 9am - 5pm
Sunday - Wednesday - 9am - 5pm
Guide School/Fishing Camp dates for October 2019
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The rivers are coming up as the warmer weather picks up the pace of the melt. We had a lot of rain and some snow last night so the rivers were colored up. The Pan is up to 142cfs but the water condition is excellent. On the other hand the Fork touched 1000cfs at Basalt last night and is currently 934cfs providing good rowing practice as the water colors up. If it remains a little colder and the level stays where it is or drops the fishing will be fine. However more hot weather and a further rise in the flows will bring in more color as the water covers ground not covered for a year.
Still the Pan is a great destination now as the freestones carry the melting snow.
At the melt picks up pace and the freestones color up, the best destination is the Pan. The flow is sneaking up but still providing excellent fishing so enjoy it until the Bureau decides it needs to keep the level of Ruedi under control. Hopefully they will push the flows up sooner rather than later and not have to run the Pan too high for too long. With the snow pack look for a good flush this year for at least a week at some point.
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.
Current Flow: near Emma - 934cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
Spring conditions and the rivers are beginning to rise. Having peaked so far for the year yesterday, it is now a question whether the weather will stay cooler for a little or heat up again and increase the pace of the lower elevation melt. The forecast is for cooler weather and rain so the rivers may settle for a little.
Try eggs and 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.
Also try streamers.
In runoff mode. Come to the Pan.
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