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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For Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River from Aspen and Basalt for the week ended
26th July 2015

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Summer Kid's Program.

We will be conducting our Summer modified Kid's Program during the week again this year. For those interested click here.


Our next Guide School/Fishing Camp.


An excellent week. Just a little rain which disrupted floating for a day midweek, but generally ideal with the rivers continuing to come down offering great fishing all the way to Glenwood. The drakes have been coming off well on the Pan and now can be enjoyed above mid-river in heavy mid-day to mid-afternoon hatches. There are also good hatches in the evening.

Overall we are now enjoying ideal fishing conditions on all rivers. The weather over the next week is forecast to be ideal will little chance of rain and temperatures reaching up into the 80'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 235cfs.(if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

The Bureau bumped the flows a little during the week bringing them to 235cfs. Conditions are ideal. There are good hatches of drakes now from mid-river to closer to the dam, with great PMD and BWO hatches interspersed with caddis and good midge hatches, particularly in the mornings.

The forecast is for clear pleasant weather for most of the week so if you have a chance come out onto the river to enjoy it.

Look forward to another great week and be prepared to change patterns as the fish switch around their feeding habits.

Recommended Flies:Use PMD's, midges, bwo's, nymphs and attractors. The fish are also taking small nymphs and caddis patterns.Also use drake nymphs and be prepared to switch to emergers or dries as the fish key in on them.

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.

For PMD's use emergers and dries. For emergers, use the RS2, the emerger, or the FPA shuck trailer PMD. For dries use the No-hackle, the Comparadun or the parachute.

For drake nymphs try the Flavilinea, the FPA Nymph and the Muskrat. As soon as the fish start taking dries start with the emerger and then try W's Drake, the Wulff, the cripple, and the Comparadun.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - 922cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

Despite a little bump in the flows mid-river with some rain and the increased releases from Ruedi, the Fork is now below 1000cfs at Basalt making for ideal floating conditions now the full length from Aspen.

Drakes are coming off a little higher up the Fork above Basalt as the water comes down. Ed and Cameron reported great floating conditions now from rafts throwing double dries and switching to dry droppers when the fish stop taking the dries. A lot of caddis as well as drakes, so use stimulators and drake patterns.

The conditions are ideal now and the fish are feeding well having seen few fisherman as the only way to get to them is by floating. So if you have a mind to do but don't have a craft, give us a call in the shop and we can arrange for one of our great guides to take you to these ideal areas.

Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing but with caddis and drakes in the evening use dries later in the afternoon and evening. When nymphing, use either attractor patterns down deep, caddis larvae and emergers, or stoneflies with 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.

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 as well as a few drakes lower down. Use caddis emergers and drake nymphs. 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 yellow sallies.


The conditions in the Colorado are good at the moment with the rain having minimal effect. The floating has been good with Cam and Ed reporting some good trips. With the forecast for dry weather the coming week should be great.

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, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.

Try drake nymphs and yellow sallies as well.


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The new shop is 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.

Under Special Use permit from the U.S. Forest Service.  Equal Opportunity employer

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