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
9th July 2018

Summer Hours

Thursday - Saturday - 8am - 6pm

Sunday - Wednesday - 8am - 6pm


Guide School/Fishing camps dates for October 2018.

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


It has certainly been an eventful week. The Lake Christine fire put more than a dent in 4th of July celebrations with many townsfolk being displaced while the fire raged. Even now, many are still displaced waiting to be permitted to return home. The fire is a third under control at the moment but it seems that the towns and houses have been saved while the fire is being allowed to burn itself out in the National Forest behind Basalt Mountain. There are forecasts for some rain mid week which will be most welcome.

Fishing conditions are good again and the Town is open for business.

Frying Pan

Current Flow: below the Dam 205cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

The higher flows are great for the fish and good for the fishing. The flows have cleared out some sediment and the hatches have proliferated. A few PMD's are already about as well as BWO's and midges. There were reports of a few drakes closer to town as well.

On Sunday afternoon in the midst of some rain there was excellent dry fly fishing mid river as the fish took BWO's coming off. Conditions are excellent.

Recommended Flies:Use midges, egg patterns.

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 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.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - 458cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The water is clear and the fishing is good as the flows continue to drop. There are drakes coming off in the evening now above Basalt.

The guides are tending to fish in the mornings and getting off the water early to mid afternoon as conditions heat up. The temperatures are starting to stress the fish low down in the heat of the afternoon so take care.

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.

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.

Try PMD's, caddis and drake patterns in the evening.

Also try streamers.


There are reports of good fishing on the Colorado with PMD's, BWO's, Yellow Sallies, caddis all making an appearance. The temperatures are warming the water to the mid to high 60's which will stress the fish. So try and fish the mornings to mid afternoon.

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 streamers as well.


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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