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 - 9am - 4pm
Guide School to be advised
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
Early spring conditions. Warm one day, cold the next. The Pan is running at an unseasonal low of 51cfs. The Crystal has been blown out for a while now making fishing below Carbondale a non-evernt. Just come to Basalt for the better water.
Early Spring conditions prevail. With the flows at 51cfs the fish are stacking in the deeper holes trying to get protection.
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 - 364cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The flows picked up last week with warmer weather and then a cold snap brought them down for a couple of days over the weekend. The warmer weather is returning so anticipate higher flows and a little color. Below Carbondale the Crystal is dumping a lot of color in so come to Basalt.
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.
Use eggs as well.
The Colorado is running with a lot of color. Just come to Basalt.
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Frying Pan Anglers is a specialty fly fishing
shop, and a licensed (#2389), insured outfitter in the State
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.