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
28th September 2014


We have Moved.
Frying Pan Anglers has moved its Basalt shop to a new location.

The new shop is at
231 Midland Avenue #205, Basalt Co 81621
18 miles from Aspen.

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Summer Hours

Sunday to Thursday 7.30am - 5.30pm

Friday and Saturday 7.30am - 6pm


*****New Accomodation.****

Great News. We have opened the first stage of the Frying Pan River Lodge.

We are offering a fishermen only special deal which might be of interest.


Well eventually we were bound to be correct. And we were. The Bureau dropped the Pan during the week so that it is now running at 194cfs. A perfect level.

We had some rain over the weekend after a pretty clear week. The bright skies made the fishing a bit tough but as soon as the clouds rolled in the fishing was excellent. These cloudy and possibly wet conditions will remain for a few days. But then it is expected that the weather will clear for another bright clear few days.

As we move into October, we will experience some of the best fishing on the Pan with lower flows and the fish enjoying the last of the big bugs until winter hits. The drakes are still coming off well from the 10 mile mark and the fish are taking dries nicely.

We have maybe three or four week before the weather becomes potentially colder so make your plans if you want to get in another trip up her. After Halloween, the weather becomes a lottery.

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 194cfs.(if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

The Bureau finally came through dropping the Pan to 194cfs during the week. The conditions are now perfect with the hatches still prolific during the day. This weekend there were good drake hatches, PMD's and BWO's as well and the ubiquitious midges hatches as soon as the sun came out.

On Saturday afternoon, a change blew in with some heavy rain. In anticipation the fish moved lower, but in the lower water they still took well presented dries. The weather cleared by Sunday afternoon and mid-river the fish continued to feed well.

The key is to just dress well and stay out on the river through whatever nature offers short of an electrical storm. There is a prediction of some rain early in the week. But the rest of the week is expected to be warm and clear. In any case though, be mindful of the potential for rain and take along your wet weather gear as a precaution.

Recommended Flies:Use midges, PMD's, BWO's and drakes.

For mysis at the dam use Mike's Mysis. epoxy mysis, and BUV 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.

With the beatis nymphs and BWO's coming off in the shade try small nymphs such as pheasant tails, bubble backs, FPA sparkle baetis and rs2's. When the BWO's come off parachute adams and standard BWO patterns. Also try the parachute BWO and the thorax patterns.

The PMD's are now coming off so try the nymphs before the hatches start and then emergers and dries. Try Pink Cahill's, Sulphur Dun's and the Comparadun for dries. For emergers try the FPA beadtail emerger, the FPA special emerger, and the killer mayfly pmd.

The drakes are coming off so try the nymphs at the moment and get ready for the hatches around midday. For 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 hairwing, the cripple, and the Comparadun.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - 464cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

With the drop in releases from Ruedi, the Fork from Basalt has dropped so now it is in the mid 400'scfs. It is still possible to float from Basalt in a raft but be prepared to do some work. Most of the floating will now be below Carbondale or on the Colorado.

The wade fishing is good on the Fork principally nymphing but when it clouds over there are hatches in the slower sections. The river works at Basalt have to stop by 1st October. They have put in some drop zones which will be interesting to fish when the habitat settles down. Next year, I suspect that dredging heavy deep water rigs will produce some massive fish. It will be fun to find out.

As the season winds down the bigs browns are starting to move. Harry had clients trying streamers and reported some big fish showing interest but not really aggressive yet. It is just a matter of time.

Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use small baetis and pmd nymphs after a large stonefly pattern. Alternatively sink caddis pupae patterns.

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.

Also try PMD nymphs, rusty spinners and yellow sallies.

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.

In the afternoon, black and purple streamers such as black buggers have also produced results.

For the drakes in the evening the H & L Variant is a must as it will remain visible into dark. Otherwise try the Colorado Drake, the adult drake, and the hairwing dun.


The Colorado has cleared nicely and is in great condition. It is looking excellent at the moment and should remain that way for now.

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.

Also try Pat's Rubberlegs, Twenty Incher #8-#16, BTB Twenty Incher #8 - #16, BH Prince #12 - #18, Natural Hare's Ear #14 - #18, Hare's Ear Olive #14 - #18

Also consider yellow sallies, PMDs, and terrestrials.

For streamers use white or black flies.


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