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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Welcome to Frying Pan Anglers
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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
24th August 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.

See here for other pictures.


Summer Hours

Sunday to Thursday 7.30am - 5.30pm

Friday and Saturday 7.30am - 6pm


Kids Camp during the week. See details here.


*****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.


Another week where the weatherman accurately predicted some colder breaks with some more rain. It has been quite wet of late with seven castles creek putting some color in the Pan from 4 mile mark several times this year. There was enough rain to push the Fork up by 100cfs at Basalt on Saturday. It rained most of the day and had Seven Castles Creek running higher again. At 62degrees it was also unseasonally cooler.

But by Sunday everything cleared nicely with a warmer day. The forecast for the coming week is for more possible thunderstorms and temperatures in the mid 70's. So expect more similar weather with the chance of rain over the coming week.

As the schools go back, the crowds continue to dissipate with fewer fishermen out on the river. There are a few trees showing color change which is early for this time of year. The rivers continue to run high providing plenty of water in the Fork for floating from Basalt down.

Davide spent the last 3 weeks here again enjoying our rivers. As usual he has given us a trove of photos. This time he took some great panorama's of the river which he has shared with us.

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 273cfs.(if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

The Pan continues to run at 273cfs and will stay around these levels for the next few weeks. It makes it tough to wade in the narrower sections so take care. But the fishing has been excellent. The water levels provide excellent cover for the fish and tend to protect them from the pressure. So it is a matter of finding where you are comfortable. But if you can get into the flows where the fish haven't been too pressured the dry fly fishing is excellent with the fish looking up for the drakess, PMD's BWO's and caddis.

In the deeper sections the fish will tend to stay lower.

With the prediction of possibly more rain and cloudy days, expect more great fishing with PMD's, drakes and BWO's coming off through the day and midges in the mornings and evenings. Be mindful of the weather and take along your wet weather gear as a precaution.

Recommended Flies:Use midges, PMD's and BWO's. Use drake nymphs because they are about and ready to come off.

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 due to start 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 cripple, and the Comparadun.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - 613cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The overnight rain on Friday and Saturday morning pushed the Fork up by over 100cfs at Basalt. It put the fish down deep and when the Pan colored up from Seven Castles in the afternoon the Fork suffered the consequences. But it settled down nicely again by Sunday evening so with a few dry days the Fork should settle lower again.

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 condition of the Colorado has been compromised a couple of times when the Lower Pan and the Crystal blew out. However when it clears the fishing will be excellent with great water conditions for this time of year below Glenwood.

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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Frying Pan Anglers is a specialty fly fishing shop, and a licensed (#2389), insured outfitter in the State of Colorado.

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