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
20th July 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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Sunday to Thursday 7.30am - 5.30pm

Friday and Saturday 7.30am - 6pm


And another great week of fishing it was! With intermittent drakes coming off on the Pan and the PMD's hatching well, the Bureau has kept the flows at 200cfs and the conditions are perfect for some great dry fly fishing. The Fork has been fishing well and the Colorado has been the preferred destination for floating over the past week.

It was a relatively hot week but we did get a little rain which freshened things a little and took the sting out of the sun. It also brought on some nice hatches. With the inflow to Ruedi balanced with the outflow at the moment, the Pan will probably stay at this level just a little longer. But as soon as it drops the Pan will come down a little more.

The Fork is dropping rapidly. Pretty soon the floating will be confined to Carbondale to Glenwood as part of the armarda and it won't be much more than a boat ride. So if you want to float now then enjoy the upper Fork while the opportunity is available.

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 201cfs.(if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

The Pan has remained at 201cfs for the week and has offered some great fishing most of its length. The drakes are coming off intermittently but it is only a matter of a little time before they are more prevalent. The fish are looking up now the full length of the Pan and are taking dries if well presented in the shallower areas. It doesn't matter if there is a hatch in progress. The fish have seen enough PMD's and a few drakes and are ready to take them.

It is still early though as evidenced by the number of fish slashing at the high floating dry rather than just deliberately taking them off the surface. It wasn't hard to find a fly which worked from a large parachute BWO and the Olive Haze to a range of PMD's from dull to bright colors. The fish are not fussy yet.

For those nymphing the week offered great fishing for anything from small baetis to drake nymphs.

With the forecast for the coming week of relatively hot and clear weather, the fish will tend to stay in the shade unless there is a full blown hatch. So watch the weather, prepare for the faint possibility of rain, and have some serious fun.

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 - 745cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The Fork dropped significantly this week. The floating is still good for most of its length and will be for a little while longer. But at this rate it won't be longer before we see the armarda floating from Carbondale. So take the opportunities now presented to float as much of it as you can. The drakes are coming off in the evening higher now so there are plenty of good opportunities to get out and enjoy the experience.

Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use either attractor patterns down deep. Alternatively stoneflies with attractor patterns or 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.

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.

During the day the drake nymphs wil be about so try them as well as caddis pupae.


The Colorado is in great condition now offering excellent floating opportunties. It is the preferred destination for the guides now who are capable of fishing it and getting on to the fish. If you get the chance to float then head for the Colorado and enjoy the water quaility and conditions.

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.

For streamers use white or black flies.


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