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
14th 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.

See here for other pictures.


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.


Another excellent end to the week with the weather relatively mild. We had more rain at the beginning the week which pushed up the flows again with the Fork at Emma spiking up over 700cfs early in the week. It is dropping quickly again so that it should be near its lows for the year since run-off over the coming week. This should be helped by the Bureau cutting back the flows as the US Fish and Wildlife Service exhausts its releases for the endangered species. This will cut the flows by 150cfs in the Pan and reduce the flows accordingly in the Fork below Basalt.

The forecast for the coming 7 days is generally for clear weather with the chance of some rain later in the week. It will be warmer than this week with the temperatures pushing into the 80's.

We had the 39th Snowmass balloon festival this week providing a spectacular view at launch.

Generally though it is quietening down considerably since schools went back and the summer visitors have left. We are now seeing some hunters and visitors who are coming for the autumn colors and the great autumn fishing. We are looking forward to a great autumn with excellent water.

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. It won't stay at this level much longer as the US Fish and Wildlife has just about run down its allocation of water for the releases to the endangered species. Consequently one would be expecting the releases to drop in a day or so. With the inflow to Ruedi currently at 144cfs, one would expect the flows to drop to around 150cfs.

The fishing has been excellent with the water levels providing excellent cover for the fish. The dry fly fishing is best closest to the dam with the fish looking up for the drakes, PMD's BWO's and caddis. However as the flows drop this week, it should be excellent all the way down. If the flows do drop to 150cfs it will be great to get into the water closer to town and see how the fish have fared in these high flows. Marty hooked a big fish on the Frying Pan River Lodge in town this week and said it went close to 24inches. It's going to be fun to see what is around in a few days.

There is a prediction of some rain towards the end of the week so the fishing should be excellent as the flows come down. 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 - 551cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

Although the flows are a little lower than last week, they were augmented midweek by more rain. However the flows are dropping again so given a few more days of warmer clear weather and the Fork will be perfect again.

At these flows the floating from Basalt will be great and the wading generally excellent.

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 blew out again early in the week with rain but it has cleared nicely over the past few days. It is looking excellent at the moment and should remain that way provided the weather holds.

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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