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
Friday and Saturday - 9am - 4pm
Sunday - Thursday - 9am - 4pm
Guide School/Fishing camps dates for April 2017.
New for 2017. Our Ladies fishing camp. Details here.
We attended the Fly Fishing Show at Denver last weekend and caught up with a lot of friends and made some new ones. We have been blessed with some good snow over the past weeks so now the snow pack is the same level as this time last year.
The current forecast is for a few clear days and then the possibility of some more snow. The temperatures have been quite mild of late, generally holding above freezing during the day affording some nice opportunities to get out onto the river. The river edges are relatively clear at the moment with the snow tending to settle at higher altitudes. Conditions are ideal now for some winter fishing with little ice buildup.
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.
The snow arrived over the past 2 weeks but the relatively mild temperatures have kept the river clear of ice. Generally we are limited to fishing closer to the dam with midges and eggs however the river is clear lower down so there is good access.
Recommended Flies:Use midges and egg patterns.
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 - 230cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The river has frozen in some places along the edges and the snow has made access more difficult higher up. We are now in winter conditions. Concentrate where the sun is shining.
Concentrate on smaller flies, worms and egg patterns.
The Colorado is now in winter conditions. It was frozen over with enough ice during the week to prevent boats launching but with day lkight tempearatures above freezing it is clear where the sun shines longest. Generally head for the wider areas where the sun is shining.
Try small flies, streamers and egg patterns.
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shop, and a licensed (#2389), insured outfitter in the State
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