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
13th April 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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After a warm week we had a change blow in over the weekend and now its wet and cold. It is more sleet, rain and a cold wind as there has been little snow recorded up higher. The forecast for the next week is for some warmer and clearer weather for a few days with a minimal chance of rain. We shall see.

As the ski season closes it is very quiet in town. There were few people out on the river this weekend, although that could have been due to the weather foreacast. But generally things slow down now for a few weeks offering some great chances to get out on the river and choose your favorite spot without much difficulty.

The water colored up just a touch during the past week in the Fork and the Colorado after a few warm days and a little higher water due to the warm spell. The water ran from 400cfs to 600 cfs in 4days. But now the water has cleared with the cold and flows remaining level for the last couple of days. The conditions for the Fork remained OK as the water ran up. But as soon as some more warmer weather returns, one would expect the flows to pick up quicker. So keep an eye on the weather and the flows if you are coming up. Call the shop for an update.

The melt will clear the lower elevations first and then the flows will settle until the warmer early summer affects the higher elevations.

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 219cfs.(if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

Another variable week. Some night warm days but as the change began to blow in towards the end of the week, it was quite windy out making it a little challenging. However there were some great hatches and some excellent fishing as the week progressed.

The rivers were relatively quiet as the ski season wound down, so there were few out on the rivers. Mid river there were some nice midge hatches as well with the fish starting to come to the surface in the quieter sections. Generally though most of the dry fly activity takes place closer to the dam at the moment.

Recommended Flies:Use midges and BWO's.

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.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - 584cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

With a few warmer days during the week, the flows picked up by 200cfs adding some color to the water. It didn't interfere too much with the fishing at this point and with the last couple of days being colder, the flows have steadied for a few days clearing the water. The flows will be clear for a day or so but with the prediction of warmer weather, the flows will probably pick up a little more as the week progresses.

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

Colorado River

The warmer weather introduced some color into the Colorado over the week making it a little harder to fish. As the weather warms the Colorado will color up more and your preferable destination will be higher up the Fork or the Pan. Just watch the temperatures and the flow.

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, eggs, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.

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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