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 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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Another relatively warm week which pushed the flows up a little more in the Fork after some colder weather earlier in the week had slowed down the melt a little. But the last couple of days were a little warmer with the temperatures just getting to the 70's today. Consequently the Fork was up a little more and was colored. It is 150cfs higher than last week at the moment.

The coming week will probably see an increase in the flows with the prediction of temperatures in the 70's mid-week. But then the temperatures are predicted to drop back to the 50's later in the week so if you are thinking of coming up, watch the flows and if they settle for a few days the conditions will be OK. But if the river is rising it will be covering new ground and a lot of material will be in the water which will put the fish off to the edges.

The Pan of course will be pristine so if water in your area is not good, the Pan will be reliable.

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)

The Fork is higher this week than last week, consequently as its rises the best destination is the Frying Pan which has stayed constant with the water in great shape. There are a few midges starting to come off mid river and the fish are taking them off the surface in the quiet sections. The coming week will have some varied weather so there will be opportunities to get into some nice hatches. At the moment it is raining very lightly so if that keeps up it will be great BWO weather.

Just watch the weather forecast and dress for variable weather.

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.

With the beatis nymphs and BWO's moving around now 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.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - 638cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The Fork continues to push higher as the warmer weather persists. It is 150cfs higher this week than last and the flows are coloring up. It will need a few cool days at lower levels to clear. As it rises and covers ground that hasn't been covered for 7 months there is a lot of material to be washed away to clear the banks and bottom so keep your eye on the flows and be prepared to head for the Pan.

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

As the Colorodo pushes higher, forget it. Just come higher up the Fork or onto the Pan. If the weather stays warm the Pan will be the only worthwhile destination.

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.

Under Special Use permit from the U.S. Forest Service.  Equal Opportunity employer

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