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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
7 days a week - 8am - 4pm
Our Kids Camp for this year is 25th and 26th June.
Guide School/Fishing Camp booking details For October 2016.
The cold weather just keeps on keeping on. Every day during the week there was rain and sometimes snow. There was sufficient snow at higher elevations to push the snowpack up to 114% of the median. Furthermore we are now at 169% of last year. This doesn't mean we have had that much more snow. It just indicates how cold it has been. We have not seen any run-off in Taylor Creek and by this time of year, usually most of the lower elevation snow has gone. So when the hot weather comes the rivers will jump quickly.
The run-off may start over the next few days with the forecast temperatures pushing up in the mid 60's and clear skies. We need consistent weather to get the melt going consistently. If it gets colder next weekend it will slow down a little.
In the meantime, the fishing this past week was excellent with some marvellous BWO hatches. There was great dry fly action on both the Pan and the Fork. It was cold and one needed to dress appropriately but if one took the necessary precautions, it was truly auspicious fishing.
The have just put the Pan up to 125cfs tonight. The conditions will remain excellent out on the river in the coming week. But take care to dress appropriately. This is really Colorado spring weather this year!
**We need your help.**
Take a moment to read the following article in the Aspen Daily News. It is self explanatory in relation to proposed flows this year. We ask that if you have a moment and consider it relevant that you write a note to the attention of Linda Bassi, Chief, Stream and Lake Protection Section at the Colorado Water Conservation Board 1313 Sherman St., Rm. 721, Denver, CO 80203 and let your views be known on the flows in the Frying Pan. You will note that we have had our submission considered this year, but it will need a concerted effort to ensure that the quality of the dry fly fishing in the Frying Pan is maintained in the future. If we don't make the effort to let our views be known, no-one else is going to.
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As the weather settled down to cold, blustery wet conditions the BWO hatches were excellent and the dry fly activity was the best for a month. The fish keyed on specific patterns such as small bwo's both olive and gray. At times it was necessary to change up as the fish adjusted their attention. Generally smaller flies worked well as well as emergers such as the gray biot emerger.
When there was not a great deal of action on the surface the fish took BWO nymphs as well as crawling caddis patterns provided they were fished deep.
The coming week promises a little warming and perhaps a few clear days. The flows in the Pan have been put up to 125cfs this evening. Dress for cooler conditions and anticipate rain from time to time.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwos, nymphs and attractors. The fish are also taking small nymphs.
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 -422cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing. Use either stoneflies or attractor patterns down deep, with small nymphs or emergers as the second fly. In the clear water and bright days the fish are near structure or down deep.
Now the big browns are chasing streamers as well so take along your streamer gear for a change.
For small flies, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.
The Colorado is going to get a little color now as the melt begins at lower elevations. Keep an eye on the weather as the warming days will bring in more color.
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.
Try streamers as well.
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