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
Thursday - Saturday - 8am - 6pm
Sunday - Wednesday - 8am - 5pm
Guide School/Fishing camps dates for October 2017.
Check the photos from our second April 2017 school.
New for 2017. Our Ladies fishing camp. Details here.
The Bureau bumped the Pan up a little on Friday to 267cfs. The Fork continues to settle and is now 602cfs at Basalt.
The weather for the coming week is mostly clear with temperatures in the mid to high 70's.
The week of dry weather has cleared the Colorado somewhat. The boat traffic is pressing in the lower Fork and the closure of the main bridge in Glenwood is causing issues. Call the shop if you are coming up for suggestions as to the best time or else come over Independence Pass.
An ideal time to be here.
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.
With the Pan at 267cfs, the wading is still easy but the fish have a little more protection. The PMD's and BWO's are coming off as as the drakes. The fish are looking up now taking dries and the conditions are excellent. Probably the best results at the moment are on PMD patterns but the fish will take drakes as well as BWO's as the day progresses.
The conditions don't get any better than this.
Recommended Flies:Use midges, bwo, drake and PMD patterns. There are caddis about as well.
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.
For BWO naturals use standard BWO's, parachute BWO's, parachute Adams, and Thorax patterns.
Try drakes as well.
Current Flow: near Emma - 602cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
At 602cfs at Basalt, the Fork has dropped from last week and is starting to get tough for rafts from much above Carbondale.
The fishing conditions are great now. The best results are from nymphing although the fish are taking dries as well. The best floating is from above Carbondale because from the Carbondale put-in down, it is a veritable armarda with the Colorado colored up and limiting fishing opportunities. But as the levels drop the options are getting limited.
For small flies, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.
Also try yellow sallies as well as streamers.
The Colorado has cleared a little since last week and the conditions are improving.
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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