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  and other rivers in the Basalt area.  Frying Pan Anglers carries fly fishing equipment, with Hardy fly fishing equipment, and fly fishing supplies. It provides regular fishing reports and fly fishing reports for the frying pan river, the roaring fork river and Colorado river in our area.  Frying Pan Anglers is the premier fly fishing and guided fly fishing outfitter for the best quality guides and fly fishing equipment.  Frying Pan Anglers provides a range of fly fishing equipment including orvis, hardy, greys, lamson, ross, galvan, and bauer fly fishing reels.  In addition it carries orvis helios fly rods, hardy, greys, GL Loomis, mystic echo and St Croix fly rods. It is your one stop fly fishing shop and fly fishing outfitter in the frying pan river area for guided float and wade fishing trips and tours. It hosts excellent fly fishing guides and fly fishing tours on the frying pan river and other local waters.  The guides will provide excellent teaching and coaching for clients of Frying Pan Anglers.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  and other rivers in the Basalt area.  Frying Pan Anglers carries fly fishing equipment, with Hardy fly fishing equipment, and fly fishing supplies. It provides regular fishing reports and fly fishing reports for the frying pan river, the roaring fork river and Colorado river in our area.  Frying Pan Anglers is the premier fly fishing and guided fly fishing outfitter for the best quality guides and fly fishing equipment.  Frying Pan Anglers provides a range of fly fishing equipment including orvis, hardy, greys, lamson, ross, galvan, and bauer fly fishing reels.  In addition it carries orvis helios fly rods, hardy, greys, GL Loomis, mystic echo and St Croix fly rods. It is your one stop fly fishing shop and fly fishing outfitter in the frying pan river area for guided float and wade fishing trips and tours. It hosts excellent fly fishing guides and fly fishing tours on the frying pan river and other local waters.  The guides will provide excellent teaching and coaching for clients of Frying Pan Anglers.


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Fishing Report

For the Week ending 16th October 2005

After a beautiful Saturday we woke to heavier cloud cover interspersed with some sun but with the promise of more rain and cooler weather for the next few days. Sunday was generally a lovely day but by nightfall heavy clouds were gathering. It promises again to be great BWO fishing. The fishing on the Pan in particular was excellent during the past week. From last Sunday it was wet until midweek. We got the promised snow at higher elevations and it is still on the ground in some places. The fishing was fabulous. The BWO hatches were something to behold. Just what one would expect in this fishery at this time of the year.

There is still some color on the trees, although the leaves are littering the river, particularly after a little wind. It is a little more difficult fishing in a sea of leaves, but it is marvelous how the fish can pick out the insects without missing a beat.

Although it is becoming quiet on the river, we have still had a good flow of visitors arriving to catch the last of the colors and some of the last great fishing of the year before it gets cold enough to sort out the really hard core fishermen.

This coming week promises more great fishing. So if you are close enough to make the trip at short notice, make it. You won't regret it. If you come, dress for winter fishing. If you do forget your layers, drop into the shop. We have what you need to keep you warm.

Frying Pan

Current Flow: below the Dam 116cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

The river has remained steady and perfect all week. The bigger fish have moved off into the deeper holes for a little more protection so one needs to hunt them out a little.

Monday was perfect BWO weather. It drizzled all day but was not too cold provided one dressed appropriately. Mid-river the baetis hatched sparsely enough to make the fishing excellent. Sometimes if the hatch is too thick it is a game of probabilities to see if the fish sees your fly. However on Monday the fish attacked everything that was the right color and drifted well. The most successful flies had olive or gray bodies. CDC baetis #18 and #20, gray loopwing emergers #20, and sparkle comparaduns #18 and #20.

Both Barry and Merle reported strong fishing throughout the week. As the week progressed it dried out, warmed a little and brightened up. The hatches abated a little but the fishing was still strong.

On Saturday afternoon mid-river there was not much insect activity. A few BWO's and midges. The fish were not overly active. Just a few taking emergers. But the Adams and Adams parachutes both #18 and #20 were devastating. The larger fly was used early afternoon and the smaller fly mid-afternoon. The fishing was excellent. A good mixture of browns and rainbows. A larger rainbow is pictured below. It was a perfect autumn days fishing. Just enough cloud to dull the day for a little. The last of the autumn colors, and a lovely warm temperature. Perfection.

Sunday was quite bright during part of the day. There were a few BWO's coming off but the fish responded to emerger patterns. Generally a #18 emerger behind an #18 Adams parachute.

The principal hatches now are midges and BWO's. There are some PMD's about and a few drakes still up high, but they are more the exception than the rule. In addition try terrestrials for some variety if it is bright and the fish are not responding.

 

A nice 17" rainbow taken midriver on a #18 Adams Parachute. The fish shows a little wear and tear from a hard year.

Recommended Flies:  The water is very clear and the days are intermittently bright so make sure you are using light tippet – 7x. There is good midge activity in the morning. So look to see if any midges are hatching. Some of the midges mid-river are a little larger so we suggest trying #18 and smaller. Try parachute midges or adults. Put an emerger dropper behind the parachute; also try small emergers; olive biot emergers, size #18 - #22 and black special emergers #18 - #22. If nothing much is going on at the surface, it is also worth trying a sparkle baetis and midge larva together weighted down. If the fish are moving without breaking the surface, they will be taking emergers. In the afternoon if there is good cloud cover and possible rain, there may be a good BWO hatch. If so try Lawson's no hackle #18 and #20, Adams #18 - #22. Also try the loopwing emergers #18 - #22, comparaduns and CDC baetis #18 - #22. The fish will be fussy and will key into a particular size or color so be prepared to change quickly if you are getting refusals and you are happy with your presentation. Sometimes the hatch will be so thick it is just a probability question whether the fish will see your fly. You might also have trouble picking out your own fly. Try to match the size as best you can. The fish will key in on a particular size and nothing else will interest them. The midges have been thick in the evening so change back to midge emergers as the situation dictates. Continue to be a little selective with your flies. Try older patterns which the fish might not have seen. Now the fishing is getting more technical so you will have to bring all of your skills to bear. As it has been getting darker, up high the fishing slows down in the later afternoon. Mid-river however the fishing persists a little longer. Adams and parachute Adams with droppers have been working well into the evenings. As it gets dark the fish will take the dry or the dropper. Try any baetis nymph pattern such as pheasant tails and sparkle baetis as dropper. Small copper johns also have been working well.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - at Basalt 442 cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

Last Sunday's rain pushed the Fork up by about 100cfs to the mid 500 on Monday. However as the weather settled down, the flow abated to about 450cfs. The fishing remains excellent. The water is running 100cfs higher than at the same time last year although now it is too skinny for larger rafts above Carbondale unless you are willing to walk over some of the shallower parts. The best results remain with BWO's either nymphs or emergers in conjunction with an attractor such as stimulators or hoppers. In addition small princes and san juan worms work in the mornings. Ed recommends baetis up to #22. So use the #22 sparkle baetis, RS2's, pheasant tails and any similar small nymphs as droppers. As the day progresses use emergers such as the loop wing emergers #18 - #22 as well as the nymphs. Below Carbondale where most of the floating is taking place, a variety of streamers are being used. Try both black and olive colors.

Recommended Flies:  Above Carbondale use the same flies as the Pan (See our report for the Frying Pan). BWO nymphs such as, sparkle baetis #22, RS2 and Sparkle RS2 # 20 - #22, pheasant tails #20 - 22 black and brown, beadhead and non-bead head. BWO emergers such as the special emergers, and loopwing emergers #18 - #22. Also 20 inchers size #10 - #14. Also use hopper patterns with droppers. Black and olive beadhead streamers are also working.

Colorado River

The rain on Sunday night clouded up the Colorado for a day, but it has since has cleared again and the fishing is good. Try PMDs, BWO's streamers and 20 inchers. The predominant fly is the streamer. Now that the water is getting lower, there will be more float traffic on the lower Fork and on the Colorado.

Recommended Flies: hoppers, midges, both dries and emergers; Bead head pheasant tails #16, 18; Blue Wing Olives #18,20; 20 inchers size #10 - #14; bead head prince nymph red #12 - 16; egg patterns #10 - #18; streamers #6 and #8 and smaller; terrestrials.

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