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 9th October 2005

This morning we woke to rain, gray skies and the promise of great BWO hatches. Tonight the weather man is calling for snow and a low of 30degrees. The same weather is promised for Monday as well. It is also predicted to clear towards mid-week. However the most reliable forecast is from Travis who is going to a Bronco's game 2 hours away and says that it is a certainty that the weather will change on his way back. That is a good enough forecast for me. This past week has seen a cold snap on Tuesday which lasted towards the end of the week. In addition the flow in the Frying Pan has been reduced substantially for this week end such that the larger fish are moving back to their deeper haunts.

We still have a few visitors in town and in the cabins enjoying the autumn colors and the fishing but it is certainly beginning to quieten down. There was some snow up high on Wednesday morning and there is talk of skis and seasons passes. Oh how one longs for an Indian summer. Hopefully the clear weather will linger just long enough. But then again when it comes to fishing it is never really long enough is it? As the sun sinks lower, the evening hatches seem all the more frantic, although they don't last as long. In a week the last of the leaves will be turning. After that it will only take a few more days of heavy wind and the last of theleaves will fallfall.

There is still time for some great fishing. We had some great reports this week so we hope you have a chance to drop by. If you come, dress for winter fishing. There is nothing more uncomfortable than standing in the river underdressed, freezing to the bone with fish rising all around and your are so cold that you deliberately put on a fly which will not catch fish because you don't want to get your hands cold! If you do forget your warm 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)

This week the Pan really slowed down. On Wednesday the flow was dropped to about 125cfs. The next day it was dropped to about 80cfs for a few hours until it was adjusted back up to its current level of 116cfs. The fishing was excellent despite the cold snap which arrived on Tuesday. It was bitterly cold in the rain and sleet in the evening. The fish were rising and taking PMD's although none were hatching to speak of. It was just so dark and gray that the fish were comfortable feeding on the lighter colored patterns. Merle reported great fishing during the week on both BWO's and on Thursday morning at the dam on mysis. There was very little traffic on the river that morning. His client caught a number of very large fish right at the dam.

In the lower water mid-river, the larger fish have move off into the deeper holes for more protection. Consequently there are a lot of smaller fish about. The consensus is that this year there have been a lot more larger fish than usual spread out up and down the river due mostly to the higher water which has run throughout the season. It has been an excellent year by that standard. With the lower water, although the river is now more easily accessible for wading than it has been for a time, it will take a little more effort to find where the bigger fishing are lurking. Some browns are starting to move up the creeks for spawning and from time to time fish are expending energy in the river. Soon it will be time to watch out for the redds and steer clear to let the breeding cycle begin.

On Saturday evening mid-river, towards dark the most successful combination was an #18 Adams with an #18 flashback pheasant tail dropper. Excellent fishing persisted well into the dark. The fish were mostly 12" – 16". It was typical great autumn angling. As promised by the weatherman the rain persisted on Sunday all day bringing on a great BWO hatch mid-river. The most successful flies were the Adams with a flashback pheasant tail dropper and then when the hatch got underway #20 Lawson's no hackle and a #20 extended body pattern. It was cold and wet and the fishing was excellent.

Merle had a great day on the Pan on Sunday near the dam although it was so cold up higher that when the BWO's were hatching they remained clumped together on the water and drifted rather than flying off. For Merle, the fish concentrated more on the midge hatch than the BWO's for most of the day.

The principal hatches now are midges and BWO's. There are some PMD's about and a few drakes 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.

Recommended Flies: The river is perfect now running as low as it has been since run-off. 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. 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. 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 in 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 446 cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The rain on Tuesday night kicked up the flow in the Fork during Wednesday, clouding the water and making good floating lower down impossible. However it has since settled back and the fishing remains excellent. The water remains significantly higher than 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. Streamers both black and olive are also working. TJ reports great wade fishing below Catherine's store fishing well into the evening with his headlamp.

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 Tuesday 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 the ubiquitous stone flies. 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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