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 20th November 2005

Winter has arrived! We had enough snow and cold weather last Sunday and Monday for it to stick. The Ponds are now frozen over although the warmer weather towards the end of the week meant that the ice is thin and where there is any water movement the ice melts by mid afternoon. The days have been very bright and the water very clear making the fishing a little tougher. We have had a few visitors in town, but now is the slowest time of the year.

The next five days promise to be bright and sunny and very cold overnight. So the fishing should remain the same. In the shade it will be very cold, the ice will be building up and the BWO's will come off less and less until they end in about 2 weeks.

The browns seem to have passed the height of the spawning season. There are not as many stacked up on the redds in the shallower water. It seems that the spawning season was a little shorter this year.

There is enough snow about now for the skiing to promise a reasonable start to the season. It will be great to get back on the slopes again. We are hoping for good snow which in turn leads to a good run-off and another great season next year. In the meantime have a happy thanksgiving and if you are traveling, do so carefully.

Frying Pan

Current Flow: below the Dam 93cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

The week started out particularly cold and snowing. The blue skies and the clear water have shifted the fish to deeper water. The flow stayed consistent all week. There are just a few BWO's coming off here and there. Most success was had on BWO emergers and midges. It is getting very cold with the snowfall sticking on the ground particularly in the shade. Although it warmed later in the week, there was sufficient cold to ensure that the first snow has arrived and stayed in the shade. There is practically no-one on the river. The fish were even sluggish during the week. There were few fish in the usual places where they feed. They are slowing down and moving into more protected areas.

The BWO's are coming to the end of their season with the hatches getting sparser. Very soon it will only be midges for the hardcore winter fisherman.

Recommended Flies:  The water is very clear and is now at its proposed winter flow so make sure you are using light tippet – at least 7x. There is midge activity when the sun warms things a little. The midges will be about all day so heading into the short cold days of winter, the principal hatch will be midges where the sun is on the water. As the sun gets lower, in the narrow Frying Pan Valley your principal goal will be to find where the sun gets on to the water. Spot the fish feeding as they will not move far laterally to take midges. Try midge larva and pupa before the hatch starts. When the fish begin to feed under the surface,try small emergers; olive biot emergers, size #18 - #22 and black special emergers #18 - #22. Small copper johns are working well. On the surface, use midge dries with emergers in the film as a dropper. If nothing much is going on at the surface, it is also worth trying a sparkle baetis or pheasant tail and midge larva together weighted down. Although the BWO's are coming to the end of their season, they are always in the water so if the nymphs are fished down deep the trout will take them. If you see a few BWO's hatching try Lawson's no hackle #18 and #20 and Adams #18 - #22. Also try the loopwing emergers #18 - #22, comparaduns and CDC baetis #18 - #22. Now that the fishing pressure has abated, the fish do not seem as fussy as they were a month ago. The fish are still on the redds although the spawning season seems to have passed it peak already. Egg patterns will still work. But be careful not to disturb the browns still on the redds.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - at Basalt 356cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The cold weather slows down the water flow considerably. Take a look at the graph for the Roaring Fork near Emma on our links page and see how precipitously the flow dropped as soon as the cold hit on Monday and Tuesday. As it warmed up the flow picked back up again. The Fork is a wider body of water than the Pan and catches better sunlight as the days get shorter. Fishing is best with nymph patterns, and eggs and worms downstream from the redds. TJ continues to do well with caddis larva patterns near Carbondale.

The BWO's are slowing down, although there is still some success to be had with nymphs and emergers. So use the #22 sparkle baetis, RS2's, pheasant tails and any similar small nymphs as droppers. In addition small princes and san juan worms work in the mornings. As the day progresses use emergers such as the loop wing emergers #18 - #22 as well as the nymphs. Also try copper johns and sparkle baetis. Below Carbondale where most of the floating is taking place, a variety of streamers are being used as well. 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. Black and olive beadhead streamers are also working. Also egg patterns and worms will work. But keep clear of the redds.

Colorado River

The water color remains good as the falling level is aided by the colder weather. The fishing is good. Try midges, BWO's streamers and 20 inchers. Also try any nymphs #20 and smaller contemplating both midges and BWO's.

Recommended Flies: midges, both dries and emergers; pheasant tails #16, 18; BWO's #18,20; small copper johns; 20 inchers size #10 - #14; bead head prince nymph red #12 - 16; egg patterns #10 - #18; streamers #6 and #8 and smaller.

 

 

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