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 Week ending 10 th April 2005

For the first couple of days it warmed a little. It became a little windy as well. The snow melted off on the ground at my house quickly for 2 days although Taylor Creek did not rise much indicating that there was not too much melting off up high. The weather became unsettled later in the week with storms moving through. The barometric changes forced the fish down so that reports were not as productive. Saturday it turned colder again. Late in the day it started snowing and is still snowing this morning although the snow is not sticking. This is great for the fishing because the postponement of the run-off will keep the rivers clear for longer. Although you will note that the flow in the Fork has picked up over the last week. It is the last week of skiing and the slopes close today, so from here until June the visitor numbers will be down.

On Saturday I was fishing mid-river. It was mid afternoon and I spotted a decent brown in the shallows. He gently took the parachute adams on the first cast but it didn't hold. He moved 2 feet to the right. He took it again and this time he was hooked. The 8x tippet held for a time but eventually it snapped. I didn't mind. Then I looked down and there he was between my leg and a large rock in the river. A big brown, maybe 17 inches, with a large hook jaw. He lay there looking up as if to say, OK you've had your fun now get the damn fly out of my mouth. I got out the net and easily picked him, removed the fly (actually I had a dropper as well) and put him back in the water. He took off like a shot. The boys say I have the fish too well trained. I disagree. I think they have me trained.

Frying Pan

Current Flow: below the Dam 78 cfs. (if you want more up to date figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

Dry midge patterns continue to work on the upper pan. Harry continues to advise baetis nymphs, dries and emergers size #24 and #26. He is also having success with his own cripple pattern. The consensus during the middle part of the day is midges. In the bright light the fish are more difficult so cast carefully with a lot of light tippet. One visitor to the shop had lost his autumn splendors below the dam and was stocking up. He reported great success in the toilet bowl.

Mid-river on Tuesday is turned cold for the day. Overnight it had snowed a little and during the day it was snowing a little in the middle of the day. The fishing was excellent mid-river. The fish were generally sitting lower in the water and it was necessary to fish directly to each fish. Some keyed into the dries such as the #22 parachute Adams. Others responded to #20 bead head green midge patterns. On Wednesday, the weather warmed again. The fish were feeding strongly earlier in the day so by mid-afternoon is had slowed a little. The most successful patterns were pupae and emergers #20 and #22. The fish are beginning to stack up below the redds. While on the river I saw a large rainbow, bright red, maybe 2-3 pounds throwing itself about to loosen its eggs. It jumped maybe 8 times in front of me. A great sight. On Saturday, it turned colder about midday. The fish were feeding sporadically. Mostly however they sat low in the water. Emerger patterns #22 worked the best. I tried a range of lies and determined that a small black body worked whether it was a winker, emerger or pupa.

The black pheasant tail #18 continues to work well as a nymph pattern as well as the #12 20 incher in the pocket water closer to town..

Recommended Flies: The fish are moving about more as the sun plays warmer and longer on the water. Look to see if any midges are hatching. Some of the midges mid-river were 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. Also try #20 and #22 RS2's both gray and sparkle patterns. If the fish are moving without breaking the surface, they will be taking emergers. A #22 parachute Adams, with a #22 black emerger dropper worked well this week. In addition some early baetis are coming off. So try the Lawson's gray no hackle #20 and #22. In the bright light try not to let your leader drift in the same line as the fly. The lighter the tippet the better. If there is no surface activity try dark olive and black pheasant tails size #20 and #22; midges, size #20 and smaller both red and black lava and pupa patterns - disco midges red and black sizes #20 - #24. On Tuesday a #20 green larva also worked so be prepared to experiment.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma at Basalt 282cfs. (if you want more up to date figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

It continues to be great fishing on the Fork at the moment with both midges and baetis dry fly activity. The baetis are coming off all the way up to Basalt in the afternoon. Pat reported the air think with midges on the Fork towards lower woody creek. We are encouraging fishermen to get out onto the river mid-morning and be prepared to fish through the day to catch both the midges in the morning and the BWO's in the afternoon.

Merle reported that the fish were keying in to the stone fly nymphs well now. He had great success on #12 and #14 20 inchers just below Basalt. The fish are holding in the shallower water and the riffles. But keep plenty of weight on to get the fly close to the bottom. Try stone fly nymphs on curved hooks. The nymphs tend to curl up as they tumble along in the water and the riffles, so the curved hooks emulate the nymph protecting itself as it is washed along.

Other visitors to the shop reported that the fishing had been tougher as the week progressed. The changing barometer always tends to put the fish down a little. It just made the fish more particular and their feeding more sporadic. However the right fly and the right technique always tend to work.

Please note that from 15 th March until 15 th May fishing is prohibited 50 yards both upstream and downstream from Four Mile Creek and Three Mile Creek while the rainbows are spawning.

Recommended Flies: same as the Frying Pan. If there is a hatch, midges in the morning and BWO's in the afternoon. Around Basalt midges size #16 through #22. Lower down the Roaring Fork towards the Colorado use #12 - #16. If the BWO's are coming off try #16 and smaller. If there is not much surface activity, try baetis (#14 - #20 pheasant tails) and/or stone fly nymphs (20 incher stone #10 - #14). In addition try the prince nymph #14 and #16 and #18; carrot nymph #18; red copper john #18 and #20; superfloss olive #20; gold ribbed hare’s ear #16 and #18; egg patterns #10 - #18; streamers #10 (on some days); autumn splendor #4 – 8 and bead head pops bugger olive #6.

Colorado River

The fishing remains good. The water color is still acceptable. Let's hope the colder conditions continue to hold back the run-off. Ed advocates larger midges further down as he is of the view that the fish aren't so fussy. He advises #18 BWO's in the afternoon. The following photo of local attorney and fishing identity Allan Adger comes from a recent float on the Colorado.

Please note that from 15 th March until 15 th May fishing is prohibited 50 yards both upstream and downstream from No Name, Grizzly and Canyon Creeks while the rainbows are spawning.

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

 

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