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 24th April 2005

The weather became unsettled again. It started off very warm. By Tuesday the run-off had picked up significantly on the Roaring Fork. Even the Frying Pan got a little color for some distance for a few hours when both Taylor Creek and Seven Castles creek started dumping extra water into the Pan. Thankfully, on Wednesday the weather turned decidedly colder leaving a little snow on the ground in the afternoon and overnight. The cold checked the run-off and reduced the discoloration a little. The Pan is now pristine again.

A large number of locals seem to have left town. Most tourists have gone as have most of the workers who were here for the winter ski season. So it is quiet on the rivers at the moment. Today it is cloudy and the forecast is calling for a little rain with the temperature in the 40's. There was some rain during the day and it remained cold. The fish were feeding all day on emerging BWO's on the pond. If the temperature remains the same the fishing should remain excellent on the Pan and on the Fork higher up this coming week.

Frying Pan

Current Flow: below the Dam 84 cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

Dry midge patterns continue to work on the upper pan. Harry continues to recommend midges – both dries and emergers size #22 and #26 and his own cripple pattern towards the Dam. There is more evidence of the BWO's coming off in the afternoon but it is still mostly midges. On Thursday, Pat reported success towards the dam on the #22 sparkle baetis. The consensus remains - midges during the middle part of the day. In the bright light the fish are more difficult so cast carefully with a lot of light tippet.

Mid-river, the midges have been hatching throughout the day while towards evening there have been a lot of BWO's about. The stalcup #22 dry BWO pattern has been successful as well as the #22 - #24 sparkle RS2. On Monday Jeremy reported reasonable fishing at the 3.5 mile mark. Not much activity on the surface but sparkle baetis and the #18 black pheasant tail produced dividends. He changed later to a #22 Adams parachute and continued with success. The midges seem now to be coming off from mid-morning. The air was thick with them on Saturday at 11am. It was a beautiful day with plenty of sunlight and a little cloud. The #22 emergers as well as #20 - #24 sparkle RS2s. Generally, midge patterns continue to be successful – a dry with a dropper - #20 - #24 sparkle baetis and #22 midge emergers.

The black pheasant tail #18 continues to work well as a nymph pattern as well as the #12 - #16 20 incher in the pocket water closer to town.

Recommended Flies: With the barometer moving about, it tends to put the fish down a little. The forecast for the next 5 days is a little unsettled. The forecast cloudy conditions will be great for BWO hatches so be ready. In the mornings, look to see if any midges are hatching. On the brighter days, there are great midge hatches mid-morning. 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. 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. As the day progresses and the BWO's are in evidence, try the sparkle baetis and or the pheasant tails. Also try the Lawson's gray no hackle #20 and #22 or the sparkle comparadun with a dropper. When the fish are responding to the adults a single dry fly will work fine. 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.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - at Basalt 415cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

Week on week the flow has not increased substantially on the Fork but when it warmed up on Tuesday, it was running at 482 during the afternoon coloring the water more. The cold has slowed down the flow as noted above and the color is clearer particularly from Basalt up. On the other hand, the increased flow from the Crystal has put down the fishing below Carbondale. It continues to be great fishing on the Fork closer to Basalt at the moment with both midges and baetis dry fly activity. The baetis are coming off in the afternoon. 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. The cooler weather means that the run-off will hold off a little and the water will remain a good color.

Clients had great fishing through the week but particularly after it became a little colder - Midges and BWO's being excellent. Pat noticed a lot of caddis further down valley yesterday so it is probably worth trying the caddis nymphs for a change.

Merle continues to recommend the stone fly nymphs although they are ending their molt and are slowing down. He continued to have 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. In addition Merle is also recommending #18 sparkle baetis and the red copper john.

Please note that from 15th March until 15th 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); if it is quiet try caddis nymphs for a change. It might be early but it is worth a try; autumn splendor #4 – 8 and bead head pops bugger olive #6.

Colorado River

The Colorado has turned dark. We are not floating it now. Wait until run-off is done unless you have no choice. You will have to wade and find pools and section where the flow is a little slower and the water a little clearer. The trout will try for those areas where they are less likely to be getting silt in their gills.

Please note that from 15th March until 15th 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; Ccaddis, nymphs and emergers; bead head prince nymph red #12 - 16; egg patterns #10 - #18; streamers #6 and #8 and smaller.

 

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