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 1st May 2005

The weather remained unsettled throughout the week. As I write the snow is falling. An inch has accumulated on the railing outside and the cloud is heavy. The precipitation is very welcome. Interestingly by the end of March we were at our annual average for the year, but 10 days ago we had fallen to 80% of accumulated average. I was surprised. Traditionally April has been quite wet but this year it has been dry up until 10 days ago. The last ten days have been quite wet so hopefully we will get back closer to the average. The colder weather has also cleared the water. Yesterday Ed floated on the Roaring Fork from Hooks bridge and reports that the water is clear.

The Pan is still running at 83cfs but we expect that they will increase the flow shortly. Last year it picked up on 1st May. However I understand that no call has been made as of Friday so it will be a little later this year. When it does it is dirty for a day while the accumulated silt gets flushed out. But after that the fish will move about more getting into areas where it is presently a little shallow.

There are not many fishermen about so with the respite from the run-off the fishing is excellent. If you have a mind to come up, make the journey with warm clothing and all the necessary accoutrements for fishing in cold weather. The rainbows are now on the redds so stear clear of them as best you can.

Frying Pan

Current Flow: below the Dam 83 cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

***Monday. The flow in the Pan has just been increased to 129cfs. The actual increase from the dam was from 75cfs to 109cfs. The water is cloudy and will be for a day. ***

The flow has slowed just a little on the Pan. The actual release from Ruedi is 75cfs. The variance is the water flow from Rocky Fork as the reading station is actually below the confluence of the Pan and the Rocky Fork. On Monday morning we woke to a few inches of snow on the ground, heavy gray skies and heavy wet snow continuing to fall. By midday the sky was blue with a few heavy clouds passing by. It was prime unsettled weather which confused the bugs. For a while there was a very thick midge hatch then the BWO's came out when the clouds came back. By 4 in the afternoon the sky was blue again and remained so for the rest of the day. The midges came out again in force. The fish rose intermittently as each hatch of BWO's floated down the river. Fishing to the rising fish with a #20 stalcup comparadun worked perfectly.

On Wednesday it started out a fine day with a little wind but by evening, it was raining, windy and colder. There was a small hatch of BWO's but the fish fed sporadically and were done by about 4. The sparkle baetis #20 worked better than the dries as few flies were on the surface. There was a midge hatch which got the attention of the fish on the pond later afternoon and that was fun. The #22 emerger worked like a charm.

Rick reported on Thursday mid-river that he had most success on #20 black pheasant tails. Jeremy and Merle reported good results with BWO dries up close to the Dam.

Friday was another cold messy day. It was raining/snowing in the morning and that continued through to mid-afternoon. By late afternoon it had cleared a little. The fish responded to a BWO dry with a sparkle baetis nymph dropper with no weight.

Saturday saw a continuation of unsettled weather. There was a great midge hatch during the middle of the day which continued through the afternoon. The fish keyed into the spent midges on the surface. I like to swap flies around a lot to see how the fish respond when they are feeding well. I tried a range of flies from emergers through to spent patterns. The most successful was a spent midge pattern with a trailing shuck. Later in the afternoon in the faster water they responded to Adams parachute #16 - #20. The other benefit in swapping flies about is that the fish don't get too much of a chance to get educated. That will happen later in the year.

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: The unsettled weather has been a little challenging for some, but close examination always produces dividends. The forecast for the next week remains unsettled with rain and snow. The cloudy conditions are 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. 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 flies are in evidence 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. The past week of duller weather has assisted in making the tippet less visible. 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)

The increased flow from the Crystal has put down the fishing below Carbondale however the cold weather for the last week has slowed down the run-off and cleared the water a little. The colder conditions have slowed the water considerably near Basalt. In the last 2 weeks the flow has dropped from a high of 485cfs to the current flow of 327cfs. It continues to be great fishing on the Fork closer to Basalt at the moment with both midges and baetis dry fly activity. 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. We also encourage you to rug up and be very warm because it has tended to get colder as the day progresses. Ed floated yesterday and said that the Fork was clear from Hooks bridge.

Clients had great fishing through the week - Midges and BWO's being excellent. Both Chris and Dave reported that their clients had fish taking both the lead fly and the dropper at the same time. One of Chris's client sent a very nice email with some photos which we have placed below.

Towards Glenwood there have been reports of thick caddis hatches and success with caddis patterns.

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.

Jim Marhoefer sent in the following note and which we are pleased to share with you.

"Had a GREAT fishing trip on the Roaring Fork yesterday, April 28th, with your guide, Chris Thompson.  We caught 12 to 15 (lost count) nice trout mostly browns and a few bows. Chris is a very knowledgeable guide and knows the rivers extremely well. Frying Pan Anglers is an excellent fly fishing shop and was extremely helpful in arranging my trip. My many, many thanks for a great time fishing!   I have attached a couple photos of the fish we caught."

Colorado River

The Colorado has turned dark. We are not floating it now. During the last week the colder weather would have helped a little but not much. Wait until run-off is done unless you have no choice. You will have to wade and find pools and sections 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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