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 15th May 2005

Again this week the weather has been all over the place. There was a lot of rain in the evenings earlier in the week which was great for the water catchments. At the same time it remained cold. Consequently, the Roaring Fork has held up particularly well providing some excellent caddis fishing up high towards Aspen. Ed, Merle and Dave all reported great success on various caddis pupa patterns. Yesterday it began to warm and it appears this will continue today. If so the betting is that the Fork will change color dramatically tomorrow. Generally the forecast is for warmer temperatures for the next week apart from Tuesday. Therefore it is a certainly that the Fork will blow some time this week.

There are a few fishermen in town, and most are heading up the pan preferring to get to the clear water. The water has been running all week at 110cfs. If the weather remains warm and the Roaring Fork blows as expected, that will be the best place to fish.

Frying Pan

Current Flow: below the Dam 110 cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

The unsettled weather provided some great BWO fishing earlier in the week. It was a matter of waiting for them to come off. There were not blizzard hatches but they were good when they came. Jeremy and Merle reported the better BWO fishing towards the dam. Mid-river it was a little slower and more patchy. It was a matter of waiting for the hatch and the fish to start moving. Size is important with the BWO's. The CDC baetis #18 and #22 worked well. If the fly was larger the fish ignored it. Later in the season the flies will get a little larger. Basically the consensus on the BWO's is emerger patterns. So try a dry with a dropper. Again, when the surface activity slowed, black pheasant tails down to #18 worked well. Jeremy also advises using red bead head midge larva. For variety he landed an 8lb on a mysis BTS pattern in the toilet bowl on Thursday.

As usual mid-river midges continued to hatch through the middle of the day with the BWO's in the afternoon. By Thursday the weather began to clear. The morning was cold and the day was a clear blue sky. Nothing much moved on the surface so it was better nymphing. The cold mornings and the bright sky make it a little tough during the day. Friday and Saturday were much the same. If the fish were not moving on the surface the sparkle baetis nymphs #20 - #24 worked provided they were fished close to the bottom.

Recommended Flies:With every chance that the Fork will change color this week, most fishermen will move to the Pan. The forecast for the next week is generally for it to be warmer, in the mid to high 60's, and partly cloudy. The cloudy conditions overcast conditions are great for BWO hatches. If it is bright a warm, the midges will abound. In the mornings, 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. 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 flies are in evidence a single dry fly will work fine. #20 worked well on Saturday in the middle of the hail storm. An important tip. As the baetis hatch in waves, don't make the mistake of getting out of the rain or hail. You will miss great fishing. 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. Keep an eye out for caddis. I tried some today mid-river and caught 2 fish on a green net builder pattern. The fish were not too excited but it would be expected that the caddis will be working wellon the Pan soon.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - at Basalt 376cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

There is every indication that the Fork will blow sometime this week. Ed, Merle and Dave reported great caddis fishing from Basalt to Aspen. However, they are on tenterhooks as the weather warms quickly. During the week caddis pupa patterns, baetis nymphs, stoneflies and midges all worked well. There was not much dry fly activity. The fishing is excellent higher up but it will not be like that in a day or so. It will then be time to head to the Pan for a few days.

ecommended 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 and emergers for a change. There have been reports of good caddis fishing so have both dries and nymphs at the ready; autumn splendor #4 – 8 and bead head pops bugger olive #6.

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.

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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