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 29th May 2005

The weather has continued to be very hot and the low country run-off has come all at once. The speed with which the melt proceeded has resulted in the low country run-off having peaked so that as it recedes it does not carry the debris found in the rising water. As a consequence the Frying Pan has cleared and is now very fishable all of its length. Within a day or so it will be pristine again. Saturday was a little cloudy with a forecast of possible showers. Nothing eventuated. Today the forecasters were more accurate. The morning was beautiful blue sky but by mid-afternoon there were a few thunderclaps and some intermittent rain from overcast skies. It is the same forecast for the next 5 days - more or less cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. If the weatherman is accurate we are in for some great BWO fishing.

The Fork will continue to run high for the next few weeks and will remain a little cloudy as its catchment is massive and, unlike the Frying Pan, does not have the benefit of being a controlled tail water. However it will peak and thereafter the river will be high but clear. Despite the run-off,the fish have to feed, so if you look for the quieter spots you will find feeding fish.

A lot of people have arrived in town for the long week end so the fishing traffic is a little congested at the Dam. There is however enough clear water for fishermen to be able to find a quiet area with good fishing. If you are new to the area drop into the shop and pick up a map or ask for some directions. We are only too happy to help.

One of our guides, and well known local fisherman Bob Gilmore returned recently from Antarctica catching a spot of fishing on the return journey in Argentina. Bob has kindly shared some 2 photos with us and has permitted us to reprint an email he sent back. Click this link for his travelogue.

 

Frying Pan

Current Flow: below the Dam 114 cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

Although the flow report is lower, the Pan is higher mid-river towards town as the various tributaries feed in. Taylor Creek has dropped a little but is still putting a lot of water into the Pan as is Toner and Seven Castles. I would guess that it is running closer to 200cfs mid-river judging by the height of the river.

Most of the fishermen have been going to the Dam this week, however, as the river has cleared they have been moving down river. I saw fishermen yesterday at the 2 mile mark on the Frying Pan having good success. The fish are getting well educated towards the Dam so for success bring all your skills along. The fish are no longer forgiving of bad drifts, the wrong fly or bad presentation. So concentrate on taking your time, make sure your presentation is accurate and controlled and don't be afraid to change flies if your presentation is rejected. Of course the higher water makes wading a little more difficult in some places so if you require advice concerning easier access points come into the shop.

Merle advises that the best BWO fishing is near the Dam. Further down, the nymphs still work and the caddis are starting to come on. There are still BWO's flying around mid-river so if the condition are ideal there will be some on the water. Midges as usual abound.

Marcia dropped by this week on her annual fishing road trek from Florida to Canada and back. She will pass through here in September as she always does. She is an exceptionally skilled fisherwoman and we always learn something from her. She had great success this week near the dam on her own #24 cdc BWO pattern. She was fishing size #24 and #26 dries.

Recommended Flies: The forecast is for clearer skies in the morning with cloudy thundery afternoons so the midges will come off in the morning. Therefore first 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. In the bright light try not to let your leader drift in the same line as the fly. The lighter the tippet the better. As the river clears lighten your leader. 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.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - at Basalt 1450 cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

The Fork is in full run-off mode and will remain that way for the next couple of weeks. The fish will still be about in the gentler water feeding mostly below the surface. TJ reported catching good fish on dries near Hook's bridge where the visibility was about 2 ft. There spots there where the river slows in eddies – an ideal place to stalk trout in the run-off. Try larger flies, and stronger tippet will be invisible. Choose nymph patterns with a sparkle or a flash for visibility. A lite brite prince, flashback pheasant tails, sparkle baetis, any caddis pupa with sparkle. Any large streamer with flash will be worth trying. Remember the fish have to eat and the more visible the fly the more likely they are to see it. Fish where the silt is less likely to bother the fish. They don't like it in their gills.

Recommended Flies:In the discolored water, use nymphs with flash. The fish will have to see the fly before they can take it. Try lite brite prince nymphs #14 - #18, gold ribbed hare’s ear #14 and #18; sparkle baetis patterns #18 - #20 egg patterns #10 - #18; streamers #10 with some flash such as cone heads. The cloudier water means one can use heavier tippet so there is an advantage in such conditions.

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 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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