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 12th June 2005

 

The weatherman was again accurate this week. It was fine earlier in the week but has since turned cold and wet. This has been excellent for fishing because the run-off has topped out and has fallen clearing the river and giving good dry fly conditions. Too many fishermen continue to congregate at the Dam overlooking the better fishing down stream and now on the Fork. Yesterday Ed floated the Fork for the first time for a while and said that the fishing was excellent. He did not see anyone else on the river and had great caddis hatches from mid-morning on.

On the other hand Dave, Dougall and Merle all confirmed that the fishing on the upper pan is tough and overcrowded. So if you want excellent fishing now, head to the Fork. A float trip is the best way to go if you want to cover a lot of territory and not be elbow to elbow with other fishermen. The colder weather means that the river while running strong is flowing lower and a lot cleaner. The fact that Ed had great success on dries underlines the opportunity that a lot of fishermen are currently missing.

The weatherman predicts that it will clear towards the end of the week and the temperature will pick up. So take your chance without delay. A float down the Fork now would be perfect.

If you are wading, remember that the higher water means the fish will spread out and you will have to find them. They will tend to be in the edges, under fallen branches, in submerged grasses and under overhanging vegetation where it is available. So if you look for the quieter spots you will find feeding fish. The caddis are up now so try large stimulators.

Frying Pan

Current Flow: below the Dam 158 cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

On June 7th the flow from the Dam was bumped up so it is now running at 158cfs. The water was cloudy for a day and there is still some material coming down with the flow, however the water is very good. The flow remain higher mid-river towards town as the various tributaries feed in. Taylor Creek has dropped further since last week and is a lot clearer. Merle reported a great hatch of PMD's on our private water at the 5 mile mark on Saturday. The fish were not yet feeding on them but it portends well.

The fishing reports this week have been good but the fishing is getting tougher as the season transforms and the traffic increases. Too many fishermen continue to congregate at the Dam foregoing good fishing down below and now on the Fork. Ed Merle and Dave all reported good fishing with midges and BWO's. There have been nice midge hatches morning and evening mid-river but not much other surface activity. Midge larva and baetis nymphs continue to work well.

The fish at the Dam are now well educated with the concentration of fishermen there during run-off. It is a matter of getting the right fly and having perfect 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. Some of our guides tie their own patterns at this time of year with subtle variations designed to distinguish them a little.

Recommended Flies: The forecast is for clearing skies and increasing temperatures for the next 4 days. Therefore there should be more midge activity. So 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 nothing much is going on at the surface, it is also worth trying a sparkle baetis and midge larva together weighted down. 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. When the flies are in evidence a single dry fly will work fine. Of late the #20 -#24 CDC dries are getting the best results. 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 BWO's will start to hatch mid-afternoon and continue through so be prepared to stay out for a while waiting for the hatch. 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. Try pupa patterns. There are caddis from time to time on the Pan but there has not been a great deal of activity yet. Try stimulators close to town in the pocket water. They are starting to work there.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - at Basalt 1280 cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The Fork has dropped dramatically from its highs and while still running strong is pretty clear. The Crystal is clear so the Fork is now good all the way to Glenwood. Merle said he saw some Drakes coming off at Glenwood at the Sunlight bridge this week. Ed floated from Hook's Bridge to Carbondale yesterday and said the fishing was excellent. Caddis pupa patterns and non-bead head princes #14 worked until mid-morning until he noticed the fish taking then off the surface. From then on he had 2 stimulators, a #10 and a #14 orange. He said the fish went nuts. The attraction of the 2 flies in the heavier water is that in the course of mending, the heavier lead fly tend to anchor the line so that the dropper does not drag on the mend.

Recommended Flies:  In the clearer areas use the same flies as the Pan. There are however better caddis hatches on the Fork than the Pan. Use orange stimulators sizes #10 to #16. In the slightly discolored water, use nymphs with flash or attractors like the prince – size #12 - #16. Try caddis pupa patterns in the morning. The cloudier water means one can use heavier tippet so there is an advantage in such conditions.

Colorado River

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; Caddis, nymphs and emergers; bead head prince nymph red #12 - 16; egg patterns #10 - #18; streamers #6 and #8 and smaller.

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