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 3rd July 2005

The hot weather continued through the week with very little rain. Consequently, the run-off continued apace in the first part of the week but has dropped off dramatically in the last few days. The Fork has cleared well. It is now running at 1,910 cfs at Basalt and is dropping daily. The water is clear and very fishable down to Carbondale. The Crystal has been depositing a little color as well as a number of irrigation ditches so by the time one gets to Glenwood, the water is still a little discolored. The Pan has also cleared although the water release continues. I suspect that the release will drop early in the week as the Freestone rivers have all receded indicating that the Pan above Ruedi must now have dropped markedly.

Nymph fishing was the order of the day in most waters. There is a PMD spinner fall in the evening on the Pan but the high water is keeping the fish down. The weather forecast calls for most days this week to be hot with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms.

A lot of people have arrived in town for the 4th July weekend and many will be staying. The hot weather has ensured that most of the run-off has passed and the rivers have all cleared well. Within a week the fishing will be fantastic everywhere as the flows fall leaving the rivers cleared of much accumulated debris and material.

We look forward to seeing you if you are around. Happy 4th July. To mark the occasion I have included an article a friend sent to me yesterday.


THE 4TH OF JULY

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? 

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration
of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy.  He sold his home and
properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly.  He served in the Congress
without pay, and his family was kept in hiding.  His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters.  He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire.  The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.  The enemy
jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying.  Their 13 children fled for their lives.  His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste.  For more than a year he lived in
forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

Liberty is not to be taken for granted. Fish well. Enjoy the liberty to do so.  Think where it came from.

Frying Pan

Current Flow: below the Dam 404cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

Nymphs were the order of the day. There were great hatches of midges, PMD's and a number of caddis but the fish tended to stay down. More fishermen are getting out onto the Pan and are having success with nymphs well weighted. As the flow recedes the evening hatches will come on strong.

Recommended Flies:The forecast is for the temperature to stay in the mid-seventies with chances of showers and remaining cloudy. While the river remains high generally concentrate on weighted nymphs and midges. As the river drops, the fishing should be excellent with the hatches which are now coming off through the day. There continues to be good midge activity in the morning. 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. The BWO's will start up higher 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 and emerger patterns. The PMD's are starting to come off so try some quill patterns mid-river. The predominant color at this point is pink. The spinner fall in the evening should also be fished. Try stimulators close to town in the pocket water. They are working there.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - at Basalt 2,420 cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The Fork has peaked and is beginning to recede. The water has dropped by almost a third in the last 10 days The fishing should be great particularly if you float. Now that the water is dropping the guides are getting clients out on the water early to get into the good fishing. As the fishing pressure builds, our guides don't like to line up at the boat ramp for an hour waiting to get onto the water. The best water is above Basalt and the better water is between Basalt and Carbondale.

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 faster water, use nymphs with flash or attractors like the prince – size #12 - #16, 20 inchers, drake nymphs and Caddis emergers. 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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