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 21st August 2005

Another great week's fishing. It has begun to cool. This week releases began from Reudi for the squawfish. Currently the Pan is running at 263cfs. The flow was stepped up on both Monday and Tuesday. The higher water gets the fish to spread out a little more. The wading is not difficult with the additional flow but if you are unsure, drop by the shop and we'll give you some directions. The additional rains continue to supplement the flow in the Fork maintaining a higher flow into August than is usual. This enables rafts to get to areas not usually accessed this time of year. The cooler water will also keeping the fish more active up higher.

The five day forecast is calling for cooler temperatures and rain showers each day. This weekend is busy with the Colorado 500 and the Basalt River Days activities. Its been a full moon this past week so that usually means the fish feed more easily at night sometimes slowing them down in the day.

 

 

Frying Pan

Current Flow: below the Dam 263cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

The fishing was excellent all week. The drakes are now higher up. The water is beautifully clear and although this weekend's activities have brought a lot of visitors to town, generally the fishing pressure is beginning to diminish. Merle still reports that the Seratellas are out from 11am till 3pm mid-river. He is fishing them with a #14 Royal Stimulator with a seratella dropper. Harry reports that the drakes and baetis were excellent towards the Dam. Today mid-river it was quiet on the surface but fishing a #12 Royal Stimulator with a #20 sparkle baetis dropper was very effective and accounted for a lot of big fish. A #18 copper john as a dropper was also very effective.

The order of service remains midges and PMD's in the morning. Then from 11 am there will be drakes higher up. Then in the afternoon through the evening midges, caddis and PMD's with some BWO's higher up. So you can fish all day now well into the evening.

Recommended Flies: The river is perfect now even with the flow being fractionally higher. The fishing is excellent. The water is very clear and the days are intermittently bright so make sure you are using light tippet – 7x. There is 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. In the mornings there have been PMD hatches which last for an hour or so. As the day progresses up higher the BWO's will be in evidence, try the sparkle baetis and/or the pheasant tails. The green drakes on the Pan come off from 11 am through 2 or 3 in the afternoon. Try nymphs, duns and cripple patterns sizes #10 - #12. The caddis are coming off in the evenings so fish the pupa patterns earlier and the emergers later. Try any of the caddis dry patterns as well as the stimulators. The best results on caddis have been the pupa and emergers although they will now give the dries a good run as well. For pupa and emerger patterns try – Sparkle pupa #16, peeking caddis #16, emergent sparkle caddis #16. The PMD's are coming off so try both emergers and dries – Barrs emerger #16 - #18, Pink Cahills #16 - #18, Melon Quills #16 - #18 and the PMD Comparaduns #16 - #18. Also try cripple patterns. If the fish are feeding but are rejecting your fly, change to a different size. Try to match the size as best you can. The fish will key in on a particular size and nothing else with interest them. For the spinner fall try parachute patterns and spinners. Try stimulators close to town in the pocket water and drop a nymph off. As a general observation, now that the fish are under a lot of pressure, be a little selective with your flies. Try older patterns which the fish might not have seen. Now the fishing is getting more technical so you will have to bring all of your skills to bear. In the absence of the right fly and correct size with the correct presentation, refusals will be the order of the day. Try terrestrials if it is a little quiet and the wind is blowing.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - at Basalt 676 cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The cooler weather and the additional rain have kept the flows in the Roaring Fork up nicely continuing to give rafting access up higher. The fishing has been excellent, Ed, Travis and Chris reporting great days out floating this week. Above Basalt there are still a few drakes, PMD's, caddis and BWO's. When there is cloud cover Ed has had great results on streamers. It is also great to go out later and fish into the evening. Harry has been having a lot of luck in the evenings fishing caddis dries and pupae. The last hour before dark sees some of the best feeding activity of the day.

Mid-river there are still a few PMD's, lots of BWO's and the caddis remain prolific. With the present water level, the best floating will be between Basalt and Carbondale. Ed prefers to float in this area at the moment and advises that he is having great results on hoppers with nymph droppers. In addition the streamer fishing has been excellent.

Lower down between Carbondale and Glenwood, the water is getting a little warmer although the cooling weather and colder water will improve conditions. The fish are not as prolific but that is where the big ones lurk. Early morning and evening fishing towards Glenwood is best. The best fishing would be in the afternoons (BWO's) and evenings, however with the present cool change and rain it should cool down during the day and extend the good fishing. Towards Glenwood most of the fishing is with nymphs although there are hatches of BWO's in the afternoons. The cloudy days and rain will improve the hatch conditions. Ed advises that the hopper dropper rig works well down here as well as streamers.

Recommended Flies:  In the clearer areas use the same flies as the Pan (See our report for the Frying 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, drake nymphs and Caddis emergers. Also 20 inchers size #10 - #14. Green Drake patterns are also working well up higher and should for a little longer. Also use hopper patterns. When floating a large parachute hopper with a dropper is highly visible. Streamers are also working.

Colorado River

The ongoing rain means that the Colorado continues to remain a little muddy. We will wait until it clears more. However if you want to go out, try PMDs, yellow sallies and the ubiquitous stone flies. On balance most success is on nymphs at the moment.

Recommended Flies: Yellow sallies, hoppers, midges, both dries and emergers; Bead head pheasant tails #16, 18; Blue Wing Olives #18,20; 20 inchers size #10 - #14; bead head prince nymph red #12 - 16; streamers #6 and #8 and smaller; terrestrials.

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