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 11th September 2005

Interesting week. The fishing was excellent earlier in the week. But on Thursday came a sudden downpour which hung about sufficiently to blow out the Fork up to Snowmass creek. The water is clearing now but for 2 days the Pan or high up the Fork has been the only pristine water about.

In addition, the Fly Fishing World Trade Expo was on in Denver for 3 days. A few interesting new products, some good ideas and some interesting new fly patterns. It is a tribute to human ingenuity that fly designers are able to come up with so many new patterns year after year which work. Renee Harrop one of the great fly designers is now allowing his flies to be tied by Solitude, so next year we are looking forward to carrying some of his excellent drake and PMD designs. In addition Umpqua and Rainy have introduced some new patterns which we know will work well in our watershed.

We were particularly impressed with 3 new models of Action Optics sunglasses - Cause, Effect and Maverick. Varivas have introduced tippets which we think are excellent. They are introducing a Midge tippet material ranging unbelievably from 8X to 12X!! The 8X is almost twice the tensile strength of other 8X tippet. It is rated at 2.05 lbs, which is similar to a lot of 6X on the market so we think when the fishing gets technical, 10X with a #28 midge will be the ticket! We are also going to test out a new leader weighting system which we think will be excellent provided the guides like it. It may revolutionize the introduction of weight to the leader, the most attractive aspect being that it will no longer compromise the integrity of light tippet through crimping or twisting.

Wheatley are extending their modular range of fly boxes effectively enabling you to design your own style. It is a clever move because it enables retailers to be able to carry a nice range without too much investment in inventory. Ross Reels are introducing 2 entry level reels which should make a good contribution to the range of reels at the lower end of the market. All in all the Expo exposed a number of new developments which will be interesting to watch.

Several lovely pictures of Sherri and Chuck Karaian's recent trip with Ed down the Roaring Fork.


Sherri Karaian

 


Chuck Karaian

 

Frying Pan

Current Flow: below the Dam 297cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

The water continues to flow fractionally higher but the fishing remains excellent. Harry and Merle have spent quite some time towards the dam and report excellent BWO, PMD and Drake activity throughout the afternoons. The best fishing has been on the overcast days. When it is brighter the fish are more wary. Mid to late afternoon each cloudy day also saw good BWO hatches with PMD activity a little later mid-river. Midges of course are the staple if everything else is quiet. However, when the fish were on the BWO's they ignored everything else. It was a matter of matching the color and size. A size #20 Adams worked very well as did the #20 slate gray Lawson's no hackle.

The order of service remains midges and PMD's in the morning. Then from midday to early afternoon there will be drakes higher up. Later in the afternoon, particularly if it is cloudy, there will be BWO's and PMD's. Then through to the evening there will be midges and PMD's. There are still a few caddis in the evenings as well. If it is bright during the day the fishing will be a little tougher.

Recommended Flies: The river is perfect now even with the flow being fractionally higher. The fishing is excellent. For some the marginally higher water might make wading a little difficult so come by the shop to check if you need some directions. 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. The green drakes on the Pan now come off higher up in the afternoon. Try nymphs, duns and cripple patterns sizes #10 - #12. In the afternoon if there is good cloud cover and possible rain, there may be a good BWO hatch. If so try Lawson's no hackle #18 and #20, Adams #18 - #22. There is a range of good BWO patterns so be well stocked and try them all. The fish will be fussy and will key into a particular size or color so be prepared to change quickly if you are getting refusals and you are happy with your presentation. Sometimes the hatch will be so thick it is just a probability question whether the fish will see your fly. The BWO's and PMD's will come off in succession and the fish will change quickly, so be prepared to change you flies if the rising fish are now ignoring you. When the PMD's are coming off 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. As noted above, 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 have had 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 557 cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The rain on Thursday kicked the flow from around 500cfs to almost 600 cfs in 2 days. It is now settling back down and is currently 557. The rain has colored up the water again so fish higher up until it clears. Check the flows each day. The BWO's are strong at the moment so use them in conjunction with stimulators or hoppers. Use the sparkle baetis, RS2's, pheasant tails and any similar small nymphs as droppers. As the day progresses use emergers as well as the nymphs.

Recommended Flies: Above Carbondale 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 stimulators sizes #10 to #16, In the faster water, use nymphs with flash or attractors like the prince – size #12 - #20, sparkle baetis #18, RS2 and Sparkle RS2 #18, pheasant tails #18 - #20 black and brown, beadhead and non-bead head, and Caddis emergers. Also 20 inchers size #10 - #14. Use hopper patterns with droppers. Streamers are also working.

Colorado River

The Colorado continues to remain a little cloudy. 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.


Colorado River

The Colorado continues to remain a little cloudy. 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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