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 to visitors to Basalt and Aspen.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 to visitors to Basalt and Aspen


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FISHING REPORT

For Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River from Aspen and Basalt for the week ended
18th February 2018

Winter Hours

Thursday - Saturday - 9am - 4pm

Sunday - Wednesday - 9am - 4pm

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Guide School/Fishing camps dates for April 2018.

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Wintery conditions have finally arrived with quite some snow over the past few weeks. It is good for the snowpack, and falling as the days are getting longer the snow doesn't stay around at lower elevations on the ground. A few warm days and it is gone. It makes for easy access to the river. The forecast is for a little more snow over the next few days and then clearing again.

We are approaching quite a reasonable snow pack at the moment but the next month or so will dictate the final outcome given that most snow comes in the February - early April period.

At least it is not cold out on the river, so if you are in town looking for some snow, and there isn't enough, take a little time and come out on to the river.


Frying Pan

Current Flow: below the Dam 88cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)

The nice snowfall over the past couple of weeks has not built up much along the rivers as the warm intervening days have melted it off quite nicely. But the temperatures remain comfortable with little ice to impede access to the river.

In these good conditions there are a few fishermen out on the river enjoying the conditions. The Pan is very accessible with minimal snow and ice along the edges.

Recommended Flies:Use midges, egg patterns.

For mysis at the dam use Mike's Mysis. epoxy mysis, and BDV mysis.

The midges will come off during the day, particularly if it is sunny. So try Wilson's Reverse Candy Cane #20, red and black chironocones #20, nick's larva in miracle pink, olive, and purple back, brassies #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, copper johns #18 - #22, rainbow warriors, black polywings #18 - #22 and bling midges # 18 - #22.

As they come off try the gray loopwing emergers #20 - #22, the FPA special emergers, biot emergers both with and without the trailing shuck and gray RS2's #18 - #22, Johnny Flash in Olive, Grey, and Black, Olive and Red Jujubee, trailing shuck midge black and cream.

In addition try dry patterns such as the z-wing real midge, black cdc midge and any similar dry black and gray patterns in sizes from #20 through to #26.

The fish are taking generic nymphs such as pheasant tails and caddis larva patterns. The BWO's are coming off as well. Try emerger patterns such as rs2's and WD-50's.

Roaring Fork

Current Flow: near Emma - 265cfs (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).

The flows are at winter levels. The fishing conditions remain excellent and the weather looks ideal for the next week.

Try eggs and attractors. Try small baetis such as the FPA Sparkle Baetis, the FPA Thorax Emerger, and black pheasant tails have also worked well. For emergers, the rs2 in black or gray. Also the sparkle wing rs2.

For small flies, copper johns, pc phlash, mercury rs2's, pheasant tails, bubble back bwos.

For the stone fly nymphs good patterns continue to include the BB FB Epoxy 20 Incher, the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher and the CTB RL Epoxy 20 Incher.

Also try streamers.


Colorado

The conditions are good.

Recommended Flies:

Generally the way to go is nymphing with small baetis, the FPA sparkle baetis, sparkle rs2's and biot emergers.

For stonefly nymphs use the BTB Hot Spot 20 Incher, rubberleg patterns such as Mike's BTB Coffee/Black and the Halloween Speckled Girdle Bug, with midges, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.

Try streamers as well.

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Shop Location.

Our shop is now at
231 Midland Avenue #205, Basalt Co 81621
18 miles from Aspen.

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Frying Pan Anglers is a specialty fly fishing shop, and a licensed (#2389), insured outfitter in the State of Colorado.



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