Fryingpan River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fryingpan River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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The Fryingpan is considered by our guide staff as a "presentation" fishery, more so than a "match-the-hatch" fishery. Keep your bugs drag free and fish from the bank when possible.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Fryingpan River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Sunrise Anglers

Water flow: 83 cfs

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 42 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 11am till 3pm

Best stretch: Mile markers 8-12

Best access point: Rocky Fork Day Use Area, although the river is generally open ice-wise above mile 2.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Midges, mysis and BWO nymphs

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: June 1 - September 30)

Nearest airport: Aspen-Pitkin County Airport

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Frying Pan River Description

Renowned for some of the most prolific insect hatches of any western water, the Frying Pan is a year round fishery that provides some of the most varied angling opportunities throughout the entire year. Anglers can fish size 12 Green Drake through the summer, Blue Winged Olives in the Spring and Fall and have exciting Midge fishing through the winter months! Being a tailwater fishery the Frying Pan also adds ...

Techniques & Tips

Fryingpan River Report Get social with us! Find us on Facebook@taylorcreekflyshops, Twitter@tcreekflyshop, Google+@taylorcreekflyshops and Instagram@taylorcreekflyshops April 17, 2017 UPPER FRYINGPAN FLOW: 148 cfs WATER CLARITY: Slow and Low, clear OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 The temps have been warm, with a cool down forecasted for later this week. FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWO nymphs, Midges, Mysis Shrimp THE LOW-DOWN : The upper Fryingpan has been fishing consistently well over the last week. We are still only seeing midges hatch-wise, with BWOs probably a few more weeks out. Midges are varying anywhere from size 18 to 24, and midday hatches have been quite consistent. Spawning beds are numerous on the upper Fryingpan (and throughout the river) so please exercise caution and gently educate those anglers you might encounter walking through or fishing over them. Sight fishing is the key to success on the Fryingpan, and this is a good idea year-round. Downstream casts and light flouro tippets are also paramount. HATCHES: Midges, Winter Stones, BWO Nymphs APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: DRIES: Bills Midge Emerger 20-22, Bills Adult Midge 22-24, HOH Spent Midge 22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24 NYMPHS: Pheasant Tail 18-24, Poxybiot Baetis 22, Tung Hoover Baetis 20-22, Tung Split Case BWO 20-22, Biot Baetis 20-22, Barr Emerger BWO 20-22, Freestone Emerger 22, Midge Biot Emerger 20-22, RS2s 20-22, Foam Wing RS2 20-22, Tailwater Assassin Black 20-22, Tungsten Winter Stone 18-20, mposter Olive 20-22, Will's Epoxy Mysis 16-20, Tim's TC Mysis 16-18 STREAMERS: Slumpies, Clousers, Sliders, TC Autumn Splendors, Sculpzilla HINTS: If you listen closely, the fish will always tell you what you need to be doing. MIDDLE RIVER FRYINGPAN WATER CONDITIONS: Clear, cold and perfect. FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, BWO nymphs, winter stones OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10 THE LOW DOWN: Same conditions as the upper river with slighly sparser hatches (including the two-legged hatch). This section does yield a bit more shade - take note streamer and dry fly junkies. The crowds are slowly dwindling and are dominated by mostly locals and weekend warriors. Overcast, dank days generally offer-up the best fishing. HATCHES: Midges (mid-day) sz 20-26 APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: DRIES: Same as the upper river NYMPHS: Same as the upper river STREAMERS: Same as upper river HINTS: Hatch chasers and streamer junkies will want to cover water - which you can do now that the crowds have lessened. LOWER FRYINGPAN: WATER CONDITIONS: Low and clear. FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, Caddis, BWOs, Golden Stones OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10 THE SHORT AND SWEET: This section is improving daily. With the lower elevations come early hatches- we are seeing good numbers of BWOs and caddis in the lower section. Hint- this section of river is full of golden stonefly nymphs! HATCHES: Midges, Caddis, BWOs APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: DRIES: Same as above - NYMPHS: Same as above - add in: Prince 16-20, Tung PT 18-20, BLMs 18-20, Red Zebra Midge 20, Wired Golden Stone 6-10 STREAMERS: Weir's Sculpin 4, Zuddlers 4, Bread n Butter Buggers 6, Autumn Splendor 6 HINTS: This is tough water in the winter, it's best to head up river.

7-Day Forecast

Overcast will yield better hatches and numbers of rising fish. Flows are expected to remain at this flow through the winter.

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