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Water flow: 94 cfs
Visibility: 60 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 42 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: 11am till 4pm
Best stretch: The even mile markers towards the top, 8-10-12
Best access point: Rocky Fork Day Use Area, mile marker 12 and 1/2
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
BWOs, Midges, Caddis, Mysis Shrimp
Fish species: Trout
Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: June 1 - September 30)
Nearest airport: Aspen-Pitkin County Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader: 7 ½ Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 6X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 4 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
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 ...
the excitement of large, (in excess of ten pounds), Mysis Shrimp fed fish within the first mile of the spillway!
Fryingpan River Report December 4, 2013 UPPER FRYINGPAN FLOW: 90 cfs Follow us on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/tcreekflyshop or follow us on Facebook under "Taylor Creek Fly Shops" or subscribe and follow our blog at : http://taylorcreekflyshop.blogspot.com/ WATER CLARITY: The lake is in the process of "turning over," which is adding a bit of vegetation and color in the upper mile. Things clear up significantly a mile or so below the dam. OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 THE SHORT AND SWEET: Bye bye drakes and PMDs, hello BWOs and midges! Complex hatches are now behind us, but this doesn't mean the fishing is falling off. BWOs are popping off in big numbers now, augmented by good midge hatches and some terrific streamer fishing. FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWOs 22-24, Caddis 16-18, Midges 22-24, Mysis Shrimp 16-22 IN DEPTH REVIEW: As mentioned above, the lake will be turning over for another week or two, which can make nymphing in the upper mile a bit of a headache. This hasn't slowed down the dry fly fishing though, midges and baetis are hatching pretty steadily up below the dam. We are still seeing a few caddis as well, but they will become a non-factor sooner than later. As always, we suggest light flourocarbon tippets on the Fryingpan (especially in the upper miles) and it's time to break out the 6, 7, and 8x. Both hatches are strongest from noon to 4, but this doesn't mean you won't find risers almost any time of the day. On the nymphing side of things, it's time to break out the eggs, tiny red midge larvae, and plain baetis nymphs without beads or any flash. Downstream drifts with dry flies are the most effective, and it is time to make those dry fly leaders long, long, long. Most of the fish in these upper miles simply can't stand a fly line anywhere near them. so adjustments are paramount to success! Even with the lake doing it's thing, the bowl is fishing quite well these days. 3 and 4x tippet will fool these fish all day with the less than perfect visibility conditions. Carry a few different patterns, and as always we suggest our house patterns for fooling these huge fish. Streamers are made for this time of year, and this year is no exception! With the shorter days and cooling temperatures, these fish realize that it is time to pack on all the pounds they can before the menu becomes only midges and the occasional egg. Brown trout are starting to get quite aggresive this time of year as well, and they just love to pounce on a big streamer. Most of us fish tandem streamers, with a foot or two of 0x running between them. Please be aware of spawning fish and their beds, give these vulnerable fish a wide berth and resist the temptation to cast at them. Always cross downstream of beds to prevent covering eggs with river mud and vegetation! Appropriate Patterns Dries: CDC Comparadun BWO 22, Sparkledun BWO 22, No Hackle BWO 22, Bill's Midge Emerger 20-22, Bill's Midge Adult 20-24, Para Emerger BWO 20-22, Roy's Fryingpan Emerger 20-22, AKs Quill BWO Dun 20-22, BDE BWO 20-22, Elk Hair Caddis 16-18, Outrigger Caddis 16-18 Nymphs: Pheasant Tails 18-24, TC Black Poxyback Baetis 22, Jujubaetis 20-22, Sparklewing RS2 22, RS2 Black 22, Barr Emerger BWO 22, Sands' Dark STD 20-22, Master Baetis 20-22, Soft Hackle BWO Emerger 20-22, CDC Loopwing Emerger 20-22, Zebra Midge 20-22, Desert Storm Midge 22-24, Eggs 12-18 Streamers: Slumpies 6-8, Autumn Splendors 6-8, Sculpzillas 6-8 Hints: MOVE AROUND!!! You cannot expect to have solid fishing all day long if you're not willing to move around and find the hatches and actively feeding fish. MIDDLE RIVER FRYINGPAN WATER CONDITIONS: Gin-clear water conditions FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Serratella 20-24, Baetis 18-22, Caddis 16-18, Midges 22-24, Ants 16-18 OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10. THE SHORT AND SWEET: This section (miles 4-8) is fishing very well right now, and there are far fewer anglers pressuring this part of the river. Hatches are similar to the top miles, although slightly less in raw numbers. Serratella are still being found here and there, but your major hatches will be BWOs, midges, and caddis. The In Depth Review: This is one of our favorite sections to fish the Fryingpan, because of zero crowds and significantly less wind to deal with. If you are a serratella junkie (tiny flightless mayflies only found on the Fryingpan) these are your last few weeks to get on this difficult hatch. Blue wings and midges are the best hatches, but there are localized caddis hatches to be found out there as well. Streamers are deadly when conditions are right, Tim Heng's Autumn Splendor is the ticket. Appropriate Patterns Dries: Same as upper river, but add in: TC Serratellas in both olive and gray in #22's. Nymphs: Same as upper river, but add in: Pandemic BWO, BTS Baetis, Biot Emergers 20-22, Tung Hoover Beatis 20-22, Princes 16-18, San Juan Worm 10 Streamers: Stingin' Clouser, Foxee Clouser, Stingin' Sculpin, Slumpies Hints:Don't be afraid to throw streamers, you just might catch a huge fish! LOWER FRYINGPAN : WATER CONDITIONS: Clear to green-tea clear FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Caddis 16-18, BWOs 20-22, Midges 22-24 OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10. THE SHORT AND SWEET: This is a fun section to check out, most folks drive right past this amazing water. These fish aren't nearly as tippet shy as the fish in the upper miles, but beware of spawning browns. The In Depth Review: Believe it or not, the fish in the lower river are still eating hoppers! This won't last much longer, of course, but it's fun to throw dry-dropper in November. Streamers are probably fishing best on the lower river compared to the upper right now too. It is usually a bit warmer the closer you get to Basalt, which makes for more comfortable fishing conditions. Hatches are, again, the same as the rest of the river, although hatch times are closer to 11am until 4 pm. This section isn't as much of a "match the hatch" area, just get your flies in the zone! Appropriate Patterns: Dries: Same as upper river but add in: Flag Dun 18-22, Colletts Para BWO 18-22, Foam Top RS-2 20-22, Rip Cord Caddis 16-18,Outrigger Caddis 16-18, X-Caddis 18, Yellow Humpy 16-18, Charlie Boy Hopper 10-12 Nymphs:Same as upper river but add in: RS2's 20-22, Z-Wing Caddis 16-18, Diamond Caddis 16-18, Princes 16-18, Cat Poop Stonefly 8-12, San Juan Worm 10 Streamers: Sculpzilla, Buggers, Stingin' Clouser, Foxee Clouser, Stingin' Sculpin, Slump Busters, Bellyache Minnows Link to the USGS Real Time Flow Chart for the Frying Pan River
Warming trend is on the horizon...perfect!