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: 65

Visibility: 49 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 40 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 11am till 4pm

Best stretch: Mile markers 8-12

Best access point: Even Mile Markers will offer up more public access than the odd ones.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Green Drakes, PMDs, caddis, BWOs, midges and mysis.

Fish species: Trout

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

Nearest airport: Aspen-Pitkin County Airport

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

January 14, 2019 UPPER FRYINGPAN (Mile Marker 8 to Ruedi Reservoir) FLOW: 65 cfs ? WATER CLARITY: Clean, clear, cold OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, BWO nymphs, mysis shrimp THE LOW-DOWN : The snowfall so far this winter has been simply epic, we are excited to see so much moisture and deep snow. Currently snowpack is over 100%! Things are certainly looking up around here for next summer, considering the drought battles we have faced in recent years. Skiers and snowboarders are enjoying one of the best winters in recent memory! It's been downright cold around here over the last few weeks, and despite a bump in flows we saw significant ice build up on the lower and middle river last week. With the recent warm up, the river above Mile 2 is pretty much wide open. With the snowy weather we've been experiencing, it's all midges at this point. Thick midge hatches can be found especially between 11 am and 3 pm, give or take. The brown trout spawn is happening, so please give the redds in the flats and elsewhere a wide berth. Friendly education of those fishing over spawners can go a long way, many anglers that are new to the game may not know any better. Mysis shrimp are always a factor in the upper reaches, so be sure to have a few of our Tim Heng's and Will Sands' mysis patterns in your box. Hunting around the upper river with a small streamer can be a lot of fun, you just might turn the biggest fish in the run with a well-presented streamer. Try adjusting your retrieve until the fish give you some positive feedback, and seek out shady areas versus those with bright sun. Most of your favorite parking spots are plowed out, but choose your battles out there! There have been a few people getting stuck, so don't get yourself somewhere you can't get out of. We strongly advise NOT crossing Baetis Bridge below the dam until spring, they never plow back in there and the tow is quite expensive. HATCHES: Midges 20-26, mysis shrimp 16-20 APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: DRIES: Bill's Midge Emerger 20-22, Skittering Z-Lon Midge 20-22, Biot Wing Midge 20,22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 22-24, CDC Transitional Midge 22, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, Hatching Midge 20-22, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22 NYMPHS: Split Case BWO 20-22, Epoxyback Baetis 20-22, Tungsten Hoover Baetis 20-22, Maggot Midge 20-22, Rojo Midge 20-22, Neon Nightmare 20-22, Lil Foamy 18-20, Bling Midge 20-22, Flashdance Midge 20-22, TC Candy Cane Midge 18-22, Money Midge 20-22, T Midge 20-22, Medallion Midge 20-22, Tim's Mysis 16-18, Will's Epoxy Mysis 16-20 STREAMERS: Slumbuster 6-8, The One Sculpin 4-6, Tim's Autumn Splendor 4-6 HINTS: Hatches are thick in one spot and "not so much" in others, move around until you find 'em! MIDDLE FRYINGPAN (Mile Markers 4 to 8) WATER CONDITIONS: Icy on the edges here and there, but vastly improved since last week. FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, BWO nymphs OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 THE LOW DOWN: As with the lower Fryingpan, there is significant ice build up until you reach mile marker 2 or so. Better conditions and pretty reliable hatches will be found a few more miles up the river. We experienced frigid temperatures here until last week, and with the addition of low winter flows, ice build up was more than normal. A week of warm overnight temps dramatically impoved the middle and lower river conditions. The middle river receives less sunlight than the lower and upper reaches of the Fryingpan, so once things open up a bit, this is a great place to fish to less pressured and less paranoid trout. Shady water can save your day on the Pan, and the middle river has plenty of sections that receive no sunlight during the winter months. With a warm-up, things will improve on the middle river. HATCHES: Midges 20-26 APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: DRIES: Skittering Zelon Midge 20-22, Bill's Midge Emerger 20-22, Brooks Sprout Midge 20-22, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Hatching Midge 20-22, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22 NYMPHS: Flashwing Black (or gray) RS2 20-22, Zebra Midge Red 18-20, Black Beauty 20-22, Maggot Midge 20-22, Kingrey's Cap'n Hook 20-22, Medallion Midge 20-22, Bead Wing Midge 20-22, Rojo Midge 20-22 STREAMERS: Skully Bugger Rust/White 4, Bonefish Deep Minnow 6-8, Bread n Butter Bugger 6-8 HINTS: Fish a whole mile of river, you'll fish many different water types and get shots at a lot of fish! LOWER FRYINGPAN (Basalt to Mile Marker 4) WATER CONDITIONS: Significant ice build-up until Mile 2 FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWO nymphs, midges. OVERALL RATING: 5 out of 10 THE LOWDOWN: Frigid temperatures and low flows caused the lower Fryingpan to ice up significantly. As of now the river is essentially un-fishable until you get to mile 2 or so. With the build up of so much ice, please exercise caution in the lower reaches of the Fryingpan for a while longer. HATCHES: Midges 20-26 APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: DRIES: Morgans Midge 18-22, Perfect Baetis 20-22, Collett's BWO 20-22, Hatching Midge 20-22, Sprout Midge 22-24, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24 NYMPHS: Red or Lime Copper John 14-18, Jerome Baetis 20-22, RIP Midge 20-22, Medallion Midge 20-22, Ultra Bling RS2 Gray 18-20, Desert Storm Midge 20-22 STREAMERS: Slumpbuster Black 6-8, Wooly Bugger Olive 4-8, Autumn Splendor 4-8 HINTS: Skip the lower 2 miles of river, you will notice significantly less ice build up once you reach the middle and upper river. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/uv/?site_no=09080400 Get social with us! Find us on Facebook@taylorcreekflyshops, Twitter@tcreekflyshop, Google+@taylorcreekflyshops and Instagram@taylorcreekflyshops

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