Welcome to Frying Pan Anglers
For Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River from Aspen and Basalt for the week ended
Thursday - Saturday - 9am - 4pm
Sunday - Wednesday - 9am - 4pm
Guide School/Fishing camps dates for April 2018.
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.
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.
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.
Also try streamers.
The conditions are good.
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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