Fishing Report For:
March 27th. 2023

Substantially decreased flows this week

We guide the Frying Pan all year!

The Frying Pan River is a world famous tailwater fishery that starts below Ruedi Reservoir and continues downstream for approximately 14 miles to the confluence of the Roaring Fork River in Basalt. The top 1.5 miles are the catch and release “Holy Water”.

This section is where anglers go to catch the fish of a lifetime as well as mingle with big crowds. The Pan from below the Holy Water is more of a freestone fishery that offers some fantastic wading opportunities for nice size browns and Rainbows on dry flies as well as nymphs. There is quite a bit of public access mixed in with the private water so a good map or guide is key. Private water on the pan is very well marked. The Frying Pan is known for its Mysis Shrimp, midges, and also for it’s famous Green Drake and Pale Morning Dun hatches that usually start in mid-summer and go well into early fall. If there is a cloud, then there are Blue Wings hatching as well. Avoid the crowds and fish downstream at mile markers 7 and 4. We guide the Frying Pan on full day wade trips only due to the 1+ hour travel time, but – boy – it’s worth the drive!

This amazing tailwater Trout river is a must-do Bucket list destination for any real fly fisher! Winter is a great time to get away from the crowds and get after some huge fish, though every season on The Pan can be pretty amazing not to mention the beauty of driving through the canyon!

3/27/2023– The flows have dropped a lot in the last couple days. If anything it will make sight fishing a blast. The lower flows will also push the Trout into deeper holding areas. There is going to be some Blue Winged Olives hatching on the lower river as we get into April. We do guide the Frying Pan on full day wades, due to the longer drive.

Spring is spawning season the Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout. Please respect the Redds

Recommended Patterns:

Nymphs: Brassies #18-24, Zebra Midges #20-22 Brassie Size #20-24, Miracle Midge #18-22, Roy’s Special #20-24, Black Beauty Size #20-24, Mysis Shrimp (16-20) France Fly #14-16 Ju Ju Beatis #18-22, Barr’s Emerger BWO #18-22

Dries: I can see it Midge Black #22-24, Parachute BWO #18-22 Parachute Adams #16-22, Tan Elk Hair caddis #14-16, Royal Wulff #12-18, Griffiths Gnat #22,

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