Fishing Report For: Week of
July 1, 2022
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!
7/1/22– The “Pan” is one of the best Tailwater Trout fisheries anywhere! That being said it’s also on of the most technical and some days very crowded fisheries. Current flows are at about 122 CFS, which is very low, making sight fishing easier. Low flows also mean spooky Trout. The Green Drake and Pale Morning duns are hatching up top, with caddis and Stoneflies adding to the buffet. The reservoir above the pan is sitting at about 90% full. Expect the flows to increase as the flow drop on the roaring fork. Consistent water temperatures the first few miles below the dam, make for most productive fishing.
Nymphs: Green drake nymph #10-14, 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
Dries: I can see it Midge Black #22-24, Green Drakes #8-12Parachute Adams #12-16, Light cahills #12-14, Tan Elk Hair caddis #14-16, Royal Wulff #12-18, Griffiths Gnat #22, parachute BWO #18-22
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