Fishing Report For: Frying Pan River
April 1st. 2024

March Madness on the Pan!

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!

4/1/2024– Spring fishing on the Pan is usually very productive, this year is especially good thanks to the El Nino weather pattern that has made for warmer then average temperatures. Consistent water temperatures can make for good conditions throughout the day. Winter flows this year are at about 100CFS, which can make for great sight fishing. This world famous tailwater fishery boasts some amazing Trout. The frying pan valley is stunning as well. The upper river below the dam is where you Nymph fish the Mysis Shrimp and annelids…As you get down around mile marker 7 is where the river fishes more like a Freestone. Caddis, stoneflies…and you can fish more dry flies. We guide the Frying Pan on full day wader trips only due to the longer drive time. The Pan is a Bucket list destination for many fly anglers.

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Recommended Patterns:

Nymphs: Barr’s Emergers BWO #16-22, Zebra Midges #20-22 Brassie Size #20-24, Mysis Shrimp#18-22, Miracle Midge #18-22, Roy’s Special Squirmy’s #12-14, Quill Jigs #18,Two Bit Hookers #14-18,Eggs

Dries: Royal Wullf #12-18, Parachute Adams #12-18, Adams/Purple Para Wulff #16-20, Parachute BWO #16-20

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