Colorado Fly fishing

Fryingpan River Report

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June 27, 2016

FLOW: 115 cfs - Low and clear. The Pan very well might be yielding some of the best river fishing in the state currently.

WATER CLARITY: Clear with low water levels. The Bureau of Reclamation is filling Ruedi Reservoir, hence the current low flows.

OVERALL RATING: 7.5 out of 10. Fishing has been pretty darn tasty out there.

THE SHORT AND SWEET: The fishing overall has really been picking up out there with the decrease in flows and slightly higher water temps prompting the PMDs to begin hatching. BWOs are still on the scene too, as are midges early in the day, a few caddis during late afternoons and some decent (improving) rusty spinner falls in the evening hours. Yep - it's not spring anymore. Hello summer!

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: PMDs, Baetis, Caddis, Green Drake nymphs, Sculpins, Midges, Mysis Shrimp

IN DEPTH REVIEW: Welcome to summer! PMDs are back on the scene big time! Both yellow and Fryingpan pink PMDs have been seen. Look for them to begin hatching around 11am/noon, with the rusty spinner fall taking place in last hour of light. In addition to PMDs, strong numbers of BWOs are also available. The mysis shrimp fishing has tapered back off with the low flows but they will still be of importance immediately below the dam. Midges are key in the morning hours too prior to the hatches coming off. We should begin to see the first green drake hatches on the Pan (lower river) in the next few weeks.


DRIES: Sparkledun PMD 16-18, Melon Quill 16-18, PMD/Royal Wulff Cripple 16, TC Fryingpan Emerger 20-22, TC Para Quill BWO 20-22, No Hackle BWO 20-22, CDC Transitional Midge 20-22, Bills Midge Emerger 20-22, CDC Rusty Spinner 16-18, Polywing Rusty Spinner 16-18

NYMPHS: Splitcase PMD 16-18, Pandemic PMD 18, PTs 16-22, BTS Baetis 20-22, Tung Hoover Baetis 20-22, Chocolate Thunder 20-22, RS2's 20-22, PMD Halfback 16-18, Biot Midge Emerger 20-22, Wills Epoxy Mysis 18, Tims Mysis 18

STREAMERS: Slumpies, Clousers, Sliders, TC Autumn Splendors, Sculpzilla

HINTS: Stay out of the river altogether when possible to increase your stealth factor.



PMDs, Baetis, Caddis, Midges

OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10

THE SHORT AND SWEET: Same conditions as stated above. Nymph fishers can often times get away with 5X and 6X tippets down here. Dry fly anglers should still be using the requisite 6X and 7X. Lighter pressure compared to the upper river.

IN DEPTH REVIEW: Same as above. Don't get sucked into the line of thinking that all the fish live right below the dam. For most of us, this is the sweet-spot along the river; great fishing and hatches coupled with less pressure. Like the upper river, hatches are consisting of mostly PMDs, small caddis and BWOs, all of which are hatching midday. The Rusty Spinner fall has been improving nightly. Big Hat, Eagle Pool, Folkstad and Rosie's are all great options in terms of access. It's summertime conditions now, so don't forget those drake nymphs either.


DRIES: Same as the upper river

NYMPHS: Same as the upper river - add in: Cat Poops 8-10, 20 Inchers 14-16, Electric Caddis Olive 16, Prince 18-20, Red Copper John 16-18

STREAMERS: Same as upper river

HINTS: Carrying a dry fly drying towel and use Frog's Fanny floatant for the best success when dry fly fishing.


WATER CONDITIONS: Same as above, low and clear.

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, PMDs, Baetis, Stoneflies, Caddis, Drake Nymphs

OVERALL RATING: 6.5 out of 10 in general with the dry fly fishing in select areas peaking around a solid 8 out of 10.

THE SHORT AND SWEET: As Bo Jackson would say, just do it!I f solitude outweighs high fish counts for you - this is your spot!

IN DEPTH REVIEW: Same bugs and hatch times as the middle and upper river. In fact, some of the best dry fly fishing on the entire river is being seen in this stretch (Town, Red Cliff, Seven Castles) right now. If you're like us and enjoy fishing dries on flat water slicks to notoriously picky fish, you'll be right at home here.


DRIES: Same as above - with a few more caddis and PMDs being seen.

NYMPHS: Same as above - add in: Cat Turds 8-10, 20 Inchers 14-16, Electric Caddis 16, Buckskins 16-18, Z-Wing Caddis 16-18, Copper John 16-20, Prince 16-20

STREAMERS: Slumpies, Spendors, Clousers, Sculpzillas

HINTS: Fish down here!!! The results will more than likely surprise you.... A LOT!

Link to the USGS Real Time Flow Chart for the Frying Pan River



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