Colorado Fly fishing

Fryingpan River Report

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December 2, 2016

FLOW: 83 cfs

WATER CLARITY: Clear, cold and perfect.

OVERALL RATING: 7.5 out of 10

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWOs, Midges, Mysis Shrimp

THE LOW-DOWN : Attention anglers the toilet bowl is now open, flows have been returned to a normal level.

We've changed our fishing reports slightly - for the better! We're now focusing on insect hatches, sizes and times of day to focus on and foregoing our "In Depth Review" which just reiterated our "Short and Sweet Review", now called the "Low Down". We realize that some of you really liked our old reports which told you which rock to stand on, which fly to tie on and where to cast BUT we also realize that the fish don't always listen to the guys behind the counter in the fly shop and Mother Nature does whatever she wants, when she wants. Fly-fishing is about discovery and trying to learn something new each and every time you're out there on the water. We hope that this new format will help enlighten anglers but not give away all the secrets, allowing people to set their own expectations and have the experience of a lifetime. As always, the best advice is to always stop in the fly shop and get the up-to-the-minute scoop.

With the drop in flows, look for the dry fly fishing in particular to really strengthen. BWOs are certainly the most prevelant hatch and of the most importance. Look for the heaviest hatches to take place midday from 11am - 4pm. The nymph fishing before and after the hatches has been good too - again, mostly BWOs. The streamer fishing has really picked up with the cooler fall weather too. Keep them small, moderately heavy and natural/subdued in coloration.

HATCHES: Midges (7am-11am, 4pm-6pm) sz 20-26, BWOs (11am-3pm) sz 20-24


DRIES: Bills Midge Emerger 20-22, Bills Adult Midge 22-24, HOH Spent Midge 22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, No Hackle BWO 20-22, CDC Wing Baetis 20-22, Sparkledun BWO 20-22, Para Emerger BWO 20-22

NYMPHS: Pheasant Tail 18-24, Poxybiot Baetis 22, Tung Hoover Baetis 20-22, Tung Split Case BWO 20-22, Biot Baetis 20-22, Barr Emerger BWO 20-22, Freestone Emerger 22, Midge Biot Emerger 20-22, RS2s 20-22, Foam Wing RS2 20-22, Tailwater Assassin Black 20-22, Imposter Olive 20-22

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

HINTS: If you listen closely, the fish will always tell you what you need to be doing.


WATER CONDITIONS: Clear, cold and perfect.

BWOs, Midges

OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10

THE LOW DOWN: Same conditions as the upper river with slighly sparser hatches (including the two-legged hatch). This section does yield a bit more shade - take note streamer and dry fly junkies. The crowds are slowly dwindling and by November the river will dominated by mostly locals and weekend warriors. Overcast, dank days generally offer-up the best fishing.

HATCHES: Midges (7am-11am, 4pm-6pm) sz 20-26, BWOs (11am-3pm) sz 20-24


DRIES: Same as the upper river

NYMPHS: Same as the upper river

STREAMERS: Same as upper river

HINTS: Hatch chasers and streamer junkies will want to cover water - which you can do now that the crowds have lessened.


WATER CONDITIONS: Low and clear.


OVERALL RATING: 5 out of 10 - Despite the 5 rating, the fishing has been pretty darn good. Simply put, there's just more bugs hatching along the middle and upper stretches of water compared to down here BUT the catching has been nearly equally as good.

THE SHORT AND SWEET: If solitude is what you desire, this is your section of water to fish. The nymph fishing has been really good and as an added benefit, brown trout are beginning to move into the Lower Pan from the Roaring Fork as their spawning urges continually grow. Unlike the river above, beadheads fish fine down here. Midday hatches have the fish looking up, particularly in pocket water. Don't forget the terrestrials! High, bright sun will make the nymph or dry/dropper fishing more successful than fishing dry.

HATCHES: Midges (7am-11am, 4pm-6pm) sz 20-26, BWOs (11am-3pm) sz 20-24,


DRIES: Same as above -

NYMPHS: Same as above - add in: Copper John Red 16-20, Prince 16-20, Tung PT 18-20, BLMs 18-20, Red Zebra Midge 20

STREAMERS: Weir's Sculpin 4, Zuddlers 4, Bread n Butter Buggers 6, Autumn Splendor 6

HINTS: This is hands-down the best section of water to streamer fish on the Fryingpan right now.

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



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