Fryingpan River Report 10-21-20
Posted on 21 October 2020
October 21, 2020
UPPER FRYINGPAN (Mile Marker 8 to Ruedi Reservoir)
FLOW: 100 CFS
WATER CLARITY: A bit off color, the lake is turning over.
OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Blue Winged Olives, Pale Morning Duns, Caddis, Craneflies, Mysis shrimp, midges
THE LOW-DOWN : As we settle in to fall, changes are afoot on the Fryingpan River. We're still seeing a few summer hatches of PMDs and caddis, but baetis and midges are taking over as the preferred fare. Those summer bugs are dwindling fast, so hurry up!
The lake is flipping, so there is a bit of discoloration in the upper miles. The best hatch times have trended towards midday, and it has slowed down a bit after 3 or 4, depending on the day.
Crowds are still slightly thick for this time of year, but plenty of spots can be found if you move around. It's match the hatch time, so pay attention to the waves of different bugs and transition accordingly.
HATCHES: Blue Winged Olives 20-22, Pale Morning Duns 14-18, Caddis 16-20, Craneflies 16-18, Midges 20-26
DRIES: No Hackle BWO 20-22, Befus' Para Emerger 20-22, Perfect Baetis 20-22, No Hackle PMD 16-18, Bill's Midge Emerger 20-22, Skittering Z-Lon Midge 20-22, Biot Wing Midge 20,22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 22-24, CDC Transitional Midge 22, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, Hatching Midge 20-22, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22
NYMPHS: Split Case BWO 20-22, Epoxyback Baetis 20-22, Tungsten Hoover Baetis 20-22, Tungsten Split Case PMD 16-18, Thorax PMD Nymph 16-18, Maggot Midge 20-22, Rojo Midge 20-22, Neon Nightmare 20-22, Lil Foamy 18-20, Bling Midge 20-22, Flashdance Midge 20-22, TC Candy Cane Midge 18-22, Money Midge 20-22, T Midge 20-22, Medallion Midge 20-22, Tim's Mysis 16-18, Will's Epoxy Mysis 16-20
STREAMERS: Slumpbuster 6-8, The One Sculpin 4-6, Tim's Autumn Splendor 4-6
HINTS: Hatches are thick in one spot and "not so much" in others, move around until you find 'em!
MIDDLE FRYINGPAN (Mile Markers 4 to 8)
WATER CONDITIONS: Clear flows
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Blue Winged Olives, Craneflies, PMDs, Sculpins, Midges
OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10
THE LOW DOWN:
The middle Fryingpan is fishing pretty darn well. A good mix of midday hatches can be found and the fish receive less pressure than their cousins upstream. Try to match the hatch if you see bugs aloft or give a hopper-dropper rig a try.
If you fish a whole mile of river, you'll be fishing many different water types and possibly different hatches, too.
HATCHES: Blue Winged Olives 20-22, Pale Morning Duns 14-18, Caddis 16-18, Craneflies 16-18, Midges 20-26
DRIES: Collett'e's Para BWO 18-22, CDC Winged Baetis 20-22, Sparkledun PMD 14-18, Melon Quill 16-18, Skittering Zelon Midge 20-22, Bill’s Midge Emerger 20-22, Brooks Sprout Midge 20-22, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Hatching Midge 20-22, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22
NYMPHS: Red or Lime Copper John 14-18, Flashwing Black (or gray) RS2 20-22, Jerome PMD Nymph 16-18, Zebra Midge Red 18-20, Black Beauty 20-22, Maggot Midge 20-22, Kingrey's Cap'n Hook 20-22, Medallion Midge 20-22, Bead Wing Midge 20-22, Rojo Midge 20-22, Cat Poop Stone 8-12
STREAMERS: Skully Bugger Rust/White 4, Bonefish Deep Minnow 6-8, Bread n Butter Bugger 6-8
HINTS: Fish a whole mile of river, you'll fish many different water types and get shots at a lot of fish!
LOWER FRYINGPAN (Basalt to Mile Marker 4)
WATER CONDITIONS: Clear
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Blue Winged Olives, PMDs, Craneflies, Caddis, Midges.
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10
THE LOWDOWN: The lower river is fishing pretty well right now and has a bit more diversity in hatches, due to lower elevation. Excellent hopper-dropper water.
HATCHES: BWOs 18-22, Caddis 16-18, PMDs 16-18, Craneflies 16-18, Midges 20-26
DRIES: Befus' Para Emerger BWO 20-22, Perfect Baetis 20-22, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Chubby Chernobyl 10-14, Sparkledun PMD 16-18, Cranefly Adult 16-18, Morgans Midge 18-22, Perfect Baetis 20-22, Collett's BWO 20-22, Hatching Midge 20-22, Sprout Midge 22-24, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24
NYMPHS: Spanflex Stone 8-10, Cat Poop Stone 4-6, Red or Lime Copper John 14-18, Jerome Baetis 20-22, RIP Midge 20-22, Medallion Midge 20-22, Ultra Bling RS2 Gray 18-20, Desert Storm Midge 20-22, San Juan Worm 10, Cat Poop Stone 6-10
STREAMERS: Slumpbuster Black 6-8, Wooly Bugger Olive 4-8, Autumn Splendor 4-8
HINTS: Great section to work small streamers, just keep moving!
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