Fryingpan River Report 10-22-19

Posted on 22 October 2019

October 22, 2019

UPPER FRYINGPAN (Mile Marker 8 to Ruedi Reservoir)


WATER CLARITY: A bit mossy with the flow drop

OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWOs, mysis shrimp, PMDs, craneflies, midges

THE LOW-DOWN : Fall is here, low flow conditions await you on the Fryingpan. Flows have dropped to 80 CFS, and we are seeing strong hatches midday, especially on the upper river (Mile Markers 8-12). Like it says above, there is a bit of a mossy factor this week but the dry fly fishing remains strong.

BWOs have been hatching with a vengeance with the flow drop, and believe it or not, we're seeing a few sporadic PMDs, green drakes and small caddis. The best dry fly hatches are still from noon to four, but the twilight PMD spinner fall is still strong if it's not too windy. Closing out your day with a well-presented streamer can be a lot of fun!

As we ease in to lower flows, be sure to fish with a minimal amount of line on the water and be sure to utilize your finer tippets....yes, it's 6x time, folks!

Keep your nymphs on the small side and try to sight fish as much as possible. Those who catch the most fish on the Pan cast the least!

HATCHES: Blue Winged Olives 20-22, PMDs 14-18, Midges 20-26, craneflies 10-16, red quills 16-18, mysis shrimp 16-20


DRIES: CDC Rusty Spinner 16-18, Sunken Rusty Spinner 16-18, Melon Quill 16-18, Sparkledun PMD 14-18, Perfect Baetis 20-22, No Hackle BWO 20-22, Collett's Para BWO 20-22, 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:  Tungsten Split Case PMD 16-18, Pandemic PMD 16-18, San Juan Worm 10, Split Case BWO 20-22, Epoxyback Baetis 20-22, Tungsten Hoover Baetis 20-22, 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 with less moss-factor

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Caddis, BWOs, Midges, PMDs, craneflies

OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10

THE LOW DOWN: The middle Pan is your answer to the crowded river blues. The main event is a pretty decent BWO hatch. You'll have chances of seeing small caddis, some craneflies, sporadic green drakes and PMDs until the end of October.

You can get away with larger flies in the middle and lower river, you can throw your favorite beaded nymphs as well as larger dry flies for a bit longer.

No need to rush to the upper, there is plenty of good fishing in this section..

HATCHES: Caddis 16-18, BWOs 18-22, Midges 20-26, PMDs 14-18, Craneflies 10-16


DRIES: No Hackle PMD 16-18, Adams 14-18, Peacock Caddis 16-18, Ethawing Caddis 16-18, Parachute Adams 18-22, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, 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: Twenty Incher 12-14, Tungsten Split Case PMD nymph 16-18, Red or Lime Copper John 14-18, Flashwing Black (or gray) RS2 20-22, 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

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 and significantly less moss than above.

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Caddis, PMDs, BWO adults and nymphs, midges.

OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10

THE LOWDOWN:  There are PMDs, BWOs and caddis hatching this week down low on the Pan if you like throwing dry flies. 

Stones, worms, and princes have been great lead flies while trailing small baetis patterns.

HATCHES: Caddis 16-18, BWOs 18-22, PMDs 14-18, Midges 20-26


DRIES:  Laying Golden Stone 8, Rogue Foam Golden Stone 6-8, Pearl and Elk Caddis 16-18, Elk Hair Caddis 16-18, Perfect Baetis 20-22, Sparkledun Baetis 18-22, 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: This section continues to see a few more hoppers and terrestrials as we ease in to late fall and early winter.

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