Fryingpan River Report 12-23-2019

Posted on 23 December 2019

December 23, 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, midges

THE LOW-DOWN : Fall is here, low flow conditions await you on the Fryingpan. Flows have dropped to 85 CFS, and we are seeing decent 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.

Midges have been hatching with a vengeance with the low flows stay with your dark to light colored midges. The best dry fly hatches are still from noon to four, and 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, Midges 20-26, mysis shrimp 16-20


DRIES: 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:  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


OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10

THE LOW DOWN: The middle Pan is your answer to the crowded river blues. As of late, there has not been another fisherman in sight. 

Baetis and Midges are the main food source to be found. With lower flows, no need for a larger attractor fly, two flies in #18-22 range seems to be the ticket.

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

HATCHES: BWOs 18-22, Midges 20-26


DRIES: 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: 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: BWO adults and nymphs, midges.

OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10

THE LOWDOWN: *See Middle Fryingpan

HATCHES: BWOs 18-22, Midges 20-26


DRIES:  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: Great section to work small streamers, just keep moving!

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