Fryingpan River Report 6-30-18

Posted on 30 June 2018


June 30, 2018

UPPER FRYINGPAN (Mile Marker 8 to Ruedi Reservoir)

FLOW: 164 cfs

WATER CLARITY: Clean, clear and ever-cold.

OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 

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

THE LOW-DOWN : The Fryingpan will be raised incrementally to 210 CFS by this Monday, which will help cool the Roaring Fork off a bit.

BWOs are now the main event, PMDs are starting to hatch, and we've even had a few days with over 5 hours of dry fly fishing!  

Fishing this area requires stealth and utilizing slim and small flies versus all of those beaded, flashy and way-too-fat ones we all have in our boxes for freestones.  Peek at a guides nymph rig, regardless of season, and you will invariably see small pheasant tails, RS2s and the like, tied skinny and fished on fine, flourocarbon tippets.  Be sure to have a few mysis in your box, they can come through thick with no warning any day of the year, and are a constant food source.

When it comes to dry fly hatches, this is when our presentation fishery also becomes a match-the-hatch fishery.  Pay attention to the naturals, and you will notice waves of different bugs and in turn the fish switching to what they see the most of.  Maddening.

Keep in mind there is a fire ban in place here if you are camping!

HATCHES: BWOs, PMDs, midges, mysis shrimp 


DRIES:  CDC  Comparadun BWO 20-22, Sparkledun BWO 20-22, Roy Palm’s Special Fryingpan Emerger 22, Befus Para Emerger 18-22, Sparkledun PMD 16-18, Flag Dun PMD Emerger 16-18, Challenged PMD 16-18, Biot Wing Midge 20,22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 22-24, CDC Transitional Midge 22, Bill’s Midge Emerger 20-22

NYMPHS:  Chocolate Thunder 20-22, Split Case BWO 20-22, Epoxyback Baetis 20-22, Tungsten Hoover Baetis 20-22, Bat Wing Emerger BWO 20, Halfback PMD Emerger 16-18, Pandemic PMD 16-18, Bling Midge 20-22, Flashdance Midge 20-22, TC Candy Cane Midge 22, Tim's Mysis 16-18, Will's Epoxy Mysis 16-20

STREAMERS:  Slumbuster 6-8, The One Sculpin 4-6, Tim's Autumn Splendor 4-6

HINTS:  Right now the hatches are stronger in Folkstead Spring and Old Faithful than right under the dam!

MIDDLE RIVER FRYINGPAN (Mile Markers 4 to 8)


FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWO nymphs and adults, caddis, midges, golden stonefly nymphs, cranefly larva, PMD adults, nymphs, green drake nymphs, sculpins

OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10

THE LOW DOWN: The middle river has been fishing pretty well.  Seven Castles Creek at Mile 4 has been pumping a little spring mud lately, but this is sporadic this time of year.  If you've never fished Big Hat near Mile 6, this little stretch of public has nice, riffly dry fly water in addition to a nice run.

The public water around Mile 8 fishes well, and is now getting sunlight daily which has helped wake the bugs and fish up.  PMDs and BWOs are thicker here than up at the dam, and we've seen a few early caddis drunkenly flying about on bright sunny days.  Unlike the upper river, you can fish some stonefly and green drake nymphs here with success, and be sure to throw a streamer when you come across the right water types.

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


DRIES: Parachute Adams 20-24, Perfect Baetis 20-22, Hackle Stacker PMD 16-18, AK's Melon Quill 16-18, Ethawing Caddis 14-16, Lawsons EZ Caddis 14-16, Skittering Zelon Midge 20-22, Bill’s Midge Adult 20-22, Brooks Sprout Midge 18-20

NYMPHS: Flashwing Black (or gray) RS2 20-22, RIP PMD 18, Tung Split Case PMD 16-18, Cat Poop Stone 10, Red or Lime Copper John 16-18, Zebra Midge Red 18-20, Black Beauty 20-22, Top Secret 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: Clean and beautiful unless Seven Castles Creek is adding color at Mile 4.  

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWO nymphs and adults, caddis larva, pupa and adults, golden stonefly nymphs and adults, green drake nymphs, PMD nymphs and adults, cranefly larva, sculpins, midges, hoppers, ants

OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10

THE LOWDOWN: As we've preached for a long time, the lower river sees the earliest hatches. PMDs, golden stones, green drakes and caddis are being seen in decent numbers, and the river is loaded with morsels like huge free-crawling caddis larva and mayfly nymphs too.

We are already fishing hopper-dropper on the lower river with plenty of success, which is a bit more fun than drifting micro midges up top with all of the other anglers.

HATCHES: Green Drakes, BWOs, PMDs, Golden Stoneflies, caddis, midges


DRIES:  Flag Adams 10-18, BDE Green Drake 10-12, Egg Laying Golden Stone 8, J Slam Golden Stone 6-8, Morgans Midge 18-22, Perfect Baetis 20-22, Collett's BWO 20-22, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Goddard Caddis 14-16, Tenkara PMD Adult 16-18, Hackle Dun PMD 16-18, Hatching Midge 20-22, Sprout Midge 22-24, Craven's Charlie Boy Hopper 6-10, Chubby Chernobyl 8-12

NYMPHS:  Spanflex Stone 4-8, San Juan Worm 10, Twenty Incher 14-16, Red or Lime Copper John 14-18, Jerome Baetis 20-22, PMD Barr Emerger 16-18, Hunchback Two-Tone PMD 16, RIP Midge 20-22, Medallion Midge 20-22, Ultra Bling RS2 Gray 18-20, Desert Storm Midge 20-22

STREAMERS:  Slumpbuster Black 6-8, Wooly Bugger Olive 4-8, Autumn Splendor 4-8

HINTS: A day on the lower river could change your whole attitude about the Fryingpan.  It feels like a freestone versus a tailwater, and the hatches are more diverse!

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