Fryingpan River

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Fryingpan River Report

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April 17, 2017


FLOW: 148 cfs

WATER CLARITY: Slow and Low, clear

OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 The temps have been warm, with a cool down forecasted for later this week.

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWO nymphs, Midges, Mysis Shrimp

THE LOW-DOWN : The upper Fryingpan has been fishing consistently well over the last week. We are still only seeing midges hatch-wise, with BWOs probably a few more weeks out. Midges are varying anywhere from size 18 to 24, and midday hatches have been quite consistent.

Spawning beds are numerous on the upper Fryingpan (and throughout the river) so please exercise caution and gently educate those anglers you might encounter walking through or fishing over them.

Sight fishing is the key to success on the Fryingpan, and this is a good idea year-round. Downstream casts and light flouro tippets are also paramount.

HATCHES: Midges, Winter Stones, BWO Nymphs


DRIES: Bills Midge Emerger 20-22, Bills Adult Midge 22-24, HOH Spent Midge 22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24

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, Tungsten Winter Stone 18-20, mposter Olive 20-22, Will's Epoxy Mysis 16-20, Tim's TC Mysis 16-18

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.

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, BWO nymphs, winter stones

OVERALL RATING: 6 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 are dominated by mostly locals and weekend warriors. Overcast, dank days generally offer-up the best fishing.

HATCHES: Midges (mid-day) sz 20-26


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.

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, Caddis, BWOs, Golden Stones

OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10

THE SHORT AND SWEET: This section is improving daily. With the lower elevations come early hatches- we are seeing good numbers of BWOs and caddis in the lower section. Hint- this section of river is full of golden stonefly nymphs!

HATCHES: Midges, Caddis, BWOs


DRIES: Same as above -

NYMPHS: Same as above - add in: Prince 16-20, Tung PT 18-20, BLMs 18-20, Red Zebra Midge 20, Wired Golden Stone 6-10

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

HINTS: This is tough water in the winter, it's best to head up river.

Seven-day forecast 

Overcast will yield better hatches and numbers of rising fish. Flows are expected to remain at this flow through the winter.

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