Fryingpan River

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Fryingpan River Report

August 31, 2015


FLOW: 298 cfs

WATER CLARITY: Perfect and crystal clear

OVERALL RATING: 8.5 out of 10 and getting better daily! Truthfully, if it weren't for the large crowds we'd rank it at a 10 but fear not, as the crowds are certainly shrinking weekly now.

THE SHORT AND SWEET: Drakes have made it all the way up to the dam! Fishing has been obviously been very good and one can expect good midday hatches from 11am-3pm as well as amazing rusty spinner falls in the evening.

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Green Drakes, PMDs, BWOs, Caddis, Midges, Mysis Shrimp

IN DEPTH REVIEW: Welcome to summer on the Fryingpan River! Fishing has been very good to exceptional as hatches of drakes, pmds, bwos, caddis and more come to fruition. Early morning risers (fish and anglers) can find solitude and fish chowing on rusty spinners and midges. PMDs have been hatching beginning around 10:30am, green drakes around noon, and sporadic midday hatches of BWOs. The rusty spinner fall in the evening hours has been incredible especially on days with hot, bright sun. As always, light tippets of 6x and 7x, as well as downstream drifts aid in success. With such a wide variety of bugs hatching, pay close attention to which insect the fish are focused on. In general, fish the big bugs in the shallow and fast water, with smaller bugs fished in the soft and deep water.

The mysis shrimp fishing has been hanging on in the Toilet Bowl but don't expect to find many fish in the Flats at this time of year. Besides, the better fishing has been further away from the dam.

Streamer junkies are doing well on overcast days. Keep those patterns in softer, neutral colors for the best success. Splendors, Clousers and Slumpies are all good options.


DRIES: Sparkledun Drake 12, Drake Wulff 12, Drake Cripple 12, TC Fryingpan Emerger 20-22, Collett's Para BWO 20-22, Befus BWO Emerger 20-22, P&E Caddis 16-18, Stimi's 12-16, Yellow Humpy 14-18, Melon Quill 16-18, Sparkledun Pink PMD 16-18, Sprout Midge 22, Shuckin Midge 20-22

NYMPHS: TC Epoxy Mysis 16-18, TC Tim's Mysis 16-18, Magma Mysis 16, Prince 16-20, PTs 16-20, BLMs 18-20, STDs 18-20, CJs Red 16-18, Electric Caddis Olive 14-16, Twenty Incher 14

STREAMERS: TC Autumn Splendors, TC Stingin' Sculpins, Slumpies, Peanuts, TC Foxee's, TC Trout Slider

HINTS: Fish and cover the soft water! It's less fly oriented and more water type oriented right now.



FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Drakes, PMDs, Caddis, Serratellas

OVERALL RATING: 8 out of 10

THE SHORT AND SWEET: We're seeing very decent drake and PMD hatches mid-river. The infamous Fryingpan Serratella made its annual appearance on August 8th!

IN DEPTH REVIEW: Remember, green drakes like to hatch in the rich, highly-oxygenated faster sections of water. In other words, don't count out pocket water! PMDs have been hatching heavily on most any day at this point from about 11am-3pm. Some BWOs are also being seen but are of lesser importance here compared to the upper river. Serratella anglers have been seeing the most bugs from mile 4 to mile 8. Caddis and rusty spinners are dominating the evenings where fishing has been pretty darn righteous! If crowds aren't your thing, take advantage of the "power-hour" at dusk.


DRIES: Same as the upper river

NYMPHS: Same as the upper river less mysis shrimp

STREAMERS: Same as upper river

HINTS: Downstream dry fly presentations equal success


WATER CONDITIONS: Clear though afternoon T-storms can sometimes add in a bit of color.


OVERALL RATING: 7.5 out of 10.

THE SHORT AND SWEET: Don't be a sissy. This is the "locals" stretch of the Fryingpan! Why? Because of the pressure on the upper river, embracing the lower sections brings joy to many! Access is more difficult in the fact that you need to cover water and boulder-hop to be successfull.

IN DEPTH REVIEW: Expect to see plenty of caddis, PMDs, BWOs, craneflies and stoneflies in this section. Streamer fishing can get quite good early and late in the day also. This is insanely good water to fish dry/dropper with. Hatches are a little less prolific down here now as the bugs slowly venture and push further up along the river. Terrestrials like small hoppers, beetles and ants are particulary effective.


DRIES: Drake Sparkledun 12, Royal Wulff 12-14, Irresistable Adams 12-14, Stimulator 12-18, Charlie Boy Hopper 8-10, Pearl and Elk 14-18, Ethawing Caddis 14-16, Sparkledun Pink PMD 14-18, Flag Dun PMD 16-18,

NYMPHS: Cat Poop Stone 6-10, Twenty Incher 12-14, Z Wing Caddis 14-18, Electric Caddis 16-18, Copper John 16-18, Slow Guy PMD 16-18, Barr's PMD Emerger 16-18, BH Prince 16-18, BH PT's 16-20,

STREAMERS: Same as above

HINTS: The time is now, people! Very enjoyable fishing awaits you on the lower river.

Link to the USGS Real Time Flow Chart for the Frying Pan River

Seven-day forecast 

Ruedi Reservoir is nearly at full capacity, thus the inflow is more or less equaling the outflow. Expect superb Mysis Shrimp "hatches" below the dam.

Must Have Flies 
Taylor Creek-Basalt

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