Fishing report: Fryingpan the pick |

Fishing report: Fryingpan the pick

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Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – The Fryingpan River will be the angler’s primary choice for the next several weeks while our local freestones will run high and off-color as spring runoff is in full swing. Many anglers or visitors to the valley at this time of the season are unaware that plenty of fishable water can be had along the Fryingpan, while most all other western rivers are also too high and too off-color to fish. This is because the waters of the Pan are released out of Ruedi Reservoir through a tailwater dam.

Tailwater refers to the fact that water flows out from the bottom of the dam instead of spilling over the top. This bottom release keeps the water gin clear and flowing at constant temperatures throughout the year. This provides anglers with many varied fishing opportunities when natural freestones like the Roaring Fork may be too icy or too muddy during certain periods of the season. Thus, the Fryingpan can save the day or the season for visiting anglers because it always runs clear.

This week and for the next couple weeks, you can expect good blue-winged olive (BWO) hatches, also accompanied by midges and caddis. Fishing will be best from about 9 a.m. up through the afternoons. Evenings can be good, but not nearly as consistent as the 9-to-5 hours. Anglers should focus their efforts on the middle and upper river if they are seeking BWOs and midges. The sweet spot to target these hatches will be from about noon up until 4 p.m. Look for caddis later in the afternoon on the middle and lower Pan.

The hot flies have been poxyback BWOs, Pandemic BWOs, Tungsten Hoovers, RSIIs, Sparkle Pupas, Electric caddis and Yuba Pupas for sub-surface action. This weeks best dry fly patterns have been Sparkle Duns, BDE Baetis, Befus Para emergers, Pearl and Elk Caddis, EC Caddis and Lawson’s Caddis.

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