Fishing report: Head for the Fryingpan |

Fishing report: Head for the Fryingpan

Kirk Webb
Special to The Aspen Times
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-colored as spring runoff is in full swing. Many anglers and visitors to the valley at this time of the season are unaware that plenty of angling opportunities abound along the upper Fryingpan. So if you are in the mood to wet a line and bend a rod, a trip to Basalt and up the ‘Pan is well worth it.

While local rivers like the Roaring Fork, Crystal and mighty Colorado are in peak runoff, regulated flows from tailwaters (bottom-released dams) like the Fryingpan remain extremely fishable. The bottom release keeps the water gin clear and flowing at constant temperatures throughout the year. This provides anglers with many varied fishing opportunities when it would otherwise appear unlikely. 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 of weeks, you can expect good blue-winged olive (BWO) hatches, also accompanied by midges and some caddis. Fishing will be best from about 10 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 Fryingpan if they are seeking BWOs and midges action. The sweet spot to target these hatches will be from about noon up until 4 p.m. Look for caddis later in the afternoon and evenings. Mysis shrimp have also been pouring out of Ruedi over the past few weeks.

Stop by a local shop to get the up-to-the-moment info on where to be with the week’s hottest flies. This week’s top flies have been Tim’s mysis, the Motown mysis, Will’s epoxy mysis, BLMs, STDs, biot emergers, sparkle-winged RS2s, sparkle pupas, electric caddis and Yuba Pupas for sub-surface action. 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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