Fryingpan fishing report
Flow — 120 cubic feet per second
Short and sweet — The Fryingpan is running gin-clear in the upper reaches and middle river; there is a bit of color in the lower due to the smaller feeder creeks running off closer to Basalt. There are good numbers of BWOs and midges riverwide, and we are seeing plenty of caddis on the lower. The “shrimping” in the Toilet Bowl has been spectacular — watch the fish for a few minutes before you start, and keep your flies high or low as the fish dictate.
We have seen a handful of PMDs already, and better numbers of these bigger mayflies are on the horizon. Caddis and stoneflies are the name of the game down low, so be sure to be on the water from 6 p.m. until dark for some lightning-round caddis egg-layers. Streamers have moved plenty of fish this week, especially late in the day or anytime clouds are in the sky. If you are fishing near the top miles, keep dry-fly leaders long and tapered to 7x. The farther downriver you fish, the heavier tippet sizes are easier to get away with. Hint: The San Juan Worm is fishing very well riverwide!
Appropriate patterns, dries — Bill’s Midge Emerger 20-22, Sprout Midge 22-24, Roy’s Special BWO Emerger 20-22, CDC Comparadun 20-22, Pearl and Elk Caddis 16-18, Downrigger Caddis 16-18, Collett’s BWO Adult 20-22
Appropriate patterns, nymphs and streamers — Sands Epoxy Mysis 16-20, BTS Mysis 16-20, Eggs 16-18, San Juan Worm 10, Slumpbuster 6-8, Sculpzilla 6-8, RS2 20-22, Sands STD Dark 22, Cat Poop Stone 6-8
Provided by Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt.
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