Fryingpan River
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Aug 14 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 5/5

UPPER FRYINGPAN (Mile Marker 8 to Ruedi Reservoir)
FLOW: 170 CFS
WATER CLARITY: Low and clear.
OVERALL RATING: 9 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Green Drakes, BWOs, mysis shrimp, PMDs, craneflies, midges

THE LOW-DOWN : After a biblical snowpack we've finally seen flows drop to a very manageable flow. Guides didn't see a lot of bugs over July, but the hatches are kicking off now in a major way.

The main event is the Green Drake (big size 10's with olive to gray bodies) and PMD (pale morning dun) hatch on the upper Fryingpan, these bugs vary from gray to yellow to pink, and we generally see them in sizes 16 and 18. You might even see a few in the size 14 range. With plentiful PMD hatches come healthy PMD spinner falls, especially during the last hour of light.

Other hatches of note are midges, small caddis, blue winged olives, a few big and small craneflies, red quills and so on. Keep in mind fishing your green drake dries is more effective in rough water, smaller mayflies are fished best in the soft stuff.

Mysis shrimp are always a factor under the dam, so be sure to have a few of our Tim Heng's and Will Sands' mysis patterns in your box.

Hunting around the upper river with a small streamer can be a lot of fun, you just might turn the biggest fish in the run with a well-presented streamer. Try adjusting your retrieve until the fish give you some positive feedback, and seek out shady areas versus those with bright sun.
HATCHES: Green Drakes 10-12, Pale Morning Duns 16-18, Rusty Spinners (early and late in the day) 16-18, Blue Winged Olives 20-22, Midges 20-26, craneflies 10-16, red quills 16-18, mysis shrimp 16-20
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: TC Sparkledun Green Drake 12-14, HOH Drake Cripple 12, HOH Thorax Green Drake 12, CDC Rusty Spinner 16-18, Sunken Rusty Spinner 16-18, Melon Quill 16-18, Sparkledun PMD 14-18, Perfect Baetis 20-22, No Hackle BWO 20-22, Collett's Para BWO 20-22, Bill's Midge Emerger 20-22, Skittering Z-Lon Midge 20-22, Biot Wing Midge 20,22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 22-24, CDC Transitional Midge 22, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, Hatching Midge 20-22, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22
NYMPHS: Tungsten Split Case PMD 16-18, Pandemic PMD 16-18, San Juan Worm 10, Split Case BWO 20-22, Epoxyback Baetis 20-22, Tungsten Hoover Baetis 20-22, Maggot Midge 20-22, Rojo Midge 20-22, Neon Nightmare 20-22, Lil Foamy 18-20, Bling Midge 20-22, Flashdance Midge 20-22, TC Candy Cane Midge 18-22, Money Midge 20-22, T Midge 20-22, Medallion Midge 20-22, Tim's Mysis 16-18, Will's Epoxy Mysis 16-20
STREAMERS: Slumpbuster 6-8, The One Sculpin 4-6, Tim's Autumn Splendor 4-6
HINTS: Hatches are thick in one spot and "not so much" in others, move around until you find 'em!

MIDDLE FRYINGPAN (Mile Markers 4 to 8)
WATER CONDITIONS: Vastly improved since last week, low and clear.
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Green Drakes, Caddis, BWOs, Midges, PMDs, craneflies, golden stoneflies
OVERALL RATING: 8 out of 10
THE LOW DOWN: The middle Pan is much improved since last week. The main event is a pretty decent PMD hatch, with a good rusty spinner fall early and late in the day. You'll have chances of seeing BWOs, small caddis, some craneflies, sporadic green drakes and a random golden stonefly here and there, too!

No need to rush to the upper, there is plenty of good fishing in this section..
HATCHES: Caddis 16-18, BWOs 18-22, Midges 20-26, PMDs 14-18, sporadic Green Drakes 10-12, Golden Stones 6-10, Craneflies 10-16
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: TC Sparkledun Green Drake 10-12, Stott's KGB Green Drake, Rogue Foam Golden Stone 8-10, Egg Layer Golden Stone 8, No Hackle PMD 16-18, Adams 14-18, Peacock Caddis 16-18, Ethawing Caddis 16-18, Parachute Adams 18-22, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, Skittering Zelon Midge 20-22, Bills Midge Emerger 20-22, Brooks Sprout Midge 20-22, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Hatching Midge 20-22, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22
NYMPHS: Twenty Incher 12-14, Tungsten Split Case PMD nymph 16-18, Red or Lime Copper John 14-18, Flashwing Black (or gray) RS2 20-22, Zebra Midge Red 18-20, Black Beauty 20-22, Maggot Midge 20-22, Kingrey's Cap'n Hook 20-22, Medallion Midge 20-22, Bead Wing Midge 20-22, Rojo Midge 20-22
STREAMERS: Skully Bugger Rust/White 4, Bonefish Deep Minnow 6-8, Bread n Butter Bugger 6-8
HINTS: Fish a whole mile of river, you'll fish many different water types and get shots at a lot of fish!



This report was written by Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen: http://www.taylorcreek.com
(970) 920-1128

Aug 04 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 5/5

UPPER FRYINGPAN (Mile Marker 8 to Ruedi Reservoir)
FLOW: 180 CFS
WATER CLARITY: Low and clear.
OVERALL RATING: 9 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Green Drakes, BWOs, mysis shrimp, PMDs, craneflies, midges

THE LOW-DOWN : The agonizing wait is over, folks. After a biblical snowpack we've finally seen flows drop to a very manageable 180 CFS. Guides didn't see a lot of bugs over July, but the hatches are kicking off now in a major way.

The main event is the Green Drake (big size 10's with olive to gray bodies) and PMD (pale morning dun) hatch on the upper Fryingpan, these bugs vary from gray to yellow to pink, and we generally see them in sizes 16 and 18. You might even see a few in the size 14 range. With plentiful PMD hatches come healthy PMD spinner falls, especially during the last hour of light.

Other hatches of note are midges, small caddis, blue winged olives, a few big and small craneflies, red quills and so on. Keep in mind fishing your green drake dries is more effective in rough water, smaller mayflies are fished best in the soft stuff.

Mysis shrimp are always a factor under the dam, so be sure to have a few of our Tim Heng's and Will Sands' mysis patterns in your box.

Hunting around the upper river with a small streamer can be a lot of fun, you just might turn the biggest fish in the run with a well-presented streamer. Try adjusting your retrieve until the fish give you some positive feedback, and seek out shady areas versus those with bright sun.
HATCHES: Green Drakes 10-12, Pale Morning Duns 16-18, Rusty Spinners (early and late in the day) 16-18, Blue Winged Olives 20-22, Midges 20-26, craneflies 10-16, red quills 16-18, mysis shrimp 16-20
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: TC Sparkledun Green Drake 12-14, HOH Drake Cripple 12, HOH Thorax Green Drake 12, CDC Rusty Spinner 16-18, Sunken Rusty Spinner 16-18, Melon Quill 16-18, Sparkledun PMD 14-18, Perfect Baetis 20-22, No Hackle BWO 20-22, Collett's Para BWO 20-22, Bill's Midge Emerger 20-22, Skittering Z-Lon Midge 20-22, Biot Wing Midge 20,22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 22-24, CDC Transitional Midge 22, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, Hatching Midge 20-22, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22
NYMPHS: Tungsten Split Case PMD 16-18, Pandemic PMD 16-18, San Juan Worm 10, Split Case BWO 20-22, Epoxyback Baetis 20-22, Tungsten Hoover Baetis 20-22, Maggot Midge 20-22, Rojo Midge 20-22, Neon Nightmare 20-22, Lil Foamy 18-20, Bling Midge 20-22, Flashdance Midge 20-22, TC Candy Cane Midge 18-22, Money Midge 20-22, T Midge 20-22, Medallion Midge 20-22, Tim's Mysis 16-18, Will's Epoxy Mysis 16-20
STREAMERS: Slumpbuster 6-8, The One Sculpin 4-6, Tim's Autumn Splendor 4-6
HINTS: Hatches are thick in one spot and "not so much" in others, move around until you find 'em!

MIDDLE FRYINGPAN (Mile Markers 4 to 8)
WATER CONDITIONS: Vastly improved since last week, low and clear.
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Green Drakes, Caddis, BWOs, Midges, PMDs, cranefly larvae, golden stoneflies
OVERALL RATING: 8 out of 10
THE LOW DOWN: The middle Pan is much improved since last week. The main event is a pretty decent PMD hatch, with a good rusty spinner fall early and late in the day. You'll have chances of seeing BWOs, small caddis, some craneflies, sporadic green drakes and a random golden stonefly here and there, too!

No need to rush to the upper, there is plenty of good fishing in this section..
HATCHES: Caddis 16-18, BWOs 18-22, Midges 20-26, PMDs 14-18, sporadic Green Drakes 10-12, Golden Stones 6-10
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: TC Sparkledun Green Drake 10-12, Stott's KGB Green Drake, Rogue Foam Golden Stone 8-10, Egg Layer Golden Stone 8, No Hackle PMD 16-18, Adams 14-18, Peacock Caddis 16-18, Ethawing Caddis 16-18, Parachute Adams 18-22, Hackle Dun Baetis 20-22, Skittering Zelon Midge 20-22, Bills Midge Emerger 20-22, Brooks Sprout Midge 20-22, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Hatching Midge 20-22, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22
NYMPHS: Twenty Incher 12-14, Tungsten Split Case PMD nymph 16-18, Red or Lime Copper John 14-18, Flashwing Black (or gray) RS2 20-22, Zebra Midge Red 18-20, Black Beauty 20-22, Maggot Midge 20-22, Kingrey's Cap'n Hook 20-22, Medallion Midge 20-22, Bead Wing Midge 20-22, Rojo Midge 20-22
STREAMERS: Skully Bugger Rust/White 4, Bonefish Deep Minnow 6-8, Bread n Butter Bugger 6-8
HINTS: Fish a whole mile of river, you'll fish many different water types and get shots at a lot of fish!



This report was written by Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen: http://www.taylorcreek.com
(970) 920-1128

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