Fryingpan River
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Oct 21 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 3/5

UPPER FRYINGPAN (Mile Marker 8 to Ruedi Reservoir)
FLOW: 100 CFS
WATER CLARITY: A bit off color, the lake is turning over.
OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Blue Winged Olives, Pale Morning Duns, Caddis, Craneflies, Mysis shrimp, midges

THE LOW-DOWN : As we settle in to fall, changes are afoot on the Fryingpan River. We're still seeing a few summer hatches of PMDs and caddis, but baetis and midges are taking over as the preferred fare. Those summer bugs are dwindling fast, so hurry up!

The lake is flipping, so there is a bit of discoloration in the upper miles. The best hatch times have trended towards midday, and it has slowed down a bit after 3 or 4, depending on the day.

Crowds are still slightly thick for this time of year, but plenty of spots can be found if you move around. It's match the hatch time, so pay attention to the waves of different bugs and transition accordingly.
HATCHES: Blue Winged Olives 20-22, Pale Morning Duns 14-18, Caddis 16-20, Craneflies 16-18, Midges 20-26
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: No Hackle BWO 20-22, Befus' Para Emerger 20-22, Perfect Baetis 20-22, No Hackle PMD 16-18, 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: Split Case BWO 20-22, Epoxyback Baetis 20-22, Tungsten Hoover Baetis 20-22, Tungsten Split Case PMD 16-18, Thorax PMD Nymph 16-18, 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: Clear flows
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Blue Winged Olives, Craneflies, PMDs, Sculpins, Midges
OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10
THE LOW DOWN:

The middle Fryingpan is fishing pretty darn well. A good mix of midday hatches can be found and the fish receive less pressure than their cousins upstream. Try to match the hatch if you see bugs aloft or give a hopper-dropper rig a try.

If you fish a whole mile of river, you'll be fishing many different water types and possibly different hatches, too.
HATCHES: Blue Winged Olives 20-22, Pale Morning Duns 14-18, Caddis 16-18, Craneflies 16-18, Midges 20-26
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: Collett'e's Para BWO 18-22, CDC Winged Baetis 20-22, Sparkledun PMD 14-18, Melon Quill 16-18, 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: Red or Lime Copper John 14-18, Flashwing Black (or gray) RS2 20-22, Jerome PMD Nymph 16-18, 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, Cat Poop Stone 8-12
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

Oct 13 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 4/5

LOWER FRYINGPAN (Basalt to Mile Marker 4)
WATER CONDITIONS: Clear
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Blue Winged Olives, PMDs, Craneflies, Caddis, Midges.
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10
THE LOWDOWN: The lower river is fishing pretty well right now and has a bit more diversity in hatches, due to lower elevation. Excellent hopper-dropper water.
HATCHES: BWOs 18-22, Caddis 16-18, PMDs 16-18, Craneflies 16-18, Midges 20-26
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: Befus' Para Emerger BWO 20-22, Perfect Baetis 20-22, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Chubby Chernobyl 10-14, Sparkledun PMD 16-18, Cranefly Adult 16-18, Morgans Midge 18-22, Perfect Baetis 20-22, Collett's BWO 20-22, Hatching Midge 20-22, Sprout Midge 22-24, HOH CDC Spent Midge 22-24, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24
NYMPHS: Spanflex Stone 8-10, Cat Poop Stone 4-6, Red or Lime Copper John 14-18, Jerome Baetis 20-22, RIP Midge 20-22, Medallion Midge 20-22, Ultra Bling RS2 Gray 18-20, Desert Storm Midge 20-22, San Juan Worm 10, Cat Poop Stone 6-10
STREAMERS: Slumpbuster Black 6-8, Wooly Bugger Olive 4-8, Autumn Splendor 4-8
HINTS: Great section to work small streamers, just keep moving!

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

Oct 13 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 3/5

UPPER FRYINGPAN (Mile Marker 8 to Ruedi Reservoir)
FLOW: 160 CFS
WATER CLARITY: A bit off color, the lake is turning over.
OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Green Drakes, Blue Winged Olives, Pale Morning Duns, Caddis, Craneflies, Mysis shrimp, midges

THE LOW-DOWN : As we settle in to fall, changes are afoot on the Fryingpan River. We're still seeing a few summer hatches of green drakes, PMDs and caddis, but baetis and midges are taking over as the preferred fare. Those summer bugs are dwindling fast, so hurry up!

The lake is flipping, so there is a bit of discoloration in the upper miles. The best hatch times have trended towards midday, and it has slowed down a bit after 3 or 4, depending on the day.

Crowds are still slightly thick for this time of year, but plenty of spots can be found if you move around. It's match the hatch time, so pay attention to the waves of different bugs and transition accordingly.
HATCHES: Blue Winged Olives 20-22, Green Drakes 10-12, Pale Morning Duns 14-18, Caddis 16-20, Craneflies 16-18, Midges 20-26
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: HOH Spent Drake 12, BDE Drake 12, TC Sparkledun Drake 10-12, No Hackle BWO 20-22, Befus' Para Emerger 20-22, Perfect Baetis 20-22, No Hackle PMD 16-18, 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: Split Case BWO 20-22, Epoxyback Baetis 20-22, Tungsten Hoover Baetis 20-22, Tungsten Split Case PMD 16-18, Thorax PMD Nymph 16-18, 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: Clear flows
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Green Drakes, Blue Winged Olives, Craneflies, PMDs, Sculpins, Midges
OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10
THE LOW DOWN:

The middle Fryingpan is fishing pretty darn well. A good mix of midday hatches can be found and the fish receive less pressure than their cousins upstream. Try to match the hatch if you see bugs aloft or give a hopper-dropper rig a try.

If you fish a whole mile of river, you'll be fishing many different water types and possibly different hatches, too.
HATCHES: Green Drakes 10-12, Blue Winged Olives 20-22, Pale Morning Duns 14-18, Caddis 16-18, Craneflies 16-18, Midges 20-26
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: HOH Green Drake Cripple 12, TC Sparkledun Green Drake 12, Collett'e's Para BWO 18-22, CDC Winged Baetis 20-22, Sparkledun PMD 14-18, Melon Quill 16-18, 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: Red or Lime Copper John 14-18, Flashwing Black (or gray) RS2 20-22, Jerome PMD Nymph 16-18, 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, Cat Poop Stone 8-12
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

Oct 06 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 4/5

UPPER FRYINGPAN (Mile Marker 8 to Ruedi Reservoir)
FLOW: 225 CFS
WATER CLARITY: A bit off color, the lake is turning over.
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Green Drakes, Blue Winged Olives, Pale Morning Duns, Caddis, Craneflies, Mysis shrimp, midges

THE LOW-DOWN : Fishing has been pretty steady on the upper Pan. This year has been a "wave" year, as we are seeing a wave of PMDs, then a wave of drakes, then a wave of small yellow craneflies, then a wave of smaller BWOs, and so forth. It pays to match the hatch the best you can and pay attention to what the fish are keyed in on.

If you aren't feeling the love from the fish, be sure to move around and find the hatches, which are generally noon to 4 or so. Sometimes the drakes don't hatch until later in the day!
HATCHES: Blue Winged Olives 20-22, Green Drakes 10-12, Pale Morning Duns 14-18, Caddis 16-20, Craneflies 16-18, Midges 20-26
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: HOH Spent Drake 12, BDE Drake 12, TC Sparkledun Drake 10-12, No Hackle BWO 20-22, Befus' Para Emerger 20-22, Perfect Baetis 20-22, No Hackle PMD 16-18, Melon Quill 16-18, Cranefly Adult 16-18, 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: Split Case BWO 20-22, Epoxyback Baetis 20-22, Tungsten Hoover Baetis 20-22, Tungsten Split Case PMD 16-18, Thorax PMD Nymph 16-18, 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: Clear flows
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Green Drakes, Blue Winged Olives, Craneflies, PMDs, Golden Stones, Sculpins, Midges
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10
THE LOW DOWN:

The middle Fryingpan is fishing pretty darn well. A good mix of midday hatches can be found and the fish receive less pressure than their cousins upstream. Try to match the hatch if you see bugs aloft or give a hopper-dropper rig a try.

If you fish a whole mile of river, you'll be fishing many different water types and possibly different hatches, too.
HATCHES: Green Drakes 10-12, Blue Winged Olives 20-22, Pale Morning Duns 14-18, Caddis 16-18, Craneflies 16-18, Golden Stoneflies 8-12, Midges 20-26
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: HOH Green Drake Cripple 12, TC Sparkledun Green Drake 12, Collett'e's Para BWO 18-22, CDC Winged Baetis 20-22, Sparkledun PMD 14-18, Melon Quill 16-18, 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: Red or Lime Copper John 14-18, Flashwing Black (or gray) RS2 20-22, Jerome PMD Nymph 16-18, 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, Cat Poop Stone 8-12
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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