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Apr 17 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 4/5

UPPER FRYINGPAN (Mile Marker 8 to Ruedi Reservoir)
FLOW: 140 cfs
WATER CLARITY: Clean, clear, cold
OVERALL RATING: 8 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, BWO adults and nymphs, winter stones, mysis shrimp

THE LOW-DOWN : People are throwing the word "historic" around in regards to our snowpack, we are excited to see so much moisture and deep snow. Currently snowpack is around 200% on the upper Fryingpan! Things are certainly looking up around here for next summer, considering the drought battles we have faced in recent years. Skiers and snowboarders are enjoying one of the best winters in recent memory!

With the snowy weather we've been experiencing, it's all midges at this point. Thick midge hatches can be found especially between 11 am and 3 pm, give or take. You'll see some plump size 18s down to a tiny size 26. BWOs are still a few weeks out, but fish are looking at various baetis patterns already.

Mysis shrimp are always a factor in the upper reaches, 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.

This is going to be a big water year around here, there are forecasts for Ruedi becoming full by early July. You couldn't have two more vastly different water years from last year to this one!
HATCHES: Blue Winged Olives 20-22, Midges 20-26, winter stones 16-18, mysis shrimp 16-20
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: 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: 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: Slumbuster 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: Ice is gone, low and clear flows
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWOs, Midges, winter stones
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10
THE LOW DOWN: Ice is almost completely gone on the lower, but better conditions and more reliable hatches will be found a few more miles up river.

Shady water can save your day on the Pan, and the middle river has plenty of sections that receive no sunlight during the winter months. With a warm-up, things will improve on the middle river.
HATCHES: Midges 20-26
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: 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: 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

Apr 08 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 4/5

LOWER FRYINGPAN (Basalt to Mile Marker 4)
WATER CONDITIONS: Ice is gone, low and clear flows. There may be a bit of discoloration in the lower reaches when flows are raised.
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWO nymphs, winter stones, midges.
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10
THE LOWDOWN: Frigid temperatures are now in the rearview, the lower river is now good to go. You just might find a strong midge hatch down close to Basalt, don't overlook the opportunities out there.
HATCHES: Midges 20-26, Winter Stones 16-18
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: 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: 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
STREAMERS: Slumpbuster Black 6-8, Wooly Bugger Olive 4-8, Autumn Splendor 4-8
HINTS: This will be the first section to see some bigger bugs, try using stoneflies as an attractor.

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

Apr 08 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 4/5

UPPER FRYINGPAN (Mile Marker 8 to Ruedi Reservoir)
FLOW: 50 cfs and headed to 105 cfs tomorrow morning
WATER CLARITY: Clean, clear, cold
OVERALL RATING: 8 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, BWO nymphs, winter stones, mysis shrimp

THE LOW-DOWN : People are throwing the word "historic" around in regards to our snowpack, we are excited to see so much moisture and deep snow. Currently snowpack is around 200% on the upper Fryingpan! Things are certainly looking up around here for next summer, considering the drought battles we have faced in recent years. Skiers and snowboarders are enjoying one of the best winters in recent memory!

With the snowy weather we've been experiencing, it's all midges at this point. Thick midge hatches can be found especially between 11 am and 3 pm, give or take. You'll see some plump size 18s down to a tiny size 26. BWOs are still a few weeks out, but fish are looking at various baetis patterns already.

Mysis shrimp are always a factor in the upper reaches, 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.

This is going to be a big water year around here, there are forecasts for Ruedi becoming full by early July. You couldn't have two more vastly different water years from last year to this one!
HATCHES: Midges 20-26, winter stones 16-18, mysis shrimp 16-20, a few random BWOs have been seen
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: 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, 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: Slumbuster 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: Ice is gone, low and clear flows
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, winter stones, BWO nymphs
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10
THE LOW DOWN: Ice is almost completely gone on the lower, but better conditions and more reliable hatches will be found a few more miles up river.

Shady water can save your day on the Pan, and the middle river has plenty of sections that receive no sunlight during the winter months. With a warm-up, things will improve on the middle river.
HATCHES: Midges 20-26
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: 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: 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

Apr 03 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 4/5

UPPER FRYINGPAN (Mile Marker 8 to Ruedi Reservoir)
FLOW: 50 cfs
WATER CLARITY: Clean, clear, cold
OVERALL RATING: 8 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, BWO nymphs, winter stones, mysis shrimp

THE LOW-DOWN : People are throwing the word "historic" around in regards to our snowpack, we are excited to see so much moisture and deep snow. Currently snowpack is around 200% on the upper Fryingpan! Things are certainly looking up around here for next summer, considering the drought battles we have faced in recent years. Skiers and snowboarders are enjoying one of the best winters in recent memory! With the recent warm up, the river above Mile 2 is pretty much wide open.

With the snowy weather we've been experiencing, it's all midges at this point. Thick midge hatches can be found especially between 11 am and 3 pm, give or take. You'll see some plump size 18s down to a tiny size 26. BWOs are still a ways out, but fish are looking at various baetis patterns already.

Mysis shrimp are always a factor in the upper reaches, 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.

Most of your favorite parking spots are plowed out, but choose your battles out there! There have been a few people getting stuck, so don't get yourself somewhere you can't get out of. We strongly advise NOT crossing Baetis Bridge below the dam until later this spring, they never plow back in there and the tow is quite expensive.
HATCHES: Midges 20-26, winter stones 16-18, mysis shrimp 16-20
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: 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, 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: Slumbuster 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: Ice is gone, low and clear flows
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, winter stones, BWO nymphs
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10
THE LOW DOWN: Ice is almost completely gone on the lower, but better conditions and more reliable hatches will be found a few more miles up river.

Shady water can save your day on the Pan, and the middle river has plenty of sections that receive no sunlight during the winter months. With a warm-up, things will improve on the middle river.
HATCHES: Midges 20-26
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: 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: 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

Mar 31 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 4/5

LOWER FRYINGPAN (Basalt to Mile Marker 4)
WATER CONDITIONS: Significant ice build-up until Mile 4
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: BWO nymphs, winter stones, midges.
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10
THE LOWDOWN: Frigid temperatures are now in the rearview, the lower river is now good to go. You just might find a strong midge hatch down close to Basalt, don't overlook the opportunities out there.
HATCHES: Midges 20-26
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: 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: 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
STREAMERS: Slumpbuster Black 6-8, Wooly Bugger Olive 4-8, Autumn Splendor 4-8
HINTS: This will be the first section to see some bigger bugs, try using stoneflies as an attractor.

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

Mar 31 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 4/5

UPPER FRYINGPAN (Mile Marker 8 to Ruedi Reservoir)
FLOW: 50 cfs
WATER CLARITY: Clean, clear, cold
OVERALL RATING: 8 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, BWO nymphs, winter stones, mysis shrimp

THE LOW-DOWN : People are throwing the word "historic" around in regards to our snowpack, we are excited to see so much moisture and deep snow. Currently snowpack is around 200% on the upper Fryingpan! Things are certainly looking up around here for next summer, considering the drought battles we have faced in recent years. Skiers and snowboarders are enjoying one of the best winters in recent memory! With the recent warm up, the river above Mile 2 is pretty much wide open.

With the snowy weather we've been experiencing, it's all midges at this point. Thick midge hatches can be found especially between 11 am and 3 pm, give or take. You'll see some plump size 18s down to a tiny size 26. BWOs are still a ways out, but fish are looking at various baetis patterns already.

Mysis shrimp are always a factor in the upper reaches, 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.

Most of your favorite parking spots are plowed out, but choose your battles out there! There have been a few people getting stuck, so don't get yourself somewhere you can't get out of. We strongly advise NOT crossing Baetis Bridge below the dam until later this spring, they never plow back in there and the tow is quite expensive.
HATCHES: Midges 20-26, winter stones 16-18, mysis shrimp 16-20
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: 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, 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: Slumbuster 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: Icy on the edges here and there, but vastly improved since a few weeks ago.
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, winter stones, BWO nymphs
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10
THE LOW DOWN: Ice is almost completely gone on the lower, but better conditions and more reliable hatches will be found a few more miles up river.

Shady water can save your day on the Pan, and the middle river has plenty of sections that receive no sunlight during the winter months. With a warm-up, things will improve on the middle river.
HATCHES: Midges 20-26
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
DRIES: 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: 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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