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Frying Pan River | Colorado

Frying Pan River Fly Fishing Information

The Frying Pan River in Basalt, Colorado is a world class trout fishery.  The Frying Pan is world famous, and for good reason. The monster rainbows that live here have to be seen to be believed, which is often easier said then done. Even though you can often spot the trout in the crystal clear waters, they are wise to the ways of fishermen, and you’ll need a perfect drift to fool these elusive creatures. Persevere, however, and you’ll likely be rewarded with some of the biggest and most beautiful trout you’ve ever laid eyes on.

This river is broken into two sections, with Reudi reservoir in the middle. The lower part is where the trophy fish live, and where almost everyone who comes to visit will fish. The upper stretch fishes like a classic high mountain stream, and offers much more seclusion than you’ll find on the lower river.  Because the lower river is a tail water, it is fishable year round, even when other local rivers are blown out with spring runoff. It’s also possible to fish here in the winter, but don’t tell too many people!  Ideal flows for the Frying Pan River are between 75-300 CFS.

Frying Pan River Hatches
Summer – Caddis, Drakes, Pale Morning Duns, Golden Stoneflies, Red Quill, Tricos
Spring – Blue Winged Olives, Caddis, Mysis
Fall – Drakes, Caddis, Blue Winged Olives, Midges, Tricos, Mysis
Winter – Midges, Mysis

Frying Pan River Real Time Stream Flows

Frying Pan River Flies: