Frying Pan River
Flow: 292cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir
Conditions: Higher flows are expected to stay around until October. A varied mix of late summer and early fall insects are hatching including: green drakes/flavs, PMDs, Rusty Spinners, BWOs, midges, micro caddis and mysis shrimp. The abundance of hatches creates awfully happy fish and sometimes frustrated anglers, as it can often be hard to decipher what each specific fish is feeding on at any given moment. The best dry fly fishing occurs midday from noon to 4pm. The mysis shrimp hatch has been solid with the higher flows. Foot traffic has also simmered down from summertime highs. In my opinion, this is the most fun time of year to fish the Pan.
Dries: Western Flav, Sparkledun Drake, Drake Cripple, PMD CDC Sparkledun, PMD Comparadun, Roys Special Emerger, Flag Dun BWO, Trailing Shuck Emerger, Stillborn Midge, CDC Midge Adult, Foam Elk Hair, Para. Caddis, Polywing Rusty Spinner
Nymphs: Poxyback Baetis, BTS Baetis, Pheasant Tails, Jujubaetis, Barr Emerger BWO, Zebra Midge, Medallion Midge, RS2’s (black and gray), Biot Midge Emerger, PMD Split Case, PMD Halfback, PTs, French Dips, Poxyback PMD, BTS Mysis, Epoxy Mysis
Streamers: Thin Mints, Baby Gonga, Sculpzillas, PSL’s, Jig Mini Bugger, Bubble Guppy