Frying Pan River
Flow: 45cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir
Conditions: Easily one of the most reliable winter fisheries in the Rockies, the Frying Pan River yields warm winter water flows that are easily wadable. Even during the coldest of days the Frying Pan and fish well. Light tippets of 6x and 7x are suggested given the tiny flies and low flows. Midges are the most abundant insect with lighter hatches of BWO’s. Mysis Shrimp are a mainstay for anglers fishing the top ¼ mile below the dam. Egg patterns are still effective as an attractor as the brown trout continue their annual spawning rituals (always delayed due the consistent water temperatures). Look for the heaviest hatches to take place along the upper four miles of river from 1-4pm. The streamer bite has been pretty decent lately – stay small, drab and cover water.
Dries: Mole Fly, Trailing Shuck Emerger, Stillborn Midge, CDC Midge Adult, CDC RS2’s, Roys Special Emerger, Flag Dun BWO, CDC Sparkledun BWO
Nymphs: Poxyback Baetis, BTS Baetis, Pheasant Tails, Jujubaetis, Barr Emerger BWO, Zebra Midge, Medallion Midge, RS2’s (black and gray), Biot Midge Emerger, PTs, French Dips, BTS Mysis, Epoxy Mysis, Flashtail Mini Egg
Streamers: Thin Mints, Baby Gonga, Sculpzillas, PSL’s, Jig Mini Bugger, Bubble Guppy