Frying Pan River Report

Frying Pan River Report
May 6, 2022 manager
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Frying Pan River

Flow: 113cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir

Conditions: The fishing has certainly been picking up as the days become warmer and longer. The BWO hatches are increasing weekly and risers have been commonplace during the afternoons and early evenings. After a long winter it sure feels good to ditch that silly bobber and actually cast a fly line again! As the valley’s freestone rivers suffer from runoff and become unreliable, the Pan has low and regulated water flows. Light tippets of 6x and 7x are suggested given the small flies and low flows. BWOs are the most abundant insect now with lesser hatches of midges and even a few caddis and stoneflies along the lower reaches. Mysis Shrimp are a mainstay for anglers fishing the top ¼ mile below the dam. Look for the heaviest hatches to take place along the upper eight miles of river from 1-4pm. The middle and lower river are now becoming fishable with the snow receding and the temps warming – a great escape from the crowds at the dam and often better fishing. PMDs will be right the corner come June…


Dries: Mole Fly, Trailing Shuck Emerger, Stillborn Midge, CDC Midge Adult, CDC RS2’s, Roys Special Emerger, Flag Dun BWO, CDC Sparkledun BWO, X-Caddis, Foam Elk Hair Caddis, Yellow Stimulators

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

Streamers: Thin Mints, Baby Gonga, Sculpzillas, PSL’s, Jig Mini Bugger, Bubble Guppy