Frying Pan River Fishing Report

Frying Pan River Fishing Report
July 9, 2024 manager
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Frying Pan River


Flow: 192cfs/below Ruedi Reservoir

Conditions: River flows have come down significantly this week and will stabilize around this level for the foreseeable future. The hatches have dramatically picked up and numbers of rising fish can be found midday and in the evening hours. A mixed bag of BWOs, PMDs and caddis are the primary insects being found in fishable numbers. We’re back to using light tippets of 5/6X for nymphing and 6/7X for dries. With great fishing taking place throughout the valley now, the crowds haven’t really been all that bad for the Frying Pan. Evenings can often yield much less crowds, rusty spinner falls and plenty of sipping fish.

The Frying Pan is world renowned for it hatches but it does have its issues. Colorado Parks & Wildlife has recently acknowledged what long time guides and anglers of the river have long known; there’s simply an overabundance of small brown trout in the river. We need your help. How? Anglers are very strongly encouraged to keep their daily limit of two brown trout under 14″ inches. In the near future, regulations are hopefully going to be updated with a significantly increased daily limit. In this day and age, where we taught generations the virtues of catch and release angling, is it possible to teach them the virtues of responsible harvest? I hope so. Bring on the return of the shore lunch – I’m in!

From the Colorado Parks & Wildlife:

An extremely abundant fish in the Fryingpan and most often caught by anglers. Due to high densities in most the
river, harvest is encouraged for Browns ≤14” to relieve competition for resources and increase growth for other
trout. Harvest of Brown Trout under 14 inches is encouraged, because in many locations, like “Old Faithful”, where Brown Trout average less than 10 inches and 94% of the fish are under 14 inches. The incredible abundance of trout, despite being small, also contribute significantly to the biomass in surveys.



Dries: Flag Dun Pink, Sparkledun Pink, Melon Quill, CDC Rusty Spinner, Comparadun Adams, CDC Biot Comparadun, Mole Fly, Roy’s Special Emerger, Almost Dun, Wild Turkey Emerger, Para Quill BWO, Hackle Dun BWO, Foam Elk Hair Caddis (tan/brown), Egg Laying Caddis, Rubberleg Stimi (yellow)

Nymphs: Split Case PMD, Poxyback PMD, Halfback Emerger PMD, Barr Emerger PMD, Swiss Straw Everger, 2Bit Hooker, PTs Olive, Split Back BWO, Epoxyback Baetis, BTS Baetis, CDC RS2s, Mayhems, Foam Wing RS2, Foam Back Chocolate, Polywings, Medallion Midge, Bling Midge, Miracle Midge, Jiggy Mysis, Epoxy Mysis, BTS Mysis

Streamers: Bubble Guppy, Thin Mints, Sculpzillas, PSLs