Fryingpan River Report
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August 27, 2016
FLOW: 294 cfs.
WATER CLARITY: Clear with slightly higher water levels this past week.
OVERALL RATING: 8 out of 10. Crowds are slowly receeding now that schools are getting back in session and summer is winding down. Still fairly busy midweek with slightly less pressure on the weekends (especially Sundays).
THE SHORT AND SWEET: Summer conditions are abounding! Plenty of rising fish and good hatches. If there's a tough part to this river right now, its the fact that all hatches are taking place at the same time frame from 11am-4pm. Keep your eyes peeled if the fish are feeding on drakes, PMDs or BWOs.
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: PMDs, Baetis, Caddis, Green Drake nymphs, Midges, Mysis Shrimp, Sculpins,
IN DEPTH REVIEW: Welcome back to summer! PMDs are back on the scene BIG time! Both yellow and Fryingpan pink PMDs have been seen in good numbers midday from 11am-4pm. In addition to PMDs, fairly strong numbers of BWOs are also present, especially along the upper half of the river. The mysis shrimp fishing has picked back up a bit with the slight increase in water flows. Midges are key in the morning hours prior to the mayfly hatches coming off. Don't overlook the evening hours either. This is when the angling crowds have gone home for dinner just as the trout begin theirs. The rusty spinner fall has been very reliable most any evening. The biggest key here is to fish the soft (if not flat) sections of river. Last but not least, green drakes are hatching in fairly decent numbers all the way up to the dam now!
DRIES: Sparkledun PMD 16-18, Melon Quill 16-18, PMD/Royal Wulff Cripple 16, TC Fryingpan Emerger 20-22, TC Para Quill BWO 20-22, No Hackle BWO 20-22, CDC Transitional Midge 20-22, Bills Midge Emerger 20-22, CDC Rusty Spinner 16-18, Polywing Rusty Spinner 16-18, HD Para CO Drake 12, Cripple Drake 12, Flag Dun Adams 12-14, AKs Flav 14
NYMPHS: Splitcase PMD 16-18, Pandemic PMD 18, Halfback PMD 16-18, PTs 16-22, BTS Baetis 20-22, Tung Hoover Baetis 20-22, Chocolate Thunder 20-22, RS2's 20-22, Biot Midge Emerger 20-22, Wills Epoxy Mysis 18, Tims Mysis 18
STREAMERS: Slumpies, Clousers, Sliders, TC Autumn Splendors, Sculpzilla
HINTS: Stay out of the river altogether when possible to increase your stealth factor.
MIDDLE RIVER FRYINGPAN
WATER CONDITIONS: Clear, cold and PERFECT.
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: PMDs, Baetis, Caddis, Midges, Serratellas
OVERALL RATING: 7.5 out of 10
THE SHORT AND SWEET: Same conditions as stated above. Nymph fishers can often times get away with 5X and 6X tippets down here. Dry fly anglers should still be using the requisite 6X and 7X. Slightly lighter pressure compared to the upper river.
IN DEPTH REVIEW: Same as above. Don't get sucked into the line of thinking that all the fish live right below the dam. For most of us, this is the sweet-spot along the river; great fishing and hatches coupled with less pressure. Like the upper river, hatches are consisting of mostly PMDs, BWOs and drakes, all of which are hatching midday. The Rusty Spinner fall has been pretty amazing nightly. Big Hat, Eagle Pool, Folkstad and Rosie's are all great options in terms of access. The infamous Fryingpan serratella mayfly has been hatching in decent to good numbers from mile markers 4-8. If you want to test your skills against what many consider "the toughest hatch" in trout fishing, give late afternoons a try during this challenging yet ultra-rewarding hatch.
DRIES: Same as the upper river - add in: Roy's Serratella 18, Para Emerger BWO 20,
NYMPHS: Same as the upper river - Poxybiot Baetis 22, Biot Baetis 18-20, Soft Hackle Baetis 20
STREAMERS: Same as upper river
HINTS: Skitter your serratella dries as they come into the fishes feeding window!
WATER CONDITIONS: Same as above, low and clear.
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: PMDs, Baetis, Flavs, Caddis, Ants
OVERALL RATING: 6.5 out of 10 - It's not very often that the lower river sees ratings this high. Give it a try!
THE SHORT AND SWEET: If solitude outweighs big fish for you - this is your spot!
IN DEPTH REVIEW: If you're like us and enjoy fishing dries on flat water slicks to notoriously picky fish, you'll be right at home here. If that's not in your bag, the dry/dropper fishing in the pockets has been awfully good too. Nymphing the deep slots, seams and pools are often best during high, bright sun.
DRIES: Same as above - add in: Flying Ant 18, Fur Ant 18, Chubby Chernobyl 12, Daves Hopper 12, AKs Flav 14
NYMPHS: Same as above - add in: 20 Inchers 14-16, Z-Wing Caddis 16-18, Copper John red 16-20, Prince 16-20, Dandelion Drake Emerger 12
STREAMERS: Slumpies, Spendors, Clousers, Sculpzillas
HINTS: Fish down here!!! The results will more than likely surprise you.... A LOT!
Link to the USGS Real Time Flow Chart for the Frying Pan River