Frying Pan River Fly Fishing Report- January 15, 2022- Vail, Beaver Creek CO

Updated: January 15, 2022


Flows are very low

We guide the Frying Pan all year!

The Frying Pan River is a world famous Tail water fishery that starts below Rudi Reservoir and continues downstream for approx. 14 miles to the confluence of the Roaring Fork River in Basalt.  The top 1.5 miles are the catch and release “holy water”.  This section is where anglers go to catch the fish of a lifetime as well as mingle with big crowds.  The Pan from below the Holy water is more of a freestone fishery that offers some fantastic wading opportunities for nice size browns and Rainbows on dry flies as well as nymphs.  There is quite a bit of public access mixed in with the private water so a good map is key.  Private water on the pan is very well marked.  The pan is known for its Mysis Shrimp, midges, but is also famous for it’s Green Drake and Pale Morning Dun hatches that usually start in mid-summer and go well into early fall.  If there is a cloud, then there are Blue Wings hatching as well.  Avoid the crowds and fish downstream at mile markers 7 and 4.  We guide the Frying Pan on full day wade trips only due to the 1 hour plus travel time, but boy it’s worth the drive!

This amazing Tail-water Trout river is a must Bucket list destination for any real fly fisher! Winter is a great time to get away from the crowds and get after some hug fish.  We guide full day wade trips all year long on the frying pan.  Winter on the Pan can be pretty amazing not to mention the beauty of the canyon!

1/15/22- The “Pan” is one of the best Tailwater Trout fisheries anywhere! That being said it’s also on of the most technical and some days very crowded fisheries. Winter flows are at about 45CFS, which is very low making sight fishing easier. Low flows also mean spooky Trout. Consistent water temperatures the first few miles below the dam, make for most productive fishing. Please be aware of the spawning Browns. Mysis shrimp and midges are the on the menu.  We guide the Pan all year on full day wade trips.

Recommended Patterns: Zebra Midges (20-22)  Brassie Size (20-24), Miracle Midge #18-22, Roy’s Special #20-24, Black Beauty Size (20-24) Misys Shrimp (16-20)…

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  • Detailed locations and descriptions of all public access points
  • Boat luanch locations, rapid names and float mileages are also on the maps.

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