Colorado Fly Fishing Reports - Courtesy of The Flyfisher Group


Fishing Conditions: GOOD

Report Rating: GOOD Crowd Rating: Overcrowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Friday, Aug 21, 2015

Colorado Stream Update: Here come the Drakes.

Current Conditions at Frying Pan:

The Green Drakes are hatching on the pan. Better get there early to find a spot. Bring a wide selection of patterns to fool trout. Try fishing emergers of soft hackles under the surface to increase the number of hookups.

The drakes are hatching on the Frying Pan. If you plan on making the drive be sure to get there early. The word is out and the parking lots are filling up, the mid and lower sections of the river can also be crowded. The Drake Hatch is coming off between 11am- 2pm and PMD's are also sporadically hatching later in the morning so there are plenty of dry fly opportunities. The water is crystal clear so be sure to bring your light tippet. The faster riffles are holding plenty of aggressive fish with some slow sippers in the back eddies and slicks. Get out there this is one of the funnest hatches of the year.  It is summer time on Colorado‚Äôs Western Slope! The sun is shining and the fishing is great so get out there and stick some fish.  The bugs are hatching and the fish are feeding and fly fishing reports have been excellent. The weather outside is absolutely beautiful, time to get out of your waders and into your wet wading sandals! The bugs on our favorite tail water sections are the best of the year. Midges and mayflies are hatching in both prolific and abundant numbers.  The fishing is good.  Clear skies and 60+ degree weather. The water temperature was between 56-59 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 60+ Temp: 56-59
Sky: Clear Flow: 271
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Likely Catch

Species: Brown Brown Trout Female
Brown Trout Male
Weight: 2 lbs 0 oz
Length: 17 inches
Girth: 6 inches

Current Insect Hatches at Frying Pan

Insect Type: Mayfly Late Pale Morning Dun (PMD) Emerger Illustration Late Pale Morning Dun (PMD) Nymph Illustration Late Pale Morning Dun (PMD) Adult Illustration
Insect: Late Pale Morning Dun (PMD)
Color: Pale Cream
Size: 16
Time: AM
Insect Type: Mayfly Western Green Drake Emerger Illustration Western Green Drake Nymph Illustration Western Green Drake Adult Illustration
Insect: Western Green Drake
Color: Olive
Size: 16
Time: PM

Recommended Flies for Frying Pan

Fly: Green Drake Paradrake Green Drake Paradrake
Color: Olive
Size: 16
Time: PM
Fly: Green Drake Green Drake
Color: Olive
Size: 14
Time: PM

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late August

Insects Color Dates Emergence Size Spinner Fall Illustrations
© The Flyfisher Group


Green Sedge Olive to Gray Brown Jul 15 -
Sep 30
Morning & Afternoon 12-14 NA
Green Sedge Larva illustration Green Sedge Emerger illustration Green Sedge Adult illustration
Little Black Sedge Chocolate to Black Jul 15 -
Sep 30
Sporadic 16-18 NA
Little Black Sedge Larva illustration Little Black Sedge Emerger illustration Little Black Sedge Adult illustration
Micro Caddis Yellow, Orange or Brown Jun 15 -
Oct 15
Sporadic 20-22 NA
Micro Caddis Larva illustration Micro Caddis Emerger illustration Micro Caddis Adult illustration
Spotted Sedge Brownish Yellow May 15 -
Sep 30
Sporadic 10-12 NA
Spotted Sedge Larva illustration Spotted Sedge Emerger illustration Spotted Sedge Adult illustration


Blue Winged Olive Light Olive Brown to Brown Olive Mar 1 -
Nov 15
Clouds & warmest part of day 16-18 Evening
Blue Winged Olive Nymph illustration Blue Winged Olive Emerger illustration Blue Winged Olive Adult illustration
Early Pale Morning Dun (PMD) Olivish Yellow to Yellowish Pink Jun 1 -
Sep 15
Mid Morning to Early Afternoon 16-22 Late Evening
Early Pale Morning Dun (PMD) Nymph illustration Early Pale Morning Dun (PMD) Emerger illustration Early Pale Morning Dun (PMD) Adult illustration
Ginger Quill Pale Cream to Whitish Jul 1 -
Sep 15
Morning 14-16 Evening
Ginger Quill Nymph illustration Ginger Quill Emerger illustration Ginger Quill Adult illustration
Gray Drake Gray Jun 1 -
Nov 30
Late Morning 14-16 Evening
Gray Drake Nymph illustration Gray Drake Emerger illustration Gray Drake Adult illustration
Micro Blue Winged Olive (BWO) Pale Olive Green to Blue Gray Jun 1 -
Nov 30
Clouds & warmest part of day 22-26 Evening
Micro Blue Winged Olive (BWO) Nymph illustration Micro Blue Winged Olive (BWO) Emerger illustration Micro Blue Winged Olive (BWO) Adult illustration
Pink Pale Morning Dun Pink to Orangish to Rusty Red Aug 1 -
Sep 15
Daytime 14-16 Early Morning
Pink Pale Morning Dun Nymph illustration Pink Pale Morning Dun Emerger illustration Pink Pale Morning Dun Adult illustration
Red Quill Reddish Brown Jun 15 -
Sep 30
Mid Morning 14-16 Evening
Red Quill Nymph illustration Red Quill Emerger illustration Red Quill Adult illustration
Trico Black Jul 15 -
Sep 15
Morning 22-26 Early Afternoon
Trico Nymph illustration Trico Emerger illustration Trico Adult illustration


Black Midge Blackish to Black Apr 1 -
Nov 15
All Day 18-20 2-3 Hours
Black Midge Larva illustration Black Midge Emerger illustration Black Midge Adult illustration
Chocolate Brown Midge Brown to Chocolate Feb 15 -
Dec 15
All Day 20-22 2-3 Hours
Chocolate Brown Midge Larva illustration Chocolate Brown Midge Emerger illustration Chocolate Brown Midge Adult illustration
Micro Black Midge Blackish to Black Mar 1 -
Nov 15
Morning 22-26 2-3 Hours
Micro Black Midge Larva illustration Micro Black Midge Emerger illustration Micro Black Midge Adult illustration
Snow Midge Gray to Charcoal Jan 1 -
Dec 31
Warmest part of day 24-28 2-3 Hours
Snow Midge Larva illustration Snow Midge Emerger illustration Snow Midge Adult illustration


September Stone Reddish Brown with Orange belly Aug 15 -
Oct 31
Early Afternoon to Evening 4-10 NA
September Stone Nymph illustration September Stone Adult illustration


Beetle Brownish to Black May 1 -
Nov 30
All Day 10-18 NA
Beetle  illustration
Black & Red Ant Red & Black Jul 1 -
Sep 30
All Day 18-20 NA
Black & Red Ant  illustration
Black Ant Black May 1 -
Nov 15
All Day 20-24 NA
Black Ant  illustration
Cricket Brownish Olive to Black Jun 1 -
Nov 30
Twilight & Dusk 8-16 NA
Cricket  illustration
Dog Day Cicadas Black & Orange Jul 1 -
Aug 31
Varied NA
Dog Day Cicadas   illustration
Flying Black Ant Black Aug 15 -
Sep 15
Mid Afternoon 14-18 NA
Flying Black Ant   illustration
Grasshopper Green to Brownish Tan May 15 -
Nov 15
All Day 2-14 NA
Grasshopper  illustration Grasshopper  illustration
Red Ant Red to Orangish May 1 -
Oct 15
All Day 18-22 NA
Red Ant  illustration

Weather for Frying Pan

Current: 63 °F    Clear     Wind: 0 MPH N
Current Condtions

Temperature: 63 °F
Humidity: 59%
Wind: 0 mph N
Pressure: 14.88 psi
Cloud Cover: 0%

Monday's Forecast
weather forecastLight rain shower
High: 78 °F
Low: 49 °F
Wind: 6 mph W
Tuesday's Forecast
weather forecastLight rain shower
High: 78 °F
Low: 45 °F
Wind: 7 mph W
Wednesday's Forecast
weather forecastThundery outbreaks in nearby
High: 80 °F
Low: 49 °F
Wind: 8 mph WSW

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