Fishing Conditions: FAIR

Report Rating: FAIR
Crowd Rating: Very Crowded
Very Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Sunday, Jan 13, 2019

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 28-31 Temp: 36-39
Sky: Clear Flow: 61
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: This is as technical as you'll see the Frying Pan fish all year long.

Current Conditions at Frying Pan:

Don't get me wrong, if you come up here you still have the opportunity of catching quantity and quality. The two Qs. I like that. Gonna use the two Qs more. Anyway, the Frying Pan gives you that opportunity but the fact is we're in the dead of winter up here in the Basalt area and the fishing is as challenging as you'll see it all year right now. We still don't recommend dropping to 6x tippet, but we definitely recommend dropping to 5x fluorocarbon tippet. The reason-- when you hook a piggy on 6x tippet I assume you're gonna want to land it, but with 6x tippet you have to fight the trout to exhaustion and that's always a bad thing for the longterm health of that particular trout and the fishery as a whole... so that's why we recommend 5x fluorocarbon instead. But back to the fishing. The ice blockages down river are forcing everyone to fish a small section directly below Ruedi so expect crowds and expect picky trout. Our best success has come from small midge patterns.

Fishing has been best from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and fly fishing trips have been catching lots of trout. The fish are feeding mostly on midges during the midday hatch hours.  The fishing is fair.  Clear skies and 28-31 degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 1 lbs 8 oz
Length: 17 inches
Girth: 8 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Male Rainbow Trout Male

Current Insect Hatches at Frying Pan


Recommended Flies for Frying Pan

Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Black
Size: 22
Black Beauty Black Beauty
Fly: Wd 40
Color: Gray
Size: 24
Wd 40 Wd 40
Fly: Biot Midge
Color: Chocolate
Size: 22
Biot Midge Biot Midge

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late January


Insects: Snow Midge
Color: Gray to Charcoal
Dates: Jan 1 – Dec 31
Emergence: Warmest part of day
Size: 24-28
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 


Insects: Micro Black
Color: Dark Brown to Black
Dates: Jan 1 – May 15
Emergence: 38-44° Water Temps Heat of Day
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Current Conditions

Currently: Overcast
Temperature: 30.6 F (-0.8 C)
Feels Like: 31 F (-1 C)
Heat Index: NA
Humidity: 64%
Wind: From the SW at 3 MPH Gusting to 7.0 MPH
Pressure: 30.33
UV: 1
cloudy Saturday: Overcast. High 34F. Winds light and variable.
nt_partlycloudy Saturday Night: A few clouds. Low 18F. Winds light and variable.
partlycloudy Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy. High 43F. Winds light and variable.
nt_cloudy Sunday Night: Overcast. Low 26F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
snow Monday: A few showers in the morning with precipitation turning to a mixture of rain and snow in the afternoon. High 39F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precip 50%.
nt_snow Monday Night: Snow in the evening will give way to lingering snow showers overnight. Low 16F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 70%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.
partlycloudy Tuesday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 28F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.
nt_clear Tuesday Night: A mostly clear sky. Low 6F. Winds light and variable.