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Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Fishing Report

Run off is here and peak flows likely happened yesterday in the lower Roaring Fork at 7,800 CFS. During Runoff, river flows are high and fast, resulting in dirty water conditions. Most fish will be hiding near the banks and in any available softer water. We like to fish near banks and behind eddies, but caution is advised. Nymphing is suggested as the most effective fishing technique, with streamers also being viable in off-color water. Stonefly Patterns such as Pats Rubber Leg or 20 Incher are effective, followed by Hares Ear or Caddis Pupa. Additionally, switching to a Barr Emerger or Zebra Midge below a Stonefly can be beneficial. For streamers, try Sculpin patterns. Fish have to eat everyday and you can catch them, this time of year in the Roaring Fork. Please be careful and watch for floating debris and fast water. I typically only fish the bank during high flows and leave the waders at home.

Roaring Fork Flow Chart:

The Frying Pan is currently flowing at 540 CFS. Expect flows to stay elevated this week as the inflows on the upper Frying Pan are peaking. Midday Blue Winged Olive and midge hatches have significantly improved recently. It's important to pay attention to these hatches as they can vary in intensity and location. Adjusting your approach according to the changing hatches is key. With elevated water levels and slightly off color water this is your opportunity to throw bigger nymphs and heavier tippet on the Frying Pan! Some big fish always seem to appear out of the wood works at these flows. Fish oftentimes will gorge themselves on these bigger flows. Worms have been productive as well as stone flys and drake nymphs. Keep your drifts short to avoid spooking fish. Downstream dry fly presentations are recommended for effectiveness. Fishing on the Pan from 6 until dark can yield good results, especially with another midge hatch near dusk under the dam. We had a one gentleman catch 4 20+ inch rainbows on 3x and a pats rubber leg at these flows, not you typical Frying Pan rig.

Frying Pan Flow Chart:

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