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Old 03-25-2009, 08:13 AM
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Default Frying Pan, Roaring Fork Report

Took a two day trip to the Pan and Fork near Glenwood Springs earlier this week. Thanks for the tips ColoradoKid. They came in handy. The weather was miserable - cold, snow flurries and wind gusts up to 40 mph. But the fishing was excellent and would have been even better if the wind had settled down.

Pan - fished the upper portion in the morning (the bend area) and nailed two real nice browns on prince nymphs drifted behind an egg. There were fish rising all morning. In fact they were literally jumping completely out of the water. No hatch ever came off, but you could see the size 28 midge emergers suspended about two inches below the surface. closest thing I had was a size 24 which i drifted behind a small parachute adams. Had one taker and missed the strike. But on warmer days I can see this being a deadly combo. It was real fun seeing 20+ inch fish come a foot out of the water after taking a subsurface fly. Frustrating as well.

Middle section - Olive and Black buggers stripped from slightly downstream against the far bank. Fooled three browns in a matter of an hour. Again, windy and hard to get your fly in the right spot - 1 out of every 5 casts hit their mark.

Fork - Fished the area in Glenwood for about an hour or so. Caught three fish between 14 and 18 inches. San juan worms trailing a grey RS2 and stripping buggers. Fish in the softer water under bridges and behind large boulders near the banks. Really off color, but really productive.

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If you are planning a trip to the area, the next few weeks should be killer. The Fork tends to get off color, but is still very fishable.
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gj, Very nice report!! I know what you are talking about, those pan pigs leaping completley out of the water. Its very frustrating, you can hear them landing in the back ground, sounds like a some one threw a rock in your hole. It happens all year up there. But sounds like you braved the elements and it payed off, good work.

Those are nice bows for the fork!! Im excited for run off to end.
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Nice report man! Cool hat too.

Was the water in that camelbak tube freezing up on ya?
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Thanks for posting your trip report, very enjoyable reading! Nice work on the photos also.

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Thanks for the pics & report. I love the Frying Pan & plan on getting out there this fall....

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C-kid: Heck, those fish jump five feet from where you are standing! And man, have they gone to school. Once they are hooked you better not let them get into the rocks on the far side. Smart. Had one really fun five minute fight with the largest one. Fishing 7X you just can't force them in.

As for the Fork, every fish we caught was fat, fat, fat! And if they get you into the middle of the current, they pull like they are twice as large as they are. Again, thanks for the tips.

Big Cliff: the camelback - no, never froze, it has though. Wasn't that kind of a cold. Just wind chill and occasional precip. Colorado is funny. When it snows it actually gets warmer. Watch out for those sunny days afterward, though. And, since we were fishing a tailwater right up by the dam, the water itself was pretty warm, considering. The hat with the earflaps is a must in this state in the winter (or early spring I guess). That and four or five thin, wicking layers so you can strip and add insulation as the day goes on. That's why I went to the backpack style vest. Plus if you have to get out of the water and go to the truck, there is a line of guys waiting to step into your spot, so you kind of need to take a lot of stuff with you - water, lunch, two rods, clothes - so you are prepared to stick around if the fishing heats up.
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Good stuff, only i could figure out how to catch those pigs on the surface.
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