Trip Report Roaring Fork 4/19; Frying Pan 4/20
Went with a buddy of mine to try these two rivers. First time for each of us. Overall trip was great. Drive up I-70 west Sat am was a little touch and go due to huge snow storm that hit Thur-Sat. We headed up as soon as I-70 opened up. We went through Taylor Creek Fly Shop
and had a guide both days. Our guide was Kyle Holt and he did a great job. I would recommend both the shop and Kyle if you are looking for some guided fishing in the area.
Roaring Fork Sunday 4/19
This was my first ever float trip and it was great. I will look to book more such trips in the future as it was quite the experience being able to cover so much water in a day. Caught rainbows (12-14"), browns (12-14"), white fish (up to 20") and one sucker.
Entire day was spent nymphing and I had an opportunity to practice technique all day long. San Juan worm, STD, black midge, hare's ear, and a few others in sizes 16-18. 4x fluorocarbon. Fishing never got incredibly hot but never completely cooled off. No complaints at all as Kyle was extremely patient with our novice skill level.
Frying Pan Monday 4/20
Another great day, though very different from Sunday. Morning was spent less than 1/2 mile from the dam. Mostly browns around 12" with the occasional 16". All nymphing. Used black midge, candy cane, pheasant tail. Sizes 18-22.
Afternoon was fantastic. Spent ~ 2 miles from dam. Kyle found us some areas with big fish. We came across 2 pools with ~3 20" rainbows in each pool. Hooked four and landed 1. Used pheasant tail, egg, and black midge 18-22. 6x fluorocarbon. This was my first experience with 20" plus fish. Lots of fun to hook and fight. Very exciting to see these big fish jump. Also good practice for me getting a fish on the reel and letting the drag to the work.
Overall trip was great. Hopefully this trip report is helpful.