Fryingpan River Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The 14-mile stretch of the Fryingpan River from Ruedi Reservoir to the Roaring Fork River is a world-famous tailwater fishery cutting through a redstone canyon.
The Fryingpan River, for angling purposes, can be divided into three stretches: the upper 2 miles below the dam, the lower 5 miles down to Taylor Creek, and the remainder of the river down to its confluence with the Roaring Fork River in Basalt. The upper stretch holds rainbows and browns up to 8 pounds, who gorge themselves on mysis shrimp from the reservoir. This is one of the most heavily fished stretches of trout water in the United States, and the fish are described, not without justification, as “Ph.D.” fish. Success requires exact duplication of the current fare, with expert placement of flies right to the fish. Some have been caught so many times that they don’t even put up much of a fight, knowing they will just be returned to the water. Some anglers have suggested that the use of a strike indicator on a fly line will cause fish to ignore an otherwise perfect presentation."