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Hatches and Trout Flies for the Frying Pan River Colorado
This beautiful river has several hatches that takes place that provides some excellent dry
fly fishing that would rival any trout stream in the nation. It is known for its selective trout.
You will find midges hatching on most everyday of the year. They become more important
when there is nothing else hatching. That is why they are popular during the winter months
of the year.
Mysis Shrimp are not insect, of course, but are one of the most imitated sources of food on
the Frying Pan River. These little crustaceans get through the dam from the deep water of
Ruedi Reservoir. They are more abundant just below the dam than far downstream.
The first mayfly to hatch on the Frying Pan River is the Blue-winged Olive. The hatches
start about the first of February and last through the month of March. This is a bi-brooded
hatch that occurs again from August and into the month of November. It consist of several
species including baetis.
The huge Salmonflies start hatching about the first of May. This hatch usually last from two
to three weeks. During the months of July and August the Little Yellow Stoneflies hatch.
These are called Yellow Sallies by most anglers.
Pale Morning Duns begin to hatch around the first of July. The hatch can last through
August and into the first of September. The Western Green Drakes start hatching about
the same time and it too can last well into September. The Red Quills start hatching around
the end of August and can last through the month of October.
There are several species of caddisflies that hatch on the Frying Pan River. Probably the
most important of them are the Spotted Sedges. These caddisflies can hatch from June
through September, depending on the particular species. There is also a short hatch of
their Little Sisters that takes place in July. Green Sedges are fairly plentiful on this stream.
Imitations of their larvae, called Rock Worms, are effective flies to use. There's also an
October Caddis hatch that occurs during September and October.
Terrestrial insects, including ants, beetles and grasshoppers, are important insects to
imitate during the summer. They become important staring about the middle of June
Streamers are effective flies to use, especially during the times the water is high or slightly
off color from rains. The river has plenty of sculpin and various species of minnows and
We hope you will give our "Perfect Fly" line of trout flies a try if you haven't done so
already. They are the most realistic and effective trout flies you can purchase. Several of
our patterns have proven effective at catching trout on the Frying Pan River.
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