Frying Pan River
Frying Pan River
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for the Frying Pan River

Fly Lines:
If you want to enjoy the small trout in the headwaters streams above the Ruedi Reservoir
you may want to use a light fly line to catch them. Certainly you will be using small and
most likely, dry flies for the brook trout and small cutthroat trout. We are not including
tackle for the upper headwaters.

A 5 weight fly line would deliver the flies that are ideal for most of the fly fishing below the
dam in the tailwater section. If you fish streamers and nymphs, then we would suggest you
go to a 6 weight line. You may want to consider using a sinking tip line for streamers.

Fly Rods
You would want a fly rod to handle either of the above fly line sizes. A five or six weight fly
rod should be nine feet in length. We think a moderately fast to fast action would be best
for these rods.

You should probably be using at least a 7 1/2 foot leader anywhere you fish the Frying
Pan River unless you are fishing streamers. There are several situations where you may
to go up to 12 feet. You should have leaders ranging in sizes ranging from 2X for
streamers, up to 6X for small dry flies. Short ones are preferred for streamers in some

You would want to have extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.

Waders are necessary in many places. We prefer the breathable type but you may need
neoprene waders if you are fishing during the winter.

Wading Boots:
Felt soles would be our first choice.

Wading Staff:
We would call a wading staff an optional item you may want to consider.

Trout Flies:
We recommend our "Perfect Fly" Trout Flies. We have specific imitations of every
important insect that hatches on the Frying Pan River. The trout can become selective
during several of the aquatic insect hatches. It is best to use the hatch chart and select the
flies to use for the period of time you will be fishing. If you haven't already done so, we
invite you to try our "Perfect Flies". We are confident you'll be glad you did. They are the
most realistic and effective imitations you can purchase.
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Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

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