Fishing the Frying Pan River in Colorado – Bill and Dave’s Excellent Adventure!

I got to spend a week in Colorado with my great friend and fishing buddy, Bill, in June. Even though water levels had ramped up to 30 year highs on the Frying Pan River, we still were able to find some very nice Rainbows and Browns. With the high waters, there really wasn’t much opportunity to fish to rising fish…small nymphs were the ticket. I fished one of my 8′ 0″ 6 wt bamboo fly rods…and Bill fished graphite…ugh! Mysis Shrimp near the dam worked very well, and small #22 midge and BWO nymphs and emergers worked very well lower down on the river. Here are a few photos of our trip.

Getting primed to fish the Frying Pan our first evening.
Getting primed to fish the Frying Pan our first evening.
Taking a lunchtime break.
Taking a lunchtime break.
A nice rainbow for Bill.
A nice rainbow for Bill.
A big brown that took a mysis shrimp pattern.
A big brown that took a mysis shrimp pattern.
Another nice fish comes to the net for Bill.
Another nice fish comes to the net for Bill.
A beautiful rainbow for me.
A beautiful rainbow for me.
A fantastic rainbow for Bill.
A fantastic rainbow for Bill.

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