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Featured fishing hole: The Fryingpan River

Location: East of the town of Basalt, the river provides 14-miles of flow from the Reudi Reservoir dam to Basalt.

Accessibility: Public access is fairly obvious and easily accessible. But pay attention to the “private waters,” which are very well marked with signs.



Species of fish: Brown and rainbow trout.

What they’re biting on: Nymphs.



Best time to fish: Right now it doesn’t matter much, but midday is probably best time for activity. The water is high right now on the dam, but is pretty typical for this time of year. The high water will affect fishing some but after the river stabilizes, when flows remain constant for a period of time, the fish get used to the flow, allowing for successful fishing.

Highlights of the area: A very scenic river with beautiful wilderness all around. Typically, the water is very clear and cold, providing anglers with many instances to site fish and cast to them, which can be challenging. However, because of the river’s popularity, sections of river can be very crowded at times.

Things to know: The Fryingpan River, from the Reudi Dam downstream to the Roaring Fork River is classified as Gold Medal Waters. Only artificial flies and lures are permitted. All trout except browns must be returned immediately after caught. All brown trout over 14 inches long must also be returned.

Getting there: From Glenwood Springs follow highway 82 for approximately 21 miles. Turn left onto Two Rivers Road until you reach the town of Basalt. Turn left again on Midland Avenue, which eventually turns into Frying Pan Road. The River follows the road all the way to Reudi Reservoir.

Information provided by Drew Reed of Roaring Fork Anglers


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