....................... ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
Destinations: Fryingpan River, Colorado The Fryingpan River is one of Colorado's best trout streams. It can become crowded at times, but it is for a very good reason. The little tailwater produces some very nice trout and there are plenty of them. It flows from Ruedi Reservoir into the Roaring Fork River. It is considered Gold Metal Waters, which in the state of Colorado, means their very best trout water.
This river will drive you crazy if you let it. You can often see large 18 inch and larger trout swimming along and even rising to the surface eating insects. They are catchable, but you want do it unless you do everything right. They aren't pushovers by any means. The river has a huge population of all sizes of trout of all four species - brook, brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout. A western grand slam is highly possible in this stream.
One of the best things about the Fryingpan River is the large aquatic insect population. It has a very diverse mayfly, caddisfly, and stonefly population. It even has mysis shrimp that get through the dam from Ruedi Reservoir which accounts for the large trout found below the dam.
The Fryingpan River is one of the very best streams in Colorado and the West for that matter. If you ever get the opportunity, you should give it a try. You want be disappointed.