Frying Pan River below Ruedi Reservoir


River Access

The 14 mile stretch of the Frying Pan River that flows from Ruedi Reservoir and empties into the Roaring Fork River is world renowned; especially the first two and a half miles. 

The river boasts some of the biggest tailwater trout in the state. The reason for these unusually big fish is the amount of Mysis Shrimp that are washed from the bottom of Ruedi Reservoir and flushed into the Frying Pan River. Trout hold in the deep pool at the base of the dam and sit in wait of the easy protein packed meal of the Mysis Shrimp to churn up in the infamous Toilet Bowl. Many of these trout migrate down river and big fish can be found anywhere on the river, but seem to be more common the closer to the dam one fishes.

Although the Pan is know for its shrimp, whats not as well known is the incredible mayfly and caddis hatches of the Frying Pan River. The majority of anglers squeeze elbow to elbow dredging the Toilet Bowl while more experienced anglers spend the spring and summer months a few miles down river netting double digit dry fly catches. 

To access the Frying Pan River take Frying Pan River Rd (County Rd 4) east out of the town of Basalt, CO. Frying Pan Rd follows the river east towards the dam. There are sections of private river along the road with pockets of public access for the first 11 miles. Public access and private property are all clearly marked with parking access available at the public stretches of river. The busiest stretch of the river is the 2.5 miles downstream of Ruedi Dam. Plenty of parking is available in this area known as the Rocky Fork Day Use Area.

Current Fishing Reports

Learn what to use by the shops that frequent this river. Below are some trusted links to current fishing reports for this area:

Taylor Creek Fly Shop

Frying Pan Anglers

Fly Fishing Outfitters

Crystal Fly Shop

Roaring Fork Anglers

Current USGS River Flow Data

Click Here to view current USGS River Flow Data for this stretch of the Frying Pan River.


Rainbow, Brown, Cutthroat, and Cuttbow:

Expect to catch trout from the 12-30+ inch range.

Bead Mysis Shrimp

A quick and easy tie that works well on the Frying Pan RIver