The Frying Pan River is among the best known and loved trout steams in the nation. It's a must for anyone fly fishing in Colorado. The river is managed to maximize recreation and to grow large, wild trout.

The upper Frying Pan, above Ruedi Reservoir, is a small, intimate high-country stream. Along with its major tributaries, it offers fine summer and fall fishing for feisty trout. Their willingness to take a fly and their sheer numbers make up for their lack in size.

The 14 miles between Ruedi and the confluence with the Roaring Fork in Basalt is a Gold Medal Fishery in every sense. Incredible insect hatches and Mysis shrimp (from the outlet of Ruedi Dam) give the trout plenty of food to grow to trophy proportions. Although heavily fished during certain times of the year, this section of "The Pan" remains a favorite for those who seek the challenge of large and selective fish.

This river offers some of the finest fly and lure fishing for trout in the United States. Catch-and-release sections on the Fryingpan River below Ruedi Reservoir provide anglers with an opportunity to catch rainbow trout up to 10 pounds! The nearby Roaring Fork River not only provides excellent trout fishing with majestic Mount Sopris in the background, but also offers the best mountain whitefish angling in the state.

Part of this river has been designated a Gold Medal Trout Stream by the Colorado Wildlife Commission.

Contains: Rainbows, Browns, and Mountain Whitefish.

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