One, “The Toilet Bowl” and Frying Pan River were about 3.5-4 hours from where I lived making it almost impossible to do in a day. If you haven't eaten at Basalt's only Pizzeria you are missing out. At one point I hooked into the largest fish I’ve ever had on the end of my line. We were a lot a like. I couldn’t agree fast enough. Go to the Forum... Related Blogs, Podcasts, & Articles. It was a chilly 7 or 8 degrees, but I was expecting there to be at least one or two others. I was wide awake with excitement. I didn’t know this area at all, so I was hoping to start up a conversation before moving on. You never know what plans a person might have in your future life. Anyways, I rented a room for the weekend. “Want to help me hold down this spot today?” He said with a smile. I had heard stories about the famous Frying Pan River and the legendary trout that have been pulled from its waters over the years. Frying Pan Anglers is an equal opportunity employer and service provider and operates under a Special Use permit from the U.S.D.A Forest Service White River National Forest. Then I would hook up with a nice fish and so on. DIY Guide to Fly Fishing the Frying Pan River in Colorado Colorado Fly Fishing When searching for a Gold Medal fly fishing destination with year round access and plenty of hatches, the Frying Pan River, located east of Basalt, Colorado in the White River National Forest, is a perfect choice. “Fix that before it happens again” Dan said. But the privately owned dam facility has chosen to have the public locked out of one of the most famous fishy spots in the United States. The unexpected. So, “The Toilet Bowl” is a section of the Frying Pan River directly below the dam of the reservoir. 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. After 15 minutes of wandering around and being cold I decided to head down by the guy and see if I could find access to the river from there. There’s also a nice fly fishing shop in Basalt, CO called Frying Pan Anglers. I was nervous, excited, and clueless. It pulled and pulled as the time ticked by. Find a trail. Frying Pan River Toilet Bowl Fishing 01.01.20 by Team CO.F.F. His head was cocked sideways and eyes squinted. Friendship. There's still BWOs hatching plus the usual midge suspects, and the streamer fishing has been productive. What a day. Although there are some big trout just under the dam in an area called the toilet bowl, the fishing further on downstream is what makes the river great. Liz (girlfriend) knows how I act in these situations all to well at this point. Little did we both know how that day would end. People are allowed to fish from the shore, however, no one is allowed to enter the water of this area for any reason. Essentially people put rooms, couches, entire houses, or even the backseats of their car up for rent. I saw it break the surface after 5 minutes of fighting. Conditions are generally excellent and the river is very wadeable. Sure, you’re going to get snagged, hook rocks, and lose gear, but you’ll get the hang of it. Here you’ll find wild trout -- Browns, Rainbows, Cutthroats and Brookies -- amidst serious anglers determined to catch them. To keep your toilet bowl stain-free on the side, you can use baby oil for removing limescale stains. It was really snowy. Dan would hook into a nice fish and I would  net it. Toilet Bowl of the Fryingpan River, Eagle River, and Gore Creek On Tuesday, October 16, my friend Scott and I took the 6:00 a.m. flight to Denver. A place where anglers have gathered for decades and found itself on the top of bucket lists across the country. Frying Pan River In Colorado The Frying Pan River is one of the finest tailwaters in the country. Shrimp patterns, eggs, and really small emerger patterns are a must. After a long fight, he scooped a beautiful rainbow trout from the water. We got there around 7:00AM and the trout were full surface jumping all over the place! He had multiple rods, gear, food, and most importantly… a heater. As I always say… fly fishing is rarely about just catching fish and this trip was no exception. Dan took time out of his morning to make sure I knew all my knots, what flies worked, and where to cast it. Despite all we had heard about how technical it was, it actually seemed easier than the Taylor and the fish were every bit as large. Change ), View dustin.feldpausch’s profile on Facebook. I had no business being there on that water. Normal crazy drill in the morning. He was excited too. I would’ve done the exact same thing had I known what I know now. From the famous “toilet-bowl” hole that sits directly below the outflow of the dam to the reaches downstream there are a ton of fish to be caught in this river. Fish love the deep section of this river as it provides plenty of food from the reservoir and deep, cold water for big fish to congregate. Fryingpan River is a stream located just .2 miles from Basalt, in Eagle County, in the state of Colorado, United States. Fish love the deep section of this river as it provides plenty of food from the reservoir and deep, cold water for big fish to congregate. Brown Stain in Bottom of Toilet Bowl : Summary Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Little did I know that this was Dan’s first time out fishing after someone very close to him had passed away. Here, large rainbow, brown, cutthroat and brook trout are plentiful in an area nicknamed the “toilet bowl.” The fish feed on Mysis shrimp, a small freshwater shrimp stocked in the lake. From the famous “toilet-bowl” hole that sits directly below the outflow of the dam to the reaches downstream there are a ton of fish to be caught in this river. We got there around 7:00AM and the trout were full surface jumping all over the place! Hit the Toilet Bowl on the Frying Pan River on 10/26…This was of course at the end of the storm that hit, took a few hours to get there but it was worth the terrible road conditions. For Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River, the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River from Aspen and Basalt for the week ended 2nd November 2020. The bite was active Sam and I pulled in a bunch of Browns and Cutbows using HD Trout and J-Spec crankbaits/jerkbaits. One that happens quickly, effortlessly, and not very often. The fish below the dam feed heavily on the mysis shrimp, a small freshwater shrimp stocked in the lake that get through the dam. ( Log Out /  Download this spectacular digital GPS accurate map of the Upper Roaring Fork River and Frying Pan River located in central Colorado. When we arrived in Denver we got a rental car and first headed to DFD’s ( Deli Fresh Design ) workshop to meet Ross White. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! But beyond this regional recognition, the Frying Pan attracts both national and international attention. It was an instant friendship. I found an AirBnB house for the night located about 30 minutes from the river. I had… well… my rod and a net. As I made my way down to him I saw “The Toilet Bowl” section for the first time. Plenty of water to fish after all. The Toilet Bowl is THE place to be on the Frying Pan and after finding it crowded several times, we finally managed to get a spot to cast over the monsters that live there. Immediately below the dam is a large pool dubbed the "Toilet Bowl". The Aspen Times (January 19, 2018) – Anglers aren’t flushed from Toilet Bowl’s shores below Ruedi dam. ( Log Out /  The Toilet Bowl. Thanks again for reading and tight lines! Yes, the rumors are true, fishing in the Toilet Bowl is prohibited (and technically always has been). There was only one other truck in the whole lot. Not long after I re-spooled my line, I was back into another good fish. Use 1 or all 4 drop downs to customize your search for the right trail. What a dumb mistake on my part! Adventure. Frying Pan River Another great trip to the Pan this weekend. The mysis shrimp is thought to be the food that makes the rainbows attain their huge size. FLY FISHING THE FRYING PAN RIVER ... targeting big trout at the Toilet Bowl, Basalt Colorado. This is a nice change of scenery for me, it’s quite different from anything that I can get back in Penn’s Woods. I had 20-25 fish in my net that morning, but I came away from that trip with even more than that. “A really good fishing spot named after a toilet… fly fishermen are nuts.” Fair enough. I could see he was getting ready by the truck so I pulled into next to him. It didn’t hurt that he was catching monster fish too by the way! New member here...Just wanted to post about my recent trip to the Frying Pan River Toilet Bowl. The Frying Pan River is a tributary of the Roaring Fork River. The line went slack and we both sat down in disbelief. The Toilet Bowl is a popular fishing spot below Ruedi Dam on the Fryingpan River. I needed something new. Around noon I had to head back home. I didn’t even have big weights so I had to stack up 3-4 little ones and hope for the best… (*sigh* I was so naive). Video Link at bottom of post!! I was rewarded for taking chances. Just be kind. As a largely solo angler, I needed a fishing buddy just as much as he did. Always. Catching monster trout in Toilet Bowl on the Frying Pan River near Basalt, Colorado. It was a Jaws movie moment when they see the shark for the first time… we’re gonna need a bigger boat. While we think every angler should experience the “Toilet Bowl,” many of the lower stretches of the Pan offer excellent trout habitat and prime dry fly fishing water. at the famed Toilet Bowl on the Frying Pan River. The only negative about the Frying Pan River downstream from Ruedi is that it can be quite crowded because of it's reputation. The stretches above Reudi reservoir offer less pressured fishing, but smaller and fewer fish exist. A day for the record books for everyone involved. Like I said, he didn’t have to let me fish with him, or help me with my gear, or coach me on fighting big fish, or even be kind to me. I wouldn’t have caught a fish at all that day if not for him. I will never forget the sight of that fish coming out of the water. This heavily fished pool contains lunker rainbows up to 10 pounds that feast on the Mysis shrimp, the food of choice on the Frying Pan. After all, without the kindness and knowledge of others, we would never grow as anglers. Fly fishing lessons on The Frying Pan River. I was going to steal his spot. The Aspen Times (January 19, 2018) – Anglers aren’t flushed from Toilet Bowl’s shores below Ruedi dam, By using this site you agree to the terms of our. If you’ve never tried AirBnB, you should. It was going to be hard to get to sleep this night! Everything fell into place perfectly and that’s seldom a random stroke of luck. The road follows the river the whole way and public access is clearly marked throughout. As the fish fought and fought, it eventually pulled me enough into my backing that the line was crossed on the reel. I didn’t see much, but I knew it was well over 30″ as it’s large hooked jaw broke the waters glassy flow. Frying Pan Anglers is a specialty fly fishing shop, and a licensed (#2389), insured outfitter in the State of Colorado. I knew I needed to be there early to beat the crowds and even have a chance at fishing “The Toilet Bowl”. His name was Dan and he’s a heck of a fisherman. All fish bigger than almost any fish I had ever caught in my life. However, the snow banks along the river were so high that I couldn’t climb through any of them. So I can guess what you’re thinking. I was rewarded for being tough. Dan coached me through it. I’m not a big religious/spiritual guy, but it would be hard not to recognize everything that had happened that day. Again, everyone should give AirBnB life a try. The Toilet Bowl Closed? Being an easterner I never get tired of looking at the red rocks that rise to the deep-blue sky along the Fryingpan. I know my mom raised me to never trust strangers, let alone sleep in their houses, but I’ve always been one to make my own mistakes. It was worth it. So I did my homework. All I can take credit for is putting in the effort to get my butt out of bed in the morning when most sane people were wrapped up in their warm blankets. The Toilet Bowl is THE place to be on the Frying Pan and after finding it crowded several times, we finally managed to get a spot to cast over the monsters that live there. The fish kept coming. Frying Pan River Colorado Toilet Bowl Closing Down! So, “The Toilet Bowl” is a section of the Frying Pan River directly below the dam of the reservoir. 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. The upside is that the dry fly fishing on the Pan has been top-notch for a few hours, midday usually. That’s what it’s all about. No indicator, multiple flies, and LOTS of weight. Frying Pan River Fishing Report Frying Pan River Flows . There was a voluntary fishing closure in place at the famous ‘toilet-bowl’ on the Frying Pan River near Ruedi Reservoir in October. Pricing includes professional instruction, all gear, and flies. Midges and Blue Winged Olives are active on the upper ‘Pan with dry fly action available mid day. The fishing report is updated regularly so check back often for current information. River flows are down as the reservoir is being filled. Use lots of weight and get down deep. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. As my line continued to disappear, I was worried that this fish was going to be the end of my day. Ben, Marty, Dad, and I headed up on Friday afternoon to Basalt. EURO NYMPHING THE TOILET BOWL ... at the Frying Pan River...Basalt Colorado. Voluntary fishing closure sought at ‘Toilet Bowl’ below Ruedi dam Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking anglers to honor a voluntary closure of a popular spot on the Fryingpan River just below Ruedi Reservoir dam. A different place to fish. The fly snapped off just as I was frantically pulling line off my tangled reel to try and continue the fight. The legend says that Indians attacked two early settlers while trapping beavers on the river. Access: Take Fryingpan Road east out of Basalt. One guy would cast and fish while the other guy stayed warm by the heater (another good lesson). So I pulled into the parking area. The water immediately exiting the dam, which creates a very deep round basin before flowing on downstream into the Flats, the Bend Hole, Beatis Bridge and more. ( Log Out /  The best hatch times have trended towards midday, and it has slowed down a bit after 3 or 4, depending on the day. But yes, a great fishing spot named after a toilet was exactly the place I had in mind. Fly shop. One obstacle down (The woman ended up being from Michigan and was so nice. From the famous “toilet-bowl” hole that sits directly below the outflow of the dam to the reaches downstream there are a ton of fish to be caught in this river. He looked over my shoulder. One of the most famous rivers in Colorado, the Frying Pan holds a ton of fish, many of them trophy sized. Our fly fishing report is for the 4 Main Rivers in the Roaring Fork Valley, the Roaring Fork River, Frying Pan River, Colorado River and the Crystal River. I had a smile on my face for 6 hours at least. We are getting conflicting information from CPW, but Eagle County Sheriffs are contacting anglers daily in the Toilet Bowl … Fishermen at the "Toilet Bowl." I had one fly, one piece of weight, and an indicator. If he couldn’t tell before, he knew now that I was a newbie. He wanted me to get this fish just as much as I did. Frying pan river archives minturn anglers colorado fishing work fryingpan roaring fork fishing report colorado destination trout fryingpan river colorado fly fishing. Man… did we catch fish. 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. This works great with shower heads and taps as well, and it is completely harmless. Huge fish. The Mysis was originally planted in Reudi Lake, but eventually found its way into the river. Fish and Save Rate Book a single full day wading or floating guide trip with Frying Pan Anglers and receive a 20% discount off your nightly rate. Blog: Landing Big Fish on a Fly Rod! I mentioned that I was just trying to find a spot to get to the river and that I didn’t mean to bug him. The Toilet Bowl is a popular fishing spot below Ruedi Dam on the Fryingpan River. Hit the Toilet Bowl on the Frying Pan River on 10/26…This was of course at the end of the storm that hit, took a few hours to get there but it was worth the terrible road conditions. It was all advice that I will never forget. I looked over at Dan “Holy shit” was all I could mutter. But also, just be kind as a person. Current flows. That spot, if you can claim it, has produced some of the largest trout I've ever caught. When I left at 6:45 there were already three other people queueing up. Some favorite upper sections include 20 inch pool, Mean Joe Green, Baetis Bridge, Bend pool, The Flats and the Toilet Bowl. Immediately below the dam is a large pool dubbed the "Toilet Bowl". Waking up screaming in the night from nightmares about losing fish is a real thing by the way. We are getting conflicting information from CPW, but Eagle County Sheriffs are contacting anglers daily in the Toilet Bowl and informing them (and local fly shops) that fishing is not permitted within 100 feet of the dam structure. The Frying Pan River: ... Time in the Toilet Bowl: THE place on the Fryingpan everyone wants to fish at least once is the Toilet Bowl. The Toilet bowl is right in the middle of White River National Forest. Dan and I are still friends to this day and I’m sure he will be popping up in stories from time to time. I pulled into the Frying Pan River access below Ruedi Reservoir sometime around 4:15-4:30 am. For many Coloradan anglers, the Frying Pan’s notoriety runs in the same family as rivers like the South Platte, the Animas and the Gunnison. Blog: FxR and Me (and You) 08.19.13 by Tom McInerney. I was without words…. We both had a good laugh and we started to get ready to fish. His truck doors slammed, he had a pile of gear, and he ran off down the trail towards “The Toilet Bowl”. Aptly named, the Toilet Bowl is a deep, circular pool at the base of the dam where the spillway flushes into the river. He was all those things and more. ... (Toilet Bowl to Baetis Bridge): Charlie’s Mysis, Ultra Mysis, Mayer’s Mysis, Solitude Mysis. 7 days a week - 8am - 5pm ***** Guide School Dates for October 2020. Connects: Ruedi Reservoir, Fryingpan River, Frying Pan Road (CR 104). The upper mile is still running off-color, but the clarity improves dramatically downstream a mile or so. Frying Pan River Another great trip to the Pan this weekend. I have been making regular pilgrimages to the Pan for years now. The Frying Pan is a tailwater tributary to the Roaring Fork River. Staying with random people is fun you guys. ( Log Out /  The Toilet Bowl is still under a voluntary closure, there is abundant signage asking anglers to refrain from fishing due to low oxygen and food content flowing through the dam currently. I didn’t want to bug the guy, so I really did try to find another way down to the river. So, “The Toilet Bowl” is a section of the Frying Pan River directly below the dam of the reservoir. We are. The entire Frying Pan River is excellent and I would highly recommend it as a bucket list location for any fly fisherman. Fish love the deep section of this river as it provides plenty of food from the reservoir and deep, cold water for big fish to … Reel! I hiked down to the river and fished while Scott jumped on a conference call. It’s origins start above Ruedi Reservoir as three tributaries – The North Fork, South Fork and Lime Creek but it’s primarily fished below the reservoir. How fortunate was I? It looked like one hell of a spot to find big fish. We drank beers and chatted all night and I didn’t die). Big fish. The Toilet Bowl Closed Forever Vailvalleyanglers. Fisherman: Dave Rairick Cole Rairick Lin Paul Jones Filmed & Edited by… Ben, Marty, Dad, and I headed up on Friday afternoon to Basalt. There were some obstacles to overcome though. The "Toilet Bowl" is a famous spot on the Fryingpan River in Eagle County. One other person was crazy enough to be out here at this hour with me. One of the most famous rivers in Colorado, the Frying Pan holds a ton of fish, many of them trophy sized. Ok. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout here. and attempting to put big fish in the net while also doing our best to video the whole experience …. Have fun and give it a try! For better or for worse, the Frying Pan is known for it’s marquee stretch, “The Toilet Bowl” below … The Frying Pan Read More » This heavily fished pool contains lunker rainbows up to 10 pounds that feast on the Mysis shrimp, the food of choice on the Frying Pan. Voluntary fishing closure sought at ‘Toilet Bowl’ below Ruedi dam Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking anglers to honor a voluntary closure of a popular spot on the Fryingpan River just below Ruedi Reservoir dam. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The Toilet Bowl is still under a voluntary closure, there is abundant signage asking anglers to refrain from fishing due to low oxygen and food content flowing through the dam currently. Destination Trout Fryingpan River Vailvalleyanglers. Feeling the bite is one of the most underrated skills for fly fisherman who have become dependent on indicators and dry fly fishing. After leaving Frying Pan Anglers fly shop we headed over to the Roaring Fork River and fished for a while before calling it a day. We fought fish all morning long only stopping long enough to sit down and chat as we warmed up. The river is catch and release, with the exception of browns less than 14 inches. This is a site near Basalt, CO. News about the Toilet Bowl can be found at: We took turns casting into “The Toilet Bowl”. Although you can fish the freestone section of the river, it is the tailwater section below Ruedi Reservoir Dam that provides fourteen miles of great trout fishing. A monster brown trout that took me well into my backing. I would like to share a special story. It was an error that would cost me that fish. “Yep, just me.” I replied. He said it wasn’t normally this good. I had never ran my line out that far on that reel or even bothered to check it. 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