Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Frying Pan River

The Frying Pan is one of my favorite places to fly fish.   It is too crowded, and I generally don't like that type of thing.   But if you start off with the understanding that there will be some other people's not that bad.   The trout are large, and they were chasing Green Drakes and PMD's.    One of my favorite experiences of the trip occurred on the Pan.   While fishing a nice pocket in front of me, I casually glanced at the water right next to me, and saw a Green Drake struggling to hatch.  The Green Drake is my favorite dry fly, and I was watching it with a smile on my face when suddenly a huge trout exploded out of the water to grab it, splashing me with water.   I stood frozen for a moment, then quickly removed my PMD and replaced it with a Green Drake pattern.   I took that as a clue...

Fishing crowded water is great for honing your skills as well...since you can't race from a nice riffle to the next pocket, it causes you to focus on each piece of water that you do have available.   I caught trout in water that I likely would have moved past otherwise.   It also reminds you that big trout like to hang in skinny water...


  1. Beautiful pictures Mike! I haven't been to the Pan in many years...before fly fishing. But when you said Green Drakes I marked it on my calendar. Thanks buddy, hope to see you this year at the Show.

    1. Thanks Howard! It is a great river for Green Drakes, some of the best Drake fishing I've ever had.