Big Fry

Basalt, Colorado

Jun 2, 2010
Outside Magazine
The catch from Frying Pan River

The catch from Frying Pan River    Photo: Courtesy of Taylor Creek Fly Shops

The 14-mile Frying Pan River proves size isn't everything. Anglers can easily pull 25 trout per day on dry flies from this sandstone canyon just 20 miles north of Aspen. Bring a five-weight rod, then pick up flies and 6X leaders from the Taylor Creek Fly Shop. Hit the public-access areas at miles 8 and 12. Book one night in Basalt at the Aspenalt Lodge, then splurge on a summer-discounted price at Aspen's Hotel Lenado. At night, fill 'er up at the Woody Creek Tavern, where Hunter S. Thompson used to hold court.

Flies and leaders for two ( $31. One night in the Aspenalt Lodge (aspen­ $130. One night in Hotel Lenado ( $175, if you go before June 17. Fish tacos and margaritas at Woody Creek Tavern ( $45. Breakfast sandwiches and coffee at Saxy's, in Basalt (970-927-8585): $18. Total: $399.

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