|Fly Fishing the Fryingpan River
|Reudi Reservoir, above Basalt, Colorado, is famous for its Mysis shrimp and their effect on trout in its Fryingpan River tailwater. The Fryingpan is classified as Gold Medal Water (catch-and-release waters designated by the Colorado Division of Wildlife) and one of the best waters in the state managed as wild fisheries.
While warming my feet on shore I caught sight of two fisherman - one with his pole bent and shaking, the other gesturing his hands on to the next course of action. A full 10 minutes later Goeffrey Smith of Tulsa, Oklahoma (left in photo) landed this 22" Brown. I was lucky that Mike Thomas, a fishing guide from Taylor Creek Outfitters in Basalt, asked me to take a few photos of his client's prize with his camera. They held on to the fish for a few extra moments to let me shoot my pan, then gently returned their prize swim away.