The Frying Pan originates east of Aspen in the Hunter Fryingpan Wilderness and flows northwest to Ruedi Reservoir. Below the reservoir, the river travels another 14 miles before converging with the Roaring Fork at Basalt. The portion of the river from the dam to its confluence with the Roaring Fork has been designated as Gold Medal and has great fishing access throughout (total of 8.5 miles public lands and easements).
The best water for monster fish is below Reudi Reservoir between the Dam (the Toilet Bowl) and downstream to 20 inch pool (1 mile) but the fisherman hatch is prolific in this section. Every single section of the river has a name so it is best to get a fishing map of the area for more detailed instructions. Some favorite upper sections include 20 inch pool, Mean Joe Green, Baetis Bridge, Bend pool, The Flats and the Toilet Bowl.
- Take Fryingpan Road east out of Basalt. The road follows the river the whole way and public access is clearly marked throughout.
- For more solitude fish the lower river access points or fish above Rudi Reservoir.