Making The Most Of Runoff

By: May 29, 2015 | Author: Lee Molvie
Now can be one of the best times of the year to experience some truly phenomenal fly fishing! 

Orvis 101’s- Now EVERY Wednesday through August!

By: May 27, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Learn to fly-fish for FREE with Trouts Fly Fishing!

7 Tips For Safe Wading This Season

By: May 18, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Check out our top 7 tips for staying safe and staying upright when wading during runoff.

The Deadly Half Dozen

By: May 12, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
No matter where you're headed during these next 4 weeks, these flies are sure to produce.

Casting and Cocktails - Winston and Scientific Anglers

By: Apr 29, 2015 | Author: Kevin Cooke
Let's kick things off with a bang tomorrow night! Winston rods, Scientific Anglers Fly Line Challenge, cold beverages....what more do you need?

Trouts Fly Fishing: Your NEWEST Orvis 101/201 location!

By: Apr 22, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Trouts Fly Fishing is PLEASED to announce we are now your NEWEST location to participate in Orvis 101 and 201 classes here in Denver!

Blue Wings On The Brain: The Refresher Course

By: Apr 06, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Last Fall I wrote a piece about Blue Wing Olives (Baetis) mayflies. Additionally, you may have noticed I've been mentioning this little bug a lot lately in my fishing reports. The trout are really keying in on them right now, and in case you missed this article during the last go-round, here it is again for a little refresher. 

Orvis 101 - 5/20 - 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

By: Apr 01, 2015 | Author: Kevin Cooke
Orvis 101 - Wednesday 5/20 - 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Orvis 101 - 5/6 - 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

By: Apr 01, 2015 | Author: Kevin Cooke
Orvis 101 - Wednesday 5/6 - 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Back By Popular Demand: Learn The Basics Of Fly Fishing April 1st

By: Mar 21, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Due to the growing popularity with this class geared towards beginning anglers, Trouts will now be offering our Learn The Basics class TWICE a month. 

Have You Redd It?

By: Mar 19, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
What Exactly Happens During "The Spawn"?  

Class Is In Session: Private Casting and Fly-Tying Lessons

By: Mar 12, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Let Trouts help you become the best angler you know!

2015 Fishing Licenses Now On Sale

By: Mar 11, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
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Learn The Basics Of Fly Fishing- March 18th-SOLD OUT!

By: Mar 11, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
We are currently sold out of spots for our Learn The Basics class next Wednesday the 18th. Our next scheduled Learn The Basics will be Wednesday April, 15th. 

Get Your Rig Right: Pegging An Egg

By: Mar 09, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Pegging an egg can be a very effective and efficient way to target fish from Fall through Spring. Here's how to do it the right way. 

Learn The Basics Of Fly Fishing- February 18th.

By: Feb 09, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
New to the sport of fly-fishing? Join us for this class designed just for beginners!

Fly Fishing Knots - The Blood and Improved Clinch Knot

By: Jan 31, 2015 | Author: Kevin Cooke
We stumbled upon this fly fishing knots infographic on Fix.com and thought it was worth sharing. 

Let’s Do It Again! A Guide’s Guide To Fishing The South Platte During Winter. THIS THURSDAY 1/29

By: Jan 27, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
In an attempt to make sure everyone gets the opportunity to hear this great presentation we're going to have Round 3 this Thursday!

Casting Quick Fix: Saltwater Edition

By: Jan 22, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Got a saltwater trip on the books? Here are 4 quick tips sure to improve your distance and accuracy!

#Fly Fishing Show Instagram Pictures -The Latest and Greatest

By: Jan 10, 2015 | Author: Kevin Cooke
#FlyFishingShow Instagram Pictures - 2015 

Winter Trout Fishing: Part 3

By: Dec 30, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Presentation, Reading Water and Final Thoughts

Winter Trout Fishing: Part 2- Flies and Food Sources

By: Dec 20, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Winter Bug Life: What does a trout eat during Winter? 

Winter Trout Fishing: Part 1

By: Nov 26, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Let's start from the top: What Happens To A Trout During Winter? 

Winter Fishing- In-Store Presentation: Follow Up

By: Nov 25, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
I would like to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by the shop last Thursday. 

Tips For The Off-Season: Gear Storage

By: Nov 07, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
If the approach of Winter means the end of your fishing season, properly storing your gear is a must. 

Streamer School: Part 3

By: Oct 27, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Thoughts on presentation, retrieval, casting and on-water fly adjustments. 

Night Time Is The Right Time

By: Oct 24, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Making the most out of your nighttime game. 

Fightin’ Lunkers: How To Play And Land Trophy Trout

By: Oct 17, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
We've all been there.....and by "there" I mean left empty handed after losing a big trout.

Streamer School: Part 2- Rods, Lines & Rigging

By: Oct 16, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Tips and Tricks for rigging, fly rods, fly lines, and leader and tippet selection.

Weighing In On Weighting Up.

By: Oct 10, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
How to make the most out of your subsurface game. 

Streamer School: Part 1

By: Oct 09, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Tis' The Season To Feed Them Meat! 

Let’s Go Catch A Kokanee!

By: Oct 03, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Kokanee Salmon are swimming in many of our rivers right now. Get out and catch one!

Those Darn Smart Trout!!

By: Oct 02, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Photo Credit: Louis Cahill. Here's a good article from Louis Cahill over at Gink & Gasoline about his first experience in Cheesman Canyon. 

What Do You Want To Know About Fly Fishing?

By: Sep 30, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
If you've been to our Facebook page you may have seen a new wall post we've been doing every Monday called Let's Hear It! 

Fall Streamer Tactics with Reid Baker

By: Sep 29, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Join one of Trouts Guide Service top guides as he discusses streamer fishing. You won't want to miss this!

Back To The Basics- Fly Selection Made Simple

By: Sep 19, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Choosing the "right" fly shouldn't be hard!

Making The Bobber Better

By: Sep 16, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Photo Credit: Louis Cahill. As we begin to move into the fall (which if history proves correct, will be followed by winter) one thing pretty much becomes a guarantee. All of us will be spending quite a bit of time staring at a strike indicator in the months to come. 

Fly Fishing in September

By: Sep 11, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
September will be a great month for fly fishing in Colorado. What to expect and where to go this month!

On Stream Beginner School September 13th.

By: Sep 09, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Only 2 spots left for our On Stream Beginner School.  Join Trouts Guide Service for a great day of fly fishing! 

The Small Stream Equation

By: Sep 01, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
I have no problem admitting it.....I'm a river guy. The bigger the better. 

Learn the Basics of Fly Fishing- September 3rd

By: Aug 28, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Join us September 3rd from 5:30-6:30pm for our hugely popular Learn the Basics of Fly Fishing class! 

The Season of the Hopper

By: Aug 21, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Everyone has their favorite time of year and a subsequent favorite type of fly.  Some prefer early season caddis, other pegging eggs in the spring and fall, or maybe big streamers throughout the year.  Myself, I'm a confessed hopper man. 

Connecting You With More

By: Aug 07, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing is different than most the other fly shops.  Our mission here is to connect you to what you are most passionate about: fly fishing here in Colorado and across the globe. 

Trouts Does Tenkara

By: Jul 03, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
At Trouts Fly Fishing we are always ready to try new things and to introduce our customers to innovative fishing techniques and equipment.  For some time now, Tenkara fishing has been a captivating style of fly fishing.  There is no doubt that the simplicity of Tenkara has a place here in Western fisheries. In effort to explore this style of fishing and introduce our clients, Trouts is pleased to announce that we are now a Tenkara USA dealer.  We now have a wide variety of rods...

Trouts Hosted Trip at the Rowdy Trout Ranch

By: Jul 03, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - July 12th

By: Jul 01, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - July 12th   Interested in fly fishing? Join Trouts Fly Fishing on Saturday, July 12th for our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School. This one-day fly fishing school will cover casting, reading water, basic entomology and fly selection. Space is limited so grab a spot today!   Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014 Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Cost: $195 per person If you are interested, stop by or give us a call (303) 733-1434. 

How to Set up a Double Nymph Rig - Denver Post Featured Video

By: Jun 26, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Are you interested in learning how to set up a double nymph rig? Check out this video that our friends at the Denver Post put together covering the entire Double Nymph Rig from fly line to fly. If you are interested in learning more, stop by the shop, give us a call or check out one of our upcoming events. Learn the Basics of Fly Fishing - July 9th - 5:30pm - 6:30pm On Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - July 12th - All Day On Stream Intermediate Fly Fishing School - July 19th - All Day

How To Roll Cast - Denver Post Featured Video

By: Jun 22, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
A big THANK YOU to the Denver Post for helping produce this great instructional video in conjunction with Trouts Guide Service.  With fishing starting to light up across the state, now is a great time to get into the sport of fly fishing.  Be sure to check out our comprehensive educational offering scheduled through the rest of the summer, or just come by the shop and allow our experienced staff to help get you into this great sport.

A Fly Fisherman’s Guide to Fishing Post Runoff

By: Jun 21, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Substantial runoff years like we're currently experiencing are really a blessing in disguise.  On one hand it's nothing but a burden on fisherman, as the high and off-color rivers impede our desire need to fish.  Yet at the same time the abundance of water will help guarantee an explosive late-summer fishing season, as well as reservoirs and rivers that will be flush full of cool mountain water.  So the big question on the first day of summer is when will the 2014 runoff...

Learn the Basics Of Fly Fishing - June 18th

By: Jun 17, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you would like to learn the basics of fly fishing we have two seats available in our upcoming class being held Wednesday June 18th from 5:30-6:30pm. The goal of this class is to instill a basic understanding of fly fishing gear, equipment, and essentials to prepare first time anglers for a day on the water.  We also spend quite a bit of time teaching how to tie knots and rigging. We will also have plenty of time for hands on questions and answers.  If you or someone you know has...

On Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - June 21st

By: Jun 12, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We’re just moving into prime time trout season here in Colorado. If you have been thinking about giving this challenging sport a try, our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School is a learning opportunity that you do not want to miss.  Right now we have three (3) spots available for our class being held June 21st.  When: Saturday, June 21, 2014 (full day guided trip) What Time: 08:00 am - 5:00 pm School Cost: $195 per person - limited to six (6) participants (full day) This is...

Salmonfly Season

By: Jun 10, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The first time I ever tried to hit a salmonfly hatch was on the banks of the Deschutes River in central Oregon.  I did my planning, my research, and lined everything up with a buddy who lived in Portland.   After a three hour flight and a 2 ½ hour car ride we arrived on the Big-D and immediately found giant salmonflies in the grass, willows and Russian olives.  They were seemingly everywhere.  Then, without ceremony, my buddy grabbed a bug and chucked it into...

Customer Events: Casting & Cocktails May 22nd

By: Jun 10, 2014 | Author: tlashkari
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South Platte River Clean Up: April 26th

By: Jun 10, 2014 | Author: tlashkari
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Fly Fishing For Carp: Stillwater Edition

By: Jun 09, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When flows are high, it is a great time to explore stillwater fisheries.  Close to home here in Denver we are pretty lucky and have a number of close by lakes, reservoirs, and smaller ponds.  In addition to a wide variety of species like pike, small and largemouth bass, and wipers, many of these fisheries are chock full of carp.   The most prevalent species is the common carp but you will also find mirror and grass carp as well.  Two weeks ago we talked a bit about fly...

On-Stream Intermediate Fly Fishing School: July 19th

By: Jun 06, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This is a one day fly fishing school that demonstrates the finer points of dry fly fishing and allows students who have some experience to advance their skill level and fine tune their approach.  Our Intermediate Dry Fly Clinic will be held at our WCR Ranch - located on a small tributary of the upper Colorado River, approximately 35 miles in length. The creek rises in northwestern Grand County, in the Arapaho National Forest at the top of the continental divide and flows southeast toward...

Casting & Cocktails: Thursday June 26th

By: Jun 03, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Courtesy of Adam Barbour Join Trouts Fly Fishing and St. Croix Fly Rods for Casting & Cocktails Thursday June 26th in Denver's Washington Park.  This is a FREE fly rod casting clinic that will be held from 5-7pm.  Never cast a fly rod before?  No problem.  We’ll get you casting in no time at all. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in getting a few tips from the casting experts. Where to meet:  Southeast corner of the park...

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth - Gunnison River Flow Update

By: May 25, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It's never our intention to be the bearer of bad news, remember we're just the messengers.  But with the famed Salmon Fly hatch about to begin in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River and the Gunnison Gorge, we felt it necessary to keep our customers up to speed on what will be a dramatic increase in flows through these hallowed waters.  From the BLM: ATTENTION BOATERS AND FISHERS: Flows in the Gunnison River through Black Canyon and the Gunnison Gorge are expected to...

May Fly Fishing Education Update

By: May 22, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts would like to thank all of our customers and students who have signed up for our Education Programs this month.  Next week’s “Learn The Basics” class is SOLD OUT and we have one new opening in our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School being held on May 31st (this class was previously sold out but we had a student cancellation).   Other classes and trips to be aware of that are filling up fast:...

Still Water Fly Fishing In Colorado

By: May 21, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is another interesting article by Scott Willoughby of the Denver Post about the challenges and rewards of fishing lakes and reservoirs here in Colorado.  “With runoff upon us and Colorado's river on the rise, area anglers are turning their attention to the lakes and reservoirs to get their fishing fix. Not that they ever turn too far away.” – Scott Willoughby and the Denver Post. Stay tuned to Trouts Fly Fishing over the next few weeks as we highlight...

How To Choose a Fly Line For Trout

By: May 19, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
At Trouts Fly Fishing, we’re always working with customers to help them make the best decisions when it comes to choosing the right fly line.  We always want to find out what equipment you are pairing a fly line with, what your casting experience has been to date, and what you are trying to accomplish on the water.  We wanted to share this quick video with from Rio Products because it breaks down many of the different fishing situations anglers will come across and...

Casting & Cocktails May 22nd

By: May 14, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Trouts Fly Fishing and Sage Fly Rods and Rio Fly Lines for our legendary Casting & Cocktails Event.  This FREE casting clinic will be held in Washington Park from 5:00-7:00pm on the Southeast corner of the park right at the intersection of Louisiana and Gilpin.  This is a fun event that is geared to help improve your fishing knowledge and skills with the sole purpose of getting you into more fish. And for this event, you will learn a TON about why choosing the right fly line...

On Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - June 21st

By: May 08, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The May 31st On Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School is currently SOLD OUT but we are signing up people for our June 21st session. Here is a short fly fishing report and photo essay from our April School.  To make your reservation for this class and to enjoy a day on the water with Trouts Guide Service call the shop at 303.733.1434. When: June 21, 2014 1 Day - $195.00/person – limited to six (6) participants (full day) "Trouts Guide Service represents the best...

How To Build A Dry/Dropper Rig

By: May 07, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Dry Dropper Rig is a very useful rigging system here in Colorado and much of the Rocky Mountain West.  One of the main benefits of this rig is that you get to explore two very different sections of the water column – the surface of the river as well as sub surface depths.    It is a great set-up to use if you are not sure where fish are feeding and it is also works if fish are taking bugs on the surface and deeper in the water column.  The best part of this...

Fly Fishing North Park and The Rawah Ranch

By: May 06, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Pat Timmins, owner of the Rawah Ranch, will give a special presentation at Trouts Fly Fishing on Thursday May 15th from 6-7pm.  Pat will be talking about the North Park area of Colorado and the Big Laramie River.  Perched in the Colorado Rockies at 8,400 feet, the ranch is also the location of our Hosted trip that is coming up in July and is home to two miles of the legendary Big Laramie River.  The Big Laramie meanders carelessly right through the middle of their property,...

How To Build A Rocky Mountain Nymph Rig

By: May 05, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
One rigging option to think about is the double nymph rig.

Cleaning Up The Denver South Platte River

By: Apr 30, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This past Saturday Trouts joined our good friends at Denver Trout Unlimited and the Greenway Foundation to help clean up the South Platte River and help raise awareness about the $22 million river restoration project that is being launched to help improve our home water.  After the river sweep and clean up, the Greenway Foundation hosted a Ceremonial Groundbreaking where volunteers of all ages from across the city learned how to help improve the urban greenways that surround the South...

Hosted Trip To the Rio Grande River: SOLD OUT

By: Apr 29, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts would like to thank all of our customers who signed up for our Hosted Trip to the Rio Grande River.  This trip is officially sold out!  If you missed out on this one, you can still sign up for our next hosted trip to the Rawah Ranch scheduled for July 11th-13th.  This trip includes two full days of guided fly fishing on private water, single occupancy cabins and accommodations, and all meals.  The Ranch is located on the Big Laramie River and you will also have...

South Platte River Clean Up: April 26th

By: Apr 23, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join our pals at Denver Trout Unlimited as they clean up the South Platte River here in Denver this Saturday April 26th at 7:00am.  Bring your boots, waders, and a sturdy pair of work gloves.  They will be cleaning up trash and debris both from the river bank and from the river bottom where it is possible.  Here’s the DTU game plan for Saturday morning: “Saturday morning, April 26th, 7:00 a.m. at Johnson-Habitat Park. - Come on out with your waders and help clean-up...

April 26th On Stream School: SOLD OUT

By: Apr 21, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts would like to thank all of our clients who have signed up for both our Learn “The Basics” and our “On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School” in April.  Both of these classes are now sold out.  We do have a few openings in our upcoming classes in May. Our “Learn the Basics” class provides a great baseline and foundation if you are just getting into fly fishing or giving it a try again after a long hiatus. The goal of this class is to instill a...

The Double Header: April 17th

By: Apr 17, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Don't miss today's Double Header: At 3:00pm MST join "Ask a Gear Head" sponsored by Simms and you will get a chance to win a brand new Headwaters Guide Hip Pack.  All you have to do is join our Facebook Page at 3:00pm sharp and ask a question.  We'll have our pals from Simms will be online direct from Bozeman, MT to answer your fishing or gear related questions real-time.  For more on this FREE event and how you can win a Simms Headwaters Guide Hip Pack CLICK HERE....

Learn the Basics Of Fly Fishing - April 23

By: Apr 14, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Cody Hoeckelberg will be giving a special presentation on Wednesday April 23rd from 6-7pm that is mindfully built for beginners who are interested in learning about fly fishing for the first time.  The main goal of this class is to help you master basic knots and rigging.  This class is also designed to help people understand basic fly rod and reel mechanics, what kind of waders and boots are necessary to navigate rivers in Colorado, the difference between nymphs, dry flies and...

Casting & Cocktails: Thursday April 24th

By: Apr 08, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Trouts Fly Fishing and Scott Fly Rods for our legendary Casting & Cocktails Event.  This FREE casting clinic will be held in Washington Park April 24th from 5:00-7:00pm on the Southeast corner of the park right at the intersection of Louisiana and Gilpin.  This is a fun event that is geared to help improve your fishing knowledge and skills with the sole purpose of getting you into more fish.  This is also a great event if you are a novice fly angler or if you have never...

Last Minute Openings: Switch & Spey Clinic

By: Apr 07, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We have two last minute openings in our upcoming Switch Rod and Spey Casting Clinic being held this weekend on Saturday April 12th.  In this intermediate fly fishing class, you will learn the basics, versatility and advantages of using a switch rod on the water with one of our tenured casting instructors.  In this class you will improve both single hand and two-handed casts – and have a shot at hooking beautiful Colorado fish at the renowned YR ranch on the lower Blue River....

Saltwater Fly Fishing Presentation - April 17th

By: Apr 04, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Saltwater Fly Fishing 101 and South Andros Island Slide Show Presentation Join Trouts Fly Fishing for an introduction into saltwater fly fishing and a short presentation that will let you experience the sights and sounds of the Bahamas.  Where: Trouts Fly Fishing (1303 East 6th Avenue Denver, CO 80218) When: April 17th, 6-7pm We just wrapped up a six day hosted trip with clients to South Andros Island where we stalked bonefish in a number of varied environments and conditions. ...

On Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - April 26th

By: Apr 03, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This is a one-day fishing school where our students will learn the basics of fly fishing including casting, reading water, entomology, and fly selection.  This class is limited to six anglers so reserve your spot early (only 2 spots left!).  Fishing the South Platte River Basin should be excellent this time of year.  To make your reservation for this class and to enjoy a day on the water with Trouts Guide Service call the shop at 303.733.1434. When: April 26th, 2014 1 Day -...

Trouts Hosted Trip: The Rio Grande River - June 13th-17th

By: Mar 28, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Trouts Fly Fishing and Tucker Ladd and explore one of the most underrated and unique trout fisheries in the state of Colorado.  Only TWO SPOTS LEFT! The San Luis Valley is Colorado’s largest mountain valley and the Rio Grande River is one of our state’s best-kept secrets. The window to float the Rio Grande is small and we’re going with guides who know this river like the back of their hands. If you have never had the chance to experience the Rio Grande by raft you...

Trouts Hosted Trip: The Rawah Ranch - July 11th-13th

By: Mar 26, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing will be hosting a fly fishing trip for six (6) clients to the Rawah Ranch. Named for the rugged and majestic snow-capped peaks that rise above it and the untouched wilderness that surrounds it, Northern Colorado's Historic Rawah Ranch is located in one of the west's most scenic and unspoiled valleys in North America. Perched in the Colorado Rockies at 8,400 feet, “Rawah” takes its name from the Ute Indian word for “abundance.” The five...

On Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - Two Spots Left!

By: Mar 24, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Don’t miss your chance to get the 2014 fly fishing season started off on right foot.  Our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School is a great way to learn how to fly fish from the ground up.  This is a one-day class held on one of our world-class Exclusive Properties - the Rowdy Trout Ranch. Students will learn the basics of fly fishing including casting, reading water, entomology, and fly selection.  This class is limited to six anglers so reserve your spot early – we...

2014 Snowpack Update - Time to Get Ready for a Killer Season!

By: Mar 15, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With March nearly half way over, it's time to start looking forward to spring and summer, and the amazing fishing options these times of year have to offer.  The winter of 2013/2014 has been tremendous, with ample snowfall across the state.  While winter is certainly not over, it is fair to say that we are looking at a very healthy snowpack leading into our spring and summer fishing seasons.  Currently we are at a Statewide Snowpack of 116% of the historical average, well...

Colorado Fishing Licenses On Sale March 12th

By: Mar 11, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Stop into Trouts Fly Fishing for your new 2014/2015 Colorado Fishing License.  Don't forget: your 2013/2014 License Expires on March 31st, 2014. We can renew your existing Colorado Fishing license beginning tomorrow, March 12, very quickly here at the shop. Or, we can process a new fishing license if you have never purchased one before.   For more information from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, CLICK HERE.  Trouts Fly Fishing is loacated at 1303 East 6th Avenue, Denver, CO...

Colorado Snow Pack Update: March 2014

By: Mar 10, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It looks like we’re officially off to a good start here in Central Colorado from a snow level perspective.  “The Natural Resources Conservation Service, an agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, says as of March 1, Colorado snow levels are 16 percent above normal.  The state should be in good shape even if the next few weeks do not bring as much snow as usual.” – Mike Lamp, Colorado Public Radio Click HERE for the entire article and report that aired...

Spring Switch Rod and Spey Clinic April 12

By: Mar 06, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Aerial video footage from the YR Ranch Think spey and switch rods are designed only for the Pacific North West, British Columbia, and Alaska?  Think again.  Check out our Switch Rod and Spey Casting Clinic that is being held on the renowned YR Ranch on the lower Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir.  Class size is limited to six (6) anglers and we only have four (4) spots remaining.  If you don’t have a switch rod and reel don’t worry – Trouts Fly...

Learn The Basics Of Fly Fishing - Mar. 26th

By: Mar 05, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When: Wednesday March 26th – 6:00pm-7:00pm Where: Trouts Fly Fishing (1303 East Sixth Avenue, Denver CO) Instructor: Cody Hoeckelberg Join Trouts Fly Fishing and learn the basics of fly fishing so you can enjoy the sport this spring, summer, fall and for years to come. If you or someone you know has been on the fence and thinking about giving fly fishing a try, this class provides a great baseline and foundation. The goal of this class is to instill a basic understanding of fly...

Denver Trout Unlimited Member Meeting - March 4th

By: Mar 04, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Don’t forget to join the Denver Trout Unlimited meeting TONIGHT (March 4th) at the Skylark Lounge.  In addition to board elections (6-7pm), you will get information on what is happening on the South Platte River from a restoration and improvement perspective (general member meeting begins at 7pm).  This is a great way to meet and engage with other local anglers and if you want to help the South Platte River from a fishing perspective, Denver Trout Unlimited is the only game in...

Mark Lance Fly Fishing Presentation March 13th

By: Feb 24, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing is excited to announce that Mark Lance will be stopping by the shop on Thursday March 13th from 6-7pm to give our customers a slide showpresentation and photography clinic. Mark will be showing a slide show about llama trekking for Colorado River and Rio Grande cutthroats in the Weminuche Wilderness and also talking about some of the photography techniques he used to shoot the images.  This is a free presentation here at the shop and a must-see-event if you have an...

Barracuda Rig Step Three: The Non-Slip Loop Knot

By: Feb 17, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The last knot that we are going to tie in our barracuda rig is the non-slip loop knot. This is a great knot to learn if you plan want to connect your fly with nylon, fluorocarbon or wire bite tippet and if you are looking to give your fly a lot of natural action in the water.  The non-slip lip loop knot is a fast and efficient way to tie a knot that can be used in many different salt and fresh water situations.  If possible, we’re going to try to hook barracuda using big...

Barracuda Rig Step Two: The Albright Knot

By: Feb 13, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Albright knot is a great knot to learn if you plan on tying a custom leader using materials of varied test and tensile strength. We’ll cover the Albright knot in five easy steps. On our upcoming trip to Andros South Lodge next month, our primary target is going to be BIG bonefish.  A secondary sight fishing target on the flats is going to be barracuda.  If you have ever seen a 25 lb ‘cuda hit a top water fly... you know why.  This is part two of a three...

Barracuda Rig Step One: The Perfection Loop

By: Feb 12, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When welded loops became common place on the terminal section of most premium fly lines, the perfection loop went from being a rather obscure knot, to one that is a must have for fly anglers of all skill levels.   For our upcoming trip to the Bahamas, we’ll be tying some of our own leaders specifically for barracuda.  Although some anglers dislike a loop-to-loop connection between their fly line and leader, we’ve found over the years, the benefits of a loop-to-loop...

Fly Tying Class - Two Spots Left!

By: Feb 11, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We have to spots left for our Colorado Classics Fly Tying Class tomorrow night, Wednesday February 12.  The class will be held from 5:00pm-7:00pm here in the shop.   If you are looking to learn basic fly patterns and hopefully expand your knowledge of fly tying down the road, this is a great class to get you started.  Here are all the details: Learn the basics of tying classic Colorado fly patterns with our in-house signature fly tier David Luna Price: $50 p/person...

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - March 29th

By: Feb 05, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This is a one-day fishing school on one of our world-class Exclusive Properties - the Rowdy Trout Ranch. Students will learn the basics of fly fishing including casting, reading water, entomology, and fly selection.  This class is limited to six anglers so reserve your spot early (only 4 spots left!).  Fishing this section of the North Fork of the South Platte River should be excellent this time of year.  To make your reservation for this class and to enjoy a day on the water...

YR Ranch Update – Only 21 Days Available

By: Jan 31, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The YR Ranch is an extremely unique property in the spring months.  If you have fished it before, you know what we’re talking about.  If you never have, you need to put the YR on your list for 2014.  Located on the renowned Lower Blue River just outside of Kremmling, The YR Ranch does not receive any stocking and produces many wild trophy fish each year.  The property fishes especially well early and late in the season, when some of the largest wild trout seen in...

Denver Trout Unlimited Member Meeting - Feb 4th

By: Jan 30, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you haven’t noticed, at Trouts Fly Fishing we spend a lot of time fishing and talking about the South Platte River.  The South Platte is our home water.  Very specifically, the Denver South Platte section is the closest fishery to the shop and is home to trout, carp, smallmouth bass and other species that can be chased on the fly. One organization that is trying to improve this fishery is the Denver chapter of Trout Unlimited.  For years, Denver Trout Unlimited has...

Tying Colorado Classics: February 12th

By: Jan 23, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Learn the basics of tying classic Colorado fly patterns with our in-house signature fly tier David Luna.  Price: $50 p/person (inquire about special bundled offer for $150 that includes an Umpqua Feather Merchants Deluxe Fly Tying Kit containing vice and all the tools you need).  Call the shop today to reserve your spot in this beginner to intermediate tying class and get your fly tying started off right in 2014 - 303.733.1434.  There are only six (5) spots available for this...

The YR Ranch Spring 2014

By: Jan 21, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
An aerial view of the YR Ranch - home of our Switch Rod & Spey Casting Class It is that time of the year when you should be planning your spring fly fishing trips.  One property that you should consider is the YR Ranch on the Lower Blue River.  This is an exclusive property that is available to Trouts Guide Service and our customers and we have fewer than 40 days available at the YR Ranch for the entire spring season.  The YR Ranch is an incredibly unique fishery...

Fly Casting Tune Up

By: Jan 20, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We have a lot of customers who stop into the shop before they embark on an international saltwater fly fishing adventure.  We get all kinds of gear and equipment questions as well as questions about fishing strategy and tactics.  One piece of advice we always share: 'if you are new to fishing the flats or from a boat, go out and practice casting prior to your trip.' If you have a saltwater fly fishing adventure on the horizon and would like some casting tips and instruction...

Fly Presentation: Barracuda

By: Jan 13, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Our Hosted Trip to the Andros South Lodge is just 60 days away.  We’ve been talking to our clients primarily about the pursuit of big bonefish in the Bahamas – that is what Andros South Lodge is all about.  There is, however, another species that we will most likely see that we will be geared up for: ‘cuda.  That’s short for big… burly… barracuda.  Deneki Outdoors published a great article about approaching and presenting a fly to the...

Join Trouts At The Fly Fishing Show January 3-5

By: Jan 02, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
IT IS NOW... OFFICIALLY... SHOWTIME! January is fly fishing and outdoor adventure showtime here in Denver.  Find Trouts Fly Fishing at the Fly Fishing Show Friday January 3 through Sunday January 5th at the Denver Merchandise Mart.  We'll have the brand new "Trouts Thunderdome" and you can "spin-it-to-win-it" for a chance to win cool prizes and get entered into our show raffle and a chance to win a brand new St. Croix Avid Fly Rod. Come find us and see what we have cooking...

Give the Gift Of Fly Fishing

By: Dec 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Having fun at an On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing Class What better gift can you give than an on-the-water fly fishing experience in Colorado? Trouts Guide Service has just announced our On-Stream Fly Fishing Curriculum for the 2014 Season.  We have great classes lined up for anglers of all skill levels.  From our On Stream Beginner Fly Fishing Class that is held at the Rowdy Trout Ranch to our Intermediate Sight Fishing class being held at the WCR Ranch, our educational offering is...

Winter Bugs

By: Dec 13, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It looks like this December cold snap is about to break. If you are new into winter fly fishing, here is a great overview by Orvis of local winter fly patterns that every angler should consider before heading out to a Colorado tailwater.  Here is a quick excerpt from guide Chris Barry:      “Without a doubt, one of the best flies for the winter is the zebra midge. When the water turns cooler, the the majority of mayflies and caddisflies cease activity, which...