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
Trouts Fly Fishing and Guide Service is happy to announce our first ever Hosted Trip to the famed Rowdy Trout Ranch.  With flows on the North Fork of the South Platte River subsiding, don't miss out on this rare opportunity to fish this amazing piece of private property. Who:  Trouts Guide Service and 4 Lucky Anglers When:  July 12, 2014 What:  a fully guided day at Rowdy Trout Ranch Where:  Rowdy Trout Ranch Cost:  $297.50/person Details:  space...

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - July 12th

By: Jul 01, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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!

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.

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. There are currently only two (2) spots...

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.

Salmonfly Season

By: Jun 10, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This past weekend we chased the salmonflies again.  A few buddies of mine concocted what I thought was a pretty ingenious plan all built on speculation, google-maps-conjecture, and supposition.  In the end, I found out that it is still pretty hard to triangulate mother nature.

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
It looks like many rivers in central Colorado might have reached their peak flows last week and have now begun to descend.  When flows are high, it is a great time to explore stillwater fisheries. Two weeks ago we talked a bit about fly fishing for carp in Denver’s South Platte River, this week we have a photo essay from some of our recent stillwater adventures.

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.

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 mesengers.  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:

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).   Here are a few 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.

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.

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 rig: in...

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
We spend a lot of time talking to customers and clients about fly fishing equipment, gear, local entomology and on the water tactics.  Another important component we discuss is rigging.  Here in Colorado, we are lucky to have the opportunity to fish for trout and other species in a number of different styles.  When the hatch is on and fish are rising, we love to throw dry flies on the surface. When fish do not seem as interested in the upper echelon of the water column,...

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.

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.

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.

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 next class is being held Wednesday May 28th from 6-7pm here in the shop.  As a great follow on to “Learn The Basics”, Trouts has 3 spots left for our “On-Stream Beginner...

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. At 6:00pm we're hosting a Saltwater 101 presentation where you can experience the sights and sounds of South Andros Island and relax with a cold Caribbean beer here in the shop.

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
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

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.

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. The five species that you can have a shot at hooking include rainbow, brown, brook, and cutthroat trout as well as grayling.

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 this Saturday, March 29th.  Our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School is a great way to learn how to fly fish from the ground up.

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.

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

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.

Learn The Basics Of Fly Fishing - Mar. 26th

By: Mar 05, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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 fishing gear, rigging, equipment, and essentials to prepare first time anglers for a day on the water.  ONLY FOUR SPOTS LEFT!

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 show presentation 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.

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.

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. 

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
Don't let your your best spring fly fishing opportunity slip away! The YR Ranch is an extremely unique property in the spring months.  We wanted to update our readers briefly on availability since our last spotlight: in March and April Trouts Fly Fishing and Guide Service only has 21 days that are still available.

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.  One organization that is trying to improve this fishery is the Denver chapter of Trout Unlimited.  If you would like to learn more about fly fishing on the Denver South Platte and/or get more involved with helping to make improvements to the river, DTU is having a social meeting on Tuesday February 4th at 7:30 at the Skylark Tavern.

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.  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 class left.

The YR Ranch Spring 2014

By: Jan 21, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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 this spring.

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.'

Special ISE Show Hours: January 16-19

By: Jan 15, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing will be open throughout ISE weekend.  Our hours of operation here at the shop are as follows: Thursday January 16th: 10:00am-5:00pm Friday January 17th: 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday January 18th: 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday: CLOSED

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.

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.

Give the Gift Of Fly Fishing

By: Dec 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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 wide and diverse.

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...

Save The Colorado River

By: Dec 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Back by popular demand.  Stop by the shop or online store and pick up a limited run "Save The Upper Colorado" T-shirt by fishpond and Trouts Fly Fishing - there are only 100 of these produced for the Denver WAYPOINTS show and $20 from each purchase is going directly to the help support the Defend the Upper Colorado River Coalition.

Wading Saltwater Flats 101

By: Dec 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Sometimes the best lessons are the ones that sting the most. Last year I was walking a flat with Captain Mike Hennessey just off the coast of Oahu.  We weren't far from Waiki Ki Beach.  This section of Hawaii has fairly extreme tidal shifts - when the water recedes the flats are barren and dry out in the sun.  A few hours later... water three or four feet deep submerge the flats.  It happens fast.  The game plan was to find bonefish on the tidal rise.  You...

Your Year In Photos: Photography Contest

By: Dec 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We’ve had great customer photography sent to us in 2013. You've been fishing hard and we’re having fun living vicariously through your adventures. As 2013 comes to a close, we've teamed with The Drake and drakemag.com to run our year end photo extravaganza. What’s up for grabs? 1) A one-year subscription to The Drake Magazine. 2) A $100 gift certificate to Trouts or our Online Store. 3) A Trouts Signature Trucker Hat and Water Bottle. 4) An...

Kevin Cooke - Welcome Aboard!

By: Dec 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing would like to welcome Kevin Cooke as the newest member of our team!  Kevin recently accepted our offer as our new E-Commerce Manager and his first day on the job was December 1st.  As our E-Commerce Manager, Kevin is responsible for the management of Trouts Fly Fishing Online Store and also online sales and fulfillment in multiple digital market places. 

Planning A Saltwater Fly Fishing Trip

By: Nov 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  I am a MUCH better person to be around when I have a saltwater trip on the books.  For me, half of the fun about a trip to new and exotic fly fishing locations is the preparation, research and planning that goes into a trip.  Like a brown trout who can feel the winter approaching with the changing of the Aspens, the fall for me means that it is time to get a trip on the calendar.  Last year around this time I was...

Holiday Food Drive

By: Nov 28, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Trouts on December 11th and help us kick off our week long food drive to benefit the Food Bank Of the Rockies.  All you need to do is drop off five cans of food between December 11th-18th and you will be put in the running to win a $500 SIMMS SHOPPING SPREE here in the shop or our online store.

Trouts Hosted Trip To Andros South Lodge: SOLD OUT!

By: Nov 27, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing would like to thank everyone who expressed interest about our Hosted Trip to the Andros South Lodge.  We’d also like to thank all of our clients who signed up for this trip.  We’re now officially SOLD OUT and we look forward to getting geared up and prepared for a great adventure in March of 2014.  Stay tuned to the Trouts blog/news site, instagram and twitter feeds as well as our Facebook page as we plan on sharing interesting information we come...

Small Business Saturday: November 30th

By: Nov 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Please visit Trouts Fly Fishing on Small Business Saturday, the day we all Shop Small and support small businesses around the country. If you register with AMEX between now and November 30th and register for a new credit card, you will be eligible for a $10 credit that you can use here at the shop.

How You Catch And Release Fish: It Matters

By: Nov 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo: Will Rice Here is an interesting article we came across last week about catch-and-release landing practices for steelhead on the Gink and Gasoline blog.  If what these biologists found out about the vulnerability of big BC steelhead has any overlap on what can happen to trout if they are not landed and/or released properly, it makes you think a bit. 

John Gierach Book Signing - November 14th

By: Nov 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd

Closing At 5:00pm November 8th

By: Nov 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing will be closing at 5pm on Friday November 8th.  We are hosting the WAYPOINTS Premiere at the Oriental Theater and we hope to see you over at the show.  The doors at the Oriental Theater will open at 7:00pm and the show will start at 8:00pm. Tickets are still available.  Also, you can check out some of the awesome raffle items we're giving away at the show's intermission!

November Customer Events

By: Nov 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Once again, Trouts Fly Fishing has a knock-down-drag-out lineup of customer events for the month of November.  Please join us here in the shop for our FREE events this month and also participate in a GIANT fundraising night for the Defend the Upper Colorado River Coalition on November 8th.  We’re going to have some fun this month and we hope you join us.

Bahamas Bonefish Rig

By: Oct 31, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo by Louis Cahill If you have never planned a saltwater fly fishing trip before, you might be surprised that the research, planning and preparation that goes into the excursion is half the fun.  How-to, where-to, knots and rigging – all the pieces of the puzzle come together on the flats. Deneki Outdoors has a treasure trove of information on their site about fly fishing for bonefish on South Andros Island.  Between now and March when we depart to one of the most remote...

3 Ways You Can Help To Defend the Upper Colorado River

By: Oct 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here are three ways you can help Defend the Upper Colorado River on Friday November 8th: 1) Buy a VIP or General Admission ticket to the Denver WAYPOINTS premiere (only 5 VIP tixs left!) 2) When you are at the show, take a gamble on a $1raffle ticket for the intermission give-away (prizes are being donated by our sponsors including Simms, Costa, fishpond, the Drake Magazine, Hatch and others) 3) Pick up a limited run "Save The Upper Colorado" T-shirt by fishpond and Trouts - there are only...

Fly Fishing South Andros Island March 2014

By: Oct 16, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing Hosted Trip March 15-22, 2014 Andros South – Deneki Outdoors Seven (7) Nights/Six (6) Days of Fishing Join Trouts Fly Fishing and Will Rice on a hosted trip to one of the most prolific bonefish fisheries in the world between March 15th-22nd, 2014. Located just 150 miles southeast of Miami, Andros Island is the largest island in the Bahamas chain - yet it remains the most unpopulated and underdeveloped. In addition to just being an amazing fishery –...

Fall Trout Tactics

By: Oct 10, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is a really well written piece by Dave Karczynski on fall fly fishing tactics we found over at midcurrent.com.  Dave Karcynski has written for The Flyfish Journal and Fly Rod & Reel in the past.  Midcurrent is a great fly fishing resource for all things fishing related including tips, techniques, videos, art, photography, gear, books, and expert advice for fresh and saltwater fly fishing.  This piece has some insightful information on different techniques that can be...

Winter Fly Fishing In Colorado

By: Oct 08, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Winter fly fishing is going to be here before you know it. Start your Colorado research and planning right now.  Join Trouts Fly Fishing for another unique event here at the shop on Thursday October 24th and learn how to fly fish in the winter from an expert.  Reid Baker, Guide Manager here at Trouts Guide Service will discuss strategies, tactics and specific rivers that you can fish in the winter (6-7pm here at the shop).  Learn about basic fish behavior, fly patterns and fly...

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - October 20th

By: Oct 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Trouts Fly Fishing and Guide Service for our final On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School on Sunday October 20th.  $195 per person (class size limited to six anglers)  This is a one-day fishing class held on one of our famous private properties. Students will learn the basics of fly fishing including casting, reading water, entomology, and fly selection. This class includes day use of: waders and boots if needed, rod & reel, tippet, flies. Trouts Guide Service also includes...

Learn The Basics of Fly Fishing On October 10th

By: Oct 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Are you interested in learning the basics of fly fishing so you can enjoy the sport this for years to come?  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.  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.

Issues on the Fryingpan River?

By: Oct 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Aspen Daily News is reporting potential issues on the Fryingpan River near Basalt, CO and a multi-pronged assessment by the Roaring Fork Conservancy to better understand what is going on. The initial alarm was raised by fly fishing guides on the river.  “When the first reports started to trickle in about something unusual on the Fryingpan River, Sharon Clarke thought a few fishermen were simply having bad days on the river.  The hatches were occurring below the Ruedi...

Fall Switch and Spey Casting Clinic: October 19th

By: Sep 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Think spey and switch rods are designed only for the Pacific North West, BC, 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. On-Stream Switch Rod Fly Fishing School $275 6 Student Limit (spots are already starting to fill!)

The Season of the EGG is Upon Us Yet Again

By: Sep 28, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With the Fall Spawn in full swing, it's time to replenish your egg inventory before heading out for a day on the water.  In recent years the "peg egg" has become a big hit in the Rocky Mountain West, with many anglers finding this method of fishing eggs to be far more productive then their "furry" counterparts, in addition to being more friendly on the fish.  Few people know more about the benefits of fishing this method than are friends up North at Alaska...

YR Ranch: Available Sunday September 29th

By: Sep 24, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We had a client with an emergency cancellation and now have a day available at the YR Ranch located on the renowned Lower Blue River – Sunday September 29th.  This property is virtually booked solid for the remaining fall season.

What Can Brown Do For You?

By: Sep 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Brown trout(Salmo trutta) are an anadromous fish that naturally reproduce in rivers across the state of Colorado.  They are also one of the pinnacle species for fly fishing enthusiasts. Being an anadromous fish, browns have an instinct to ascend into rivers from the sea to spawn.  In land locked states, this drive still exists and browns typically begin a migration from lakes or lower sections of a river to upper sections when the days begin to get shorter.  Here are a few...

Keep Your Eyes On The Flows

By: Sep 13, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
As this big storm begins to dissipate we highly recommend that you do a bit more additional research before you head out the door.  There are still many areas of Colorado that are under flash flood advisory.  The Colorado Office of Emergency Management is a solid resource to pay attention to over the next few days.  It has fairly regular updates on conditions and road closures.   Also, when you decide to go fishing, use our Stream Flows page to make sure you have an...

An Introduction to Fly Tying - With David Luna - September 26th

By: Sep 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Learn the basics of tying flies with our in-house signature fly tier David Luna.  Price: $50 p/person (inquire about special bundled offer that includes deluxe fly tying kit containing vice and all the tools you need).  Call the shop today to reserve your spot in this class and get your fall/winter fly tying started off right.

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - September 28th

By: Sep 11, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - September 28th 1 Day - $195.00/person – limited to six (6) participants (full day) Join Trouts Fly Fishing for our final On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School of the 2013 season. This is a one-day fishing school on one of our world-class private properties. Students will learn the basics of fly fishing including casting, reading water, entomology, and fly selection.  Are you interested to see what other clients and students have to say about...

Carp Slam 7 Recap

By: Sep 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing would like to congratulate Scott DeMoss and David Luna for their performance at this year’s Carp Slam 7 fly fishing tournament held on the South Platte River.  We’d also like to thank Denver Trout Unlimited for hosting a great event and all of the pros, amateurs, volunteers, event sponsors, friends, families and businesses that donated to this great cause. Here is a quick recap of the event.

Carp Slam Draw

By: Sep 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is a quick overview of the Pro/Am teams that were drawn tonight for Carp Slam 7 which kicks off Saturday morning, September 7th.  It should be a great day for this fly fishing tournament held on Denver’s own South Platte River.

UPDATE: Hosted Trip On The Colorado River - September 21st and 22nd

By: Sep 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is an update on this this unique trip and additional menu details  – straight from the private chef who will be preparing dinner and breakfast for our guests.  If you’ve heard about this trip and have been on the fence, this might tip you right over...

The Things They Carried: Denver South Platte Carp Slam

By: Sep 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With the Carp Slam just eight days away I decided to get out and after it one last time before the fly fishing moratorium kicked in.  In addition, I decided to share what I’ll be rolling with on Saturday morning for Carp Slam 7 on the South Platte River.  I’m of the opinion that “less is more” on the South Platte so I’ll be traveling light.  These are the things I’ll be carrying – so to speak.  I’ll start from the ground up.

New Fall Shop Hours

By: Sep 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We have new shop hours for the fall fly fishing season: Monday  10am - 6pm Tuesday  10am - 6pm Wed  10am - 6pm Thursday  10am - 7pm Friday 10am - 7pm Saturday  9am - 6pm Sunday  11am - 5pm

Casting & Cocktails With Scott Fly Rods - September 5th

By: Aug 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Trouts Fly Fishing and the Scott Fly Rod Company and cast the new line of Scott Fly Rods including the brand new Radian 905/4.  In addition to casting these rods that are designed and manufactured right here in Colorado, you’ll get to interact with subject matter experts who are knowledgeable about every design nuance that makes these high performance fly rods so unique. This FREE Casting Clinic will in Washington Park from 5:00-7:00pm on the Southeast corner of the park at the...

An Evening For the South Platte River

By: Aug 27, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Carp Slam 7 is sold out but there is still time to jump on the fund raising train to help support Denver’s local river and fishery.  If you want to support Denver Trout Unlimited, help rehabilitate Denver’s home water, and have a lot of fun doing both, stop in the shop today to purchase a ticket for “An Evening For the South Platte” (or purchase a ticket online).  This event is the Carp Slam after-party where you will get to listen to live music, check out...

Hosted Two Day Float On The Colorado River - Sept 21st and 22nd

By: Aug 23, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Trouts Fly Fishing and Vail Valley Anglers for another unique hosted fly fishing adventure that you won't find anywhere else. On September 21st, Trouts will host a guided float trip on the Colorado River that starts at Derby Creek in the remote "middle" section of the Upper Colorado.     Clients will enjoy a full day of fly fishing - where the early fall fishing for browns should be fantastic - and arrive at a private and spacious cabin located on the banks of the...

Fly Fishing for Carp Trivia Contest

By: Aug 16, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With the Carp Slam less than a month a way we’re going to crank up the carp rhetoric in August.  Trouts Fly Fishing has teamed up with Carp Pro Magazine for this carp trivia contest.  The first person who can answer these questions correctly here on the Trouts blog will win brand new Orvis Carp Trucker Hat.

Education and Customer Events-August 2013

By: Aug 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
August might be here already but the summer fly fishing fun isn't over yet.  We have an action packed educational curriculum and event calendar on tap this month.

More Good News for the Arkansas River

By: Aug 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
(Photo: Scott Willoughby, The Denver Post) Scott Willoughby from the Denver Post has written about another great river conservation/rehabilitation success story here in Colorado.  Here’s a sound bite: “Perhaps the most remarkable thing about stream restoration is its immediacy. Take the pollution out of the river and fish can survive. Add some structure, dig out a few pools, shore up eroding banks, and the fish move into the improved habitat almost instantaneously. It...

The Yellow Sally Phenomenon

By: Aug 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Gink & Gasoline is a fly fishing blog we follow on a regular basis.  Kent Klewein just put together a top 10 list of Yellow Sally fly patterns that is quite fitting for the month of August. Little Yellow stoneflies are a prolific bug hatch here in Colorado – if you don’t have a few in your fly box, you should think about adding a few to your arsenal.

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