Video Spotlight: Casting In The Wind

By: Mar 17, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We’ve been working with quite a few clients who are going to be traveling to salt water destinations.  One natural element that anglers are often times challenged by – both here in Colorado in ocean fisheries – is wind.  Here is a quick video created by the Orvis Company that gives a few solid tips on how to both overcome windy conditions, but also how to use the wind to your advantage.

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,...

Trouts Spotlight: The Bozeman Reel Company

By: Mar 14, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing is always on the hunt for the best new fly fishing gear that gives our clients an edge on fly fishing.  Earlier this year we came across the Bozeman Reel Company headquartered out of Bozeman, Montana.  When we talk about reels, most often we focus on reliability, durability and performance.  We’re happy to announce we are the first shop in Colorado to carry Bozeman Reels and become a dealer.

The Things They Carried: South Andros Island, Bahamas

By: Mar 13, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With our hosted trip to the Andros South Lodge in the Bahamas just a few short days away, most of our planning and preparation is behind us.   We’re now in “pack it up” mode.  Between rods, reels, lines, leaders, tippets, and flies – organization and planning can go a long way.

Spotlight Video: Setting The Hook Downstream

By: Mar 12, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Our good pals over at Field and Stream’s Fly Talk are always sharing quick and easy to understand fly fishing tips.  This one, about setting your hook downstream vs upstream, will help you avoid pulling your fly from a fish’s mouth and missing that connection.

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

Connect With Fly Fishing In Colorado

By: Mar 07, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you've never connected with Trouts Fly Fishing, here is what it looks and feels like. Last fall, Trouts Fly Fishing and Guide Service headed out to the YR Ranch and spent a few days camping and fishing on the river - throwing both single and double handed rods. We had all kinds of weather and fishing conditions thrown at us. This quick video gives you a chance to experience what we saw on the water in high definition.

Join The Trouts Team!

By: Mar 07, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing continues to grow and we're looking to expand our team.  We're looking for a Seasonal Full-Time Sales Associate to join our dynamic team of fly fishing subject matter experts. The Seasonal Full-Time Sales Associate position at Trouts Fly Fishing requires a passion for the fly fishing lifestyle and an outgoing personality that takes initiative, has integrity and is committed to world class customer service.

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...

Great News For Bristol Bay

By: Mar 03, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is some very exciting and positive news that just was announced by the EPA.  We're now one step closer to protecting Bristol Bay.  Bristol Bay is a one-of-a-kind natural resource and provides the spawning habitat for the world’s largest sockeye salmon, as well as rainbow trout, dolly varden, arctic grayling and four other species of pacific salmon.  Here is a brief excerpt from an Associated Press article that appeared in the Washington Post: “The...

Gear Short: Simms Headwaters Guide Hip Pack

By: Feb 28, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
In Today’s Gear Short we’re going to show you the Simms Headwaters Guide Hip Pack. This fly fishing hip pack is designed and built to carry a lot of gear and take a beating. 

Shut Him Down!

By: Feb 27, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Courtesy of Chris S. There is nothing we like better then getting a fly fishing report from a customer after we have set them up with gear for an international fly fishing adventure.  We just received this report from Chris S. who we first met back in January.  “I just returned today from Christmas Island ... it was incredible,” said Chris.  “Giant trevally, big bones, all kinds of other species ... including a Barracuda!”

Don’t Let This Happen To You

By: Feb 26, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When you travel internationally to go fly fishing, things don’t always go as planned.  Actually, I take that back.  Most of the time something, somewhere, somehow… things manage to go awry.  It actually makes sense.  You are going somewhere new, fishing for a new species, making tight connections, using new gear and exploring new water. Sometimes… sXit just happens.

South Platte River Report: Late Winter Fly Fishing

By: Feb 25, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We’re starting to see signs of spring fly conditions here in Colorado – albeit sporadically.  One day, we’ll be in shirt sleeves with the sun shining and the next in down jackets with snow flying. It is after all Colorado and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

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...

February Fly Fishing Report: Playing Hooky

By: Feb 21, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
hook·y - [hook-ee]  - noun - Unjustifiable absence from school, work, etc. (usually used in the phrase play hooky): "On the first warm spring day, the boys played hooky from school to go fishing." – www.dictionary.com It is tough to call it hooky when the boss joins you on the river for a day of fly fishing on a Tuesday in February.  But still… it felt a lot like hooky.

New Product Spotlight: Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Wader

By: Feb 20, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
As we continue to move toward prime-time fly fishing season here in Colorado, we will continue to showcase the new products that have caught our attention. Next up, the new Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Waders.

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.

Closed For Renovations February 17th-19th

By: Feb 15, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing has had a great run here at 1303 East 6th Avenue since 2007, but it is now time to make a few upgrades.  Trouts will be closed February 17, 18, and 19th for some shop improvements and renovations.  Please bear with us during this time as we feel that you will really enjoy the improvements we make here at the shop.  In the meantime, check out great gear and equipment on our online store. We'll be back open for business on Thursday February 20th at...

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. 

The Trouts Contingent: Getting After It

By: Feb 10, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It is great to see and hear from our customers after their fly fishing trips.  One of our big goals at Trouts Fly Fishing is to share what we know and our expertise so our clients can maximize their time on the water.  Here’s is the latest customer fly fishing report, photo and shout-out we received: “Thank you guys for all the help! Anyone out there that wants to catch big fish...come to Trouts!!!!! They will hook you up with knowledge!!!”– Bryan H,...

Connect With Trouts Fly Fishing

By: Feb 07, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
How do you want to connect with fly fishing this year?  Let us know how you want to connect and the three most intriguing answers we find on our blog Monday morning will each win a signature Trouts Trucker Hat.

Spotlight Video: Simms G4 Boa Boot

By: Feb 06, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
At the recent International Sportmen’s Exhibition here in Denver, we spent a lot of time talking to customers about the new 2014 Simms line of fly fishing outerwear – specifically the new wading boots.  One of the models that our customers found of interest was the new G4 Boa Boot.

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...

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Gear Guide

By: Feb 03, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Let Trouts Fly Fishing Help Keep You OUT of the Dog House This Coming Valentine’s Day. It is that time of the year again folks – Valentine's Day is right around the corner.  We put together a Top 10 ten list of great gift ideas for that special someone in your life.

The Arkansas River: Gold Medal Fly Fishing

By: Feb 03, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
January was a really busy month for us here at Trouts.  Somehow, we forgot to share this article about the fly fishing prospects on the Arkansas River and the new Gold Medal water designation.  As always, Scott Willoughby from the Denver Post delivers a great piece talking about why this is important for the Arkansas as well as the State of Colorado. 

Notable Video Edition - Damsels in Distress

By: Feb 01, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Every so often a piece of media will come across my desk that reminds me of the beauty, splendor and simplicity that is fly fishing for Trout.  I have been fortunate to travel the globe in search of exotic species, but trout has always been a fish that grounds me and exemplifies why I love this sport so much.

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.

South Andros Island Bonefish Video

By: Jan 29, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Courtesy of Deneki Outdoors In preparation for our trip to the Andros South Lodge in the Bahamas in mid March, I’m in a constant state of research and preparation.  I haven’t been to South Andros Island in almost 10 years.  For many of our clients, this will be their first salt water fly fishing adventure – ever. As part of the planning process, I scoured the interwebs trying to find a decent video that captures some of the situations we’ll...

Surface Film 2014

By: Jan 28, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It was great to see the Denver Fly Fishing community representing in force this past weekend.  Now, you have another chance to do it again.  The Greenbacks are holding their 4th annual Surface Film event showcasing some of the nation’s best fishing photography from across the globe at the Anthology Fine Art Gallery on Thursday February 6th, 2014.

Denver Fly Fishing Film Tour Recap

By: Jan 27, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing would like to thank everyone who attended the Fly Fishing Film Tour this past Saturday evening.  Together, in partnership with the Orvis Company, we were able to raise $1500+ for the Defend the Upper Colorado River Coalition with our two reel raffles.  A BIG thanks goes out to each and everyone of you who purchased a ticket and helped the cause!

Fly Fishing Report: Winter South Platte Carp

By: Jan 24, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
There is something to be said about starting out a new fishing season.  Out with the old – in with the new.  In my case, 2013 was a pretty terrible year for fly fishing for carp in the South Platte River.  My biggest problem: I didn’t get out enough.  A secondary issue, we had a lot of big and off color water last year that made sight fishing difficult.  Thirdly - and this is just a working theory at this point - the fish in the Denver South Platte...

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.

Fly Fishing Film Tour 8pm Show SOLD OUT!

By: Jan 23, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The 8:00pm Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Oriental Theater in Denver is now officially sold out.  The good news, Trouts Fly Fishing still has a handful of tickets to the 4:00pm show that is premiering on January 25th. If you have never been to a Fly Fishing Film Tour before and are interested in what you will see, you can check out our post from yesterday that includes trailers from each film.  Or, you can read this great article from Denver Post’s Scott Willoughby.

Denver Fly Fishing Film Tour: Almost Sold Out

By: Jan 22, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Don’t forget to get your Fly Fishing Film Tour tickets today.  We have less than 20 tickets for the 8pm show available – we’ll most likely be sold out TONIGHT.  If you want to go to the 4:00pm show, tickets purchased at Trouts Fly Fishing are $13 vs. $15 at the door.

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.'

January Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte River

By: Jan 17, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Guide Service is off to a great season so far this year.  In addition to the recent announcement of our 2014 Educational Curriculum and fly fishing schools, we continue to introduce new clients to fishing here in Colorado.  Last week we were able to take a father and son team out on the South Platte River near Deckers.  Anthony and Max were visiting from California and wanted to experience fly fishing in the Front Range. Neither had ever gone fly fishing before but...

Trouts Spotlight: WCR Ranch and ISE Special

By: Jan 16, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With 2014 well underway, it is a great time to start planning your fly fishing adventures for the rest of the year.  As a way to help you make this happen, Trouts Fly Fishing and Guide Service would like to offer our customers a great way to visit and fish one of our most unique and compelling Exclusive Properties.  Here’s the deal: visit the Trouts booth at the International Sportsmen’s Exposition this weekend January 16-19th  and you can sign up for a summer...

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

Trip Report: New River - Galax, VA

By: Jan 15, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When my alarm hit at 6:00 am Saturday morning I was bursting with excitement to hit the road and spend the day in the Smoky Mountains. After rolling out of bed and throwing on clothes from the night before, I was in the car and on the road by 6:05. After a short stop to grab a cup of coffee, I was cruising up I-77 as the sun rose to the East over Lake Norman.

New Product Spotlight: Patagonia Packs and Vests

By: Jan 14, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Courtesy of Patagonia At Trouts Fly Fishing we are continually evolving our equipment, gear and fly fishing apparel offering both in the shop and our online store.  We just received a shipment of waist packs, sling packs and travel bags that were hand picked from the new 2014 Patagonia line.  We like this gear a lot and we think you will as well. Here are a few items that caught our attention early on and a brief summary of what you can expect to find from Patagonia.

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.

Why Orvis? And Helios 2 Gear Review

By: Jan 10, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
All photos and video courtesy of Alex Landeen Back in June of 2013 Trouts Fly Fishing announced that we were bringing a new brand and rod manufacturer under our roof here at 1303 East 6th Avenue.  The news caught a lot of people’s attention.  Why?  Because the brand was Orvis. Since then we’ve had a great time introducing Orvis to a lot of new customers. But we still get a lot of questions.  The #1 question: Why?

What’s Your 2014 Resolution Fish?

By: Jan 09, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is a pretty interesting post from our friends over at Field & Stream Fly Talk.  “This year I've decided that I want to do a "double-10." I want to catch a 10-pound brown trout, and at 10-pound rainbow trout, both on the fly. But here's the rub: no stockers! Only wild fish count. And only North American fish, no freak chasing in South America.” – Kirk Deeter

Casting For Cash

By: Jan 08, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
CASTING FOR CASH - SATURDAY JANUARY 18TH - 7:00pm International Sportsmen's Exposition This previously underground event is being opened up to the public for the first time.  Shoot it out with some of the best fly casters in Denver as well as some of the best guns in the industry.  This unsanctioned/unofficial event is in its third year running and a lot of fun.  Not only does it give anglers a chance to win $400 in cold hard cash, Trouts Guide Service will...

Fly Fishing Report: Last Fish of the Season

By: Jan 07, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With the weather all over the place here in Colorado you need to pick your days with precision.  The window opened up for me on the last day of the year – December 31, 2013.  With weather predicted to be in the 40s, flows on the South Platte River right about 100 CFS, and only a slim chance of precipitation in the forecast, I took the opportunity.  Plus, I was looking forward to catching my last fish of the year.

2014 Fly Fishing Film Tour - Tickets Now Available

By: Jan 06, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Tickets for the 2014 Fly Fishing Film Tour in Denver, CO are now available at Trouts Fly Fishing and our online store.

Your Year In Photos: Winner!

By: Jan 02, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The results are in!  The response to our “Your Year in Photos” photo contest sponsored by the Drake Magazine was overwhelming.  This was our biggest photography contest ever.  The voting, as always, was super close. We’re happy to announce that the grand prize goes to...

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.

2013 Gear In Review Part II

By: Dec 27, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
2013 was a great year for Trouts Fly Fishing – we were able to meet a ton of new customers as well as spend time with old friends here in the shop and on the water.  From a gear and equipment perspective, we introduced new products from partners and manufacturers that we have worked with for years.  We also showcased brand new gear from new manufacturers who are coming up with new innovations.  We’ll continue to follow this same path next year.  ...

The Things They Carried: Argentina

By: Dec 24, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
2013 was a fairly big year of travel for Trouts Fly Fishing.  2014 will be a big year again for the shop.  Tucker Ladd and his wife Whitney are kicking things off a bit early with a fly fishing trip to Argentina.  Here is a quick spotlight on their pre-trip activity and travel plans. "For this particular adventure I worked with the guys at Damonte Outfitters, a fly shop and guide service located in San Martin De Los Andes in Argentina," said Tucker Ladd.  "They...

Winter Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte River

By: Dec 23, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Guide Service operates twelve months out of the year and we’re available just about every day of each season.  Fly fishing in December can be cold and sometimes tricky but one big upside to fly fishing in the winter additional solitude you get on the water.  On our last client trip we visited the main stem of the South Platte River near Deckers. Flows on this section of the river have been hovering right around 100 CFS and the water is very clear. On the day we...

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.

2013 Gear In Review Part I

By: Dec 20, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We had a lot of fun in 2013 talking to our customers about fly fishing gear and equipment.  We tested rods from the banks of British Columbia to small saltwater atolls of Honduras.  We put boots and waders through the ringer from Colorado to Montana.  Here is Part I of a two part series – enjoy the Trouts Fly Fishing Gear in Review!

2013 Holiday Food Drive: Winner!

By: Dec 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing and Simms Fishing Products would like to congratulate Mark Scharfenaker for his contribution to our 2013 Holiday Food Drive and his big raffle prize win!  Mark just won a $500 Simms Shopping Spree here at the shop. In addition to thanking Mark for his contribution, we’d like to thank all of our customers who made canned and packaged food donations.  Together, we were able to raise over 250+ cans and packages of food that will be donated to the Food...

Trouts Spotlight: Fishpond’s Nomad Net Series - DeYoung Edition

By: Dec 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Derek DeYoung is a unique guy – his artwork is one-of-kind.  Fishpond’s Nomad Net Series is also quite unique as well – they are the most durable composite nets on the market.  What do you get when you put the two together? There are only 50 of them in production so you better move fast if you want to find out.

Your Year In Photos: Time To Vote!

By: Dec 18, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The finalists for our “Your Year in Photos” photography contest have been chosen and now it’s up to the Trouts contingent to choose this year’s winner!  Big thanks to the Drake Magazine who helped get the word out and who will be donating a year magazine subscription to the winner.  What else is up for grabs?  A $100 gift certificate to Trouts or our Online Store, a Trouts Signature Trucker Hat and Water Bottle and an assortment of Drake...

FREE 2 Day Shipping!

By: Dec 17, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts would like to offer our customers FREE 2 Day shipping at our online store!  If you have been slacking on your holiday shopping this is a great opportunity to make sure you get your holiday gift delivered ON TIME.  Shopping at Trouts Fly Fishing’s online store is quick and easy.  When: Tuesday December 17th - Friday December 20th Details: Spend $50 or more and receive FREE 2 Day Shipping on all of your holiday purchases

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer: Clyde

By: Dec 16, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The much anticipated Drake Holiday Gift Guide was just released.  Each year, this proves to be the pinnacle-shopping guide for the discerning fly angler.  Looking for that special gift to get that angler who already has everything?  How about Christmas Island?  Looking to wow your fellow anglers at the put-in or parking lot of your favorite creek or stream?  Ride in style to the river with Clyde (super bargain!).  You can read the entire Drake Holiday...

Special Holiday Store Hours

By: Dec 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing will be opening for Special Holiday Store Hours starting tomorrow, December 15.  Here's a list of our store hours through December 24: Sunday December 15, 11am - 5pm Monday December 16, 10am - 7pm Tuesday December 17, 10am - 7pm Wednesday December 18, 10am - 7pm Thursday December 19, 10am - 8pm Friday December 20, 10am - 8pm Saturday December 21, 9am - 6pm Sunday December 22, 9am - 6pm Monday December 23, 10am - 7pm...

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,...

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.

Trouts Spotlight: Holiday Gift Guide

By: Dec 10, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
CHECK OUT OUR BRAND NEW HOLIDAY GEAR GUIDE If you are looking for gift ideas for the holidays, our new Holiday Gear Guide is a great place to start.  Each piece of equipment was hand chosen by a Trouts Fly Fishing employee.    Our Gear Guide covers a wide spectrum from fly fishing equipment - from hats all the way down to boots.  We have gift ideas ranging in price from five bucks and up.  We have included gear that is brand new as well as a few...

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....

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)...

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. 

Trouts Spotlight: The Holiday Gift Certificate

By: Dec 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA: KEEP IT FAST AND EASY Check Out A Trouts Gift Certificate - Online Do you want to give the gift of fly fishing?  Finding the perfect holiday gift for the angler who already has everything isn't always an easy. Whether it's a holiday gift, birthday present, employee recognition gift, or a simple gesture of appreciation, a Trouts Gift Certificate will cover all the bases.  You can purchase a gift card online and it can be redeemed here in the...

Trouts Spotlight: Finn Utility

By: Dec 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing is constantly on the look out for new and innovative products when it comes to fly fishing gear.  We usually find those products originating out West and close to home.  In the case of Finn Utility, this proved not to be the case.  We gave Ryan McDonald, Founder and Chief Designer at Finn Utility, a call and decided to meet up this summer in Las Vegas at the International Fly Tackle Dealer.  It was Finn's first big fly fishing show.  We...

Winter Fly Fishing Report: The Arkansas River

By: Dec 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
"Thanks for inviting me out today gents, I'm pumped to fish some new water," I said as we began pulling piles of gear out of the car not far from the banks of the Arkansas River.  Working in a shop, I get a lot of invitations to fish from clients but I rarely get to take people up on their offers.  When I received the email from a couple of guys I had met at a Denver Trout Unlimited member meeting a few years ago, I decided to make it happen. With the weather in the...

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...

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...

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.

Shop Hours November 28th-December 1st

By: Nov 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Please note that Trouts Fly Fishing will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day but we will be operating with normal business hours for the remainder of the weekend.  Also, don’t forget that November 30th and Small Business Saturday.  Our weekend holiday hours are as follows: ·       Thursday Nov. 28th - CLOSED ·       Friday Nov. 29th - 10am to 7pm ·      ...

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. 

WAYPOINTS Film Review

By: Nov 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Courtesy of Jim Klug We know that a LOT of our customers and fly fishing clients joined us at the WAYPOINTS show on November 8th.  Here is the first review of the film.  Our pal Kirk Deeter from Field & Stream's Fly Talk is well known for calling 'em like he sees ‘em – and this review he pulls no punches.

Simms GORE-TEX - Waders and Jackets

By: Nov 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We had a great trip to Montana a few weeks ago.  One of the stops we made was to the new Simms factory located just on the outskirts of Bozeman.  As one of the only wader manufacturers who has a highly skilled work force designing and building GORE-TEX waders here in the United States, it was eye-opening to watch the entire wader construction process first hand and to learn more about the materials themselves. 

Gear Review: Sage Method 6126

By: Nov 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Over the last several years I have cast a wide variety of spey rods in various sizes, shapes and makes and I had a pretty good idea what I liked or disliked in a 2 handed rod.  Spey rods are built for power and if using good--or in my case adequate-- casting techniques, they are the perfect tool for the job when it comes to swinging flies for anadromous fish.  At 12-17’ long, they’re going to move some line, so power has always been a term to describe them in almost...

Name That Water - Fly Fishing In November

By: Nov 18, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The first person to name this water wins a party pack from Nautilus Reels (includes a signature cap, UV buff, and T-shirt).  Get after it!

Montana Road Trip’in: Part II

By: Nov 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Tucker did a pretty good trip outlining the first half our trip to Montana.  There were a few details that were left out that are worth sharing. After departing Denver we quickly realized there was something wrong with the Penske Van: it would not exceed 70mph...

WAYPOINTS Recap!

By: Nov 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
All Photos Courtesy of Trevor Brown Trouts Fly Fishing would like to thank everyone who participated in the Denver WAYPOINTS show this past Friday Night.  The movie was fantastic and in total, we were able to raise over $3000+ for the Defend the Upper Colorado River Coalition and Colorado Trout Unlimited. We could not have done this without the generositity of our show sponsors Simms, fishpond, Costa,  Drake Magazine, Hatch, Umpqua , and the Fly Fishing Film Tour and all of...

Montana Road Trip’in

By: Nov 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With our Consumer Show season right around the corner, we needed to address some critical issues concerning our show booth; i.e. replacing the main wooden structure that has become a serious liability hazard over the past few years.  A quick call up the Jim Adams of Adams and Sons Fixture Company in Bozeman, MT (the original owner/builder of our show booth) quickly turned into an offer we couldn't refuse.  We transport our old booth up to Bozeman, and Jim would happily...

John Gierach Book Signing - November 14th

By: Nov 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd

Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte River in November

By: Nov 08, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Flows on the South Platte River near Deckers have been on the rise.  We were able to fish the river right around 120 CFS and the water clarity was excellent.  Flows have since bumped up to 180 CFS.  We could spot fish in a few of the runs and fish were actively feeding.

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!

Denver Waypoints SNEAK Peek: Alaska

By: Nov 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Someone’s been leaking footage from the WAYPOINTS film to our buddies over at the Drake Magazine. “Waypoints, a new flyfishing film by Confluence, premiers this week in select cities across the country. Join The Drake at Denver's Oriental Theater on Friday night and prepare to get loose. Dan "Rooster" Leavens scoops up a handful of steel in this underwater-porn enriched AK edit...”

What’s Hatching On Friday November 8th?

By: Nov 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Trouts Fly Fishing and Hank Patterson – your guide for Denver Waypoints Premiere – this Friday night November 8th.    We still have GA tickets available but they will not last long.  You can purchase tickets here in the shop or at our online store.   Tickets are only $15 bucks and we’re going to have an outstanding intermission raffle with top notch gear from Costa Sunglasses, fishpond, Hatch Outdoors, Umpqua… not to mention a...

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...

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 -...

South Platte River Report

By: Oct 28, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Denver South Platte in mid October after the big rain event - big and off color Scott Willoughby, from the Denver Post, always has interesting local outdoor stories to share.  This one isn’t a fly fishing story specifically, but it should be of interest to anyone who wades the South Platte River. “While exploring the changed river bottom, I started across a small side channel with several inches of flowing water. I have sunk into what I call "quicksand" along...

WAYPOINTS Sneak Peek: India

By: Oct 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It looks like the Drake Magazine has received a few clips from the upcoming WAYPOINTS film which is coming to Denver November 8th.  Make the jump to check out this one from India where Jeff Currier talks about the allure of fishing for golden mahseer.  Golden mahseer are one of the largest cyprinids on the planet (psssst: cyprinids is short for carp). These fish have been known to reach 9 ft length weigh in over 100 lbs.  Tickets for the Denver WAYPOINTS show are still on...

Have you ever been surprised by a bonefish?

By: Oct 24, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo By Tosh Brown Prep time for our hosted fly fishing trip to the Andros South Lodge has already begun.  For now, it is mental preparation and getting ready again to face-down BIG bonefish in SKINNY water.  If you have never had the opportunity to experience the speed, power, and prowess of a Bahamian bonefish, here’s a great thread and conversation about fly fishing for bonefish to check out over on the Deneki site.