You’ve gotta love springtime in the Rockies!
Despite the cloudy weather and dirty water, the fish were still biting on the South Platte yesterday!
Despite the less than ideal conditions, It was a great day in South Park!
Things are heating up on the South Platte!
Dave from the shop decided to take a solo trip to Deckers this past Sunday- just in time to put his camera's auto timer to the test.
Learning to fly-fish is always an adventure and guiding people who fall into this “learning” category is without a doubt one of my favorite things to do.
Sometimes persistance really does pay off.
I've been told more than once, "Dude, you just gave away the playbook"....well, here I go again.
Love was in the air at Deckers this past Saturday.
Remember that McDonald’s commercial from the Super Bowl?
You gotta want it...
It's a new month out there folks....read on to become 500 words the wiser.
Cody was able to sneak out of the big city for a 3 day retreat in Basalt. From the sounds of it, there's still a few hungry trout in that valley.
Sometimes you've got to call an audible.
Sometimes you've got to dance with who brought you.....
American's were not the only thing eating over the Thanksgiving holiday!
The big ones are biting at Deckers!
Another day at the big D.....
Black Friday....more like Brown Friday
If you're not heading to the ski hill, head to the river!
Sometimes you've gotta go with the (lack of) flow.....
You gotta love it when the Boss says "Let's close the doors and go fish!"
It's a great time to be a fly-fisherman in Colorado!
The fishing is grand at the Granby Ranch!
Late October. Bighorn River Montana. 4 days to do nothing but fish....This is gonna be good.
The weather is going to be amazing this weekend, get out and sight fish!
The sunny conditions at Deckers this weekend meant one thing.....let's go sight fishing!
The sun was shining and the fish were hungry at Deckers yesterday!
It was Fall fishing at it's finest this weekend at the Granby Ranch!
October.....it just feels good to say.
The other day I approached our owner Tucker with an idea.
Back in college I made the mistake of leaving a birthday card from my mom out on the kitchen counter, which inevitably found its way into the hands of my roommates. Unfortunately my mom's nickname for me was divulged, beginning what would become my new moniker for my roommates and friends alike. Luckily that name has since died been reserved for my mother once again, but the memories of said episode will always be a fond memory of my younger years. Let's face it, we all have...
Exploring the Hoback, Snake and Buffalo Rivers is a must for any fly angler and it's only 8 hours away.
Trouts Guide Service was on the water this weekend and the fish were hungry!
The Green Drake Diet. The Frying Pan River has been on fire lately.
September will be a great month for fly fishing in Colorado. What to expect and where to go this month!
As to be expected, the fishing was phenomenal, the scenery spectacular, and the wildlife abundant.
A day on the Colorado with weather, is one you will always remember.
When an old friend from out of town calls and wants to go fishing, you go!
Trouts Guide Service has been on the water every day this week and the reports coming in have been nothing short of outstanding. It's not always a guarantee that a guide will be grinning ear to ear by the time we reach August, however this has definitely been the case this week.
With Baby Ladd due to makes it's grand debut in roughly 4 weeks, the wife and I decided to head to the High Country for a couple days of float fishing on the Colorado River.
Our friends down at Duranglers in Durango, CO recently sent us a detailed summary of fishing conditions for the month of July. Sounds like an ideal time to get down south and enjoy some great summer fishing, check out the report for yourself! Durango July Fishing Report June has come and gone and with it, a month of unreal fishing has passed. Not to worry, July is the high point of our summer fishing season and it continues to be great in our small slice of fishing heaven....
Being creatures of habit, it's understandable that anglers sometimes have a hard time adjusting to change. We get used to seeing and fishing rivers during certain conditions, and when these conditions change it can be difficult to adjust how you're fishing to remain productive. This scenario has proven particularly true this year with the abundance of water flowing through our States rivers and steams, all thanks to a record snowpack from the winter season. This in...
The South Platte River below the Cheesman Reservoir is still a little high but extremely productive at the end of June. Cody and I took a trip up to Cheesman Canyon yesterday and fished for most of the afternoon. Quick Stats: Water Flow: 516cfs Clarity: Clear
Quick Stats: River: Colorado River (Pumphouse Recreation Area to Rancho Del Rio) Flows: 2,800 cfs - Colorado River at Kremmling Clarity: Chalky Brown, 6-12” of visibility near the banks Insects Observed: Pale Morning Dun, Stone Flies Guides: Rob Waters, Bryant Compton with Vail Valley Anglers
The above photo and following text correpsondence was received this afternoon from an unnamed anger: "Uhhhh the Eagle is RiDICULOUS!! We boated at least 30 all on dbl dry rigs. I guess last night was the first they keyed into the caddis hatch." Full translation not provided, but we think you can get the general idea. Give the shop a call for more up to date river reports from across the state. With runoff in it's final days, fishing is starting to explode across...
Trouts Fly Fishing and Guide Service just wrapped up another successful On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School this past weekend. River flows on the North Fork of the South Platte River are on the decline making this a great destination for new as well as experienced anglers. With the weather temperature holding in the mid seventies, the river flow right at 345 CFS and sunny skies, we were able to enjoy the first day of summer here in Colorado at the Rowdy Trout Ranch.
The Blue at Silverthorne is still a little higher than the 51 year median average and currently sits at 701 cfs. When I fished the Blue at Silverthorne on Wednesday the levels were a little higher at 812 cfs but fished exceptionally well all things considered. I moved up and downstream from Silverthorne and had the best luck in the slower moving pools after the longer whitewater runs. I only fished for a couple of hours but the time was very productive as I adjusted weight and strike indicator...
Every once in a while you have a day of fishing that inspires you. These are the days when everything comes together the way you expect it to, yet still offers welcome surprises in the way of an empty river, hungry fish, and wonderful company. For me, this is what makes fly fishing such a wonderful pursuit, and will forever have me coming back for more.
Trouts Fly Fishing just wrapped up our annual hosted trip to the Rio Grande River. This trip has proven to be a great fly fishing adventure in the past and this year it was no exception. The big question on everyone’s mind as we packed up our gear and headed out the door: with the abnormally high flows this year across the state, what was the river going to look like and more importantly… would we find the bugs?
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.
Fishing the South Platte River over the past week and a half has been dynamic. This past Saturday, we saw a significant increase in flows during our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School. The river was high when we arrived and we saw it increase throughout the day. The flows near Deckers actually quadrupled over a 24-hour period. Even with rising water levels, the fishing was still good.
The crowds on the South Platte near Deckers were heavy this past weekend due to Memorial Day and higher flows on other rivers in Central Colorado. On the positive side, the increased angling pressure didn’t seem to impact the fishing on our recent client trips. We successfully landed a few rainbow trout that were measured right at the twenty-inch mark as well as a number of smaller brown trout.
The Fryingpan River in late May Late spring is always a dynamic time of year here in Colorado. From a weather perspective, you never know what you are going to get when you head outdoors – especially up in the mountains. The good news is that there are almost always great fishing opportunities if you want to find them.
If you have been following Trouts Fly Fishing or visited us here at the shop, you know that most of us here are unabashed carp junkies. Here is a quick list of things you should know about carp and the Denver South Platte River if you decide to take on this challenging species on the fly.
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.
Flows are currently rising on bear creek with current flows above 115. When I started fishing the creek on Sunday the water was at 100 cfs around 3:00 PM and slowly dropped to 94 cfs as I was leaving around 7:00 PM. Water clarity was a little murky when I first started but appeared to improve as the afternoon continued. For the latest bear creek flows: click here
Andrew P, a shop client, shows off his first ever fly caught carp from the Denver South Platte River in May People ask me all the time: “What is a good time to fish the South Platte River in Denver for carp?” My first answer: “It depends a lot on the flows.” On a recent scouting mission to upper section of the South Platte River – closer to Chatfield Reservoir – the water was low and clear.
The fishing on the main stem of the South Platte River continues to be excellent with flows right in line with historic averages. On one of our recent guide trips we started fairly early and we were on the water before 8:00am. The water was clear and the Stream Flow was at 288 CFS. We had clear skies and the river was pleasantly un-crowded. We began fishing just downstream of Deckers and found a few feeding rainbows right out of the gate.
I could see the big tail standing straight up out of the water from almost a quarter mile away. The fish had to be huge. “You see the fish now?” asked Julian Cabral, our guide and host at the Whipray Caye Lodge in Southern Belize. “I can see it,” I said. I could feel my heart rate picking up already. I tried to take a deep breath.
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,...
Quick Overview: Date: 5/4/2014, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm Roaring Fork River @ 700 cfs Rods: Sage One 905-4 Reels: Sage 4250 Guide: Kyle Holt, Taylor Creek Fly Shops Flies: Brown Chenille Worms and Prince Nymphs
With temperatures in the 70's & 80's over the past few weeks, Colorado’s Warm Water fisheries are coming alive. As water temps warm, Bass, Pike & Carp, are moving into the shallows to feed on the newfound abundance of spring, creating unique sight fishing opportunities for the fly fisher. As spring further asserts herself, these fisheries will only continue to improve, and conveniently provided some excellent alternatives to the increasingly turbid,...
The main stem of the South Platte River continues to fish well as we push into spring and the flows continue to rise. Higher flows are dislodging a lot of debris, bugs and other organisms into the river and the water also has a nice stained color and fish are actively feeding throughout the day.
The main stem of the South Platte River continues to fish extremely well. The stream flows from below Cheesman Canyon have been fluctuating but the fishing has been consistent. Trouts Guide Service has been out on the water quite a bit throughout the month of April and the early spring conditions have been great. Here is a quick account from a few of our recent client trips.
Saturday was our first Intermediate Clinic of the 2014 season and focused on switch and spey casting techniques for both Colorado trout and salmon or steelhead for the traveling angler. The Lower Blue is flowing at a higher-than-average level and this created the perfect scenario for switch rods. The weather was warm with some clouds and the river flows 710 CFS with off color clarity.
Fishing trips are a special thing. The utter simplicity of walking away from your day to day life to focus on nothing more than fooling a fish to eat your fly. A time when the biggest decision you have to make is between 4X and 5X leaders, and what kind of meat you're going to throw on the girll that night. Is it a Makers night, or maybe should we throw ourselves a curve ball and bust out that bottle of Knob Creek? Awe yes, fishing trips are a special thing. My most...
Trouts Fly Fishing is happy to announce the successful kick off of our 2014 Fly Fishing Education Curriculum. On Saturday March 29th we had our inaugural On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School where we were able to introduce the sport of fly fishing to a new group of students. The flows on the main stem of the South Platte River were right around 125 CFS and the water clarity was excellent. With clear water and temperatures right in the mid 50s it was classic springtime...
Photo Courtesy of Tim Romano I’ll have to admit, when I first got wind of this story from the Field & Stream Fly Talk crew I was a bit suspect. Then… I saw the video.
My eyes had to adjust to what I was looking at. I hadn’t seen anything like it in almost 10 years. The large mass of grey/brown color could easily be mistaken for a patch of Caribbean turtle grass or coral… but it wasn’t turtle grass or coral. It was a massive school of Bahamian bonefish. “You see how those fish are starting to move to the left,” said Sparkles, our guide from the Andros South Lodge. “Show me the cast...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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,...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
"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...
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...
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 trade us...
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.
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...
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.
Trouts would like to thank all of our clients who joined us this past weekend for our final On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School of the season as well as our Switch Rod and Spey Casting Clinic. Our Switch & Spey class was held on the Lower Blue River and our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School was held on the North Fork of the South Platte River. Check out the full fly fishing report.
Fly fishing in October is all about change. The colors, the temperature, and the fishing conditions - are all changing. We spent a few days exploring new water on the Upper Colorado River, hit some old stand-by favorites on the Roaring Fork and the Frying Pan River, and poked around the Eagle River as well. We found sporadic bouts of clear weather, rain, sleet, snow and hail.
Trouts Guide Service Manager Reid Baker just made it back from Northwest British Columbia targeting summer run steelhead on the Skeena River System. One of the few remaining completely wild steelhead fisheries, this region is known as one of the best places to target these anadramous fish as they make their way back into the river for their spring spawning. Though there are no shortage of world renowned lodges and outfitters in the area, Reid opted for a do-it-yourself experience,...
Fall fly fishing has finally arrived in Colorado! With the recent rain event behind us, it is great to see a more regular weather pattern developing here in the Front Range. The flows on the main stem of the South Platte River were all over the place in September - yet the river fished extremely well. Flows were as low as 50 and as high as 300+ and the river has settled down to 154 out of Cheesman Reservoir through the Deckers area. The water clarity right now is...
Below is an update from the Division of Wildlife regarding the stream flows between Spinney and Eleven Mile Reservoir. This is the Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area (AKA "The Dream Stream"). At the time of this publication (10/4/13), this section of the South Platte River was running at 34.3 CFS well below historic averages. To track real-time stream flow on this section of river CLICK HERE. AURORA WATER'S FLOW REDUCTION OUT OF SPINNEY COULD AFFECT FISHING AURORA,...
Let's face it, turning 30 isn't exactly a milestone we are all looking forward to hitting. But I've always been a firm believer that it's all is how you want to view it, so are you a "glass is half full" or "glass is half empty" kind of person? Luckily I've already been down said path, and thanks to my wife my 30th birthday will be one to remember (and not remember thanks to plentiful brown water libations). So it's fair to say that the bar was set...
Photo Courtesy anglerstonic.com Greg Thomas just dropped this epic fly fishing report from Canada’s Gaspe Peninsula on Angler's Tonic. If you ever had an interest in visiting the Bonaventure and Grand Cascapedia rivers for a crack at tight-lipped Atlantic salmon, this trip report should get you salivating.
Fall fly fishing has finally arrived in Colorado! With the recent rain events behind us, it is great to see a more regular weather pattern developing here in the Front Range. The flows on the main stem of the South Platte River have been bumped up and the water clarity is excellent (flows are currently right around ~300 out of Cheesman Canyon). We have had guide trips down to the South Platte River for the past week and it is great to see the Deckers area settling...
If you are looking for ideas for a fly fishing road trip close to Denver, check out this article on the Visit Denver site.
It is great to see that much of Colorado is finally beginning to dry out. Here's a quick weekend fly fishing report.
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...
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...
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.