Trouts weekend Guide Report June 30th

By: Jun 30, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Trouts exclusive property Willow Creek was the star of the show this week.

Beaver Island: Sneak Peak

By: Jun 30, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Trouts Outfitting/Communications Manager Kyle Wilkinson is having a little fun right now. 

Trouts Guide Service Report: June 23

By: Jun 23, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Reaping the benefits of private water.

Trouts Guide Service Report: 6/16

By: Jun 16, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
The rivers remain high, while our guide's nets remain full! 

Who’s Fishing This High Water Weekend?

By: Jun 12, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
The rain is giving Colorado a two day break this weekend, which should translate to " Go fishing this weekend."   

Trouts Hosted Trip: El Pescador- the follow up

By: Jun 10, 2015 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We were about 30 minutes into our first day as our guide Kecho (like “catch you”) quickly decelerated the boat and excitedly yelled “Permit!!!, big school man, big school”.

Trouts Guide Service Report: 6/9

By: Jun 09, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
It was another fish filled weekend for Trouts Guide Service!

Trouts Guide Service Report- Late May

By: Jun 05, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Trouts Guide Service spend the last few days of May down at the Dream Stream. The sun was shining and the fish were hungry. 

Trouts Guide Service Report: Rowdy Trout Ranch

By: Jun 04, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
The trout are staying rowdy at the Rowdy!

Guide’s Day Off: Cheesman Canyon

By: Jun 01, 2015 | Author: Lee Molvie
With the day off from the shop and no guide trips on the books, Trouts Fly Fishing Guides Mitchell Blain, David Luna and myself decided to head out and get into a little runoff trout action of our own.

Trouts Guide Service Report: 5/28

By: May 28, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
It's been a brotherly few days on the South Platte.

Trouts Hosted Trip: El Pescador Lodge- sneak peak

By: May 26, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
From the sounds of it, Belize might be fishing better than Cheesman Canyon right now. 

Trouts Guide Service Report: 05/21

By: May 22, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
It's been a wild few weeks of weather around here- thankfully the fish haven't seemed to mind too much. 

Trouts Exclusive Property Report: Willow Creek Ranch

By: May 19, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Just you......and the moose. 

Making It Happen On The Platte!

By: May 15, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Trouts customer Todd Whitfield hasn't been discouraged by the high water. 

Trouts Guide Service Report: Early May

By: May 12, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Another fish filled week has come and gone. Check out a few photos from some of our private waters. 

Trouts Hosted Trip: Bighorn River- the follow up.

By: May 11, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
It was a dry fly, drift boat, and fish filled week on the 'Horn to say the least. 

Forget The Flows (and forecast)- Get Out And Fish!

By: May 08, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
The fishing remains good around the Front Range. Get out and take advantage of it! 

Trouts Guide Service Report: Spring Is In The Air

By: May 06, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Trouts Guide Service has been keeping busy lately....as in busy netting a whole lot of fish!

Trouts Guide Service Report: 4/14

By: Apr 14, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Another week of great fishing accompanied Trouts Guide Service's latest trips! 

Trouts Guide Service Report: Early April

By: Apr 07, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Baetis, Browns and 'Bows.  The fish are on the feed on the S. Platte!

Trouts Guide Service Report: 3/27

By: Mar 31, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
The girls get it done on the South Platte in a BIG way!

Weekend Report: Blue River

By: Mar 24, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
You’ve gotta love springtime in the Rockies! 

Trouts Guide Service Report: 3/19

By: Mar 20, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Despite the cloudy weather and dirty water, the fish were still biting on the South Platte yesterday!

Trouts Guide Service Report- 3/13

By: Mar 17, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Despite the less than ideal conditions, It was a great day in South Park!

Trouts Guide Service Report: 3/10-11

By: Mar 16, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Things are heating up on the South Platte!

Weekend Report: Deckers Solo Session

By: Mar 10, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
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. 

Trouts Guide Service Report: 2/28/15

By: Mar 03, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
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. 

Trouts Guide Service Report: Deckers In The Blizzard.

By: Feb 24, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Sometimes persistance really does pay off. 

The Guide’s Playbook….Early Spring

By: Feb 23, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
I've been told more than once, "Dude, you just gave away the playbook"....well, here I go again. 

Weekend Report: Valentine’s Day At The Big D.

By: Feb 17, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Love was in the air at Deckers this past Saturday. 

Weekend Report: Dream Stream

By: Feb 10, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Remember that McDonald’s commercial from the Super Bowl? 

Weekend Report: South Platte and the Orvis Recon

By: Feb 03, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
You gotta want it...

Fly Fishing In February

By: Feb 02, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
It's a new month out there folks....read on to become 500 words the wiser.

West Slope Retreat Follow Up: Frying Pan/Roaring Fork

By: Jan 25, 2015 | Author: Cody Hoeckelberg
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. 

Weekend Report: The Birthday Trout(s)

By: Jan 20, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Sometimes you've got to call an audible.

Weekend Report: Deckers

By: Jan 06, 2015 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Sometimes you've got to dance with who brought you.....

The Grey Reef over Thanksgiving!

By: Dec 24, 2014 | Author: Kevin Cooke
American's were not the only thing eating over the Thanksgiving holiday!

Weekend Report: Deckers

By: Dec 16, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
The big ones are biting at Deckers!

Weekend Report: Deckers

By: Dec 09, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Another day at the big D.....

Black Friday Float Trip: Colorado River

By: Dec 03, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Black Friday....more like Brown Friday

Fly Fishing in December

By: Dec 01, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
If you're not heading to the ski hill, head to the river! 

Weekend Report: Cheesman Canyon

By: Nov 25, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Sometimes you've gotta go with the (lack of) flow.....

Gone Fishin’: Trouts Blue River Follow Up

By: Nov 17, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
You gotta love it when the Boss says "Let's close the doors and go fish!"

Fly Fishing In November

By: Nov 05, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
It's a great time to be a fly-fisherman in Colorado!

Trouts Guide Service Report: Granby Ranch 11/1

By: Nov 03, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
The fishing is grand at the Granby Ranch! 

Battle On The Bighorn

By: Oct 29, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Late October. Bighorn River Montana. 4 days to do nothing but fish....This is gonna be good. 

Sight Fishing is On Right Now!

By: Oct 25, 2014 | Author: Kevin Cooke
The weather is going to be amazing this weekend, get out and sight fish!

Trouts Guide Service Report: 10/18

By: Oct 20, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
The sunny conditions at Deckers this weekend meant one thing.....let's go sight fishing! 

Trouts Guide Service Report: 10/13

By: Oct 14, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
The sun was shining and the fish were hungry at Deckers yesterday!

Trouts Guide Service Report: Granby Ranch 10/5

By: Oct 06, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
It was Fall fishing at it's finest this weekend at the Granby Ranch! 

Fly Fishing In October

By: Oct 02, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
October.....it just feels good to say. 

Pop Tarts, Pictures and a Pig

By: Sep 25, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
The other day I approached our owner Tucker with an idea.

Cheryl and The Boss go Fishing

By: Sep 20, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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 Buffalo River - Jackson, WY

By: Sep 20, 2014 | Author: Kevin Cooke
Exploring the Hoback, Snake and Buffalo Rivers is a must for any fly angler and it's only 8 hours away.

Trouts Guide Service River Report- September 15th

By: Sep 15, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Trouts Guide Service was on the water this weekend and the fish were hungry!

Livin’ It Up On The Frying Pan

By: Sep 13, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
The Green Drake Diet. The Frying Pan River has been on fire lately. 

Fly Fishing in September

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

Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula 8/16 - 8/24

By: Sep 04, 2014 | Author: Rick Mikesell
As to be expected, the fishing was phenomenal, the scenery spectacular, and the wildlife abundant.

End of August Colorado Float

By: Sep 03, 2014 | Author: Kevin Cooke
A day on the Colorado with weather, is one you will always remember.

“Set…Fish On!” - Colorado River 8/22

By: Aug 23, 2014 | Author: Kevin Cooke
When an old friend from out of town calls and wants to go fishing, you go! 

Trouts Guide Service River Report- High Flows and Happy Fish

By: Aug 11, 2014 | Author: Kevin Cooke
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. 

Trip Report - Float Fishing the Colorado River

By: Jul 11, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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.  

Southwest Colorado Fishing Update - July 2014

By: Jul 05, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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....

Trip Report - Fishing Cheesman Canyon at High Water

By: Jul 03, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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...

Late June - Fishing Report for Cheesman Canyon

By: Jun 30, 2014 | Author: Kevin Cooke
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. When we fished the river the water was at 520 cfs but the clarity was excellent and we could see fish moving around as we hiked. After hiking for about an hour, we scoped out a few holes and decided to pull our Sage fly rods out to try our luck.     We both set up our...

Trip Report - Colorado River with Vail Valley Anglers

By: Jun 27, 2014 | Author: Kevin Cooke
  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 coffee was already on when my alarm hit at 6:30am, thanks to my father who flew out with his fiance from the West coast to join Kaily and I on a...

Fishing Report: The Eagle River

By: Jun 26, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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 the...

Fly Fishing Report: Beginner Fly Fishing School

By: Jun 23, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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.   Even...

Fly Fishing Report: The Blue River at Silverthorne

By: Jun 21, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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...

Fly Fishing Report: The Colorado River

By: Jun 20, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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. It all started out harmless enough; a day of fishing with my long-time friend and mentor John Cochran, current GM at Vail Valley...

Fly Fishing Report: The Rio Grande River

By: Jun 18, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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? After a five hour drive from Denver we arrived in Creede...

Salmonfly Season

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

South Platte Fly Fishing Report: June

By: Jun 05, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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. During our class we stressed that weight with our students. Using weight to ensure your...

Trouts Guide Service: May Fly Fishing Report

By: May 29, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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.  Springtime weather in the Rockies can be variable at best.  We saw a...

Fly Fishing Report: The Fryingpan River

By: May 27, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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.  This past weekend I traveled up to the Roaring Fork River Valley.  You know summer is on the way when high mountain roads like Independence Pass...

Carp Fishing On Denver’s South Platte River

By: May 23, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Cyprinus carpio 10 Things To Know About Fly Fishing For Carp On Denver’s South Platte River 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. 1)    The Denver South Platte River is a section of the larger South Platte River...

Still Water Fly Fishing In Colorado

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

May Fishing Report: Bear Creek

By: May 20, 2014 | Author: Kevin Cooke
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 The fishing was slow but I was able to catch quite a few sticks as I adjusted my weight. My only bite of the day...

Fly Fishing Report: The Denver South Platte River In May

By: May 20, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Andrew P, a shop client, shows off his first ever fly caught carp from the Denver South Platte River in May - Nice work Andrew! 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.  Before I had set out, I...

South Platte River Fly Fishing Report: May

By: May 15, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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. From a rigging perspective we went...

Fly Fishing Report: Whipray Caye Belize

By: May 12, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Permit City 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. “OK, we’re going to pole over there and then get out of the boat,” said Julian.  He...

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,...

The Roaring Fork River – My First Float Trip

By: May 05, 2014 | Author: Kevin Cooke
A few weeks back, I decided to schedule a float trip with western Colorado's oldest guide service, Taylor Creek Fly Shop. After getting everything scheduled and booked, I began preparing for my first time on the Roaring Fork River. Taylor Creek Fly Shop is one of Trouts Fly Fishing’s approved outfitters and I was able to experience first hand why they are on our short list. Quick Overview: Date: 5/4/2014, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm Roaring Fork River @ 700 cfs Rods: Sage One 905-4...

Spring Fly Fishing: The Warm Water Report

By: May 02, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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, runoff trout...

Fly Fishing Report: Spring Conditions On The South Platte River

By: Apr 29, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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. On the day we fished the South Platte River with our On-Stream Beginner School,  the stream flows at the gauging station near Trumbull were right at 290 CFS.  We found most of our...

Trouts Guide Service Report: The South Platte River

By: Apr 22, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Who's having more fun here? 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: “The clouds were around all day and a little rain sparked the...

Fly Fishing Report: Switch and Spey Clinic

By: Apr 16, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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.  We spent the first half of the day getting comfortable with casting techniques, working on the...

Kick’in it on the Big Horn - a Photo Essay

By: Apr 12, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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...

Spring Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte River

By: Apr 01, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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 conditions...

For The Fly Fishing Carp Junkies

By: Mar 27, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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.  Just like all wierd stuff that goes down with a fly rod, sometimes you just need to see it to believe it.  Tim Romano and Joe Cermele certainly take the phrase “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” to a whole new level.  Warning: you might need to be a full-blown fly...

Andros South Lodge Fly Fishing Report

By: Mar 25, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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 –...

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...

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. And honestly, some of that chaos and uncertainty is what makes international travel,...

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. After our last staff outing to the South Platte River, everyone here at the shop was fired up to get back out and after it. This past week the South Platte River below Cheesman Canyon and through the Deckers...

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. The Trouts Crew minus one marketing guy - Cody, Tucker, Kevin and Rick... plus Howser,...

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,...

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.  Here is a sound bite: “After years of efforts to repair the impacts of mining pollution from the Leadville area near the...

Fly Fishing Report: Winter South Platte Carp

By: Jan 24, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Kyle Wilkinson 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...

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 were...