Fly Fishing In October

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

Product Spotlight- Simms Montana TechWool

By: Oct 01, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
After a successful introduction of their Montana Tech Wool 1/4 zip last year, Simms has expanded their offerings for 2014. 

What Do You Want To Know About Fly Fishing?

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

Trouts Oktoberfest Sidewalk Sale!

By: Sep 30, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Swing by the shop this upcoming Saturday 10/4 for a Customer Appreciation Sidewalk Sale. 

Fall Streamer Tactics with Reid Baker

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

Welcome to Trouts: Introducing Kyle Wilkinson

By: Sep 27, 2014 | Author: Kevin Cooke
If you've been in the shop lately, you may noticed we have two fairly new employees. We sat down to ask Kyle Wilkinson, our new Marketing Manager a few questions.  

The Stealth Factor

By: Sep 26, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
10 tips for dealing with spooky trout. 

Pop Tarts, Pictures and a Pig

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

30 Minutes With Lefty

By: Sep 25, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
(Photo Credit: Gear Patrol) The Legend himself shares his thoughts about life, his favorite fish, and his best cast ever.  

Product Spotlight- Orvis Recon Fly Rod

By: Sep 25, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
The only thing more attractive than the price is the performance.

Blue Wings On The Brain

By: Sep 24, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Why no angler should leave home without a few for the next 6 months. 

Weekend Travel Journal: Crested Butte

By: Sep 23, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
  It Was Dry Fly Paradise In Crested Butte(iful)

Casting & Cocktails Thursday 9/25

By: Sep 22, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Casting & Cocktails - Last One Of The Year This Thursday!

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.

Back To The Basics- Fly Selection Made Simple

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

The Greenbacks/Fishpond End Of Summer BBQ

By: Sep 18, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Fly rods, good beer, good BBQ, all while supporting a good cause.... sounds like my idea of a good time!

Keepin’ It Glassy- Featuring Cameron Mortenson

By: Sep 18, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Cameron Mortenson, aka The Fiberglass Manifesto, gives us the skinny on fishing fiberglass fly rods.   

Bristol Bay- Take Action Now!

By: Sep 17, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
The EPA official public comment period ends Friday at 8pm Alaska time. Act Now!

Making The Bobber Better

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

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!

Hatch Professional Series Fly Lines, Leaders & Tippet

By: Sep 13, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Premium fly lines, leaders and tippets, offered by the industries leading reel manufacturer.  I'll take two please.  

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. 

GREAT DAYS 9: FISHING BELOW THE BORDER from Smith Optics

By: Sep 12, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Fly Fishing in Mexico with Smith ChromaPop. Anyone else want to book a plane ticket? 

Colorado Sportsman for Browns Canyon

By: Sep 11, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
There are a few issues that will forever resonate with the morals of anglers, two of which being the preservation and access to our nations fisheries. 

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!

Product Spotlight- Smith Chromapop Sunglasses

By: Sep 10, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
The grass really is greener!....As long as you're wearing a pair of Smith ChromaPop Sunglasses.

On Stream Beginner School September 13th.

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

RIO’s New Fly Line Selector App

By: Sep 05, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts has long believed that fly lines are one of the more under appreciated and represented pieces of fly fishing gear today. 

Granby Ranch - a Trouts Exclusive Property

By: Sep 04, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Guide Service is pleased to debut a new private water offering in our collection of Exclusive Properties.  

Product Spotlight: Lamson Remix and Liquid Reels

By: Sep 04, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Waterworks-Lamson debuts their brand new and totally redesigned Liquid and Remix fly reels. 

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.

Product Spotlight- Simms Kinetic Jacket

By: Sep 04, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Performance. Comfort. Style. Don't pretend you don't need this jacket.  

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.

The Small Stream Equation

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

Why Fall is the Best Time to be a Fly Angler

By: Aug 30, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Fall is undoubtedly my favorite time to get out and fish.  Sure, wet wading during the summer months always has it's allure, and the quality of fishing to be had in the spring is unmatched.  There is just something about spending time on a river as the fall colors begin to bleed across a mountainous landscape.

What Others are Sayin’ - the New Simms Freestone Wader

By: Aug 29, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Credit: Louis Cahill While we would like to think that we are the definative word on all things fly fishing, we know that this just isn't the case we accept that our customers appreciate the thougths of others.  Louis Cahill over at Gink & Gasoline recently posted a great article on the new Simms Freestone Wader set to hit the market mid-November.  You can read the entire piece here, though we will offer what we thought was the most relevent part: "Simms has, for many...

Product Spotlight- Simms Confluence Reversible Jacket

By: Aug 28, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Well there's no denying it.......the light at end of the Summertime tunnel is beginning to show. Fall is approaching.

Learn the Basics of Fly Fishing- September 3rd

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

“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! 

The Season of the Hopper

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

303 Shootout and Casting & Cocktails

By: Aug 18, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE for our 2nd Annual "303 Shootout" Casting Competition sponsored by Winston Rods, Scientific Anglers, and Howler Brothers!

Product Spotlight - Sage SALT Fly Rod

By: Aug 11, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts:  Sage has always been known as an industry leader in fly rod design and fabrication, what makes the SALT series fly rod stand out from the competition? Sage:  Our Konnetic Technology® is what really separates this from other rods (combined with Jerry’s unparalleled rod design skills) – it’s a giant step forward in blank design. Every fly rod family built by SAGE using Konnetic Technology has achieved awards of best in class and/or best of show. The other...

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. 

Rod Review - Sage ACCEL Fly Rod

By: Aug 09, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Over the course of the last decade, fly rod manufacturers have seemed to be solely dedicated to designing fast action fly rods.  Sure these rods are have been light, powerful and amazingly accurate, but not every fishing situation dictates that one needs this action of fly rod.  Think about it, when was the last time you had to cast 70 feet, into a 30 mph headwind, to catch a trout?   So when Sage announced the debut of the ACCEL fly rod series in July, I was curiously...

Product Spotlight- Simms Dry Creek Series

By: Aug 08, 2014 | Author: Kevin Cooke
Many of you may have seen we recently featured and reviewed the newly redesigned Simms G4 Pro Jacket that just arrived in our shop.

Product Spotlight - the Simms G4 Pro Jacket

By: Aug 07, 2014 | Author: Kevin Cooke
Everyone knows that Simms Fishing Products is the industry leader when it comes to waders, but they are often overlooked when it comes to another staple in angling gear, outerwear.  

Connecting You With More

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

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.  Flows were on the fall from roughly 3,000 cfs to around 2,500 cfs, with a majority of the drop coming from decreased releases from Green Mountain and Williams Fork Reservoirs.  The water was clear, the bugs were popping all day, and the trout were as happy and healthy as I've seen in years.  It's...

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....

Trouts Does Tenkara

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

Trouts Hosted Trip at the Rowdy Trout Ranch

By: Jul 03, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing and Guide Service is happy to announce our first ever Hosted Trip to the famed Rowdy Trout Ranch.  With flows on the North Fork of the South Platte River subsiding, don't miss out on this rare opportunity to fish this amazing piece of private property. Who:  Trouts Guide Service and 4 Lucky Anglers When:  July 12, 2014 What:  a fully guided day at Rowdy Trout Ranch Where:  Rowdy Trout Ranch Cost:  $297.50/person Details:  space...

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...

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - July 12th

By: Jul 01, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Interested in fly fishing? Join Trouts Fly Fishing on Saturday, July 12th for our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School. This one-day fly fishing school will cover casting, reading water, basic entomology and fly selection. Space is limited so grab a spot today!

Late June - Fishing Report for Cheesman Canyon

By: Jun 30, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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

Trip Report - Colorado River with Vail Valley Anglers

By: Jun 27, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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

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...

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

By: Jun 26, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Are you interested in learning how to set up a double nymph rig? Check out this video that our friends at the Denver Post put together covering the entire Double Nymph Rig from fly line to fly. If you are interested in learning more, stop by the shop, give us a call or check out one of our upcoming events.

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.  

How To Roll Cast - Denver Post Featured Video

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

A Fly Fisherman’s Guide to Fishing Post Runoff

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

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.

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?

Learn the Basics Of Fly Fishing - June 18th

By: Jun 17, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you would like to learn the basics of fly fishing we have two seats available in our upcoming class being held Wednesday June 18th from 5:30-6:30pm. The goal of this class is to instill a basic understanding of fly fishing gear, equipment, and essentials to prepare first time anglers for a day on the water.  We also spend quite a bit of time teaching how to tie knots and rigging. We will also have plenty of time for hands on questions and answers. There are currently only two (2) spots...

New Sage Fly Rod Offerings - available August 2014

By: Jun 14, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
In typical fashion, Sage has raised the bar in fly rod and fly reel technology and design.  In conjunction with the start of the European Fishing Tackle Trade Exhibition (EFTTEX) today, Sage has released their new product offerings for the 2014 season to the public.  Please don't ask me why the European Market gets first crack at this new product; it's a question I have been asking internally at Sage for years.  Nonetheless, here's a sneak peak of new product hitting...

Vapor Boot Review: Lightweight, Durable and Sturdy

By: Jun 13, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
After acquiring a pair of Simms G3 Guide waders earlier this year from Trouts Fly Fishing, I decided it was probably time to purchase a pair of boots. After looking at all of the options Simms currently has on the market, I landed on the Simms Vapor boot and haven’t looked back.

On Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - June 21st

By: Jun 12, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We’re just moving into prime time trout season here in Colorado. If you have been thinking about giving this challenging sport a try, our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School is a learning opportunity that you do not want to miss.  Right now we have three (3) spots available for our class being held June 21st.

Salmonfly Season

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

Customer Events: Casting & Cocktails May 22nd

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

By: Jun 10, 2014 | Author: tlashkari
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Video Spotlight: Scott

By: Jun 10, 2014 | Author: tlashkari
If you are not familiar with Scott Fly Rods out of Montrose Colorado or have never cast a Scott rod before, this is a great video that will give you insight into what they are all about.

Fly Fishing For Carp: Stillwater Edition

By: Jun 09, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It looks like many rivers in central Colorado might have reached their peak flows last week and have now begun to descend.  When flows are high, it is a great time to explore stillwater fisheries. Two weeks ago we talked a bit about fly fishing for carp in Denver’s South Platte River, this week we have a photo essay from some of our recent stillwater adventures.

New Product Spotlight: Scott SC Cane Bamboo Fly Rod

By: Jun 06, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
You need to see this to believe it.  Trouts Fly Fishing is proud to announce that we have received one of the only Scott SC Cane Bamboo Fly Rods that exist on the planet.  This is absolutely a unique rod for us and is radically different from other bamboo fly rods in the market.  Here is how Rick Mikesell put it after casting the SC this morning: "This rod is radically different from other cane offerings out there, and after casting it I can see it is one of the few bamboo rods...

On-Stream Intermediate Fly Fishing School: July 19th

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

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.

Flies, Films, and Foam: The Lineup

By: Jun 04, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing and the Fly Fishing Film Tour are excited to announce the lineup of films that have been chosen for our inaugural “Flies, Film and Foam” event being held June 12th from 8-10pm at the Thin Man Tavern.  Without any further ado, here is the lineup...

Casting & Cocktails: Thursday June 26th

By: Jun 03, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Courtesy of Adam Barbour Join Trouts Fly Fishing and St. Croix Fly Rods for Casting & Cocktails Thursday June 26th in Denver's Washington Park.  This is a FREE fly rod casting clinic that will be held from 5-7pm.  Never cast a fly rod before?  No problem.

Out of Office Reply - a kick off to my Key West adventure

By: May 31, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I felt a certain level of superiority as I sat on the plane awaiting takeoff.  Maybe it was due to the fact I was sitting in first class (a benefit of waiting until the last minute to book your flight, when the price difference between coach and first class is $100), or perhaps is was the fact that I was headed for a 5 day run of tarpon fishing out of Key West.  Ah yes, this is most likely the culprit of my current state of mind.  Looking around the plane, I feel certain that...

Trouts Spotlight: Defend The Colorado River

By: May 30, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Upper Colorado River - Photo Courtesy of Colorado Trout Unlimited Trouts Fly Fishing has been a supporter of Colorado Trout Unlimited and the work they do in the name of healthy rivers for many years now.  Rick Matsumoto is the President of Colorado Trout Unlimited, the lead conservation organization for Defend the Colorado. We caught up with Rick to talk in-depth about the threats to the Upper Colorado River and what’s being done to defend against those threats.

The Things They Carried: Mexico Edition

By: May 30, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Courtesy of Clint Packo As you may know, international destination travel is a pretty big piece of the puzzle here at Trouts Fly Fishing.  This year, the shop is sending our team to the ends of the earth in pursuit of new species and fishing experiences. Cody Hoeckelberg will be breaking out his passport once again and this time he is heading south of the border.  He’ll be spending a week in early June exploring areas around Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula.  Here...

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.

Free Trout Unlimited Membership For Women

By: May 28, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing is a big supporter of Trout Unlimited for a number of reasons.  Why?  Because Trout Unlimited works to protect, conserve and restore Colorado’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds as well as to bring new anglers into the culture of fly fishing and resource conservation. To that end, Trouts would like to help promote a new program that Trout Unlimited has launched to help encourage more women to get involved with TU’s efforts.  Between now and...

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.

Happy Memorial Day from Trouts Fly Fishing!

By: May 26, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend. Just a reminder, we are open today from 10am to 7pm to keep you fishing this week. Stop by on your way to your favorite fishing spot.

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

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

Carp Fishing On Denver’s South Platte River

By: May 23, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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.

May Fly Fishing Education Update

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

Still Water Fly Fishing In Colorado

By: May 21, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is another interesting article by Scott Willoughby of the Denver Post about the challenges and rewards of fishing lakes and reservoirs here in Colorado.

May Fishing Report: Bear Creek

By: May 20, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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. 

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 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.

How To Choose a Fly Line For Trout

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

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.

fishpond Westwater Sling Pack Review

By: May 15, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
A few months back, I recall turning to a coworker after picking up the fishpond Westwater Sling pack and saying, “This is the sling pack that I want!” As many of you know, I recently started fishing more than I ever have before and with all of the opportunities around the Denver area can you blame me? As my fishing toolbox began to grow, I needed to figure out a way to simplify and organize all of my tricks of the trade for a full day out on the water. Scouting taught me to...

Casting & Cocktails May 22nd

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

Drake Magazine: The Big Year Photo Contest

By: May 13, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Tom Bie releasing a permit - courtesy of the Drake Magazine Tom Bie from the Drake Magazine just stopped into Trouts to get geared up for his trip to Christmas Island.  He’ll be chasing giant trevally and probably seeing a ton of other exotic saltwater species.  We thought this would be a pretty good time to share the Drake’s latest photo contest with the Trouts contingent.  The contest is called "The Big Year Contest".  Here’s how it works, courtesy of...

Fly Fishing Report: Whipray Caye Belize

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

Flies, Films, and Foam - June 12th

By: May 09, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Fly Fishing Film Tour, Orvis, Costa, and Trouts Fly Fishing will be hosting a FREE night of fly fishing movies and also raising money for the Defend the Upper Colorado Coalition and Colorado Trout Unlimited. "Flies, Film and Foam” will be held at the Thin Man Tavern centrally located in the Uptown neighborhood of Denver on Thursday June 12th. The films will be presented from 8-10pm.  In addition to NEW and FRESH fly fishing films we will also have great raffles with all of the...

On Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - June 21st

By: May 08, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The May 31st On Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School is currently SOLD OUT but we are signing up people for our June 21st session. Here is a short fly fishing report and photo essay from our April School.  To make your reservation for this class and to enjoy a day on the water with Trouts Guide Service call the shop at 303.733.1434.

How To Build A Dry/Dropper Rig

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

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