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.

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. 

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...

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.  

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

The Things They Carried: Whipray Caye Belize

By: May 01, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When Tucker gave us our 2014 Destination Travel marching orders I immediately thought about one thing: permit.  As anyone who has been in the shop or has read our blog over the last year knows, I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to land a permit for quite some time.  Permit fishing is a high stakes game – big risk with a big reward and a lot of variables to think about. With my mind made up about the target species, the next question became where and when and with who. ...

Helios 2 Challenge

By: Apr 25, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here’s the deal: stop into Trouts Fly Fishing between April 26th and May 4th to cast an Orvis Helios 2 fly rod and you’ll get entered to win a trip to Belize, a pair of Silver Sonic Waders or a Guide Sling Pack.  Sound pretty simple?  It is.  The challenge begins today and we have plenty of H2s in stock to cast.

Mother’s Day Gear Guide

By: Apr 25, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Mother’s Day is super special and it is right around the corner.  With the days ticking down toward Sunday May 11th, if you are still trying to figure out what to get your mom or wife, Trouts has put together a Mother’s Day Gear Guide to make it easy.

Gear Review: Outside Magazine

By: Apr 18, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Outside Magazine just published a pretty crisp gear review on a few rods we carry here in the shop.  You can check out what they say about the Scott Radian, The Helios 2 by Orvis, and the Sage ONE.

Saltwater Gear Review: RIO Bonefish Fly Line

By: Apr 11, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
What We Say I’m a big believer that having the right saltwater fly line matters. I’ve had lines that were too subtle and light which made casting in the wind difficult.  I’ve also had lines that were great to cast in the wind but when they hit the water it was like a bomb exploding – and bonefish don’t like bombs exploding close by. 

Saltwater Gear Review: Sage 4280 Fly Reel

By: Apr 10, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The last time I brought a brand new reel down to a saltwater environment without having fished it before, things did not end well.  After the first fish I hooked took it on a blistering 150 yard run the reel failed and I struggled trying to hand line the fish in.  I was not a happy camper.

Saltwater Gear Review: Sage ONE 890-4

By: Apr 09, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
What We Say My favorite trout rod here in Colorado is the Sage ONE 490-4.  It is light – it is accurate – and I can use it in a variety conditions.  I decided to see if the Sage ONE 890-4 would have the same attributes and chose it as my go-to saltwater fly rod on a recent trip to the Bahamas.  I was happy with my decision.

Ask A Gear Gear Head: April 17th

By: Apr 02, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Ask a Gear Head – April 17th 3:00pm-4:00pm MST: Sponsored by Simms Fishing Products (online Facebook event) Trouts Fly Fishing is psyched to bring back one of our most popular online events and to connect our clients with the gear heads at Simms Fishing Products.  The new 2014 line of Simms waders, boots and packs are here at the shop - and you now have a chance to get your tech and gear related questions answered real-time.  And… as always… you’ll...

Orvis Women’s Silver Sonic Wader

By: Mar 20, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Over the years, we’ve continued to build our selections of women’s gear and equipment.  This includes women’s waders that are truly designed with women in mind.   In this Video Spotlight, we’re happy to showcase the Women’s Silver Sonic Waders by Orvis.

Gear Short: Simms Headwaters Guide Hip Pack

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

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.

New Product Spotlight: Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Wader

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

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Gear Guide

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

New Product Spotlight: Patagonia Packs and Vests

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

Why Orvis? And Helios 2 Gear Review

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

2013 Gear In Review Part II

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

The Things They Carried: Argentina

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

2013 Gear In Review Part I

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

Simms GORE-TEX - Waders and Jackets

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

Gear Review: Sage Method 6126

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

New Product Spotlight: Topo Designs

By: Aug 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you haven’t heard of Topo Designs yet, chances are… you will very soon.  These guys are local here in Denver, they have great ideas, and they use inspiration from their outdoor activities across the globe in their design and production of their bags, apparel and accessories.  Here’s a quick sound bite from the guys at Topo Designs...

Ask A Gearhead With Scott Fly Rods - August 22nd

By: Jul 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Do you want to know what’s up with the new Scott Radian?  Have you been wondering exactly how fast meets feel?  Interested to know exactly why this rod won the Best in Show and Best Freshwater Fly Rod at the recent IFTD event held in Las Vegas?  Do you want to know how Expanded Core rod technology transmits feel and maintains stability better than any of Scott’s predecessors?  Any and all of these questions are fair game for one of our favorite Colorado...

What’s In This Box?

By: Jul 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We just received this special shipment today.  The first person who can guess what’s in this box is going to win a prize that we GUARANTEE your friends don’t have.  We’ll let this one run over the weekend and we’ll announce the winner on Monday morning.  Have at it!

Gear Review: Umpqua Ledges 500 Waist Pack

By: Jul 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I began using/testing the Umpqua Ledges 500 Waist Pack in March of 2013.  For me, a waist pack needs to be all-purpose.  My initial thought around the aluminum stays that really set this pack apart from other waist packs was: “Hmmmm… not sure I like those aluminum bars.” After using the Ledges 500 for three months I can report that this is probably the most comfortable pack I’ve used and also the easiest to access. I've also found some very...

About the new Scott Radian, and betting on whether Gracie will get kicked off the pro staff

By: Jun 11, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Scott Fly Rod sent our guy Michael Gracie a prototype rod to test and provide feedback on.  He did as they asked, except when it came to keeping mum on his findings.  Roughly a month before the rod hits shop floors, he’s gone and blogged about it.  Read the brief review of the new Scott Radian 905/4 here.  We are now taking wagers on how Scott will react to the premature disclosure – sending black helicopters to surveil Michael’s...

Want to float but don’t have a boat?

By: Jun 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts is trying to help out a customer who is looking to sell a 50% share and ownership of a NRS E 136 raft and fishing frame. Make the jump to see how the raft and ownership opportunity is being advertised and also how to get in touch with the owner if you are interested.

Trouts APB: Be On the Lookout For This Fly Fishing Gear

By: May 24, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
ALL POINTS BULLETIN: one of our good friends and customer here at the shop just had his car broken into.  The following list of fly fishing gear was stolen.

Gear Review: Sage ONE Switch Rod

By: May 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Gear reviewer Reid Baker throws a two handed cast (Photo Mark Shamburg-Donohue) Our Guide Manager Reid Baker just led our Switch Rod and Spey casting lesson last week and was able to field test and write a gear review about two Sage ONE switch Rods. Reid has extensive experience fishing in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.  He and our students cast the Sage ONE 5116-4 and 6116-4 and these rods produced results. If you are interested in an in depth review of this rod...

20,000+ Likes Gear Promotion!

By: Apr 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?  Naaaah.... Trouts Fly Fishing is fast approaching 20,000+ Likes on Facebook.  As a way to say thanks to our online followers and those who stop by the shop everyday, we're going to run the following promotion as soon as we hit 20,000 Facebook Likes...

Gear Review: Simms AlumiBite Star Cleat

By: Apr 18, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
So while the snow, sleet, rain, hail, etc. etc. continues to fall here in Colorado and your thoughts meander toward gear and fly fishing this weekend, check out this review about AlumiBite Star Cleats by Michael Gracie.  If you have been thinking about alternatives to felt bottomed boots, this gear review should answer your questions. 

Gear Review: Ross RX

By: Mar 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Come take a boat ride with the Ross RX fly rod. First, we fished just off the coast of Nantucket for hard charging albies and then visited Guanaja, Honduras and stalked ultra spooky bonefish.  Two very different situations and fishing conditions – same 8 wt fly rod.

Gear Review: Trout’s Signature Fly Boxes

By: Mar 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
These fly boxes are awesome.  They have been hot sellers in the shop but I have never been able to test them out in the field.  When I say “test them out in the field” I actually mean stick them in my pocket and walk a saltwater flat. 

Pack Vs. Vest: You Decide

By: Mar 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Vest or Waist Pack?  You decide – and tell us why.  Up for grabs: a super-smokin’-hot-limited-edition-signature-Trout’s T.

Umpqua Ledges 500 Waist Pack

By: Mar 20, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
There has been a ton of chatter in the fly fishing world about the new Umpqua Ledges 500 Waist Pack.  Most recently in the Denver Post – and just a few days ago in Boulder’s Daily Camera.  Why all the buzz?  Umpqua was recently awarded the Field & Stream 2013 "Best of the Best" for its Ledges 500 Waist-Pack.

The ARRIVAL - a film by Umpqua Feather Merchants

By: Mar 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The ARRIVAL from Umpqua Films on Vimeo. Every so often we get some new gear in the shop that gets us all excited and "a buzz".  The arrival of the new line of packs and bags from Umpqua Feather Merchants was one of those moments.  While not anything that is revolutionary to the fly fishing industry, these packs do elevate the level of ingenuity, quality and general appeal that will have other bag manufactures following suit with exciting new offerings.  This is the kind of...

Ask a Gear Head – February 21st 2:00pm MST - Sponsored by Simms Fishing Products

By: Feb 18, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Do you have a burning gear or fishing related question that you need answered?  Or... are you interested in winning a Simms Hyalite Rain Shell?  Do you want to connect with a subject matter expert from Simms to ask questions about the new 2013 line?  All three? Starting at 2:00pm MST on Thursday February 21st you can join the Trout’s Fly Fishing Facebook page and ask Rich Hohne from Simms and/our staff any fishing related question you might have by posting it on...

The Things They Carried: Ascension Bay

By: Feb 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We were able to catch up with Tucker Ladd, Owner of Trout’s Fly Fishing, right before he walked out the door and hopped onto a plane with his wife Whitney bound for Ascension Bay, Mexico. This area of Mexico is known as one of the most prolific “Grand Slam” fisheries on the planet - where anglers get a shot at bonefish, permit, and tarpon all in a single day. Tucker has spent time fishing saltwater flats before - but for Whitney, sight casting to bonefish, tarpon and permit...

Simms Special Release

By: Oct 03, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Step right up and get your oven fresh 2013 Simms Gear... wicked early.

Gear Review: Sage ONE Spey

By: Oct 01, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Greg Thomas from Angler’s Tonic and Fly Rod & Reel gives us a fresh-from-the-water-gear-review from Canada’s Gaspe Peninsula. Greg was able to field test the Sage ONE spey rod.   “I’m not a great Spey caster. Some days I have it going and other days I don’t. In fact, my talents seem to change by the hour—one moment I’ll be in control, not forcing the issue, taking time for the D loop to form and launching rockets;...

Gear Head: Tucker Ladd

By: Sep 04, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Gear Head Quote of the Week: "When I got into this business I told myself that my work would by no means affect my fishing.  That lasted for about a week." - Tucker Ladd

Redington Review

By: Aug 31, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is the scoop on the Redington/Rio Summer Vacation package.

Ask a Gear Head - Win $50!

By: Jun 26, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Ask a Gear Head - Win $50! Do you have a burning gear or fishing related question that you need answered?  Or... do you want to win a $50 Trout’s Fly Fishing gift card?  Both? 

Gear Head: Michael Gracie

By: Jun 22, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This Week's Gear Head: Michael Gracie Age: Unknown (we have yet to document his long-form birth certificate) Born and raised: Florida

Scientific Anglers Announces a New Tippet Spool Design for 2012

By: Apr 30, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Scientific Anglers is pleased to announce the debut of their redesigned tippet spool and updated label graphics. The new spool features an independent, free wheeling hub that allows the tippet spool to spin freely when joined together. The hub can be retracted to become flush with the spool body when used alone, or with other tippet spools on the market. Each of the spools are color coded to correspond to the tippet material type. Green for freshwater nylon, blue for saltwater hard mono, and...

Fishpond ..... 100% Colorado Grown

By: Apr 20, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
(Denver, Colo.) – Fly fishing accessories and lifestyle brands, Fishpond and Lilypond, are excited to announce major business changes. After many dedicated years to these brands, co-founder, David M. Thompson has sold 50% ownership interest in Fishpond and Lilypond to Denver businessman Charles H. Kurtz and his family, making the Kurtz’s equal partners with John Le Coq, co-founder and co-owner since 1999. In addition, all operations for Fishpond and Lilypond are moving to a central...

Airflo Ridge Clear Tropical Fly Line Review | by Louis Cahill

By: Mar 23, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
There hasn't been a lot of new and inovative products to come about in the fly line category since the debut of the Sharkskin Fly Line by Scientific Angler a few years back.  Ultimately, there is only so much you can do to change the taper, color or make-up of a fly line to make the fly fishing industry go "WOW".  This is particularly true in that no many new fly lines actually aid the angler in catching fish.  All of this changed in 2012 with the debut of the Airflo Ridge...

Gear Review:  Hatch Tempest Pliers

By: Feb 07, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout's good friend Kirk Deeter (editor-at-large for Field & Stream, editor at Angling Trade, and regular contributor at MidCurrent.com) just wrote up a great review of the Hatch Tempest Pliers.  We have always known Kirk to be a truthful and trusted source for information and advice, so we feel certain his review has little to do with all the free product Hatch is throwing his way having him test. "I have fished the Hatch pliers in South America for dorado, throughout the...

Gear Review:  Fishpond Nimbus Pack

By: Feb 02, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When Fishpond sends Michael Gracie, Trout's IT Guru and master blogger, a free Fishpond Nimbus Guide Pack, what's an owner to do other than say "fish it, and be kind".  Well he did, and he was: "Despite the size, the pack remains featherweight. Add extra beefy nylon zippers (salt friendly), a slot between the lumbar support and the pack for your net handle, and a thick, single carry strap up top which is perfect for grabbing and then slinging all your gear straight into the...

Gear Review COSTA 580 Technology

By: Dec 29, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
COSTA 580 Technology Review - By Cody Hoeckelberg "I have been wearing the Caballito frames with Green Mirror Lenses for about a year, and they are worth their weight in gold especially when you are sight casting to feeding fish." - Cody Hoeckelberg

What’s in a Wader (besides an angler)?

By: Oct 10, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Fly fishing waders have come a long way. Here’s what to look for... Presumably even the Roman fly angler had waders to keep their sandals dry, but today’s wader technology meets and weather and water conditions, and even helps the environment. When most people think of fly fishing, the images that first come to mind are rod and reel, the flies themselves, and of course the fish. But any true angler knows that to get far out on the stream takes a great pair of waders. After all,...

Gear Review: Korkers Chrome Boot

By: Sep 23, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Chrome boot is constructed of whitewater rafting material, which is very lightweight and very water resistant. The Toe cap on the boot is made out of a strong rubber composite that adds protection without unnecessary extra weight.

Gear Review: Cornerstone Creek Nets - Medium Handled “Avalanche” Net

By: Aug 29, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Having recently lost my net, recently being last summer, I have been in the market for a new one.  Luckily for me Brandon Lenderink, Owner of Cornerstone Creek Nets, came walking through the door here at Trout's Fly Fishing to showcase his new line of high-quality wooden landing nets with clear PVC bags.

Gear Review: R.L. Winston Boron IIIx 486-4

By: Aug 22, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Catching the green drake hatch on the Fryingpan is one of the greatest spectacles found here in the Rocky Mountain West.  I was well prepared for such an event due to the fact that in my hand was a Winston BIIIx 4 weight, 8' 6", dry fly chucking machine.  The rod is light in the hand, extremely versatile and deadly accurate. 

Sage 3880 CF Fly Reel - Gear Review

By: Aug 18, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The most obvious feature of Sage's 3800 CF Series of reels is its very minimal weight, the carbon fiber spool allows for a reel that is, in most cases, a full ounce lighter than similarly sized competitors. While maintaining the benefit of minimal weight, the full machined cage packs a drag that is built for work, easily putting the brakes on bulldogging South Platte Carp, with a few more clicks of power to spare.

Gear Review: Simms Rivertek Boot and M3 Boa Lacing System

By: Aug 01, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Being the naysayer that I am, my first initial thoughts regarding a Boa closure system being incorporated into a wading boot was...why?  What's wrong with laces?  My sentiments have since changed. Here's why...

Sage ONE 990-4 Fly Rod

By: Jul 29, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
On a recent trip to Bolivia to chase Golden Dorado, I was fortunate enough to travel with our local Sage representative, who just so happened to have a prototype of the new Sage ONE in a 9' 9wt.  On our second day of fishing, I was given the rod to take out and put through the ringer. 

Gear Review: Rio Trout LT WF3F Fly Line

By: Jul 20, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Having been a fan of Rio's fly lines for many years, the Rio Gold and Rio Grand fly lines are fantastic.  Upon inspection of "line profile" I decided this is what I needed, a long body and front taper, wrapped around a extremely supple core.  I thought to myself that this thing should place a #16 Royal Stimulator into a 6" wide feeding lane with pinpoint accuracy, which it does...perfectly.

Gear Review: Waterworks Ketchum Release

By: Jul 07, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Gone are the days when that fish slips through your hands as your go to unhook it, only to speed off in an attempt to give you a "taste of your own medicine"...in the form of digging your dropper into your hand!  We've all been there...painful.

Gear Review: Amy’s Ant

By: Jul 07, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This is one of the most effective patterns we have fished with here in Colorado.  Rainbows, browns, cutthroat and brookies all want to eat this fly.

Gear Review: Cliff Outdoors Days Worth Fly Box

By: Jul 06, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I personally use my Day's Worth as a midge box, opting to keep all my tiny nymphs on the magnetic pad and my small midge dries on the foam strips. 

Gear Review: Palsa Pinch On Floats Strike Indicator

By: Jul 06, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I was first introduced to the Palsa Pinch On Floats strike indicators while fishing the Yampa River tailwaters below Stagecoach State Park.  This was probably 10 or more years ago, a time when the yarn poly-vee was as good as it got...at least, so I thought!  While sight fishing a decent run, holding a few wily rainbows, I noticed that whenever my massive "ball of yarn" came over them that they would move to the side.  Once my rig had drifted through, yep you guessed it,...

Gear Review: Nomad Guide Landing Net

By: Jun 28, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I will say I am impressed with Nomad's Long handle "Guide" net after using it on several outings and landing multiple species of fish. This net is made of a carbon-fiber graphite composite which makes the net very lightweight, yet durable and will tuck down the side of your pack and be relatively out-of the way of your legs.   (For my height I need four inches lopped off the bottom of the handle.) A huge upside to this net is the fact that it floats on the surface of the...

Gear Review: Simms Pursuit Gore-Tex Low Shoe

By: Jun 27, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
After wearing Simms new Pursuit Gore-Tex shoes, I am thoroughly impressed with the quality and durability of the shoe.

Gear Review: Fishpond Prairie Grass Kit Bag

By: Jun 15, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I haven’t been much for fancy luggage since an upscale suit bag I was toting disappeared from a baggage claim area in 1995. I’ve used plain brown wrapper ever since. Then last month I decided to attempt a week-long bonefishing trip with nothing more than a carry-on bag. I went rummaging through the ziploc storage, but they were all full of year-old peanut butter and jelly sandwiches I made last time I thought a zombie invasion was imminent. And I’d already...

Gear Review: Sage Xi3 990-4 Fly Rod

By: Jun 14, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I must start off by admitting that when it comes to fly rods, I have always preferred something with a more moderate action.  So when I packed up a 9wt. Xi3 for my trip to Bolivia, I was a bit hesitant that the rod would be a bit too fast for my liking.

Gear Review: Lamson Velocity 2 Reel

By: May 23, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Velocity is the true workhorse on the Lamson line. The Velocity is Lamson's lowest priced reel that still retains all of the key features that make Lamson one of the best reel lines on the market.

Gear Review: Loon Outdoors UV Knot Sense

By: May 21, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Loon Outdoors UV Knot Sense is a must have product when you head out to the river.  Besides using it on just about every large knot I tie, here is a list of things I've used it for: ·       I've fixed pin hole leaks in my waders. ·       Re-attached a felt sole to the bottom of my buddies Patagonia wading boot. ·       I've snipped off the heads of...

Gear Review: Kelly Galloup’s Sex Dungeon Streamer

By: May 20, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When I presented this fly into any soft pocket or back eddy along the far bank, fish literally did cartwheels trying to track this thing down.

Gear Review: Renzetti Traveler 2200 Series Vise

By: May 20, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Having tied on this vise for the last three years, I can say that, without a doubt, it is the most capable and versatile vise I have ever tied on.

Gear Review: Airflo Ridge Clear Tactical Fly Line

By: May 19, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Weird.  That was my first initial response when I was spooling my sample of Airflo's Clear Tactical WF4F line onto my reel.  Cool.  That was probably my second response as I fished it for the first time late last fall on the S. Platte River in Eleven Mile Canyon.

Gear Review: Scientific Anglers Sharkskin GPX Fly Line

By: May 18, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
A good line, but not for me.

Gear Review: Simms G3 Guide Wader

By: May 17, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I still remember the first pair of Simms waders I ever purchased.  They were the old Simms Classic Guide Weights, khaki version that set the industry ablaze when it came to being lightweight, highly breathable and incredibly durable.  That was 13 years and 3 pairs of waders ago!  Now on my second pair of G3's, the first finally going into retirement last year, I'm pleased to say that the Simms brand still sets the bar that all other waders within this industry are...

Gear Review: Winston BIIIX 590-4

By: May 17, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I have been fishing this rod series exclusively for the past 5 months, and I can say with 100% honesty that the new BIIIX is an amazing rod.

Gear Review: Rio Outbound Short Floating Fly Line

By: May 17, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I purchased this line as an all around warm water line in an 8wt. Rio's Outbound taper is an absolute rocket. Shooting miles of line and turning over big flies is no problem, shooting line and casting is definitely this lines strong suit. The distinct color transition between head and running line is a great added feature, as you can see exactly where the line loads the rod. Versatility and durability is not the greatest.

Gear Review: Scientific Anglers Pike/Muskie Fly Line

By: May 15, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I currently have this line set up on my Scott STS 9wt for big toothy critters, and it also saw action in the Salt Marshes of Louisiana battling some feisty Red Drum. As for as the taper is concerned, this line is ideal for BIG flies and less than ideal wind conditions. The large, short head can push a 10" muskie streamer through the wind and right into the weed line. It is definitely a powerful taper, and shooting line is no problem.

Gear Review: Simms Guide Boot

By: May 13, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When I got my Simms Guide Boots in January 2009, it was the first pair of Simms wading boots that I had purchased in about 5 years.Two years and countless days later, my initial reaction to the boots still holds true.  They were as comfortable on my last day in them as they were on my first.

Gear Review: Costa Blackfin Sunglasses with Silver 580 Lens

By: May 13, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you're looking for a sunglass and more importantly a lens that will actually improve your vision, look no further then the Costa 580 Glass Lens.  Arguably this is the single best lens I've ever worn.

Gear Review: Simms Rogue Fleece Hoody

By: May 13, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The new Simms Rogue Fleece Hoody is and ideal mid weight jacket for Colorado's unpredictable spring weather. When the wind howls and precipitation is always a possibility.

Gear Review: Waterworks-Lamson Vanquish 4.5

By: May 12, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Out of the box I will say that the Vanquish is one of the hottest reels I have ever seen.  I have never been one for the tricked out machined reel, but there is just something about the Vanquish that still catches my eye.

Gear Review: Simms Harbor GTX Shoe

By: May 12, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Simms is synonymous with high quality waders and boots, and Gore-Tex is a brand that is recognized as being the benchmark that all other waterproof materials are measured against.  So as Simms has done on numerous occasions, they've melded the Gore-Tex fabric, its name and recognition into a new and fantastic product offering.  Footwear.

Gear Review: Mayfly Tie-1-On Knot Tying Tool

By: May 12, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Nail knot tools are essential for on-water emergencies and last minute rigging, as is your favorite beer. Mayfly has combined these two essentials into one ergonomically friendly package.

Gear Review: Headwater Waist Pack

By: May 11, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I had previously been using the Fishpond Waterdance Guide Pack, and had always been thoroughly pleased with it.  But when the Simms Headwater pack series debuted in 2009, I had to jump at the opportunity to give this pack a try.  Right out of the packaging, it was evident that this pack was designed for fisherman by fisherman. 

Gear Review: Sage 99 499-4 Fly Rod

By: Apr 27, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This rod is a very powerful rod that in case can throw streamers in the wind... Yes that's right multiple. If your fishing multiple flies on a regular basis then this rod is for you. Although nine inches seems small in the grand scheme of things, it truly makes a difference when you want to reach out and extend that drift into the sweet spot.

Gear Review: Sage ZXL 486-4 Fly Rod

By: Apr 27, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I've always been a big fan of medium to medium-fast action rods and oftentimes still find myself fishing my old stand by, the Sage SLT 486-4. This "newer" version of the old SLT is truly a better stick.

Gear Review: Scott S4S 990-4 Fly Rod

By: Apr 27, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Scott fly rods are constantly exceeding my expectations, and this Colorado made gem is no exception. Fast and powerful, yet still light in the hand, I did not experience any fatigue after a full day of casting at spooky Redfish. This rod is fast, but not overly stiff, so you are still able to feel it load on the back cast and maximize your forward punch.

Gear Review: St. Croix Bank Robber 907-4

By: Apr 27, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Hands down, my new favorite Rod!! This thing is a meat hucking machine.

Gear Review: Scott S4 904-4 Fly Rod

By: Apr 27, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
One of the best features of this rod is the supple tip, which allows the rod to make short, accurate casts, and well as enabling the rod to roll cast and mend with ease. In a 9' length, I found that this rod could handle any situation.

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