Costa Films On Tap - Geofish

By: Jul 11, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here’s a quick sample of what you’ll see next week at the Thin Man Tavern when Trouts Fly Fishing and Costa present “Films on Tap.” The fly fishing films will be shown outside on the back patio from 8:00-10:00pm on July 18th. The Thin Man Tavern is located at 2015 East 17th Street in Denver (cross streets: 17th and Race).  In addition to awesome fly fishing footage from some of the most exotic locations in the world, you’ll have a shot at winning great raffle...

Only One Spot Left: Beginner Fly Fishing School

By: Jul 10, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you want to give fly fishing a try this summer, now is the time.  We have one (1) seat left in our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School being held this Saturday July 13th. 

Fly Fishing Report: The YR Ranch

By: Jul 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
As we recently reported in the “1303” newsletter, our property on the YR Ranch is fishing exceptionally right now.  Brown and rainbow trout are actively feeding on midges, caddis and grasshoppers.  Early in the morning, fish were recently found gently sipping smaller flies in the tailouts.  This required delicate and accurate presentations...

Fly Tying Class - Warm Water Patterns July 25th

By: Jul 08, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This intermediate to advanced clinic is designed to expand fly tier’s ability to create effective warm water patterns for targeting aggressive species like smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, pike and musky – the warm water bite will turn on in August...

Dog On the Blog II

By: Jul 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It is time for another doggy casting call – we want to see your fly fishing dog on our blog!  Then we’ll give our readers a chance to vote for their favorite photo - and the winning hound gets a super-pup-prize-pack including an Orvis FleeceLock Wrap Around Dog Bed and a Trouts Signature Trucker Hat!

Fly Fishing Report: The Colorado River

By: Jul 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is a quick excerpt from this fly fishing report from the Colorado River: "We continued to move fish from the banks – some would swim along with the two intruders, giving them a thorough inspection.  It was fun to watch all of the activity from the deck but it was getting a bit frustrating. So, I did what I often do at times when gill-bearing aquatic animals with small brains are outsmarting me – I cracked a beer and opened my fly box… again..."

Eagle River Float Fishing - a photo essay

By: Jul 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
A week back we took a few lucky customers to float the famed Eagle River with our friends up at Vail Valley Anglers.  We had a memorable day on the water to say the least - many fish were caught, a beautiful river was experienced, and new bonds were built.  The trip summed up what Trouts Fly Fishing prides ourselves on offering our customers: unparalleled service and unmatched days on the water.  A big thanks to all of our customers who joined us, be sure to check out the...

Hosted Trip on the Piney River - July 20th

By: Jul 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Come and experience one of the most scenic and wild trout fisheries in the West.  The Piney River is a 28.2-mile-long tributary of the Colorado River. The Piney flows from high in the Gore Range to the confluence with the Colorado near State Bridge. This gem of a river is home to almost every species of trout in Colorado including brookies, browns, cutthroat, and rainbows...

Learn The Basics of Fly Fishing - July 24th

By: Jul 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Cody Hoeckelberg here at the shop for our "Learn The Basics" fly fishing class.  The goal of this in-store clinic is to instill a basic understanding of fly fishing gear, equipment, and essentials to prepare first time anglers for a day on the water.

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...

Films On Tap - July 18th

By: Jul 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Come enjoy great beers, great company and great fly fishing films all at a fantastic local outdoor venue!  Costa Sunglasses is traveling the country setting up film nights in brew pubs, galleries and Trouts Fly Fishing has sponsored the Denver event.

Mako Madness With Rick Mikesell

By: Jun 28, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo by Alex Landeen The analogy between big game fly fishing and big game hunting may be a bit tired, but it holds very true. Off the coast of San Diego CA this past weekend, Alex Landeen, Conway Bowman, and I saw both extremes of this paradigm, while hunting for one of the most aggressive predators in the sea with fly rods.

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - July 13th

By: Jun 27, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
1 Day - $195.00/person – limited to six (6) participants (Update: Only 3 spots left!) July 13th - Full Day Trip (~8:00am-~5:00pm) Thinking about giving fly fishing a try for the first time? Don’t worry, fly fishing is not as intimidating as it might seem. Our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School is a great way to learn the basics and increase your productivity and enjoyment on the water. 

We Have a Winner!

By: Jun 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Drum roll please... we have a winner for our fly fishing photo contest! 

Fly Fishing’s Best Movie - As Voted By You

By: Jun 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Drake Magazine is looking for your vote.  Make the jump to cast your vote for the Reader’s Choice Best Flyfishing Film of All Time Award. 

How Was Fishing This Weekend? – June 24th Edition

By: Jun 24, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo - Alex Landeen It looks like everyone had a lot of fun fly fishing this weekend - this week we have browns, rainbows, makos, carp, and smallies all well represented.  As always, vote for your favorite photo!  The photo with the most votes will win a Trouts Signature Fly Box filled with flies and a Trouts Trucker Cap.  Let your voice be heard!

Who’s Ready To Fish This Weekend?

By: Jun 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Looking for fly fishing options this weekend?  Here are some resources to get you started.  With much of the peak run off behind us, there is some GREAT fishing to be had this weekend.  One thing we do want to note is that there is some fire activity around the South Platte River near Deckers.  We know a lot of our customers fish this area.  Before you out the door, please check this site for the most up to date information on the situation and road closures. ...

Winner!  The 303 Shootout

By: Jun 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing would like to thank everyone who participated in the “303 Shootout” last night. We had one BIG winner.  Here's how it went down.

Shark Bite

By: Jun 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Rick Mikesell and Alex Landeen are going to attempt to catch a mako shark this weekend with Conway Bowman... on the fly.  They might.  They might not.  That's fly fishing.  If they do... you will see it first on our instagram hashtag at #troutsflyfishing.  Follow the action all weekend long.

Fly FIshing Denver’s South Platte River

By: Jun 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is another great article about fly fishing and the Denver South Platte River and a sound bite from Carp Slam veteran Luke Bever: "Some of these places aren't the most serene places to fish, but I can go six minutes from my house to the Platte and catch a 20-pound fish," said Luke Bever, a Denver-rooted fishing guide who primarily works the South Plate area near Deckers, 90 minutes southwest of Denver. "Down in Deckers, we're fishing for trout primarily. But in the city I've...

Fly Fishing Report: Bear Creek June 16th

By: Jun 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Bear Creekis a tributary of the South Platte River not far from the Mile High City. Its source is Summit Lake near the fourteen thousand foot peak of Mount Evans. Bear Creek flows to a confluence with the South Platte River just south of Downtown Denver. We fished Bear Creek right around ~30 CFS.  The water seemed quite a bit clearer up closer toward Evergreen Lake.  This might have had to do with the estimated 6 billion people (!?) recreating in the river over Father’s...

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - Fishing Report

By: Jun 18, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We wanted to give everyone a quick report on our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing Class that was held this past Saturday at the Rowdy Trout Ranch. If you are looking to get into fly fishing for the first time - or get back to a sport that you once loved, this is a great way to do it. 

Ten Best Shops

By: Jun 17, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Find out why Denver’s Westword rated Trouts Fly Fishing one of the "10 Best Shops on 6th Avenue" and meet some of our neighbors:  “In these days of big-box stores, the shop-owner-as-expert paradigm is fading; it's as refreshing as a wade in a mountain stream to find a store that cares so much for its customers.”

Fly Fishing For Carp - By Kirk Deeter

By: Jun 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here are 10 Reasons you should buy "Fly Fishing For Carp" by Kirk Deeter. Because this soon-to-be-best-seller just arrived in the shop TODAY.  If you are looking to crack the code on this sometimes elusive and always challenging species, this book is a must read. 

the “303 Shootout” and Casting & Cocktails - June 20th

By: Jun 13, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Do you have the casting skillz to pay the billz?  Do you want a shot at winning a St. Croix Avid Fly Rod?  Registration is free - step right up and go toe-to-toe with the best casters in the Mile High City.  Queue the Fist Full of Dollars theme song.

Hosted Float Trip on the Eagle River - UPDATE

By: Jun 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Just received this update on our Hosted Fly Fishing Float Trip on the Eagle River from our pals up at Vail Valley Anglers.

Fly Fishing Gift Ideas For Father’s Day

By: Jun 11, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Hey Ladies!  Looking to get the fly fishing father in your life a gift he won't forget?  Here are two options.  Check out Trouts Top 10 Father's Day Pro Gear Guide.  Or... does the dad you have in mind have every piece of fly fishing equipment under the sun? Check out the fishing "gear" our pals over at SOL have for sale at there shop or online. SOL is a locally owned specialty shop right down the street from us so if you stop by Trouts for a gift it is an easy...

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...

TAKE A ROADLESS ROAD TRIP

By: Jun 10, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Exploring new fisheries and experimenting on your own is a great way to experience the State of Colorado with a fly rod.  Here is an article on the same topic that was published in the Drake Magazine that might be of interest if you have aspirations of going off the grid and exploring new frontiers on your own.

Fly Fishing Report: Waterton Canyon June 1st

By: Jun 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The first fish I hooked after a six mile bike ride up Waterton Canyon was a 13” or 14” rainbow that ate a red tungsten rojo midge.  The fish took the fly in a small section of slower moving water right in front of a two foot waterfall.  It first came toward me and then turned downstream just as quickly.  I knew that if the fish went into the faster water and over the small falls it was game over – there would be no chase due to the large and loose rocks...

TROUTS SPOTLIGHT - HOWLER BROTHERS

By: Jun 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When I first came across Howler Brothers, a few lines in their catalog caught my attention. “We are Howler Brothers.  We are not really related by blood.  But we are bonded by many shared calling: surfing, fishing, paddling, and the good things that come with these pursuits.  Things like fire pits, really good tequila, limes and pre-dawn coffee.” I thought to myself: ‘I like these guys already.’

Hopper Madness - Tying Grasshopper Patterns - June 27

By: Jun 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This fly tying class is designed to expand fly tier’s ability to create effective grasshopper patterns in anticipation of the amazing grasshopper fishing we should see in July and August.   We keep our tying classes small – Hopper Madness is limited to six (6) participants.

Fish Local – With Kerry Caraghar

By: Jun 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Come join Denver angler and long time Orvis guru Kerry Caraghar on the second floor of the shop for an intimate evening where he will give you an inside look at dynamite fishing options close to the Mile High City.  Kerry will share tips and advice to help you fish rivers like Clear Creek, Bear Creek, and sections of the South Platte River more effectively.    June 13 - 6pm-7pm 1 night only - $0/person

Something New is Coming to Trouts Fly Fishing

By: Jun 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I've owned Trouts Fly Fishing for over 8 years now.  It’s been an exciting run.  Highlights include the move to our vintage location on 6th and Marion, launching Trouts Guide Service in partnership with Freestone Outfitters, and of course bringing together the most knowledgeable and friendly staff in all the Front Range.  But something new is afoot, and I can honestly say that it has created more buzz within my shop walls than anything else. I've always kept...

Hosted Float Trip on the Eagle River - June 22

By: Jun 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Tucker Ladd and the guys from Vail Valley Anglers for a one-day guided float on the Eagle River in Vail Valley during prime time.  If you have never fished or floated the Eagle before this is a great opportunity to explore this unique fishery with a group of guides who know the river like the back of their hands.  This trip is limited to six anglers so sign up quick if you are interested.

Fly Fishing Report: Deckers June 1st

By: Jun 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With water levels fairly high in many of the popular rivers across the State of Colorado, the South Platte River drainage continues to be a solid go-to option. The stream flow at Deckers was 91 CFS on June 1st and the water was clear – conditions were sunny with temperatures in the 60s.  With a blue winged olive hatches coming off in the morning, we saw activity right off the bat.

June Customer Events and Education Curriculum

By: Jun 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
June in Colorado means prime time fly fishing season is upon us.  Trouts Fly Fishing has put together a killer schedule of customer events and educational classes – all designed to help you fish more effectively and have fun on the water.  Without further ado, here is the June line up.  We hope to see you here in the shop, out in the park for the “303 Shootout”, or out on the water.

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.

Deckers Fly Fishing Report: Breaking All The Rules

By: May 31, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Guide Service had the chance to take Colorado Springs Gazette Sports and Outdoors writer Paul Klee out for a day on the South Platte River near Deckers.  Paul was able to mix up his fishing techniques and in the process bust quite a few myths about this Gold Medal fishery less than an hour from Denver.  Here’s a sound bite from Paul’s fly fishing report from Deckers: “Two-handed switch rods on the Platte? Isn't that against the rules? What...

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - June 15th

By: May 31, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Sign up today because we keep this On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School SMALL and seats are going FAST.  Fishing this section of the North Fork of the South Platte River should be great in mid June. 

Spring/Summer fishbeer

By: May 31, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It has been awhile since we have read a blog post from our good pal Matt Dunn.  Hold your breath no more… for behold, a new fishbeer has arrived at our e-doorstep.  If you like Matt Dunn’s work he will be a contributor in the new Pulp Fly Volume II which is due out in late June.  The Pulp Fly buzz is building...

The Release Of The Beast

By: May 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Want to see what Cody is pointing at?  See the pre and post release...

Learn The Basics of Fly Fishing - June 6th

By: May 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Are you interested in learning about fly fishing from the ground up? 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. You will learn basic knots, rigging dry flies, nymph rigs, and other techniques to help you effectively navigate your equipment when you are on the riverbank.

Beginner Fly Fishing School!  Thanks!

By: May 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing would like to thank everyone who participated in our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School that was held this past Saturday.  The fishing conditions were tough but everyone fished hard and caught fish. In our beginner school, anglers learn the basics of fly fishing including casting, reading water, entomology, still water techniques, and fly selection. Our next class is set for June 15th and conditions should be perfect.

Win a Redington Crosswater Outfit!

By: May 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Who out there is interested in hearing more about our in-shop events, online promotions, up-to-date fly fishing reports, guided fly fishing trips and education opportunities?  Who wants a shot at winning a Redington Crosswater 5 wt fly rod, reel, Rio Mainstream fly line, and travel case?  If you are interested in both sign up for the “Trouts Preferred Customer Mailing List” by responding to this two (2) question survey.

Fly Fishing For Carp In the Denver South Platte River - Part III

By: May 27, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
In the first two parts of this three part series we talked about the South Platte River and carp behavior in general.  In our third installment, we’ll look at what fish you should avoid and what fish you should key in on – as well as some basic strategies for presenting a fly to a feeding carp.  Lastly, we’ll talk about some basic fly patterns that should get you ready to hit the Denver South Platte River.

Spring Options - Talk To Big Small-E

By: May 24, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Are you trying to figure out fly fishing options for this weekend as we approach spring run off in Colorado?  Here are a few ideas and resources to think about.

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.

Win A Free On Stream Beginner Fly Fishing Class!  Tonight!

By: May 23, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Who wants to win a FREE On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing Class? Here's how: show up TONIGHT (5/23) for our Casting & Cocktails event in Washington Park, drop your name in the hat, and you will be entered to win a trip this Saturday to a private ranch on the North Fork of the South Platte River.

Running From Runoff - a Spring Fishing Photo Essay

By: May 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd

Fly Fishing Report: Deckers May 19th

By: May 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With rivers blowing out with runoff across the state, tailwater fisheries with controlled flows are starting to get crowded.  Nonetheless, the South Platte River through Deckers is still fishing well and the water is clear.

Learn How To Fly Fish This Week With Trouts

By: May 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you are interested in learning how to fly fish, Trouts has a sure-fire education curriculum this week that will get you enjoying the outdoors and into fish.

Spotlight: Casting For Recovery 2013

By: May 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This past weekend Cody Hoeckelberg, Danny Frank and 12 other volunteers participated in Casting For Recovery.  Danny Frank writes the blog www.deltatroutforce.com and did an awesome write-up on the event and took some amazing photos.

CASTING AND COCKTAILS!  May 23rd

By: May 20, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Do you want to get the feel of a fly rod for the first time and learn the basic mechanics of fly casting?  Interested in testing out a Scott A4 7 wt rod before heading out on the Denver South Platte River?  Do you want to learn how to double haul, increase your line speed and punch your casts through the wind for more accuracy?  Join us for our second edition of Casting & Cocktails.  WHEN: MAY 23RD WHERE: WASHINGTON PARK WHAT TIME AND HOW MUCH: 5-7 PM  - FREE...

Carp Month Continues!

By: May 17, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout guru Reid Baker heeded the "Carp Month" call and went to the dark side like DARTH VADER.  Interested to see what this fish ate?

Just Hit 20,000+!

By: May 17, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing just hit 20,000+ Likes on Facebook - and you now have a chance to save BIG on fly fishing gear and equipment!

Road Trip: The Bighorn River

By: May 16, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Have you been thinking about taking a fly fishing road trip to kick off the spring or summer fly fishing season?  The Bighorn River in Montana is one to add to the list of potential front-runners if you don’t mind a big drive, big fish, and sharing some elbow room between the banks. In addition to being stacked with rainbow and brown trout, the Bighorn River is a bug FACTORY.

Arkansas River Fly Fishing Report - Colorado Springs Gazette

By: May 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Do you think you know everything there is to know about the Arkansas River?  Here’s a recent spring fly fishing report that might raise your eyebrows.

Fly Fishing Report: Cheesman Canyon May 12

By: May 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Reid Baker Fly Fishing – It’s what our guides do on their days off.  Reid Baker, our Guide Manager, spent his day off scouting and fishing the section of the South Platte River that flows through Cheesman Canyon.  He provided the following report for the Trouts contingent.

Spotlight: Carp on the Fly

By: May 13, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo: Carp on the Fly “I used to be a respectable angler...now I fly fish for carp.” - John Montana If you have been in the fly fishing carp game – or idly standing on the banks or sidelines watching from afar – the name John Montana should ring a bell.  The blog Carp on the Fly should be on your radar screen if it isn't already. 

Deckers Fly Fishing Report in Black and White

By: May 10, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We fished the Gold Medal water section of the South Platte River on Wednesday May 8th.  The weather was dynamic – we had periods of sun, sporadic cloud cover, thunder showers, followed by a steady drizzle of rain – AKA – great spring fishing conditions.  Here is the full fly fishing report and a few photos from our day. 

flycarpin.com - National Guide Service Directory

By: May 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Interested in finding a guide service that specializes in targeting carp on the fly?  Check out flycarpin.com.  We know that a lot of our readers and followers live outside of Colorado.  This site has one of the only comprehensive carp-on-the-fly guide service directories for the United States that we know about - and a ton of other great related content.  Good stuff for all of you aspiring carp junkies.

Fly Fishing For Carp In the Denver South Platte River - Part II

By: May 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
In the first part of this series, we talked about the Denver South Platte River as a carp fishery as well as the fly fishing gear you’ll need to get started on the water.  In this installment, we’ll cover the basics of carp physiology to help you understand what makes them tick - and what they naturally eat.

TROUTS SPOTLIGHT - BARRY REYNOLDS

By: May 08, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Around town and on the South Platte River, Barry Reynolds known simply as "the Godfather."   At Trouts Guide Service, Barry is our go-to guy for carp trips and other "cool water" adventures.   We had a chance to sit down with Barry to talk about what inspired him to start his carp odyssey, tips and tricks he's learned along the way and what he has up his sleeve for the fishing season in 2013. 

Help Protect Our Rivers

By: May 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you fly fish in Colorado pay attention to this: with strong bipartisan support, the Colorado General Assembly has passed Senate Bill 224 to create the Protect Our Rivers license plate. The plate will be available to all CO residents through a tax-deductible contribution of $25 to Colorado Trout Unlimited and 100% of the funds will be used locally to protect, conserve and restore Colorado rivers. Here’s what you can do if you support this effort and Colorado TU: sign the CTU...

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...

Fly Fishing Report: May 3rd

By: May 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Last week brought a mixed bag of weather to the Front Range of Colorado.  We fished in blizzard conditions in the South Platte Drainage on Wednesday May 1st but by Friday May 3rd the weather near Deckers was back in the 50s and the sun was out. You have to love spring fly fishing conditions in Colorado.

A Night with Kirk Deeter - May 16

By: May 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Come join Kirk Deeter on the second floor of the shop for an intimate evening where the author of Fly Fishing For Carp will give you a sneak preview into his new book as well as give you some inside information gleaned from his carp adventures here in Colorado and across the United States.  Fly Fishing for Carp talks about the history of the species, eating behavior, and challenge they pose for the fly angler.  Kirk will also talk about what he has on his plate for 2013.

Fly Fishing For Carp In the Denver South Platte River - Part I

By: May 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Fly fishing for carp across the United States quickly turned from a grass roots underground movement to a full fledged trend with staying power seemingly overnight.  One of the fisheries that helped make this happen is located right here in the Mile High City. With spring run-off approaching, the Denver South Platte can be a great close-to-home alternative option.  May is "carp month" here at Trouts Fly Fishing and this is the first installment of a three part series. 

Spring Fishing Report: The Roaring Fork River Valley

By: May 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We were able to spend four days in mid April fly fishing in different areas of the Roaring Fork River Valley.  For two days, we floated the lower Roaring Fork between the town of Basalt and the Colorado River.  We also had the chance to walk/wade the 'Fork above Basalt and had a great time fishing the lower section of Fryingpan River.  We hope you enjoy this fly fishing report and photo essay that captures the high points, low points and hijinks of this dynamic...

Save Bristol Bay - Right Now

By: May 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The time to act is now to Save Bristol Bay - the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting public comment about the Pebble Mine project.  Our pals over at Simms brought this time sensitive opportunity to our attention and you can do something about it.

10 Questions To Ask Before You Take A Guided Fly Fishing Trip

By: May 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here are ten questions you should ask when trying to find the best fly fishing guide service to ensure that you have a world class experience in Colorado.

Tying Deadly Streamer Patterns - May 9th

By: May 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Designed to expand fly tier’s ability to create effective streamer patterns with the sole purpose of catching BIG fish. In this class you will learn specific techniques including articulation, spinning deer hair, and other methods designed to maximize movement of advanced streamers. 1 Night Only - $50/Person (class size is limited)

May 2013 Customer Events and Fly Fishing Classes

By: May 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It might be snowing today but May is going to be HOT!  Trouts Fly Fishing has a dynamite line up of special customer events and educational opportunities during the month of May.  Here is a summary of what you’ll see and the classes we are offering. Our classes are kept small and sell out quickly so if there is something you are interested in, please call to reserve a seat.

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - May 25th

By: Apr 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This is a one-day fishing class held on one of our famous private properties. Students will learn the basics of fly fishing including casting, reading water, entomology, and fly selection. This class includes day use of: waders and boots if needed, rod & reel, tippet, flies. Trout's Guide Service also includes lunch, on-stream river guides/instructors, and a chance to hook beautiful Colorado rainbow and brown trout. Class size is limited and we only have a few seats left - sign up...

Have you signed up for “the 1303” yet?

By: Apr 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Have you signed up for “the 1303” yet?  Our monthly newsletter is a great way to get up-to-date river reports, stay on top of in-shop events, get in-shop and online specials, read exclusive essays, and stay on top of gear reviews.  Volume 9 of "the 1303" is going out the door this Friday evening.  It is simple to sign up for our newsletter and we promise to only send you one update a month.

Visit Denver and Fly Fishing

By: Apr 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Have you been thinking about fly fishing in Colorado?  If so, Denver is a great place to start your angling itinerary.  If you are from out of town or out of state, Visit Denver has a great site to get your travel research engine fired up.

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...

Learn The Basics of Fly Fishing - May 2nd

By: Apr 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Are you interested in learning the basics of fly fishing so you can enjoy the sport this spring, summer, fall and for years to come? If you or someone you know has been on the fence and thinking about giving fly fishing a try, this class provides a great baseline and foundation.

Switch and Spey Casting Clinic: Trip Report

By: Apr 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Guide Service just wrapped up our Switch Rod & Spey Casting Clinic on the Lower Blue River.  Streamers, nymph fishing, and dries?  On a two handed switch rod?  You have to love spring fly fishing in Colorado!  Find out what we learned, how the river fished, and what went down...

Chris Santella: Why I Fish

By: Apr 24, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Santella, steel, and a sweet trucker hat.  Photo Courtesy of Angler's Tonic Chris Santella has authored another fly fishing book titled "Why I fish."  If you are not familiar with Santella’s work, he authored two editions of "Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die" and he also is a regular contributor at the New York Times.  In addition to this, when he goes steelheading he apparently wears a Trouts Signature Trucker Hat for good luck. We don’t have his new...

How Was Fishing This Weekend? – Photo Contest Edition

By: Apr 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Time to vote for your favorite weekend photo!  We asked our customers to submit their best weekend photo and once again they delivered.  Today's Grand Prize: A WF-5F Scientific Anglers - Mastery GPX Taper fly line (retail value $74.95!) and a Hatch Outdoors party pack (hat and Tshirt).

Get Involved With the Denver South Platte!

By: Apr 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
There are two great opportunities for Denver fly anglers this week.  The first is Denver Trout Unlimited’s member meeting that is being held tomorrow at 6:00pm at the REI Flagship Store. The second event you should check out is the Denver South Platte Riversweep being held on Saturday April 27th.

condolences

By: Apr 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing would like to offer our condolences to the families and friends of the five outdoor enthusiasts and industry professionals who were killed this weekend in the avalanche on Loveland Pass.  From the Denver Post: “The five men killed Saturday in Colorado's deadliest avalanche in 50 years were participants in a backcountry snowboarder event called the Rocky Mountain High Backcountry Bash.  They were representatives and founders of snow-sport companies,...

Weekend Fly Fishing Photo Contest

By: Apr 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We’ve had some great customer photography sent to us over the past several weeks.  Our customers are fishing hard and we’re having fun hearing about all of your adventures.     This weekend we want to see what you are up to.  Send your best fly fishing photo taken on Friday, Saturday or Sunday to will@troutsflyfishing.  We’ll put a blog post up on Monday with the best-of-the-best and then let you vote for your favorite image.   The...

Nick Kelley Photography Exhibition – April 26

By: Apr 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Nick Kelley used to work at Trouts Fly Fishing and is having a photography show in Downtown Denver.  Nick spent time exploring South America - traveling, hiking, and fly fishing.  He traveled from Ecuador south through Patagonia – shooting photography throughout the journey.  His work is compelling and you are cordially invited to this event being held on Friday April 26th.

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. 

Colorado Snowpack Update - It Just Keeps Getting Better

By: Apr 17, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Pick your idiom: it ain’t over till it’s over, it isn’t over till the fat lady sings, don’t count your chicken until they’re hatched. No matter which saying you prefer, these are all great ways to describe the roller coaster spring weather we are experiencing in Colorado, and how it will ultimately affect our 2013 Snowpack and summer fishing season.  As noted by Scott Willoughby of the Denver Post, thanks to the recent bout of wintery weather, our statewide...

Roaring Fork River Fly Fishing Report: April 16th

By: Apr 16, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
AKA: The Calm Before the Storm.

How Was Fishing This Weekend? – April 15th Edition

By: Apr 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We asked for the question… again.  Our customers delivered the goods.  Now, you get to vote.  Here is what we found in Monday’s mailbag...

You Remember Tim Romano?

By: Apr 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo: Tim Romano Tim Romano just got back from a fly fishing tarpon mission in the Florida Keys and Miami – to call his fishing report and slide show epic… is an understatement. “My trip to Key West last week was a nutty one: two rods broken, three falls by one guy off the bow, a destroyed rental car, night fishing for tarpon, and a few new species in the bag.”

Arkansas River Fly Fishing Report: April 12, 2013

By: Apr 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Based on the Arkansas River report from April 6th, a return trip was required.  This time we decided to try a new section of the river and fished the lower Ark between Cañon City and Cotopaxi.  The weather was about the same – chilly with moderate and sporadic wind... and then the hatch WENT OFF. 

Product Spotlight: The Smethurst Stone Bomb

By: Apr 11, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is what Adam Trina, Owner of the Montana Fly Company has to say about the Bomb Squad patterns: “Most nymph patterns on the market were either no-bead patterns or single-bead patterns, and most of the single-bead patterns were brass, not Tungsten,” said Trina.  “The majority of Frank’s Bomb patterns have 2 Tungsten beads, and are designed to ride hook up, allowing the angler to use them as their lead fly, right on the bottom, minimizing the need for split...

Get your switch on – April 20th

By: Apr 10, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This fish was hooked and landed on our Featured Property where we are holding our Switch Rod and Spey Casting Clinic - make the jump for the full fishing report We have only three seats left for our Switch Rod and Spey Casting Clinic being held on April 20th.  The class is only $275 and you will get a chance to get into big migratory rainbow trout that are moving from the Colorado River up into the Lower Blue River.  In addition to a great fly fishing opportunity, you’ll also...

Trouts Fly Of the Week Challenge

By: Apr 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Who’s that guy holding the brown trout and what fly did that fish just eat?  The first person that can come up with these two answers wins a Trout’s Signature T-Shirt.  If you’re looking for a clue, check out the new issue of Fly Rod & Reel Magazine – Spring 2013, pg. 6.

How was fishing this weekend?

By: Apr 08, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Will Hollister We asked the question.  You sent the photos.  See for yourself what fly fishing in the springtime looks like in Colorado.

Arkansas River Fly Fishing Report: April 6, 2013

By: Apr 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It had been about 5 years since I had fished the Arkansas River, and was blown away at the healthy river, active fish, epic hatches, and overall amazing day on the water.  The Ark is known for brown and rainbow trout – and that is what we were after.  Make the jump for the entire report. 

The Permit Monkey

By: Apr 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
For most people, the sensation and experience when they finally sight, cast, present a fly, hook, fight and land a permit is one that stays with them for a lifetime. For me, the feeling lasted for all of about twelve and a half minutes.  Give or take.

SIMMS ONLINE EVENT - WEDNESDAY APRIL 10, 11AM

By: Apr 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Simms Fishing Products live from their new headquarters in Bozeman, Montana for a discussion at 11am MST on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.  This will be like "Ask A Gearhead" on steroids with a live question-and-answer period and cool product give-aways.

Back By Popular Demand: Casting and Cocktails!

By: Apr 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This is our first FREE hands-on casting clinic for the 2013 season that is geared to help improve your fishing knowledge and skills with the sole purpose of getting you into more fish.  Come join the staff of Trouts Fly Fishing for Casting and Cocktails on April 25 (5-7pm) - if you joined us last year you know how much fun we have.