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.

“WHAT A TROUT SEES” - BOOK SIGNING WITH GEOFF MUELLER

By: Apr 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo by Kat Yarbrough Geoff Mueller is senior editor at The Drake Magazine and just authored the book "What a Trout Sees: A Fly-Fishing Guide to Life Underwater."  The photography in the book is by Tim Romano and the forward is by Tom Bie (owner/publisher of the Drake Magazine).  Geoff will be here in the shop on April 18 from 6-7pm to give a quick talk about the book and to sign new copies.  Put this one on your calendar!

More Great News For The South Platte River!

By: Apr 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This rainbow trout was hooked in the Denver South Platte and taped at 19" - not too shabby for a city fish One of the projects that we have all been working so hard for has finally started.  On March 25, The River Enhancement Project began in the section of the South Platte near the Carson Nature Center. This is the first of at least two projects that are designed to improve and enhance the metro section of the South Platte River.  Here are a few quick facts and highlights that...

Trouts Spotlight: Brian Schmidt - Fly Production Specialist

By: Apr 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Think all flies are created equally?  Think again.  Meet Brian Schmidt, the man who was put on this earth to make sure that the Umpqua flies that end up in your fly box – and ultimately at the end of your tippet and in front of a fish - meet the most rigid design and production quality standards.  All because… Brian wants you to catch more fish.

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.

Spotlight: Trout’s Guide Service – Fly Fishing in Colorado Online Catalog

By: Mar 28, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you have stopped in the shop or caught us one of our recent customer events in Denver, you most likely have picked up our seen our full color eight-page catalog highlighting our shop and fly fishing Guide Service.  If you haven’t, here is an online catalog.

2013 Snowpack Update

By: Mar 27, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Denver Water has just announced that Stage 2 Watering Restrictions are going to go into effect April 1, 2013.  Essentially, this will limit the number of days per week households are allowed to water their lawns.  While this announcement may sound alarming to many residents and anglers alike, we at Trout’s would like to “clear the air” so to speak and elaborate on exactly what this ultimately means for our 2013 spring/summer fishing season. You don’t...

Waiting for Steelhead: Trout’s BC Trip brings MG some clarity

By: Mar 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I had often wondered about the allure of steelhead fishing, but never could quite get a handle around the idea of standing in the cold and wet, casting a fly with an outsized rod, and waiting.  And waiting.  And waiting.

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. 

And The Pack Vs. Vest Debate Winner Is…

By: Mar 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Legendary Frank “I’m-still-runnin’-down-the-man” Smethurst stopped by Trouts today to give us a sneak preview of a few new Scott Fly Rod prototypes.  We asked Frank to be our guest official for our Pack Vs. Vest drawing.  Drum roll please.  And the winner is…

Helpful Reminder: Your Colorado Fly Fishing License Expires 03/31/2013

By: Mar 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Yes… we mean you… and your Colorado fishing license.  This weekend is a great time to get renewed for the 2013 fly fishing season. 

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.

Trout’s Spotlight: Scott Wells and Gyotaku Art

By: Mar 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Come by Trout’s Fly Fishing to see a select collection of gyotaku prints on display by Denver angler and artist Scott Wells.

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.

Opportunity To Fish The Lower Blue River

By: Mar 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout’s Guide Service just had a last minute cancellation for one of our signature properties on the Lower Blue River this Thursday – March 21.  A last minute trip cancellation = an awesome fly fishing opportunity for you.

North Fork of the South Platte Fishing Report

By: Mar 18, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
(Photos By Trevor Brown) There is no doubt that springtime fly fishing in Colorado is upon us.  We had some wind, some rain, snow, big smiles… and a ton of fish hooked and landed this past weekend. Check out these images from our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School that was just held at the Rowdy Trout Ranch, located on the North Fork of the South Platte River. 

Keep your eyes on the flows

By: Mar 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Are you planning a fly fishing trip this weekend?  Don’t forget to keep an eye on the flows.  For real-time river flow information across the state that has been conveniently organized, check out our Stream Flows Page. If you are getting out for the first time in March and want to know what to expect at some of Colorado’s more prolific fisheries, check out our Colorado Fishing Conditions Page. We hope these are helpful resources for you.  Have a great weekend and...

10 Ways To Improve Your Fly Fishing Photography

By: Mar 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout’s would like to thank Tim Romano for giving a light’s-out fly fishing photography presentation last night.  We’d also like to thank all of our customers who showed up, packed the house, and enjoyed the show.   If you missed the action, don’t worry – here are 10 things that we learned last night to help you improve your photography technique and strategy.  You too can have the skillz to pay the billz...

News Flash From BC!

By: Mar 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The telegram from Cody and Gracie was light on details.  It read as follows: "Swung fly –(STOP)- Wild Buck –(STOP)- Very shiny -(STOP)-" We’re assuming all is good in BC.  For more up-to-date and localized fly fishing information here in Colorado, check out our Fishing Reports Page. Stay tuned for an in depth report from the boys in BC when they return next week. 

Blood, Sweat, and Beers – DIY Fly Fishing Report - Guanaja, Honduras

By: Mar 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
"The first bonefish tail I saw was unmistakable.  It stood straight out of the skinny water – a mighty V shape that wagged in the low morning light.  Then… a second tail emerged and quickly flopped over in a swell of nervous water.  There was no doubt - we were all alone on the flat and on fish." Here are 10 things to think about if you are contemplating a do-it-yourself trip to location X. 

Video Spotlight: Cuba

By: Mar 08, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Since we’ve been talking about fishing all over the world this week (and our blogmaster is in Honduras) we figured... “Why not Cuba?” Stay tuned next week for your regularly scheduled Trout’s programming to resume and look forward to a Honduras fly fishing report hot off the press.

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...

The Things They Carried: British Columbia

By: Mar 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We were able to catch up with Cody Hoekelberg as he was stockpiling warm weather gear and MOW tips in preparation for his trip up to BC with steelheading phenom April Vokey for a week on the Fraser River.  We talked about the allure of steelhead, the lyrics of “Oh Canada”, and Cody’s strategy to keep warm north of the 49th parallel.

Video Spotlight: Tagging Permit

By: Mar 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here’s a great video that shows permit being tagged for research and protection purposes courtesy of our friends at F3T and the folks down at World Angling.  For more on permit tagging, check out Project Permit, a conservation project sponsored by Costa Sunglasses.  Enjoy.

Video Spotlight: Backcountry Dorado

By: Mar 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you need to escape reality for a while, here is a great way to do it.  This video is courtesy of our friends at Catch Magazine.

March Customer Events

By: Mar 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
March is here and Trout’s Fly Fishing has an action packed list of customer events and educational classes to choose from.  From tying flies to photography... from great classroom tutorials to on-stream clinics - find a class that’s right for you before the fly fishing season heats up.

Can You Improve Your Cast? Ask the Magic 8 Ball

By: Mar 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
What does my salt water future hold?  Better ask the Magic 8 Ball. I’ve had my share of blown saltwater shots.  Some of the experiences are burned in my brain with more clarity than the fish that actually came to hand. The memories still sting: -       Standing in water almost to my chest in Ascension Bay and trying to cast to a 25 lb permit within 60 ft… and failing miserably -       Trying to punch a cast...