Carp Fishing On Denver’s South Platte River

By: May 23, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Cyprinus carpio 10 Things To Know About Fly Fishing For Carp On Denver’s South Platte River If you have been following Trouts Fly Fishing or visited us here at the shop, you know that most of us here are unabashed carp junkies.  Here is a quick list of things you should know about carp and the Denver South Platte River if you decide to take on this challenging species on the fly. 1)    The Denver South Platte River is a section of the larger South Platte River...

May Fly Fishing Education Update

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

Still Water Fly Fishing In Colorado

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

May Fishing Report: Bear Creek

By: May 20, 2014 | Author: Kevin Cooke
Flows are currently rising on bear creek with current flows above 115.  When I started fishing the creek on Sunday the water was at 100 cfs around 3:00 PM and slowly dropped to 94 cfs as I was leaving around 7:00 PM. Water clarity was a little murky when I first started but appeared to improve as the afternoon continued. For the latest bear creek flows: click here The fishing was slow but I was able to catch quite a few sticks as I adjusted my weight. My only bite of the day...

Fly Fishing Report: The Denver South Platte River In May

By: May 20, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Andrew P, a shop client, shows off his first ever fly caught carp from the Denver South Platte River in May - Nice work Andrew! People ask me all the time: “What is a good time to fish the South Platte River in Denver for carp?”  My first answer: “It depends a lot on the flows.”  On a recent scouting mission to upper section of the South Platte River – closer to Chatfield Reservoir – the water was low and clear.  Before I had set out, I...

How To Choose a Fly Line For Trout

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

South Platte River Fly Fishing Report: May

By: May 15, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The fishing on the main stem of the South Platte River continues to be excellent with flows right in line with historic averages.  On one of our recent guide trips we started fairly early and we were on the water before 8:00am.  The water was clear and the Stream Flow was at 288 CFS.  We had clear skies and the river was pleasantly un-crowded. We began fishing just downstream of Deckers and found a few feeding rainbows right out of the gate. From a rigging perspective we went...

fishpond Westwater Sling Pack Review

By: May 15, 2014 | Author: Kevin Cooke
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 “Be Prepared” and the fishpond Westwater Sling Pack gives you ample room to do just that while out on the water. First and foremost, I really like the...

Casting & Cocktails May 22nd

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

Drake Magazine: The Big Year Photo Contest

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

Fly Fishing Report: Whipray Caye Belize

By: May 12, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Permit City I could see the big tail standing straight up out of the water from almost a quarter mile away.  The fish had to be huge. “You see the fish now?” asked Julian Cabral, our guide and host at the Whipray Caye Lodge in Southern Belize. “I can see it,” I said.  I could feel my heart rate picking up already.  I tried to take a deep breath. “OK, we’re going to pole over there and then get out of the boat,” said Julian.  He...

Flies, Films, and Foam - June 12th

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

On Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - June 21st

By: May 08, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The May 31st On Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School is currently SOLD OUT but we are signing up people for our June 21st session. Here is a short fly fishing report and photo essay from our April School.  To make your reservation for this class and to enjoy a day on the water with Trouts Guide Service call the shop at 303.733.1434. When: June 21, 2014 1 Day - $195.00/person – limited to six (6) participants (full day) "Trouts Guide Service represents the best...

How To Build A Dry/Dropper Rig

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

Fly Fishing North Park and The Rawah Ranch

By: May 06, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Pat Timmins, owner of the Rawah Ranch, will give a special presentation at Trouts Fly Fishing on Thursday May 15th from 6-7pm.  Pat will be talking about the North Park area of Colorado and the Big Laramie River.  Perched in the Colorado Rockies at 8,400 feet, the ranch is also the location of our Hosted trip that is coming up in July and is home to two miles of the legendary Big Laramie River.  The Big Laramie meanders carelessly right through the middle of their property,...

The Roaring Fork River – My First Float Trip

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

How To Build A Rocky Mountain Nymph Rig

By: May 05, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
One rigging option to think about is the double nymph rig.

Spring Fly Fishing: The Warm Water Report

By: May 02, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With temperatures in the 70's & 80's over the past few weeks, Colorado’s Warm Water fisheries are coming alive. As water temps warm, Bass, Pike & Carp, are moving into the shallows to feed on the newfound abundance of spring, creating unique sight fishing opportunities for the fly fisher. As spring further asserts herself, these fisheries will only continue to improve, and conveniently provided some excellent alternatives to the increasingly turbid, runoff trout...

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...

Cleaning Up The Denver South Platte River

By: Apr 30, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This past Saturday Trouts joined our good friends at Denver Trout Unlimited and the Greenway Foundation to help clean up the South Platte River and help raise awareness about the $22 million river restoration project that is being launched to help improve our home water.  After the river sweep and clean up, the Greenway Foundation hosted a Ceremonial Groundbreaking where volunteers of all ages from across the city learned how to help improve the urban greenways that surround the South...

Fly Fishing Report: Spring Conditions On The South Platte River

By: Apr 29, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The main stem of the South Platte River continues to fish well as we push into spring and the flows continue to rise.  Higher flows are dislodging a lot of debris, bugs and other organisms into the river and the water also has a nice stained color and fish are actively feeding throughout the day. On the day we fished the South Platte River with our On-Stream Beginner School,  the stream flows at the gauging station near Trumbull were right at 290 CFS.  We found most of our...

Hosted Trip To the Rio Grande River: SOLD OUT

By: Apr 29, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts would like to thank all of our customers who signed up for our Hosted Trip to the Rio Grande River.  This trip is officially sold out!  If you missed out on this one, you can still sign up for our next hosted trip to the Rawah Ranch scheduled for July 11th-13th.  This trip includes two full days of guided fly fishing on private water, single occupancy cabins and accommodations, and all meals.  The Ranch is located on the Big Laramie River and you will also have...

2014 Destination Travel Plans

By: Apr 28, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Destination travel is a very big interest for a lot of our customers here at Trouts Fly Fishing.  We have some extremely seasoned anglers who spend a significant of time each year researching new destinations and returning to amazing fisheries across the globe.  We also have a number of clients who are looking to branch out for the first time.  From steelhead in the Pacific Northwest, redfish in Louisiana to chasing bonefish, permit and tarpon in the Caribbean, there is no doubt...

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 Saturday April 26th and we have plenty of H2s in stock to cast.  Here are the official rules and regulations: "The Challenge begins at 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (“ET”) on April...

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. This year we’ve put together our first Mother’s Day Gear Guide that will have that special lady in your life well equipped for a great day on the water. From the Simms Women’s Headwaters Boots to Orvis’...

Video Spotlight: Scott Fly Rods

By: Apr 24, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you are not familiar with Scott Fly Rods out of Montrose Colorado or have never cast a Scott rod before, this is a great video that will give you insight into what they are all about. Their story is fairly simple: with over thirty-five years working to perfect the design and performance of fly rods, Scott  has developed a way of doing things that they call “The Scott Difference.”  The difference is focused on handcrafting every rod they sell. It’s driven by their...

South Platte River Clean Up: April 26th

By: Apr 23, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join our pals at Denver Trout Unlimited as they clean up the South Platte River here in Denver this Saturday April 26th at 7:00am.  Bring your boots, waders, and a sturdy pair of work gloves.  They will be cleaning up trash and debris both from the river bank and from the river bottom where it is possible.  Here’s the DTU game plan for Saturday morning: “Saturday morning, April 26th, 7:00 a.m. at Johnson-Habitat Park. - Come on out with your waders and help clean-up...

Trouts Guide Service Report: The South Platte River

By: Apr 22, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Who's having more fun here? The main stem of the South Platte River continues to fish extremely well.  The stream flows from below Cheesman Canyon have been fluctuating but the fishing has been consistent.  Trouts Guide Service has been out on the water quite a bit throughout the month of April and the early spring conditions have been great.  Here is a quick account from a few of our recent client trips: “The clouds were around all day and a little rain sparked the...

April 26th On Stream School: SOLD OUT

By: Apr 21, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts would like to thank all of our clients who have signed up for both our Learn “The Basics” and our “On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School” in April.  Both of these classes are now sold out.  We do have a few openings in our upcoming classes in May. Our “Learn the Basics” class provides a great baseline and foundation if you are just getting into fly fishing or giving it a try again after a long hiatus. The goal of this class is to instill a...

Video Spotlight: Cuda Quickie

By: Apr 18, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We spent quite a bit of time getting prepared for barracuda before we left for our trip to South Andros Island (you can check out our how-to  'cuda rig videos on our blog and our youtube channel).  Once we were there, we spent more time stalking these aggressive fish on the flats - both on foot and from the boat.  It took a little while to crack the code, but we were finally able to connect. These fish are super fast - and aggressive.  Below is what happened...

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.  We have fished all of these fly rods here in the shop and you can stop by anytime if you would like to test cast all three.  To check out the entire article by Ryan Krogh and Nick Kelley CLICK HERE.  If you want to cast the Scott Radian with the guys from Scott Fly Rods,...

The Double Header: April 17th

By: Apr 17, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Don't miss today's Double Header: At 3:00pm MST join "Ask a Gear Head" sponsored by Simms and you will get a chance to win a brand new Headwaters Guide Hip Pack.  All you have to do is join our Facebook Page at 3:00pm sharp and ask a question.  We'll have our pals from Simms will be online direct from Bozeman, MT to answer your fishing or gear related questions real-time.  For more on this FREE event and how you can win a Simms Headwaters Guide Hip Pack CLICK HERE....

Fly Fishing Report: Switch and Spey Clinic

By: Apr 16, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Saturday was our first Intermediate Clinic of the 2014 season and focused on switch and spey casting techniques for both Colorado trout and salmon or steelhead for the traveling angler. The Lower Blue is flowing at a higher-than-average level and this created the perfect scenario for switch rods.  The weather was warm with some clouds and the river flows 710 CFS with off color clarity.  We spent the first half of the day getting comfortable with casting techniques, working on the...

Gooned At The Lagoon: Part II

By: Apr 15, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Mosquito Lagoon just a the sun begins to rise When we left the dock at 5:30am it was dark out – pitch black.  My guide, Captain John Turcot had approached from the south of Mosquito Lagoon and I could hear the whine of his Hell’s Bay skiff for a good two minutes before he reached me.  As I watched him approach under the stars I could see that he held a hand torch to navigate the small creeks and cuts that riddle this inland waterway.  We were getting a...

Learn the Basics Of Fly Fishing - April 23

By: Apr 14, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Cody Hoeckelberg will be giving a special presentation on Wednesday April 23rd from 6-7pm that is mindfully built for beginners who are interested in learning about fly fishing for the first time.  The main goal of this class is to help you master basic knots and rigging.  This class is also designed to help people understand basic fly rod and reel mechanics, what kind of waders and boots are necessary to navigate rivers in Colorado, the difference between nymphs, dry flies and...

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

By: Apr 12, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Fishing trips are a special thing.  The utter simplicity of walking away from your day to day life to focus on nothing more than fooling a fish to eat your fly.  A time when the biggest decision you have to make is between 4X and 5X leaders, and what kind of meat you're going to throw on the girll that night.  Is it a Makers night, or maybe should we throw ourselves a curve ball and bust out that bottle of Knob Creek?  Awe yes, fishing trips are a special thing. My most...

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.  The Rio Bonefish WF 8 was a great line for me on our recent trip to the Bahamas.  I matched it up with a Sage ONE...

Saltwater Gear Review: Sage 4280 Fly Reel

By: Apr 10, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
What We Say 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.  Before I took our recent trip to the Bahamas, I gave the Sage 4280 a thorough field-testing here on the South Platte River.  I let a number or carp run this reel into the...

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. Our first few days at the Andros South Lodge were pretty windy.  In most situations, the Sage ONE had enough backbone and was fast enough...

Casting & Cocktails: Thursday April 24th

By: Apr 08, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Trouts Fly Fishing and Scott Fly Rods for our legendary Casting & Cocktails Event.  This FREE casting clinic will be held in Washington Park April 24th from 5:00-7:00pm on the Southeast corner of the park right at the intersection of Louisiana and Gilpin.  This is a fun event that is geared to help improve your fishing knowledge and skills with the sole purpose of getting you into more fish.  This is also a great event if you are a novice fly angler or if you have never...

Last Minute Openings: Switch & Spey Clinic

By: Apr 07, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We have two last minute openings in our upcoming Switch Rod and Spey Casting Clinic being held this weekend on Saturday April 12th.  In this intermediate fly fishing class, you will learn the basics, versatility and advantages of using a switch rod on the water with one of our tenured casting instructors.  In this class you will improve both single hand and two-handed casts – and have a shot at hooking beautiful Colorado fish at the renowned YR ranch on the lower Blue River....

Saltwater Fly Fishing Presentation - April 17th

By: Apr 04, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Saltwater Fly Fishing 101 and South Andros Island Slide Show Presentation Join Trouts Fly Fishing for an introduction into saltwater fly fishing and a short presentation that will let you experience the sights and sounds of the Bahamas.  Where: Trouts Fly Fishing (1303 East 6th Avenue Denver, CO 80218) When: April 17th, 6-7pm We just wrapped up a six day hosted trip with clients to South Andros Island where we stalked bonefish in a number of varied environments and conditions. ...

On Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - April 26th

By: Apr 03, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This is a one-day fishing school where our students will learn the basics of fly fishing including casting, reading water, entomology, and fly selection.  This class is limited to six anglers so reserve your spot early (only 2 spots left!).  Fishing the South Platte River Basin should be excellent this time of year.  To make your reservation for this class and to enjoy a day on the water with Trouts Guide Service call the shop at 303.733.1434. When: April 26th, 2014 1 Day -...

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 have a...

Spring Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte River

By: Apr 01, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing is happy to announce the successful kick off of our 2014 Fly Fishing Education Curriculum.  On Saturday March 29th we had our inaugural On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School where we were able to introduce the sport of fly fishing to a new group of students. The flows on the main stem of the South Platte River were right around 125 CFS and the water clarity was excellent.  With clear water and temperatures right in the mid 50s it was classic springtime conditions...

Nautilus Reel Video

By: Mar 31, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Our pals over at Gink And Gasoline and Nautilus Reels put together this time-lapse video of a reel being constructed.  We spend quite a bit of time talking to our customers about machined aluminum reels that are designed, manufactured and tested right here in the United States.  This video is a great example of how it is done.  Nautilus Reels is one of the finest fly reel on the market and is backed by 177 years of family tradition and manufacturing excellence.  The CCF II...

Trouts Hosted Trip: The Rio Grande River - June 13th-17th

By: Mar 28, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Trouts Fly Fishing and Tucker Ladd and explore one of the most underrated and unique trout fisheries in the state of Colorado.  Only TWO SPOTS LEFT! The San Luis Valley is Colorado’s largest mountain valley and the Rio Grande River is one of our state’s best-kept secrets. The window to float the Rio Grande is small and we’re going with guides who know this river like the back of their hands. If you have never had the chance to experience the Rio Grande by raft you...

For The Fly Fishing Carp Junkies

By: Mar 27, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Courtesy of Tim Romano I’ll have to admit, when I first got wind of this story from the Field & Stream Fly Talk crew I was a bit suspect.  Then… I saw the video.  Just like all wierd stuff that goes down with a fly rod, sometimes you just need to see it to believe it.  Tim Romano and Joe Cermele certainly take the phrase “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” to a whole new level.  Warning: you might need to be a full-blown fly...

Trouts Hosted Trip: The Rawah Ranch - July 11th-13th

By: Mar 26, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing will be hosting a fly fishing trip for six (6) clients to the Rawah Ranch. Named for the rugged and majestic snow-capped peaks that rise above it and the untouched wilderness that surrounds it, Northern Colorado's Historic Rawah Ranch is located in one of the west's most scenic and unspoiled valleys in North America. Perched in the Colorado Rockies at 8,400 feet, “Rawah” takes its name from the Ute Indian word for “abundance.” The five...

Andros South Lodge Fly Fishing Report

By: Mar 25, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
My eyes had to adjust to what I was looking at.  I hadn’t seen anything like it in almost 10 years.  The large mass of grey/brown color could easily be mistaken for a patch of Caribbean turtle grass or coral… but it wasn’t turtle grass or coral.  It was a massive school of Bahamian bonefish.  “You see how those fish are starting to move to the left,” said Sparkles, our guide from the Andros South Lodge.  “Show me the cast –...

On Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - Two Spots Left!

By: Mar 24, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Don’t miss your chance to get the 2014 fly fishing season started off on right foot.  Our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School is a great way to learn how to fly fish from the ground up.  This is a one-day class held on one of our world-class Exclusive Properties - the Rowdy Trout Ranch. Students will learn the basics of fly fishing including casting, reading water, entomology, and fly selection.  This class is limited to six anglers so reserve your spot early – we...

Video Spotlight: Simms G3 Guide Boot

By: Mar 21, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
In our last two Simms Video Spotlights, we focused on the G3 Guide Stockingfoot Wader and the Headwaters Guide Hip Pack.  Today we’ll take a look at the Simms G3 Guide Boot.  This wading boot is Bombproof… with a capital B.  If you need a new pair of boots before your season gets into full gear, stop in the shop and try a pair on.

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. Here is how the Orvis Company describes them: “After taking input and suggestions from a large number of female anglers, we started over from scratch and designed a wader built specifically for women....

Andros South Lodge Hosted Trip Update

By: Mar 19, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I wanted to drop a quick note to the Trouts Contingent and deliver this preliminary fishing report from the Andros South Lodge.  We left for the Bahamas on Friday evening, flying from Denver to Charlotte on a red eye.  From there, we flew south to Nassau and connected with a puddle jumper over to Congo Town.  After arriving at the Andros South Lodge, our team of seven clients were ready to get after it. The Andros South Lodge is located 15 minutes from the airport in...

Video Spotlight: Bonefish on the Flats

By: Mar 18, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is a taste of flats and bonefish eye candy from our pals up at Simms Fly Fishing- not to mention a surprise species at the end.  If you have never experienced a salt water fly fishing adventure, or if you are looking to plot your next conquest, check out our International Travel page or give the shop a call at 303.733.1434.

Video Spotlight: Casting In The Wind

By: Mar 17, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We’ve been working with quite a few clients who are going to be traveling to salt water destinations.  One natural element that anglers are often times challenged by – both here in Colorado in ocean fisheries – is wind.  Here is a quick video created by the Orvis Company that gives a few solid tips on how to both overcome windy conditions, but also how to use the wind to your advantage. Trouts Fly Fishing does provide private casting classes if you have an upcoming...

2014 Snowpack Update - Time to Get Ready for a Killer Season!

By: Mar 15, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With March nearly half way over, it's time to start looking forward to spring and summer, and the amazing fishing options these times of year have to offer.  The winter of 2013/2014 has been tremendous, with ample snowfall across the state.  While winter is certainly not over, it is fair to say that we are looking at a very healthy snowpack leading into our spring and summer fishing seasons.  Currently we are at a Statewide Snowpack of 116% of the historical average, well...

Trouts Spotlight: The Bozeman Reel Company

By: Mar 14, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing is always on the hunt for the best new fly fishing gear that gives our clients an edge on fly fishing.  Earlier this year we came across the Bozeman Reel Company headquartered out of Bozeman, Montana.  When we talk about reels, most often we focus on reliability, durability and performance.  We’re happy to announce we are the first shop in Colorado to carry Bozeman Reels. Before we brought them on board, Tucker Ladd took two reels to Argentina for a...

The Things They Carried: South Andros Island, Bahamas

By: Mar 13, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With our hosted trip to the Andros South Lodge in the Bahamas just a few short days away, most of our planning and preparation is behind us.   We’re now in “pack it up” mode.  Between rods, reels, lines, leaders, tippets, and flies – organization and planning can go a long way.  When we are on South Andros Island, our primary target will be bonefish – BIG bonefish.  My secondary target will be barracuda.  Other species where we will...

Spotlight Video: Setting The Hook Downstream

By: Mar 12, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Our good pals over at Field and Stream’s Fly Talk are always sharing quick and easy to understand fly fishing tips.  This one, about setting your hook downstream vs upstream, will help you avoid pulling your fly from a fish’s mouth and missing that connection.  On the water, we see this happen all the time with both subsurface nymph rigs as well as dry fly fishing on the surface. If you are interested in more tips and advice on how to improve your fly fishing, keep your...

Colorado Fishing Licenses On Sale March 12th

By: Mar 11, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Stop into Trouts Fly Fishing for your new 2014/2015 Colorado Fishing License.  Don't forget: your 2013/2014 License Expires on March 31st, 2014. We can renew your existing Colorado Fishing license beginning tomorrow, March 12, very quickly here at the shop. Or, we can process a new fishing license if you have never purchased one before.   For more information from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, CLICK HERE.  Trouts Fly Fishing is loacated at 1303 East 6th Avenue, Denver, CO...

Colorado Snow Pack Update: March 2014

By: Mar 10, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It looks like we’re officially off to a good start here in Central Colorado from a snow level perspective.  “The Natural Resources Conservation Service, an agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, says as of March 1, Colorado snow levels are 16 percent above normal.  The state should be in good shape even if the next few weeks do not bring as much snow as usual.” – Mike Lamp, Colorado Public Radio Click HERE for the entire article and report that aired...

Connect With Fly Fishing In Colorado

By: Mar 07, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you've never connected with Trouts Fly Fishing, here is what it looks and feels like. Last fall, Trouts Fly Fishing and Guide Service headed out to the YR Ranch and spent a few days camping and fishing on the river - throwing both single and double handed rods. We had all kinds of weather and fishing conditions thrown at us. This quick video gives you a chance to experience what we saw on the water in high definition.  If you would like to take a fly fishing trip with Trouts Fly...

Join The Trouts Team!

By: Mar 07, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing continues to grow and we're looking to expand our team.  We're looking for a Seasonal Full-Time Sales Associate to join our dynamic team of fly fishing subject matter experts. The Seasonal Full-Time Sales Associate position at Trouts Fly Fishing requires a passion for the fly fishing lifestyle and an outgoing personality that takes initiative, has integrity and is committed to world class customer service. Full-Time Seasonal Sales Associate Job...

Spring Switch Rod and Spey Clinic April 12

By: Mar 06, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Aerial video footage from the YR Ranch Think spey and switch rods are designed only for the Pacific North West, British Columbia, and Alaska?  Think again.  Check out our Switch Rod and Spey Casting Clinic that is being held on the renowned YR Ranch on the lower Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir.  Class size is limited to six (6) anglers and we only have four (4) spots remaining.  If you don’t have a switch rod and reel don’t worry – Trouts Fly...

Learn The Basics Of Fly Fishing - Mar. 26th

By: Mar 05, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When: Wednesday March 26th – 6:00pm-7:00pm Where: Trouts Fly Fishing (1303 East Sixth Avenue, Denver CO) Instructor: Cody Hoeckelberg Join Trouts Fly Fishing and learn 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. The goal of this class is to instill a basic understanding of fly...

Denver Trout Unlimited Member Meeting - March 4th

By: Mar 04, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Don’t forget to join the Denver Trout Unlimited meeting TONIGHT (March 4th) at the Skylark Lounge.  In addition to board elections (6-7pm), you will get information on what is happening on the South Platte River from a restoration and improvement perspective (general member meeting begins at 7pm).  This is a great way to meet and engage with other local anglers and if you want to help the South Platte River from a fishing perspective, Denver Trout Unlimited is the only game in...

Great News For Bristol Bay

By: Mar 03, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is some very exciting and positive news that just was announced by the EPA.  We're now one step closer to protecting Bristol Bay.  Bristol Bay is a one-of-a-kind natural resource and provides the spawning habitat for the world’s largest sockeye salmon, as well as rainbow trout, dolly varden, arctic grayling and four other species of pacific salmon. Here is a brief excerpt from an Associated Press article that appeared in the Washington Post: “The watershed...

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.  Here are a few highlights that caught our attention: ·      Molded front panel with a built in fly patch. In addition to giving the contents of the pack added protection, the panel opens into a large workbench which is convenient for river side use...

Shut Him Down!

By: Feb 27, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Courtesy of Chris S.  There is nothing we like better then getting a fly fishing report from a customer after we have set them up with gear for an international fly fishing adventure.  We just received this report from Chris S. who we first met back in January.  “I just returned today from Christmas Island ... it was incredible,” said Chris.  “Giant trevally, big bones, all kinds of other species ... including a Barracuda!” Chris was...

Don’t Let This Happen To You

By: Feb 26, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When you travel internationally to go fly fishing, things don’t always go as planned.  Actually, I take that back.  Most of the time something, somewhere, somehow… things manage to go awry.  It actually makes sense.  You are going somewhere new, fishing for a new species, making tight connections, using new gear and exploring new water. Sometimes… sXit just happens. And honestly, some of that chaos and uncertainty is what makes international travel,...

South Platte River Report: Late Winter Fly Fishing

By: Feb 25, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We’re starting to see signs of spring fly conditions here in Colorado – albeit sporadically.  One day, we’ll be in shirt sleeves with the sun shining and the next in down jackets with snow flying. It is after all Colorado and we wouldn’t want it any other way. After our last staff outing to the South Platte River, everyone here at the shop was fired up to get back out and after it. This past week the South Platte River below Cheesman Canyon and through the Deckers...

Mark Lance Fly Fishing Presentation March 13th

By: Feb 24, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing is excited to announce that Mark Lance will be stopping by the shop on Thursday March 13th from 6-7pm to give our customers a slide showpresentation and photography clinic. Mark will be showing a slide show about llama trekking for Colorado River and Rio Grande cutthroats in the Weminuche Wilderness and also talking about some of the photography techniques he used to shoot the images.  This is a free presentation here at the shop and a must-see-event if you have an...

February Fly Fishing Report: Playing Hooky

By: Feb 21, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
hook·y - [hook-ee]  - noun - Unjustifiable absence from school, work, etc. (usually used in the phrase play hooky): "On the first warm spring day, the boys played hooky from school to go fishing." – www.dictionary.com It is tough to call it hooky when the boss joins you on the river for a day of fly fishing on a Tuesday in February.  But still… it felt a lot like hooky. The Trouts Crew minus one marketing guy - Cody, Tucker, Kevin and Rick... plus Howser,...

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. Our last video spotlight was the new Simms G4 Boa Boot. Next up, the new Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Waders – a perfect wading combination. This has been a stalwart model in the Simms line because of the breathability and the durability this wader offers. The new changes in design, materials, and features make this video worth...

Barracuda Rig Step Three: The Non-Slip Loop Knot

By: Feb 17, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The last knot that we are going to tie in our barracuda rig is the non-slip loop knot. This is a great knot to learn if you plan want to connect your fly with nylon, fluorocarbon or wire bite tippet and if you are looking to give your fly a lot of natural action in the water.  The non-slip lip loop knot is a fast and efficient way to tie a knot that can be used in many different salt and fresh water situations.  If possible, we’re going to try to hook barracuda using big...

Closed For Renovations February 17th-19th

By: Feb 15, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing has had a great run here at 1303 East 6th Avenue since 2007, but it is now time to make a few upgrades.  Trouts will be closed February 17, 18, and 19th for some shop improvements and renovations.  Please bear with us during this time as we feel that you will really enjoy the improvements we make here at the shop.  In the meantime, check out great gear and equipment on our online store. We'll be back open for business on Thursday February 20th at 10:00am.

Barracuda Rig Step Two: The Albright Knot

By: Feb 13, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Albright knot is a great knot to learn if you plan on tying a custom leader using materials of varied test and tensile strength. We’ll cover the Albright knot in five easy steps. On our upcoming trip to Andros South Lodge next month, our primary target is going to be BIG bonefish.  A secondary sight fishing target on the flats is going to be barracuda.  If you have ever seen a 25 lb ‘cuda hit a top water fly... you know why.  This is part two of a three...

Barracuda Rig Step One: The Perfection Loop

By: Feb 12, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When welded loops became common place on the terminal section of most premium fly lines, the perfection loop went from being a rather obscure knot, to one that is a must have for fly anglers of all skill levels.   For our upcoming trip to the Bahamas, we’ll be tying some of our own leaders specifically for barracuda.  Although some anglers dislike a loop-to-loop connection between their fly line and leader, we’ve found over the years, the benefits of a loop-to-loop...

Fly Tying Class - Two Spots Left!

By: Feb 11, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We have to spots left for our Colorado Classics Fly Tying Class tomorrow night, Wednesday February 12.  The class will be held from 5:00pm-7:00pm here in the shop.   If you are looking to learn basic fly patterns and hopefully expand your knowledge of fly tying down the road, this is a great class to get you started.  Here are all the details: Learn the basics of tying classic Colorado fly patterns with our in-house signature fly tier David Luna Price: $50 p/person...

The Trouts Contingent: Getting After It

By: Feb 10, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It is great to see and hear from our customers after their fly fishing trips.  One of our big goals at Trouts Fly Fishing is to share what we know and our expertise so our clients can maximize their time on the water.  Here’s is the latest customer fly fishing report, photo and shout-out we received: “Thank you guys for all the help! Anyone out there that wants to catch big fish...come to Trouts!!!!! They will hook you up with knowledge!!!”– Bryan H,...

Connect With Trouts Fly Fishing

By: Feb 07, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
How do you want to connect with fly fishing this year?  Do you want to try to catch a new species?  Connect with friends? Connect with family? Learn to fly fish? Disconnect from the day-to-day grind?  Let us know how you want to connect this year and the three most intriguing answers we find on our blog Monday morning will each win a signature Trouts Trucker Hat.

Spotlight Video: Simms G4 Boa Boot

By: Feb 06, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
At the recent International Sportmen’s Exhibition here in Denver, we spent a lot of time talking to customers about the new 2014 Simms line of fly fishing outerwear – specifically the new wading boots.  One of the models that our customers found of interest was the new G4 Boa Boot.  Above is a great video overview and tutorial about this boot.  Features include: The Simms NEW RiverTread™ Platform for guide-ready wading performance, support & traction...

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - March 29th

By: Feb 05, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This is a one-day fishing school on one of our world-class Exclusive Properties - the Rowdy Trout Ranch. Students will learn the basics of fly fishing including casting, reading water, entomology, and fly selection.  This class is limited to six anglers so reserve your spot early (only 4 spots left!).  Fishing this section of the North Fork of the South Platte River should be excellent this time of year.  To make your reservation for this class and to enjoy a day on the water...

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.  The guys at the shop have assembled everything you need to get the lady in your life out on the water for the first time or to take her fly fishing game to the next level – we’ll start from...

The Arkansas River: Gold Medal Fly Fishing

By: Feb 03, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
January was a really busy month for us here at Trouts.  Somehow, we forgot to share this article about the fly fishing prospects on the Arkansas River and the new Gold Medal water designation.  As always, Scott Willoughby from the Denver Post delivers a great piece talking about why this is important for the Arkansas as well as the State of Colorado.  Here is a sound bite: “After years of efforts to repair the impacts of mining pollution from the Leadville area near the...

YR Ranch Update – Only 21 Days Available

By: Jan 31, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The YR Ranch is an extremely unique property in the spring months.  If you have fished it before, you know what we’re talking about.  If you never have, you need to put the YR on your list for 2014.  Located on the renowned Lower Blue River just outside of Kremmling, The YR Ranch does not receive any stocking and produces many wild trophy fish each year.  The property fishes especially well early and late in the season, when some of the largest wild trout seen in...

Denver Trout Unlimited Member Meeting - Feb 4th

By: Jan 30, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you haven’t noticed, at Trouts Fly Fishing we spend a lot of time fishing and talking about the South Platte River.  The South Platte is our home water.  Very specifically, the Denver South Platte section is the closest fishery to the shop and is home to trout, carp, smallmouth bass and other species that can be chased on the fly. One organization that is trying to improve this fishery is the Denver chapter of Trout Unlimited.  For years, Denver Trout Unlimited has...

South Andros Island Bonefish Video

By: Jan 29, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Courtesy of Deneki Outdoors In preparation for our trip to the Andros South Lodge in the Bahamas in mid March, I’m in a constant state of research and preparation.  I haven’t been to South Andros Island in almost 10 years.  For many of our clients, this will be their first salt water fly fishing adventure – ever.  For me, there is always a sense of excitement as a trip nears.  We will be taking our clients out for a private casting clinic later in...

Surface Film 2014

By: Jan 28, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It was great to see the Denver Fly Fishing community representing in force this past weekend.  Now, you have another chance to do it again.  The Greenbacks are holding their 4th annual Surface Film event showcasing some of the nation’s best fishing photography from across the globe at the Anthology Fine Art Gallery on Thursday February 6th, 2014. If you have never been to Surface Film before, this is a ‘don’t-miss-winter-event’ held only here in the Mile High...

Denver Fly Fishing Film Tour Recap

By: Jan 27, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing would like to thank everyone who attended the Fly Fishing Film Tour this past Saturday evening.  Together, in partnership with the Orvis Company, we were able to raise $1500+ for the Defend the Upper Colorado River Coalition with our two reel raffles.  A BIG thanks goes out to each and everyone of you who purchased a ticket and helped the cause!   The films were great this year and we had a blast.  If you live outside of Denver and the Tour comes around...

Fly Fishing Report: Winter South Platte Carp

By: Jan 24, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Kyle Wilkinson There is something to be said about starting out a new fishing season.  Out with the old – in with the new.  In my case, 2013 was a pretty terrible year for fly fishing for carp in the South Platte River.  My biggest problem: I didn’t get out enough.  A secondary issue, we had a lot of big and off color water last year that made sight fishing difficult.  Thirdly - and this is just a working theory at this point - the fish in the Denver...

Tying Colorado Classics: February 12th

By: Jan 23, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Learn the basics of tying classic Colorado fly patterns with our in-house signature fly tier David Luna.  Price: $50 p/person (inquire about special bundled offer for $150 that includes an Umpqua Feather Merchants Deluxe Fly Tying Kit containing vice and all the tools you need).  Call the shop today to reserve your spot in this beginner to intermediate tying class and get your fly tying started off right in 2014 - 303.733.1434.  There are only six (5) spots available for this...

Fly Fishing Film Tour 8pm Show SOLD OUT!

By: Jan 23, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The 8:00pm Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Oriental Theater in Denver is now officially sold out.  The good news, Trouts Fly Fishing still has a handful of tickets to the 4:00pm show that is premiering on January 25th. If you have never been to a Fly Fishing Film Tour before and are interested in what you will see, you can check out our post from yesterday that includes trailers from each film.  Or, you can read this great article from Denver Post’s Scott Willoughby. “But...

Denver Fly Fishing Film Tour: Almost Sold Out

By: Jan 22, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Don’t forget to get your Fly Fishing Film Tour tickets today.  We have less than 20 tickets for the 8pm show available – we’ll most likely be sold out TONIGHT.  If you want to go to the 4:00pm show, tickets purchased at Trouts Fly Fishing are $13 vs. $15 at the door. Trouts Fly Fishing and Guide Service will be at both the 4pm and 8pm show on Saturday January 26th.  In addition to sponsoring the show, Trouts has partnered with Orvis in effort to help raise more...

The YR Ranch Spring 2014

By: Jan 21, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
An aerial view of the YR Ranch - home of our Switch Rod & Spey Casting Class It is that time of the year when you should be planning your spring fly fishing trips.  One property that you should consider is the YR Ranch on the Lower Blue River.  This is an exclusive property that is available to Trouts Guide Service and our customers and we have fewer than 40 days available at the YR Ranch for the entire spring season.  The YR Ranch is an incredibly unique fishery...

Fly Casting Tune Up

By: Jan 20, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We have a lot of customers who stop into the shop before they embark on an international saltwater fly fishing adventure.  We get all kinds of gear and equipment questions as well as questions about fishing strategy and tactics.  One piece of advice we always share: 'if you are new to fishing the flats or from a boat, go out and practice casting prior to your trip.' If you have a saltwater fly fishing adventure on the horizon and would like some casting tips and instruction...

January Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte River

By: Jan 17, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Guide Service is off to a great season so far this year.  In addition to the recent announcement of our 2014 Educational Curriculum and fly fishing schools, we continue to introduce new clients to fishing here in Colorado.  Last week we were able to take a father and son team out on the South Platte River near Deckers.  Anthony and Max were visiting from California and wanted to experience fly fishing in the Front Range. Neither had ever gone fly fishing before but were...

Trouts Spotlight: WCR Ranch and ISE Special

By: Jan 16, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With 2014 well underway, it is a great time to start planning your fly fishing adventures for the rest of the year.  As a way to help you make this happen, Trouts Fly Fishing and Guide Service would like to offer our customers a great way to visit and fish one of our most unique and compelling Exclusive Properties.  Here’s the deal: visit the Trouts booth at the International Sportsmen’s Exposition this weekend January 16-19th  and you can sign up for a summer day of...

Special ISE Show Hours: January 16-19

By: Jan 15, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing will be open throughout ISE weekend.  Our hours of operation here at the shop are as follows: Thursday January 16th: 10:00am-5:00pm Friday January 17th: 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday January 18th: 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday: CLOSED We’ll also be at ISE Show Thursday through Sunday.  Stop down to see us as we will have the new 2014 Simms line of boots, waders, and apparel, Scott Fly Rods, and a ton of packs and other equipment.  You can also sign up for our...