Winter fishbeer

By: Feb 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is another mind-bending installment of... At Trout’s we’re always trying to explore the bounds of fly fishing and find new stuff – and then share it with our customers. We’ve fished with Matt Dunn, the content creator behind the always–eye-brow-raising and sometimes-hair-raising site fishbeer.com.

Product Spotlight: The New Umpqua Packs Are In!

By: Feb 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Swing by the shop this weekend to check out the new Umpqua packs and bags that just arrived - including the Ledges Waist-Pack, the Overlook Chest Pack, the Surveyor Backpack, the Famous Boat Bag and the Deadline Wet/Dry Duffel.

2013 Spring Travel Update

By: Feb 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Hot off the press - this just in.

Trout’s Spotlight: Simms Rivershed Boot

By: Feb 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Sometimes it is better just to let our satisfied customers do the talking.  We received this email last month about the Simms Rivershed Boot and thought we would share it in case you were trying to make a decision on wading boots for the upcoming season.  "Killed it again this weekend on the Blue River and I have to say I'm ecstatic about those new Rivershed boots!  Super easy on and off and the traction with 5 screws in front and 4 in back is absolutely the best...

Trout’s Spotlight: Davel Lovell

By: Feb 20, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
"Her first cast she put the fly right in my cheeck.  She thought she was snagged and kept pulling…I was hoping for a long distance release but that didn’t happen. We had a good laugh and I made her take a picture with me with the fly stuck in my face with blood running down my cheek.  I told her she just set a new IFGA world record catching a 150lb White Fish on 4x." - Dave Lovell Dave Lovell was born and raised in Colorado and has been fly fishing for 27...

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

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

Sign Up Now For Our March Fly Tying Class!

By: Feb 18, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Seats for our March fly tying class are on sale now and space is limited.  Learn how to tie your own bugs and self sustain your fly box - before the prime time season kicks in.

Special Rates for the Rowdy Trout Ranch

By: Feb 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Get Your Year Started The Right Way - today is a good day to book your first fully guided fly fishing trip on private water.  Between now and March 15th, Trout's Guide Service is offering discounted rod fees and rates for full day guided trips on this Featured Private Water. 

The Things They Carried: Ascension Bay

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

Name That Water - Blog Edition

By: Feb 13, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The first person to name this water wins a brand-spankin'-new-hot-off-the-press Trout's Signature Trucker Hat.  Get after it!

Get Your Grand Slam Here

By: Feb 11, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It is that time of the year once again.  Take your pick or chase all three.  Bonefish tailing Permit eating Tarpon... crushing Which situation gets your blood going... the most?

February Fly Fishing Report

By: Feb 08, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I’ve had my lunch handed to me in Cheesman Canyon before – it happens.

Trout’s Spotlight: Copi Vojta

By: Feb 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you have picked up a recent copy of the Flyfish Journal and have been stunned by the photography, you’ll want to meet the man who helps to make it all happen.  We were lucky enough to catch up with Copi Vojta for a few minutes earlier this week to find out what is going on in 2013, we poached a quick river report for the Roaring Fork River Valley, and picked up a few tips for budding photo journalists interested in breaking into the magazine world of fly fishing.  We...

Trout’s Cancels Annual Fly Fishing Trip (Boo!)

By: Feb 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Breaking News! Trout’s sends shop guys across the planet to fulfill piscatorial dreams!  (Whoo hoo!)

Who’s Behind the Lens?

By: Feb 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The first member of the Trout’s Contingent to accurately identify the guy behind the lens in this photo wins a SWEET Defend the Upper Colorado T-Shirt.  Here’s a hint: his work is being shown at tomorrow's Surface Film exhibit.

ON-STREAM BEGINNER FLY FISHING SCHOOL- March 16 and April 13

By: Feb 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
(Photo Joe Kingery) Do you know someone who wants to start fly fishing?  Interested in rebuilding your own fly fishing skills from the ground up?  This is a one day fishing class that is held on one of our famous private properties. Students will learn the basics of fly fishing including casting, reading water, entomology, and fly selection. We have two dates that are open this spring.

Experience Fly Fishing and Colorado With Trout’s Guide Service

By: Feb 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
(Photo Joe Kingery) 2013 Education Curriculum At Trout’s, our mission is to make fly fishing more accessible for everyone.  Whether you are brand new to fly fishing or if you are a seasoned angler, we have classes, events and trips that will help you take your fly fishing to the next level.  For the Spring Season of 2013 we have cooked up quite a curriculum.  For anyone who has never fly fished before or if you are just looking to go back to the basics and reinvent...

Surface Film3

By: Feb 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout's Fly Fishing has the skinny on why you should go to the Surface Film Exhibit on February 7th right here in Denver, CO.

Gallatin River Tsunami

By: Jan 31, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This recent video from the Gallatin River in Montana caught our attention.  Chatter from youtube where it was originally posted: Scott: "How did you know this was going to happen?" Johathan: "I was passing by on the way to Big Sky. It must have started 10 minutes earlier. I drove by a section of the stream and saw a brown roiled mess from bank to bank. I drove down stream and found people on a bridge, watching the ice pass under them. I continued down until I...

Only Four Seats Left!

By: Jan 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd

Trout’s Spotlight: The YR Ranch

By: Jan 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The YR Ranch is a Featured Private Water and favorite fishing destination for Trouts Guide Service.  Late February through April is a unique season for the YR Ranch. During this time, rainbow trout push out of the Colorado River into the Lower Blue River and anglers get a chance to target large and aggressive fish.  This property offers a variety of amazing fishing situations - dries, nymphs and streamers can all be productive throughout the spring.  Trouts Guide Service...

Trout’s/Costa VIP Party and F3T!

By: Jan 28, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
(All photos by Trevor Brown) We didn’t capture all of the hijinks from the Fly Fishing Film Tour on Saturday night... but came pretty close.

Defend the Upper Colorado River

By: Jan 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout’s Fly Fishing, Costa Sunglasses, and our VIP Customers are all pumped to be going to the Fly Fishing Film Tour tonight.  All of the VIP ticket sale proceeds are being donated to the Defend the Upper Colorado Coalition and Colorado Trout Unlimited.  Together, we raised $1200 for a great local cause.  Check out this video and the Defend the Upper Colorado Coalition to see how you can participate and help out.  Or, if you are going to the show tonight, track down...

The 8:00 F3T Show is SOLD OUT!

By: Jan 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
BUT... we still have tickets for the Fly Fishing Film Tour 5:00pm show on sale here at the shop. Or, get 'em HERE online while they are hot (in-store pick up ONLY).  Trout’s Fly Fishing would like to thank everyone for supporting this event and we look forward to seeing you at the Oriental Theater.  If you have purchased tickets online and plan to pick them up here at Trout’s, please swing by the shop BEFORE 4:00pm on Saturday.  We will be closing the shop...

Great News for the Denver South Platte!

By: Jan 24, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The big topic of discussion at this week's Denver Trout Unlimited chapter meeting was the improvements to the Denver South Platte River that are in the planning phase.  Trout’s Fly Fishing was in attendance and here are the cliff notes.

Winter Fly Fishing in Colorado Part III

By: Jan 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you are not an avid winter angler, the value of research and preparation cannot be understated.  Understanding what is going on in the river before you get there can be the make-or-break component of a productive trip. Remember that a lot of great water you fished in the spring or fall months is not fishable in the winter - it is frozen over.  But, there are a number of great dam controlled tailwaters across the state that offer great winter fishing opportunities.  This is...

Special ISE Shop Hours

By: Jan 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
  Special ISE Shop Hours:   We’re going to close the shop and be at the International Sportsmen’s Exposition in full force this week.  Come on down to see us at the Convention Center - we guarantee it will be worth your while.  We’ll have great gear specials, Fly Fishing Film Tour Tickets on sale in our booth, and the show is going to be jam packed with great fly fishing gear and presenters.   Shop Hours   Wednesday January 16th-21st:...

Winter Fly Fishing in Colorado Part II

By: Jan 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
In many rivers here in the Rocky Mountain West a trout’s diet consists of small midges, stoneflies, and mayflies.  In most rivers during the winter, you’ll find fish more densely consolidated and sticking together in deeper runs.  You will want to look for slower moving water that will bring the fish insects in a consistent manner where they do not have to expend a ton of energy.  This is Part II of a three part series on winter fly fishing here in Colorado... 

For Immediate Release

By: Jan 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Denver, CO (January 14, 2012) –Trout’s Fly Fishing and Freestone Outfitters today announced a new partnership and full-service guided fly fishing business – Trout’s Guide Service.  Trout's Guide Service is committed to making fly fishing more accessible for everyone, from would-be enthusiasts to dedicated anglers who want to explore Colorado’s abundant fishing resources in greater depth.  “I think this partnership represents the best of the...

Spotlight: Sage CIRCA Fly Rod

By: Jan 10, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
“I was always a fan of the Sage 389 LL – it became a cult classic.  When I first cast the CIRCA my first impression was ‘WOW… this is just like a LL… but lighter.” - Michael Gracie/Fly Rod Junkie

Winter Fly Fishing in Colorado Part I

By: Jan 08, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It seems that the balmy days of late November and early December are all but a warm memory. January is here and it is time to start thinking about your winter fly fishing strategies.  This is Part I in a three part series...

Year in Review Part V

By: Jan 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We’re going to wrap up our 2012 Year In Review photo essay.  Here are some shots from the second half of the year.  Thank you again for participating in our in shop programs, our online contests, and your continued patronage and support.  We’re really looking forward to an exciting year in 2013.

Get on the Bus!

By: Jan 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout’s Fly Fishing is stoked to once again be your ticket headquarters for the 2013 Fly Fishing Film Tour for both the 5:00pm and 8:00pm show at the Oriental Theater. Trout’s Fly Fishing, Costa Sunglasses and the F3T are taking it to a new level this year.  We have commandeered a “Land Yacht” and have twenty (20) VIP F3T Tickets for those of you who want to roll to this year’s show in style. 

Year in Review Part IV

By: Jan 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Happy New Year!  Trout’s would like to thank you all one last time for your continued support and patronage.  We have a ton on tap for the month of January so stay tuned.  Before we get going on 2013, we’ll take another look back at 2012.  Next up in our year in review: May, June, and July.

Year in Review - Part III

By: Dec 28, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is our third installment.  Up on deck: May and June.

Year in Review - Part II

By: Dec 27, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We've put together a photo series to review some of the great times we – and our customers - had last year and to check out some of the amazing water we were able to fish.  Up at bat: March, April, and May

Year in Review - Part I

By: Dec 24, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This year is quickly coming to a close and Trout’s Fly Fishing would like to thank you all for your business and your support.  But the year is not over yet so we felt it would be great to take a look back at 2012.  We've put together a photo series to review some of the great times we – and our customers - had last year and to check out some of the amazing water we were able to fish.  Stay tuned to the Trout’s Fly Fishing blog for the rest of the month and...

Holiday Hours

By: Dec 21, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Looks like the Mayans had it all wrong and we're still here.  To celebrate, visit Trout's Fly Fishing during our special Holiday Hours: December 22 - 9am-5pm December 23 - 9am-5pm December 24 - 10am-3:00pm December 25 - Closed December 26 - Closed December 27, 28, 29, 30 - Regular Store Hours December 31 - Closed January 1 - Closed

Sign Up Now For Our January Fly Tying Class!

By: Dec 21, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This is a great holiday gift for the angler who already has everything.  Click HERE for more details.  Limi

Calling all carp Aficionados

By: Dec 20, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Are you in hibernation mode?  If so... you need to read this. 

Fight the Freeze

By: Dec 19, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Looking to avoid ice in your eyelets during the cold months of winter?  So are we.  Here is another great winter fly fishing tip from our friends over at Field and Stream’s Fly Talk.  “The one thing I can't stand about winter fly fishing is ice forming in the guides of my rod. But there's a cheap, simple fix for that.” Click HERE for the full post.

December Fly Fishing Report

By: Dec 18, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We've said it before... don't put the fly rods away just yet.  Check our our latest guide report from the South Platte River at Deckers. 

Big Winners!

By: Dec 17, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout’s would like to thank everyone who joined us for our Holiday Happy Hour.  We had a blast and we hope you did as well.  We also want to thank all of our sponsors who donated raffle items and helped to generate over 180 pounds of canned goods that have been donated to the Food Bank of the Rockies.  Without further ado… we’d like to announce our raffle item winners!

Time for another installment of…

By: Dec 13, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
"I have a poker that I can use from here, right from my desk. I’m here at the computer and I can grab the poker, hook open the stove door, poke around in the fire for a few seconds, push the door closed, go back to the computer, and take a sip of bourbon." Click HERE for more....

Give, Shop, and Go Big Tomorrow!

By: Dec 12, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Let’s go and give big!  Based on requests from our out-of-town and out-of-state followers, we’ve set up a virtual food donation page at the Food Bank of the Rockies and made a few tweaks to our raffle.  Here is how you can give, shop and win big tomorrow... both online and here at the shop.

Winter Fishing Tactics

By: Dec 10, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The snow that fell this past weekend on this mountain pass will be the source of flows for the Blue River and the Colorado River next year. It feels like we might have finally made the seasonal switch to winter here in Colorado.  It was fun while it lasted, but fishing in short sleeves in December was starting to get a little weird.  Now that we’ve made the turn into the colder months, we’re going to share some solid tactical information to help make your fishing more...

And the Winner Is….

By: Dec 07, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout's Fly Fishing is proud to announce the winner of this year's "Best of 2012" fly fishing photo contest.  Drum roll please....

Attention Steelhead Junkies

By: Dec 07, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Attention steelhead junkies and gearheads: our pals over at Deneki Outdoors have a really cool steelhead rig and gear contest going on right now. Here is a snippet from their contest rules: "We want you to write up your favorite steelhead rig, in the same basic format that we use in our ‘Expert Rig’ series. We want to know the specific models of rod, line and reel that you use. We want to know every knot that you use from arbor to fly. We want to hear your commentary on why...

Not-So-Winter Winter Fishing Report

By: Dec 06, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I don’t do a ton of winter fly fishing - but I always look forward to it.  The number one reason: it is usually so different than fishing in the spring, summer and fall months.  The number two reason: there are typically fewer people on what are normally busy sections of river.  Number three: the fishing can be lights out.

Don’t Miss Trout’s Holiday Happy Hour!

By: Dec 06, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout's Holiday Happy Hour: December 13th When: 4-9pm Where: 1303 E. 6th Avenue, Denver CO 80218 Do you want a chance to win an all-inclusive day of guided fly fishing on a world class river in Colorado? How about a $500 Simms shopping spree here at the shop? What about a brand-spankin’ new Scott Fly Rod?

Best of 2012 Photo Contest - Vote Now!

By: Dec 03, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout's Fly Fishing would like to thank ALL of the contributors who participated in our “Best of 2012” photo contest. It is now time for you to cast your vote because we want to know what everyone else thinks before we award the GRAND PRIZE - a fishpond Sling Pack! 

Go Whitey Go!

By: Nov 30, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
At Trout’s Fly Fishing, we’re big fans of rooting for the underdog.  Here's a great piece on the much-maligned mountain whitefish by Denver Post's Scott Willoughby. "Unlike the regal rainbow and fierce brown trout these high-mountain bottom-dwellers share habitat with, whitefish are actually native to Colorado rivers. Mostly they suffer from an image problem." CLICK HERE for the entire Denver Post Article.

Another Photo Contest Winner!

By: Nov 29, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Our “Best of 2012” Photo Contest continues to crank and we have a slew of great submissions on instagram.  This week’s winner…

Trip Report: Ascension Bay

By: Nov 27, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
"The permit was about 50 feet in front of me and I was lucky enough to have a moderate wind at my back.  He was moving in my direction – the opportunity was as perfect as I could hope for.  My first cast was short but the permit didn’t spook.  My second cast was surprisingly on target.  As the permit got closer in his methodical search for crabs I gave my bug a short strip and then another.  I caught his attention and he moved toward my fly..."

Shop Small and Save Big This Weekend!

By: Nov 21, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We know that you are probably getting bombarded with promotions right about now so we'll get right to the point.    You are a huge reason Trout's Fly Fishing is the premier fly fishing outfitter of the Rocky Mountain West. As a token of our thanks and appreciation, we want to share these in-shop and online seasonal specials with you...  

Two Great Fly Fishing Events You Should Attend!

By: Nov 20, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Do you want to get more engaged with fly fishing, conservation and improving fish habitat in Colorado?  Denver Trout Unlimited is your go-to organization if you want to get involved in making a difference close to home here in Denver.  Are you more interested in promoting native fish? The Greenbacks are a group of young and passionate anglers that are hoping to make conservation fun and engaging while promoting and protecting cold-water fisheries. Interested in both?  Here...

Don’t Forget About Small Business Saturday - November 24th!

By: Nov 19, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Small Business Saturday - Stop into Trout's Fly Fishing on Saturday November 24th, make a purchase over $100 and you will earn a $25 Trout's gift card that you can use with your next purchase.  In addition to this, if you make a $25 purchase with an American Express Card on November 24th that has been registered with the Small Business Saturday Program, you'll receive $25 credit on your next American Express Statement.  Don't forget to enroll your American Express...

Fly Tying and Travel

By: Nov 19, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Q: How can you take your next destination fly fishing trip to the next level? A: Learn to tie your own flies. Tying flies is not necessarily easy – but it certainly isn’t rocket science. Like most things involved in fly fishing, you can make tying just about as simple or as complex as you want.  One way to really change your approach to a destination fly fishing trip – and perhaps increase the challenge and ultimately your level of satisfaction – is to tie your...

This Week’s Winner

By: Nov 16, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Our “Best of 2012” Photo Contest is officially el fuego. Interested to see who won a Rio Grand weight forward fly line this week?  Make the jump to see how you can get in on the action. 

Be Careful Out There

By: Nov 14, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We spend a lot of time talking to customers about traveling, fly fishing and adventure - not necessarily in that order.  One thing we always try to discuss is the importance of planning and taking the proper safety precautions.  Bad things rarely happen, but when they do it is critically important to be prepared - especially if you are in a remote location.  Here is a story by Jim Klug from Yellow Dog Fly Fishing that painfully proves this point. "As someone who literally...

Adventure Travel and Fly Fishing: Part II

By: Nov 12, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you are planning a do-it-yourself-trip and leaving the borders of the United States, planning and research is essential.  The internet can be a great place to begin your research and perhaps one of the timeliest sources of data.  Figuring out the right questions about adventure travel is the easy part.  Seeking out the right answers from a credible source is the challenge.  It’s just like putting together the pieces to an intricate puzzle – but first you have...

Best of 2012 Photo Contest - Win a New Westwater Sling Pack

By: Nov 09, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With only two months left in the year, Trout's Fly Fishing and fishpond put our heads together and figured out it was a great time for another photo contest.  A few months ago we ran the CO SLAB contest for images of fish caught here in the great state of Colorado.  This time around, we’re opening it up to anglers and species across the nation, we’re going to use instagram...and you have the chance to win a brand-spankin'-new Westwater Sling Pack. 

Women’s Bonefishing School at Andros South Lodge

By: Nov 08, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Looking for something to do in January?  Our friends at Deneki Outdoors are running a bonefish school for women hosted by Colorado's very own Kara Armano from January 5th to the 12th, 2013.  Greg Thomas has a great write up on Angler's Tonic. Kara Armano... with a tarpon "What’s a Bonefishing School? We’ve been teaching folks about bonefishing for 6 years now.  These schools take place over a week-long stay at Andros South, and combine a full day of...

Adventure Travel and Fly Fishing: Part I

By: Nov 07, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Like it or not, it is that time of the year again.  Many Colorado and other western state anglers are hanging up and drying out their waders and winding down their trout season.  Thoughts of standing on wet rocks in cold rivers begin drifting towards visions of warm sands, distant lands, umbrellas drinks, and exotic species. If you have been kicking around the idea of taking a trip outside the borders this winter or spring, here are a few tips from the professionals at Fly Water...

Hops and Rods - November 10!

By: Nov 06, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Come join Trout's Fly Fishing, fishpond, and Oskar Blues Brewery on November 10 for a beer tasting and rod casting event you will not soon forget.  Trout's will be at the brewery with a quiver of Scott and Sage fly rods for you to test.

Report from the Denver South Platte

By: Nov 05, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Denver Trout Unlimited posted a great report by Ronnie Crawford that covers the electro shocking project on the Denver South Platte by Colorado Parks and Wildlife last month.  The team surveyed a small stretch of the river that is scheduled for a major renovation and improvement effort next year.  Does the Denver South Platte have the potential to become a world class fishery?  Make the jump to find out what species are successfully reproducing in the South Platte. ...

Feel the Sustut Steel

By: Nov 02, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
"Wading knee deep in the first run of the first day, I moved with extreme caution due to the significant hang over produced from a bit too much bourbon the night before.  While this by no means aided on my casting, I will say that my slower-than-normal reactions absolutely saved my ass when a nice fish decided to rip my fly at the tail end of the pool."  - Tucker Ladd

Steelhead on the Brain

By: Nov 01, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo: Scott Tarrant Seven anglers fish for steelhead for three days - nine hours each day.  It is a do-it-yourself trip.  Fish counts are at 60% of the 10 year historical average.  On day four, three anglers fish for 2.5 hours.  A total of 13 steelhead are hooked.  What is the average “rod time” on the water required to hook a steelhead?  First winning answer posted here on the blog wins a signature Trout’s Fly Box.

Trout’s Spotlight: Cody Hoeckelberg

By: Oct 31, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Casting for Recovery is another reason we volunteer. 

Road Trip: Steelhead Part III

By: Oct 29, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Olympic Peninsula The Olympic Peninsula is the westernmost point of the contiguous United States and is bordered by the Pacific Ocean, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and to the east by Hood Canal.  It is also home to big and wild steelhead.

10 Things I Learned While Fishing for Steelhead

By: Oct 26, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
At the end of every fly fishing trip I take, whether domestic or abroad, I find it usefull to take notes on the experience so you'll be better prepared the next time you make a similar journey.  After a 10 day trip to Northern British Columbia, here's my list of DO's and DO NOT's when chasing fall run steelhead: 1.  Canada is very cold in October, bring LOTS of clothing. 2.  When it is really cold out, beer tastes good, but whiskey tastes better. 3.  Fly...

Report from the “Dream Stream”

By: Oct 25, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Scott Willoughby wrote a great piece in the Denver Post about the late Charlie Meyers and co-author Kirk Deeter who wrote the Little Red Book of Fly Fishing.  Willoughby and Deeter spent the day on the "Dream Stream" and reflected on Meyers' approach to fishing and the new Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area.  It is well worth the read. Photo Scott Willoughby Between casts and occasional catches, conversation revolved around fishing, writing and the icon who brought...

Road Trip: Steelhead Part II

By: Oct 24, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This is part two of a three part introduction to travel in the Pacific Northwest that we covered here at the shop in early October.  The Klickitat River is located in Southern Washington and runs from near the base of Mount Adams to the Columbia River. It is also a great river to begin your steelhead journey if you are new to this hard fighting species.

Mark Your Calendars: November 1st

By: Oct 23, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd

Road Trip: Steelhead Part I

By: Oct 22, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We’ve had a number of people who missed our introduction to Steelhead presentation earlier this month inquire if we could make some of the information available.  No problem - it is primetime steelhead season in the Pacifc Northwest.  We’ll break it up into a three part series.  We’ll first talk about steelhead basics and the Deschutes River in Oregon.  In Part II we’ll cover the Klickitat River and Part III we’ll provide and introductory...

Streamer Fishing in Colorado is Blowing Up!

By: Oct 18, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Fall fishing is here and the streamer fishing is picking up in Colorado.  Big fish are starting to bulk up for the winter and chasing down big meals... aggressively.  We decided it was a good idea to talk a little about streamer fishing. 

Carp on the Fly - River Report

By: Oct 17, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It might be a bit windy out there but carp fishing season on the Denver South Platte is not over yet.  We just received this fishing report from a customer hot off the river.

Fishbeer

By: Oct 16, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
At Trout’s we’re always trying to explore the bounds of fly fishing and find new stuff – and then share it with our customers. We’ve fished with Matt Dunn, the content creator behind the always–eye-brow-raising and sometimes-hair-raising site fishbeer.com.  Fans of fishbeer are devout and write things like: “Come on DUDE! It's nearly the end of "next week". I must know if you lost a hand or an eye attempting to land a Northern Michigan Muskie with...

Spey Q&A - Andrew Bennett

By: Oct 15, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo: Cameron Miller Trout’s Fly Fishing was able to talk spey casting with Andrew Bennett from Deneki Outdoors.  Deneki owns and operates fly fishing lodges in Alaska, British Columbia, and the Bahamas.  Here's a taste: "A couple of years ago I spent some time at Alaska West with my buddy Dec Hogan.  At that point I had a good amount of spey fishing under my belt - probably a couple hundred days, fishing with some of the better casters in the...

Trout’s Spotlight: Geoff Mueller

By: Oct 09, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo: Kat Yarbrough Geoff Mueller is the former managing editor of Fly Fisherman Magazine and currently senior editor at The Drake Magazine and a contributing editor at Angling Trade Magazine. A few weeks back Trout's Fly Fishing was lucky enough to recruit Geoff as an assistant burger flipper for our Customer Appreciation Day.  If you didn't get a chance to catch up with him at our event you are in luck - we were able to spend a few minutes with Geoff after the grill...

Scouts and Trout’s

By: Oct 05, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This is why we why we volunteer.  

Fall Road Trip: the Green

By: Oct 04, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo: Tim Romano Who is ready for one last road trip this fall?  The Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam is one of the most renowned fisheries in the United States. Located in northeast Utah, this section of the river has 30 miles of solid floating water as well as sections to wade fish.

Simms Special Release

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

October Customer Events - You’re Invited!

By: Oct 02, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout’s Fly Fishing has a great line up of customer events and content for October. Check it out!

Gear Review: Sage ONE Spey

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

Big Bugs and Fall Fishing

By: Sep 28, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The weather is changing.  We know it.  You know it.  The fish know it.  Here are a dozen reasons we like traveling and fishing big bugs in the fall.

Top Dog on the Blog!

By: Sep 27, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The votes are in and it was close!  But we have a WINNER...

Big Update on Colorado Trout

By: Sep 25, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Our friends over at Fly Talk just posted this story about greenback cutthroat trout and we found it pretty interesting.  What do you think about it? "After years of speculation and concern, fish biologists (and anglers) who have endeavored for decades to restore the native greenback cutthroat trout--Colorado's state fish, native to the South Platte River drainage--have learned the truth about the status of this iconic species. I'll start with the bad news." "All of those...

Stop by for Customer Appreciation Day

By: Sep 24, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout's Fly Fishing knows that you have a lot of options when it comes to making your gear purchases and we appreciate your business. Please join us for our Customer Appreciation Day this Thursday and sample a few local beers from Dry Dock Brewing. In addition, we're going to brew up a few in-store specials with the participating brands and manufacturers who will be joining us. What: Customer Appreciation Day When: Thursday September 27, 4:00pm-7:00pm MST Who: Dry Dock Brewing...

Terra Firma

By: Sep 21, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
"I’m pretty sure that if the fish took me all the way out to where my dacron backing meets the spool, it would have been game over."

Dog on the Blog!

By: Sep 19, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It is election season and it is important to get out and vote.  We ran a casting call on Facebook a few weeks back to round up a few die hard fishing dogs. It was tough to narrow the field, but here are the twelve pups we really liked.  Don't forget to vote for your favorite dog here on the blog between now and September 26th... the winner will score a Trout's Fly Fishing t-shirt.

Casting & Cocktails, Thursday September 20 in Washington Park

By: Sep 14, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd

Trout’s Spotlight: Alex Landeen

By: Sep 11, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
(Trout's Fly Fishing's very own Rick Mikesell with a LA red - photo by Alex Landeen) Phenom - [fee-nom, fi-nom]  noun; Slang - a phenomenon, especially a young prodigy.  Trout's Fly Fishing has been a big fan of Alex Landeen's work for a few years now. 

September Customer Events

By: Sep 06, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This is a must read party people.

Gear Head: Tucker Ladd

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

Redington Review

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

Road Trip: the San Juan

By: Aug 29, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo by Adam Barbour The San Juan River is one of the most prolific tailwater fisheries in the West and is located roughly seven hours from downtown Denver. The fish are big and plentiful. The waters below the Navajo Dam spawn abundant flora, which in turn creates a fine environment for insect life, which then supports one of the most consistent trout populations in any large river, both in terms of quantity and average fish size.

Carp Slam 6 Recap (AKA: Diary of a Net Caddy)

By: Aug 27, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
As I ran up on the scene of my partner and his hooked fish, warning bells went off immediately in my head.   Red flags went up - ‘danger, danger.’  My initial split second assessment of the the situation: “this is not going to end well.”

Fall Beginner Fly Tying Classes Begin September 4th

By: Aug 27, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Designed to build a solid foundation for the aspiring fly tyer, this class will provide a well-rounded introduction to the tools, materials and techniques necessary to create flies that not only look good, but catch fish.  All participants will receive an Umpqua feather merchants deluxe fly tying kit (a $146 Value), which includes all the tools and materials needed to start tying popular trout flies. If you have ever had an interest in fly tying, this class is an excellent next...

Road Trip: Casper

By: Aug 22, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Are you looking to catch big fish? Or instead do you want to catch a lot of fish? How about a-lot-of-big-fish?  If you are in this last camp, you should think about checking out the North Platte River just outside of Casper, Wyoming.  It is time for another Trout's Fly Fishing Summer Roadtrip.