Trouts Spotlight: Fishpond’s Nomad Net Series - DeYoung Edition

By: Dec 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Derek DeYoung is a unique guy – his artwork is one-of-kind.  Fishpond’s Nomad Net Series is also quite unique as well – they are the most durable composite nets on the market.  What do you get when you put the two together? There are only 50 of them in production so you better move fast if you want to find out. Trouts Fly Fishing is proud to offer the first series of landing limited edition nets that are a collaboration between fishpond and Derek DeYoung. ...

Your Year In Photos: Time To Vote!

By: Dec 18, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The finalists for our “Your Year in Photos” photography contest have been chosen and now it’s up to the Trouts contingent to choose this year’s winner!  Big thanks to the Drake Magazine who helped get the word out and who will be donating a year magazine subscription to the winner.  What else is up for grabs?  A $100 gift certificate to Trouts or our Online Store, a Trouts Signature Trucker Hat and Water Bottle and an assortment of Drake flyfishing...

FREE 2 Day Shipping!

By: Dec 17, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts would like to offer our customers FREE 2 Day shipping at our online store!  If you have been slacking on your holiday shopping this is a great opportunity to make sure you get your holiday gift delivered ON TIME.  Shopping at Trouts Fly Fishing’s online store is quick and easy.  When: Tuesday December 17th - Friday December 20th Details: Spend $50 or more and receive FREE 2 Day Shipping on all of your holiday purchases Feel free to give us a call at the shop...

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer: Clyde

By: Dec 16, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The much anticipated Drake Holiday Gift Guide was just released.  Each year, this proves to be the pinnacle-shopping guide for the discerning fly angler.  Looking for that special gift to get that angler who already has everything?  How about Christmas Island?  Looking to wow your fellow anglers at the put-in or parking lot of your favorite creek or stream?  Ride in style to the river with Clyde (super bargain!).  You can read the entire Drake Holiday Gift Guide...

Special Holiday Store Hours

By: Dec 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing will be opening for Special Holiday Store Hours starting tomorrow, December 15.  Here's a list of our store hours through December 24: Sunday December 15, 11am - 5pm Monday December 16, 10am - 7pm Tuesday December 17, 10am - 7pm Wednesday December 18, 10am - 7pm Thursday December 19, 10am - 8pm Friday December 20, 10am - 8pm Saturday December 21, 9am - 6pm Sunday December 22, 9am - 6pm Monday December 23, 10am - 7pm Tuesday December 24, 10am - 4pm We will...

Winter Bugs

By: Dec 13, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It looks like this December cold snap is about to break. If you are new into winter fly fishing, here is a great overview by Orvis of local winter fly patterns that every angler should consider before heading out to a Colorado tailwater.  Here is a quick excerpt from guide Chris Barry:      “Without a doubt, one of the best flies for the winter is the zebra midge. When the water turns cooler, the the majority of mayflies and caddisflies cease activity, which...

Save The Colorado River

By: Dec 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Back by popular demand.  Stop by the shop or online store and pick up a limited run "Save The Upper Colorado" T-shirt by fishpond and Trouts Fly Fishing - there are only 100 of these produced for the Denver WAYPOINTS show and $20 from each purchase is going directly to the help support the Defend the Upper Colorado River Coalition.  CLICK HERE to purchase this shirt at our online store.  Why is Saving the Upper Colorado important? Here is what Colorado Trout Unlimited has to...

Trouts Spotlight: Holiday Gift Guide

By: Dec 10, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
CHECK OUT OUR BRAND NEW HOLIDAY GEAR GUIDE If you are looking for gift ideas for the holidays, our new Holiday Gear Guide is a great place to start.  Each piece of equipment was hand chosen by a Trouts Fly Fishing employee.    Our Gear Guide covers a wide spectrum from fly fishing equipment - from hats all the way down to boots.  We have gift ideas ranging in price from five bucks and up.  We have included gear that is brand new as well as a few classic...

Wading Saltwater Flats 101

By: Dec 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Sometimes the best lessons are the ones that sting the most. Last year I was walking a flat with Captain Mike Hennessey just off the coast of Oahu.  We weren't far from Waiki Ki Beach.  This section of Hawaii has fairly extreme tidal shifts - when the water recedes the flats are barren and dry out in the sun.  A few hours later... water three or four feet deep submerge the flats.  It happens fast.  The game plan was to find bonefish on the tidal rise.  You...

Your Year In Photos: Photography Contest

By: Dec 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Presented by Trouts Fly Fishing and Sponsored by the Drake Magazine We’ve had great customer photography sent to us in 2013. You've been fishing hard and we’re having fun living vicariously through your adventures. As 2013 comes to a close, we've teamed with The Drake and drakemag.com to run our year end photo extravaganza. Send your best fly fishing photo (one image only per contestant) taken in 2013 to will@troutsflyfishing. We’ll put a blog post up...

Kevin Cooke - Welcome Aboard!

By: Dec 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing would like to welcome Kevin Cooke as the newest member of our team!  Kevin recently accepted our offer as our new E-Commerce Manager and his first day on the job was December 1st.  As our E-Commerce Manager, Kevin is responsible for the management of Trouts Fly Fishing Online Store and also online sales and fulfillment in multiple digital market places.  Kevin has a strong digital retail and technology background, his most recent position being with...

Trouts Spotlight: The Holiday Gift Certificate

By: Dec 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA: KEEP IT FAST AND EASY Check Out A Trouts Gift Certificate - Online Do you want to give the gift of fly fishing?  Finding the perfect holiday gift for the angler who already has everything isn't always an easy. Whether it's a holiday gift, birthday present, employee recognition gift, or a simple gesture of appreciation, a Trouts Gift Certificate will cover all the bases.  You can purchase a gift card online and it can be redeemed here in the shop or at...

Finn Utility - 6 Questions with Ryan McDonald

By: Dec 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing is constantly on the look out for new and innovative products when it comes to fly fishing gear.  We usually find those products originating out West and close to home.  In the case of Finn Utility, this proved not to be the case. 

Winter Fly Fishing Report: The Arkansas River

By: Dec 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
"Thanks for inviting me out today gents, I'm pumped to fish some new water," I said as we began pulling piles of gear out of the car not far from the banks of the Arkansas River.  Working in a shop, I get a lot of invitations to fish from clients but I rarely get to take people up on their offers.  When I received the email from a couple of guys I had met at a Denver Trout Unlimited member meeting a few years ago, I decided to make it happen. With the weather in the Front Range...

Planning A Saltwater Fly Fishing Trip

By: Nov 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  I am a MUCH better person to be around when I have a saltwater trip on the books.  For me, half of the fun about a trip to new and exotic fly fishing locations is the preparation, research and planning that goes into a trip.  Like a brown trout who can feel the winter approaching with the changing of the Aspens, the fall for me means that it is time to get a trip on the calendar.  Last year around this time I was...

Holiday Food Drive

By: Nov 28, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Trouts on December 11th and help us kick off our week long food drive to benefit the Food Bank Of the Rockies.  All you need to do is drop off five cans of food between December 11th-18th and you will be put in the running to win a $500 SIMMS SHOPPING SPREE here in the shop or our online store. If you stop in on December 11th you will get a chance to check out the entire new Simms 2014 line and talk to Scott Harkins, our Simms representative and a product expert.  Also, if you...

Trouts Hosted Trip To Andros South Lodge: SOLD OUT!

By: Nov 27, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing would like to thank everyone who expressed interest about our Hosted Trip to the Andros South Lodge.  We’d also like to thank all of our clients who signed up for this trip.  We’re now officially SOLD OUT and we look forward to getting geared up and prepared for a great adventure in March of 2014.  Stay tuned to the Trouts blog/news site, instagram and twitter feeds as well as our Facebook page as we plan on sharing interesting information we come...

Small Business Saturday: November 30th

By: Nov 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Please visit Trouts Fly Fishing on Small Business Saturday, the day we all Shop Small and support small businesses around the country.  If you register with AMEX between now and November 30th and register for a new credit card, you will be eligible for a $10 credit that you can use here at the shop.  As a reminder, we're located at 1303 East 6th Avenue and we're open from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays throughout the winter months.  Don't forget to check out why...

Shop Hours November 28th-December 1st

By: Nov 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Please note that Trouts Fly Fishing will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day but we will be operating with normal business hours for the remainder of the weekend.  Also, don’t forget that November 30th and Small Business Saturday.  Our weekend holiday hours are as follows: ·       Thursday Nov. 28th - CLOSED ·       Friday Nov. 29th - 10am to 7pm ·       Saturday November...

How You Catch And Release Fish: It Matters

By: Nov 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo: Will Rice Here is an interesting article we came across last week about catch-and-release landing practices for steelhead on the Gink and Gasoline blog.  If what these biologists found out about the vulnerability of big BC steelhead has any overlap on what can happen to trout if they are not landed and/or released properly, it makes you think a bit.  Here is an excerpt: “Common landing practices can kill fish without the angler ever knowing. A team of biologists...

WAYPOINTS Film Review

By: Nov 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Courtesy of Jim Klug We know that a LOT of our customers and fly fishing clients joined us at the WAYPOINTS show on November 8th. We had a great time at the show and we raised a lot of money and awareness for the Defend the Upper Colorado River Coalition. Here is the first review of the film.  Our pal Kirk Deeter from Field & Stream's Fly Talk is well known for calling 'em like he sees ‘em – and this review he pulls no punches. Here’s a snippet from a...

Simms GORE-TEX - Waders and Jackets

By: Nov 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
As one of the only wader manufacturers who has a highly skilled work force designing and building GORE-TEX waders here in the United States, it was eye-opening to watch the entire wader construction process first hand and to learn more about the materials themselves.  From GORE-TEX fabric being cut on a table, all the way through to the testing and quality assurance process – we saw it all. As always, every time we hit the road we try to bring back something to our...

Gear Review: Sage Method 6126

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

Name That Water - Fly Fishing In November

By: Nov 18, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The first person to name this water wins a party pack from Nautilus Reels (includes a signature cap, UV buff, and T-shirt).  Hint: this is NOT the Bighorn River.  Get after it!  Answer must be posted on the blog!

Montana Road Trip’in: Part II

By: Nov 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Tucker did a pretty good trip outlining the first half our trip to Montana.  There were a few details that were left out that are worth sharing. After departing Denver we quickly realized there was something wrong with the Penske Van: it would not exceed 70mph.  “I think it must have a governor,” Rick suggested. “Why don’t you google ‘How to disable a Penske Governor’”, I suggested. “I found something on wiki.answers.  It says...

WAYPOINTS Recap!

By: Nov 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
All Photos Courtesy of Trevor Brown Trouts Fly Fishing would like to thank everyone who participated in the Denver WAYPOINTS show this past Friday Night.  The movie was fantastic and in total, we were able to raise over $3000+ for the Defend the Upper Colorado River Coalition and Colorado Trout Unlimited. .  We could not have done this without the generositity of our show sponsors Simms, fishpond, Costa,  Drake Magazine, Hatch, Umpqua , and the Fly Fishing Film Tour and all of...

Montana Road Trip’in

By: Nov 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With our Consumer Show season right around the corner, we needed to address some critical issues concerning our show booth; i.e. replacing the main wooden structure that has become a serious liability hazard over the past few years.  A quick call up the Jim Adams of Adams and Sons Fixture Company in Bozeman, MT (the original owner/builder of our show booth) quickly turned into an offer we couldn't refuse.  We transport our old booth up to Bozeman, and Jim would happily trade us...

John Gierach Book Signing - November 14th

By: Nov 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd

Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte River in November

By: Nov 08, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Flows on the South Platte River near Deckers have been on the rise.  We were able to fish the river right around 120 CFS and the water clarity was excellent.  Flows have since bumped up to 180 CFS.  We could spot fish in a few of the runs and fish were actively feeding.  We chose to focus on finding small pockets of slower moving and stayed away from some of the bigger more popular runs.  Make no mistake, even in November, Deckers can be a pretty popular place on a...

Closing At 5:00pm November 8th

By: Nov 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing will be closing at 5pm on Friday November 8th.  We are hosting the WAYPOINTS Premiere at the Oriental Theater and we hope to see you over at the show.  The doors at the Oriental Theater will open at 7:00pm and the show will start at 8:00pm. Tickets are still available. We will have great raffle items at the show.  Everyone who purchases a ticket will get one (1) raffle ticket. Additional tickets can be purchased at the show for $1 (cash only).  All the...

Denver Waypoints SNEAK Peek: Alaska

By: Nov 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Someone’s been leaking footage from the WAYPOINTS film to our buddies over at the Drake Magazine. “Waypoints, a new flyfishing film by Confluence, premiers this week in select cities across the country. Join The Drake at Denver's Oriental Theater on Friday night and prepare to get loose. Dan "Rooster" Leavens scoops up a handful of steel in this underwater-porn enriched AK edit...” Coincidentally, Not so coincidentally, TEAM Drake Mag will be joining our VIP Party, the...

What’s Hatching On Friday November 8th?

By: Nov 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Trouts Fly Fishing and Hank Patterson – your guide for Denver Waypoints Premiere – this Friday night November 8th.    We still have GA tickets available but they will not last long.  You can purchase tickets here in the shop or at our online store.   Tickets are only $15 bucks and we’re going to have an outstanding intermission raffle with top notch gear from Costa Sunglasses, fishpond, Hatch Outdoors, Umpqua… not to mention a full day...

November Customer Events

By: Nov 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Once again, Trouts Fly Fishing has a knock-down-drag-out lineup of customer events for the month of November.  Please join us here in the shop for our FREE events this month and also participate in a GIANT fundraising night for the Defend the Upper Colorado River Coalition on November 8th.  We’re going to have some fun this month and we hope you join us. A Night with Kristen Mustad - Nautilus...

Bahamas Bonefish Rig

By: Oct 31, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo by Louis Cahill If you have never planned a saltwater fly fishing trip before, you might be surprised that the research, planning and preparation that goes into the excursion is half the fun.  How-to, where-to, knots and rigging – all the pieces of the puzzle come together on the flats.  Trouts Fly Fishing will be heading down to the Andros South Lodge for a bonefish junket March 15th-22nd, 2014.  Now that the trip is on the books the preparation begins. ...

3 Ways You Can Help To Defend the Upper Colorado River

By: Oct 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here are three ways you can help Defend the Upper Colorado River on Friday November 8th: 1) Buy a VIP or General Admission ticket to the Denver WAYPOINTS premiere (only 5 VIP tixs left!) 2) When you are at the show, take a gamble on a $1raffle ticket for the intermission give-away (prizes are being donated by our sponsors including Simms, Costa, fishpond, the Drake Magazine, Hatch and others) 3) Pick up a limited run "Save The Upper Colorado" T-shirt by fishpond and Trouts - there are only...

South Platte River Report

By: Oct 28, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Denver South Platte in mid October after the big rain event - big and off color Scott Willoughby, from the Denver Post, always has interesting local outdoor stories to share.  This one isn’t a fly fishing story specifically, but it should be of interest to anyone who wades the South Platte River. “While exploring the changed river bottom, I started across a small side channel with several inches of flowing water. I have sunk into what I call "quicksand" along the river...

WAYPOINTS Sneak Peek: India

By: Oct 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It looks like the Drake Magazine has received a few clips from the upcoming WAYPOINTS film which is coming to Denver November 8th.  Make the jump to check out this one from India where Jeff Currier talks about the allure of fishing for golden mahseer.  Golden mahseer are one of the largest cyprinids on the planet (psssst: "cyprinids" is short for "carp"). These fish have been known to reach 9 ft length weigh in over 100 lbs.  Tickets for the Denver WAYPOINTS show are still on...

Have you ever been surprised by a bonefish?

By: Oct 24, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo By Tosh Brown Prep time for our hosted fly fishing trip to the Andros South Lodge has already begun.  For now, it is mental preparation and getting ready again to face-down BIG bonefish in SKINNY water.  If you have never had the opportunity to experience the speed, power, and prowess of a Bahamian bonefish, here’s a great thread and conversation about fly fishing for bonefish to check out over on the Deneki site. If you are interested in experiencing one of the best...

Colorado Fall Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte and Lower Blue River

By: Oct 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts would like to thank all of our clients who joined us this past weekend for our final On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School of the season as well as our Switch Rod and Spey Casting Clinic.  This was our second Switch and Spey Clinic this year and the fall conditions were excellent.  Our clients had a chance to fish the YR Ranch on the Lower Blue River and the river was in great shape for learning how to use a two handed rod in different types of water and runs. Flows on the...

Under The Big Top Sale - October 26th

By: Oct 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
ONE DAY ONLY GEAR LIQUIDATION SALE - SAVE UP TO 70% UNDER THE BIG TOP.    Trouts Fly Fishing is throwing our second annual Fall Customer Appreciation Day and this year we're going to have great gear deals Under The Big Top - not to mention a grill, tasty brats, and our Yeti Cooler packed with ice and cold beverages.  This is a one day-only sale here at the shop on Saturday October 26th, 9am-5pm.  Select fly fishing gear and equipment will be marked 30%, 50%, and 70%...

Fall Fly Fishing Report and Photo Essay

By: Oct 18, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Fly fishing in October is all about change.  The colors, the temperature, and the fishing conditions - are all changing.  We spent a few days exploring new water on the Upper Colorado River, hit some old stand-by favorites on the Roaring Fork and the Frying Pan River, and poked around the Eagle River as well.  We found sporadic bouts of clear weather, rain, sleet, snow and hail.  The hatches?  On some rivers the bugs were quiet like church mice - on others -...

Fall Fishbeer

By: Oct 17, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It is now time for your quarterly dose of… you guessed it… Fishbeer.  The always entertaining, sometimes vexing, and never disappointing Matt Dunn bestows upon us another rich and hypnotic yarn and some really cool photos.  Get ready to get your Zara Spook on and enjoy!

Fly Fishing South Andros Island March 2014

By: Oct 16, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing Hosted Trip March 15-22, 2014 Andros South – Deneki Outdoors Seven (7) Nights/Six (6) Days of Fishing Join Trouts Fly Fishing and Will Rice on a hosted trip to one of the most prolific bonefish fisheries in the world between March 15th-22nd, 2014. Located just 150 miles southeast of Miami, Andros Island is the largest island in the Bahamas chain - yet it remains the most unpopulated and underdeveloped. In addition to just being an amazing fishery –...

Fly Fishing Report: The Skeena System and Steelhead on the Swing

By: Oct 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Guide Service Manager Reid Baker just made it back from Northwest British Columbia targeting summer run steelhead on the Skeena River System. One of the few remaining completely wild steelhead fisheries, this region is known as one of the best places to target these anadramous fish as they make their way back into the river for their spring spawning. Though there are no shortage of world renowned lodges and outfitters in the area, Reid opted for a do-it-yourself experience, keeping him...

Denver WAYPOINTS Tickets - On Sale Now!

By: Oct 11, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing is proud to present the NEW Confluence Films movie project, WAYPOINTS, scheduled for national and international release on November 8, 2013.  Tickets are now on sale here at the shop and at our online store.  In addition to the General Admission Tickets to the show, Trouts has released twenty-five (25) VIP Tickets to the public with all proceeds being donated to the Defend the Upper Colorado River Coalition.  Similar to DRIFT, RISE and CONNECT, WAYPOINTS is a...

Fall Trout Tactics

By: Oct 10, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is a really well written piece by Dave Karczynski on fall fly fishing tactics we found over at midcurrent.com.  Dave Karcynski has written for The Flyfish Journal and Fly Rod & Reel in the past.  Midcurrent is a great fly fishing resource for all things fishing related including tips, techniques, videos, art, photography, gear, books, and expert advice for fresh and saltwater fly fishing.  Here is a quick excerpt from this "Fall Trout" article:  "It’s...

Good News For Colorado Rivers

By: Oct 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Denver Post just published this article about a few of the recent flood ravaged rivers in Colorado and included great input from experts at the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.  This looks like pretty positive news for the fly fishing community.  Here are a few really interesting excerpts: "When we look at the implications on wildlife habitat, it's nothing in comparison to people who have lost homes or loved ones in these scenarios," said Randy Hampton of the...

Winter Fly Fishing In Colorado

By: Oct 08, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Winter fly fishing is going to be here before you know it. Start your Colorado research and planning right now.  Join Trouts Fly Fishing for another unique event here at the shop on Thursday October 24th and learn how to fly fish in the winter from an expert.  Reid Baker, Guide Manager here at Trouts Guide Service will discuss strategies, tactics and specific rivers that you can fish in the winter (6-7pm here at the shop).  Learn about basic fish behavior, fly patterns and fly...

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - October 20th

By: Oct 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Trouts Fly Fishing and Guide Service for our final On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School on Sunday October 20th.  $195 per person (class size limited to six anglers)  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. Trouts Guide Service also includes...

Fly Fishing Report: Deckers and Cheesman Canyon October 4th

By: Oct 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Fall fly fishing has finally arrived in Colorado!  With the recent rain event behind us, it is great to see a more regular weather pattern developing here in the Front Range.  The flows on the main stem of the South Platte River were all over the place in September - yet the river fished extremely well.  Flows were as low as 50 and as high as 300+ and the river has settled down to 154 out of Cheesman Reservoir through the Deckers area.  The water clarity right now is...

Special Update On The Dream Stream

By: Oct 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Below is an update from the Division of Wildlife regarding the stream flows between Spinney and Eleven Mile Reservoir.  This is the Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area (AKA "The Dream Stream").  At the time of this publication (10/4/13), this section of the South Platte River was running at 34.3 CFS well below historic averages.  To track real-time stream flow on this section of river CLICK HERE. AURORA WATER'S FLOW REDUCTION OUT OF SPINNEY COULD AFFECT FISHING AURORA,...

Big Sky Rod Box Review - The Ultimate Fly Rod Carrier

By: Oct 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Innovation – design – craftsmanship - durability.

Brickhead Part II

By: Oct 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
SPOILER ALERT: THE ORIGINAL ESSAY TITLED "BRICKHEAD" WAS PUBLISHED IN THE DRAKE MAGAZINE IN 2010.  TO READ THE ORIGINAL ESSAY BEFORE "BRICKHEAD PART II" CLICK HERE. QUINTANA ROO, Mexico - The year: 1982.  The month: March.  The day: Thursday, the 25th. Over a year had passed and he still had not caught a permit.  What had started out a mild curiosity had blossomed into a distant fascination.  Permit were a magnetic enigma - their behavior vexing and alluring all at...

Learn The Basics of Fly Fishing On October 10th

By: Oct 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When: October 10th – 6:00pm-7:00pm Where: Trouts Fly Fishing (1303 East Sixth Avenue) Instructor: Cody Hoeckelberg Are you interested in learning the basics of fly fishing so you can enjoy the sport this for years to come?  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.  If you or someone you know has been on the fence and thinking about giving fly fishing a try,...

Issues on the Fryingpan River?

By: Oct 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Aspen Daily News is reporting potential issues on the Fryingpan River near Basalt, CO and a multi-pronged assessment by the Roaring Fork Conservancy to better understand what is going on. The initial alarm was raised by fly fishing guides on the river.  “When the first reports started to trickle in about something unusual on the Fryingpan River, Sharon Clarke thought a few fishermen were simply having bad days on the river.  The hatches were occurring below the Ruedi...

Fall Switch and Spey Casting Clinic: October 19th

By: Sep 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Think spey and switch rods are designed only for the Pacific North West, BC, 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. On-Stream Switch Rod Fly Fishing School $275 6 Student Limit (spots are already starting to fill!) October 19th - Full Day Guided and Instructional Trip Photos Courtesy of Scott Tarrant Learn the basics, versatility and...

The Season of the EGG is Upon Us Yet Again

By: Sep 28, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With the Fall Spawn in full swing, it's time to replenish your egg inventory before heading out for a day on the water.  In recent years the "peg egg" has become a big hit in the Rocky Mountain West, with many anglers finding this method of fishing eggs to be far more productive then their "furry" counterparts, in addition to being more friendly on the fish.  Few people know more about the benefits of fishing this method than are friends up North at Alaska...

Ringing in the Dirty Thirty, Louisiana Style

By: Sep 27, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Let's face it, turning 30 isn't exactly a milestone we are all looking forward to hitting.  But I've always been a firm believer that it's all is how you want to view it, so are you a "glass is half full" or "glass is half empty" kind of person?  Luckily I've already been down said path, and thanks to my wife my 30th birthday will be one to remember (and not remember thanks to plentiful brown water libations).  So it's fair to say that the bar was set...

Fly Fishing Report: Gaspe Peninsula

By: Sep 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Courtesy anglerstonic.com Greg Thomas just dropped this epic fly fishing report from Canada’s Gaspe Peninsula on Angler's Tonic.  If you ever had an interest in visiting the Bonaventure and Grand Cascapedia rivers for a crack at tight-lipped Atlantic salmon, this trip report should get you salivating.  From his post: “Last year, as some Angler’s Tonic patrons might remember, I visited the Gaspe Peninsula in September and had a great time on the...

Trouts Spotlight: Suunto Sports Watch Collection

By: Sep 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Q: What time it? A: It is time to go fly fishing. At Trouts Fly Fishing we’re constantly trying to introduce our customers and clients to new and innovative equipment.  Most of the time, this means fly fishing gear.  Once in while, we come across complimentary hardware that helps to support the lifestyle of fly fishing. In this case, we’d like to introduce our customers to Sunnto Watches.  If your fly fishing adventures take you way off the beaten path or even off...

YR Ranch: Available Sunday September 29th

By: Sep 24, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We had a client with an emergency cancellation and now have a day available at the YR Ranch located on the renowned Lower Blue River – Sunday September 29th.  This property is virtually booked solid for the remaining fall season.  Fall is a unique time for this prolific fishery – with opportunities to hook brown trout, cut bows, and rainbow trout.  In addition to a robust fishery where standard fly fishing techniques are always effective, there are also excellent...

Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte River September 23

By: Sep 23, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Fall fly fishing has finally arrived in Colorado!  With the recent rain events behind us, it is great to see a more regular weather pattern developing here in the Front Range.  The flows on the main stem of the South Platte River have been bumped up and the water clarity is excellent (flows are currently right around ~300 out of Cheesman Canyon).  We have had guide trips down to the South Platte River for the past week and it is great to see the Deckers area settling back in...

Road Trip: Colorado’s Brown Trout Loop

By: Sep 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you are looking for ideas for a fly fishing road trip close to Denver, check out this article on the Visit Denver site.  Or, if you have questions about other travel ideas this fall, stop in the shop or give us a call at 303.733.1434.

Weekend Fly Fishing Report

By: Sep 17, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It is great to see that much of Colorado is finally beginning to dry out.  From a fly fishing perspective, it is probably still a good idea to do some additional research by keeping your eye on local river flows and forecasts.  Or call the shop before you head out the door. We moved our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School down to the main stem of the South Platte River.  Based on water clarity, you will have a much better chance sticking to a dam-controlled tailwater vs. a...

What Can Brown Do For You?

By: Sep 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Brown trout(Salmo trutta) are an anadromous fish that naturally reproduce in rivers across the state of Colorado.  They are also one of the pinnacle species for fly fishing enthusiasts. Being an anadromous fish, browns have an instinct to ascend into rivers from the sea to spawn.  In land locked states, this drive still exists and browns typically begin a migration from lakes or lower sections of a river to upper sections when the days begin to get shorter.  It is in the...

Keep Your Eyes On The Flows

By: Sep 13, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
As this big storm begins to dissipate we highly recommend that you do a bit more additional research before you head out the door.  There are still many areas of Colorado that are under flash flood advisory.  The Colorado Office of Emergency Management is a solid resource to pay attention to over the next few days.  It has fairly regular updates on conditions and road closures.   Also, when you decide to go fishing, use our Stream Flows page to make sure you have an...

An Introduction to Fly Tying - With David Luna - September 26th

By: Sep 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Learn the basics of tying flies with our in-house signature fly tier David Luna.  Price: $50 p/person (inquire about special bundled offer that includes deluxe fly tying kit containing vice and all the tools you need).  Call the shop today to reserve your spot in this class and get your fall/winter fly tying started off right - 303.733.1434. Date: Thursday, September 26, 2013 Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Cost: $50 p/person - or, ask about our special offer where you receive an Umpqua...

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - September 28th

By: Sep 11, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - September 28th 1 Day - $195.00/person – limited to six (6) participants (full day) Join Trouts Fly Fishing for our final On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School of the 2013 season. This is a one-day fishing school on one of our world-class private properties. Students will learn the basics of fly fishing including casting, reading water, entomology, and fly selection.  Are you interested to see what other clients and students have to say about...

Carp Slam 7 Recap

By: Sep 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Scott DeMoss shows everyone how to get it done on the Denver South Platte - Photo courtesy of Scott DeMoss Trouts Fly Fishing would like to congratulate Scott DeMoss and David Luna for their performance at this year’s Carp Slam 7 fly fishing tournament held on the South Platte River.  We’d also like to thank Denver Trout Unlimited for hosting a great event and all of the pros, amateurs, volunteers, event sponsors, friends, families and businesses that donated to this great...

Carp Slam Draw

By: Sep 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is a quick overview of the Pro/Am teams that were drawn tonight for Carp Slam 7 which kicks off Saturday morning, September 7th.  Now, things get interesting.  It should be a great day for this fly fishing tournament held on Denver’s own South Platte River.  (Source: Denver Trout Unlimited) Do you want to check out the recent river conditions or the Carp Slam Beats?  Or, check out real-time stream flows for the sections of the South Platte river...

Top Fly Fishing Dog On The Blog!

By: Sep 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Birdie Relaxin'! The votes were counted… and then recounted.  Now, the results are in!  Congratulations Birdie and Gregg Barckholtz!  Birdie is Trout Fly Fishing’s new “Top Dog On The Blog”!  A special thanks goes out to photographer Bernie Eng who captured this great photo. The Grand Prize for winning this photo contest is a brand-new Orvis FleeceLock Wrap Around Dog Bed and a Trouts Signature Trucker Hat.  Here is another shot of...

UPDATE: Hosted Trip On The Colorado River - September 21st and 22nd

By: Sep 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
  UPDATE: Here is an update on this this unique trip and additional menu details  – straight from the private chef who will be preparing dinner and breakfast for our guests.  If you’ve heard about this trip and have been on the fence, this might tip you right over:  “Saturday afternoon appetizers when you get off the river - tapenade of sundries tomatoes, olives, garlic, roasted peppers and feta cheese served on a piece of grilled/toasted ciabatta...

The Things They Carried: Denver South Platte Carp Slam

By: Sep 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With the Carp Slam just eight days away I decided to get out and after it one last time before the fly fishing moratorium kicked in (Carp Slam competitors are not allowed to fish any of the beats seven days prior to the event).  My plan was to hit the Denver South Platte River after work – with a very specific fish in mind.  With the waning afternoon light and approaching thunderheads, I planned to return to the same section of river where I had been burned just a week...

Waypoints Trailer - Premiere November 8th

By: Sep 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Confluence Films just released the new film trailer for their fourth feature-length film “Waypoints.”  Trouts Fly Fishing will be sponsoring and co-presenting the premiere of this much anticipated fly fishing film at the Oriental Theater in Denver on November 8th, 2013.  Tickets are ON SALE NOW.  This film has been in the making for almost two years.  We’ll see the Confluence crew travel and fish St. Brandon’s Atoll in the Indian Ocean, the jungles...

New Fall Shop Hours

By: Sep 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
 

New Product Spotlight: Topo Designs

By: Aug 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you haven’t heard of Topo Designs yet, chances are… you will very soon.  These guys are local here in Denver, they have great ideas, and they use inspiration from their outdoor activities across the globe in their design and production of their bags, apparel and accessories.  Here’s a quick sound bite from the guys at Topo Designs – come check out their gear here at Trouts Fly Fishing – and let us know what you think:  “At Topo Designs we...

Casting & Cocktails With Scott Fly Rods - September 5th

By: Aug 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Trouts Fly Fishing and the Scott Fly Rod Company and cast the new line of Scott Fly Rods including the brand new Radian 905/4.  In addition to casting these rods that are designed and manufactured right here in Colorado, you’ll get to interact with subject matter experts who are knowledgeable about every design nuance that makes these high performance fly rods so unique.  This FREE Casting Clinic will in Washington Park from 5:00-7:00pm on the Southeast corner of the park...

Trouts Spotlight: There are only 250 of these…

By: Aug 28, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This one is #36 and just arrived in the shop yesterday.  If you want to check out what all the chatter is about, stop by Trouts Fly Fishing today and check out this Abel Super Series 7/8 with The Grateful Dead’s iconic Steal Your Face custom finish artwork.  These limited edition reels were designed in conjunction with Grateful Dead Productions and there is a cap on how many are made – this custom finish is only available on the Super or Classic Series.   Here...

What’s up with those dogs on the blog?

By: Aug 28, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Q: What’s up with those Dogs on the Blog? A: We’ve decided to announce the big winner of our “Dog on the Blog” photo contest next week in the “1303” Newsletter which is being sent electronically on September 6th.  Want to be the first to see who wins big?  Just type your email into the upper right hand corner of the Trouts website.  In addition to finding out this year’s “Top Dog”, you’ll also get monthly fishing...

An Evening For the South Platte River

By: Aug 27, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Carp Slam 7 is sold out but there is still time to jump on the fund raising train to help support Denver’s local river and fishery.  If you want to support Denver Trout Unlimited, help rehabilitate Denver’s home water, and have a lot of fun doing both, stop in the shop today to purchase a ticket for “An Evening For the South Platte” (or purchase a ticket online)  This event is the Carp Slam after-party where you will get to listen to live music, check out...

TROUTS SPOTLIGHT: MOUNTAIN KHAKIS

By: Aug 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Mountain Khakis originated in Jackson Hole Wyoming in 2003 and they have been on a wild ride ever since.  The next time you stop in the shop you are going to find a whole array of Mountain Khakis pants, shirts, and lifestyle clothing that we’re really proud to carry.  We’ve worn and product-tested this stuff and we believe you are going to be as satisfied with the results as we are.  Trouts Fly Fishing had a chance to sit down and talk with Noah Robertson who is...

Hosted Two Day Float On The Colorado River - Sept 21st and 22nd

By: Aug 23, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
  HOT OFF THE PRESS: OVERNIGHT FLOAT TRIP ON THE COLORADO RIVER Saturday September 21st and Sunday September 22nd       Join Trouts Fly Fishing and Vail Valley Anglers for another unique hosted fly fishing adventure that you won't find anywhere else. On September 21st, Trouts will host a guided float trip on the Colorado River that starts at Derby Creek in the remote "middle" section of the Upper Colorado.     Clients will enjoy a full day of...

Fly Fishing Report: Via The Denver Post

By: Aug 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you want to check out a great article about fly fishing on the South Platte River in Denver, Scott Willoughby from the Denver Post knocks this one out of the park. With Denver Trout Unlimited’s Carp Slam Tournament and Evening for the South Platte fund raising event right around the corner, this article goes a long way to help raise awareness for our local waterway and fishery.  If you want to see the type of uphill battle the Denver South Platte River has to fight, just take a...

Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte River August 20th

By: Aug 20, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The stream flow on the South Platte River out of Cheesman Canyon continues to be higher than we’ve seen all year.  Flows have been hovering right around 250CFS for the last week. This higher flow has benefitted the fishing on the South Platte River near Deckers. On a recent client trip, we started out low by Nighthawk Hill in effort to beat the crowds. Fish are moving to the soft water on the sides of the river and it was important to use plenty of split shot and not be overly...

Denver South Platte River Fly Fishing Report: The Monday Morning Quarterback

By: Aug 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This past weekend I had the chance to hit the Denver South Platte River again.  It has been a busy summer here at the shop and with the upcoming Carp Slam Tournament only a few weeks away, my carp game needs tuning. Two weeks ago I went zero for three on a solo fly fishing trip to the South Platte.  This time, I headed out with carp guru and fellow shop employee Rick Mikesell and photographer closet-carp-junky Tim Romano.  I’m happy to report that the team put some...

Fly Fishing for Carp Trivia Contest

By: Aug 16, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With the Carp Slam less than a month a way we’re going to crank up the carp rhetoric in August.  Trouts Fly Fishing has teamed up with Carp Pro Magazine for this carp trivia contest.  The first person who can answer these questions correctly here on the Trouts blog will win brand new Orvis carp trucker hat: Q#1: What is the scientific name for the renowned common carp that is the predominant carp species in the South Platte River that runs through Denver? A#1: ? Q#2: On...

Trouts Spotlight: Delta Trout Force

By: Aug 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
At Trouts Fly Fishing we like to help promote local stuff.  By “stuff”, we mean local beers like Oskar Blues, local Colorado shops like Duranglers, Vail Valley Anglers and the Steamboat Flyfisher, Taylor Creek up in the Roaring Fork River Valley, Trout Trickers, Dragonfly Anglers, and Royal Gorge Anglers.  We also like to support local anglers, writers and photographers.  In this case, Trouts would like to highlight Danny Frank who writes the Delta Trout Force Blog...

Trouts Fly Fishing Is Hiring: Full Time Sales Associate

By: Aug 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing is looking for a Full-Time Sales Associate to join our dynamic team of fly fishing subject matter experts. The 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 Sales Associate Job Description At Trouts Fly Fishing, we offer customers an accessible environment, knowledgeable staff, and a...

Northern Pike In The Upper Colorado River?

By: Aug 13, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It looks like this story might have some teethe.  "While popular among lake anglers seeking a big fish sensation, northern pike have no place in the Colorado River. Aside from the environmental stresses the river already endures, the economic impact to the popular sport fishery managed for trout and the threat to endangered species recovery downstream are genuine concerns with the introduction of a major predator to the river system." Read the entire fly fishing report and the danger...

Education and Customer Events-August 2013

By: Aug 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
August might be here already but the summer fly fishing fun isn't over yet.  We have an action packed educational curriculum and event calendar on tap this month.  If you have been thinking about fly fishing for the first time, this is a great month to take advantage of our FREE casting clinic or our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing Class.  For more advanced anglers, we have put together a class that is focused on fishing our home water – the South Platte River –...

2013 Drake Video Awards

By: Aug 08, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When the staff at Trouts Fly Fishing attended the IFTD show in Las Vegas we were able to catch the Drake Magazine’s 2013 Video Awards.  There was new stuff… old stuff… and most importantly, videos that you voted on.  Here’s the trailer and the LINK to this year’s winners.

More Good News for the Arkansas River

By: Aug 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
(Photo: Scott Willoughby, The Denver Post) Scott Willoughby from the Denver Post has written about another great river conservation/rehabilitation success story here in Colorado.  Here’s a sound bite: “Perhaps the most remarkable thing about stream restoration is its immediacy. Take the pollution out of the river and fish can survive. Add some structure, dig out a few pools, shore up eroding banks, and the fish move into the improved habitat almost instantaneously. It...

Fly Fishing Report: The Denver South Platte River - August 6th

By: Aug 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Things aren’t looking great for last year’s Carp Slam Net Caddy.  I always tell people: to be a successful carp angler on the South Platte, it often means stacking the cards in your favor.  Knowing where fish reside, knowing how fish change behavior with different flows and weather temperatures, knowing where NOT to fish… are all factors that can help the cause. With this year’s Carp Slam event just about a month away, I need all the help I can get. ...

The Yellow Sally Phenomenon

By: Aug 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Gink & Gasoline is a fly fishing blog we follow on a regular basis.  Kent Klewein just put together a top 10 list of Yellow Sally fly patterns that is quite fitting for the month of August. Little Yellow stoneflies are a prolific bug hatch here in Colorado – if you don’t have a few in your fly box, you should think about adding a few to your arsenal.  Make the jump to take a look at Gink & Gasoline's top 10 favorite yellow sally nymph and dry fly patterns.

Casting & Cocktails August 15th

By: Aug 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This FREE Casting Clinic will be held in Washington Park from 5:00-7:00pm on the Southeast corner of the park at the intersection of Louisiana and Gilpin on Thursday August 15th.  This event is a great way for beginners and intermediate anglers to improve fishing knowledge and casting skills.  Casting & Cocktails is also an excellent opportunity if you have never cast a fly rod before. Feel free to bring your own beverages and we’ll keep them cold for you in on of our Yeti...

Dog On the Blog!

By: Aug 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." - Josh Billings The wait is finally over!  At Trouts Fly Fishing we have a blog… and here are the dogs!  This year’s “Dog on the Blog” photo contest entries are absolutely outstanding.  The number of pups entered is a testament that dogs and fly fishing go together… like… well… like dogs and fly fishing.  Does it get any better?  We think...

The South Platte River Through a Guide’s Eye: Aug 22/24

By: Aug 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This intermediate fly fishing class is going to be great for anglers with varied levels of experience.  This is a two part series that is focused on giving you a better understanding of the South Platte River drainage, which will help you fish more effectively on your own. The South Platte River Through a Guide’s Eye – Part I -August 22nd $250 per person (includes classroom and On Stream Guided Fly Fishing)  - 6:00pm-8:30pm
 Part I of this class will be held on...

Let Your Voice Be Heard: Write A Trouts Fly Fishing Review

By: Aug 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Have you had a positive experience with Trouts Fly Fishing either in the shop, at a customer event, our blog, on the water or at our online store?  If so, hop on over to google or yelp to let the world know about your experience.  At Trouts, we’re always interested in hearing a customer’s story from the water or about their experience with our service, products, content, and educational curriculum.  Writing a review is a quick and easy way for you to support a local...

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School: August 17th

By: Aug 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
1 Day - $195.00/person – limited to six (6) participants (full day) Saturday August 17th This is a one-day fishing school on one of our world-class private properties. 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.  Fishing this section of the North Fork of the South Platte River should be excellent in August.  Call the shop today to book your...

Learn The Basics August 29th

By: Jul 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When: August 29th – 6:00pm-7:00pm Where: Trouts Fly Fishing - 3rd Floor Instructor: Cody Hoeckelberg 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?  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.  If you or someone you know has been on the fence and thinking about giving fly...