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.  

Battle of the Bug Tiers

By: Aug 21, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Battle of the Bug Tiers - Morlock (Rainy's, Inc) vs. Lipton (Idylwilde) - August 24th.  Come join Trout’s Fly Fishing and two world class signature fly tiers on August 24 (2:00pm-5:00pm) here in the shop for a FREE tying demonstration.  You are not going to get this opportunity twice.  Make it happen.  

Lower Colorado River Report

By: Aug 20, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
As expected, with the water clearing on the Lower Colorado River fishing is really starting to heat up.  We reached out to our good friend Pete Mott, Owner of Trout Trickers in Gypsum, CO for a brief update on the current conditions on the Colorado below Glenwood Springs.  Pete's report is super encouraging and leads us to believe that fishing across Colorado is about to turn on big time.   For the first time since late June, the lower Colorado is now clear and...

Carp Slam 6 and an Evening on the South Platte

By: Aug 15, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Carp Slam 6 is right around the corner and Trout’s Fly Fishing is a proud sponsor of the event being held on August 25th.  “Trout’s has been a stalwart sponsor of the Carp Slam as well as a great partner of Denver Trout Unlimited for a number of years,” said Cory Stansbury, President of Denver Trout Unlimited.   “Because of this type of sponsorship, support, and long term commitment to the river that Trout’s provides, we are able to put on a...

Road Trip: Jackson

By: Aug 14, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout’s Fly Fishing is going to highlight a number of destinations within a seven hour car ride of Denver.  Our goal is to give our customers and readers ideas and options for a long range summer road trip.  In addition to giving you some basic information about the fishery, we spoke to experts who are very familiar with these locations.  If you are headed in their direction, give these people a call.  They know the water, and in most cases, we have personally fished...

Casting and Cocktails - August 23rd

By: Aug 13, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Casting and Cocktails - Knot your average fly fishing event Here’s what we bring - a quiver of Scott A4s and a massive Yeti cooler filled with ice.   Here’s what you bring - a good sense of humor and a desire to learn how to fly cast or improve your current casting skills... and BYOB.   Here’s where/when we bring it: August 23rd 5:00-7:00pm on the South East Corner of Washington Park (Louisiana and Gilpin).

CO SLAB WINNER!

By: Aug 09, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout’s Fly fishing is proud to announce that we had dozens of photos submitted for our first CO SLAB contest. Our customers were asked to submit photographs that capture the spirit fishing in Colorado along with a description of the experience. The hardest part of this contest was choosing the winner. It was tough.

Road Trippin’

By: Aug 06, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Road trips come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are big.  Some are small.  Some road trips are wildly complex and others are beautifully simple.  At the root of most fishing trips to new frontiers is something unique yet universal: exploration, travel, curiosity, research, trial and error... new water.     Here is what a recent road trip to the Montana backcountry looked like when Trout's teamed up with our pals at the Drake Magazine.  The recipe...

Come Get Your FRESH CO SLAB!

By: Jul 30, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout's Fly Fishing would like to thank ALL of the contributors to the CO SLAB photo contest.  Each and every image and story has been great.  Here is a random sampler of some of the photos that caught our attention so far.  The contest ends tomorrow so there is still time for submissions.  Thank you and enjoy some great fishing sights and stories from the great state of Colorado!

July Fishing Update - Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers

By: Jul 27, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We know a lot of our local customers and other Colorado anglers will be hitting the high country this weekend for fishing and other summer fun.  We just received this report from our friend Pete Mott, Owner of Trouttrickers Guide Service in the Colorado and Roaring Fork river valleys. If you are looking for the skinny on the Frying Pan, Roaring Fork below the Pan, or the lower Colorado River, there is some great real-time information in the following report.   “Our rivers...

Hang ‘em high and dry

By: Jul 25, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Hang ‘em high and dry The stone flies started popping and suddenly it looked as if the sky was full of small helicopters.  I dug into my box and pulled out the biggest stone imitation I could find and fished around for my floatant.  The good news is that I had a couple of stimulator patterns that would do the trick; the bad news is that I had left my floatant in another pack.  

Fish On! Urban Carp Extravaganza TR

By: Jul 23, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The exchange: Michael Gracie (MG): “You see the fish?”   Greg Moran (GM): “Yup.”   MG: “Can you make that cast between the two trees?”   GM: “Yup.”

Roadless Warrior

By: Jul 17, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout’s had a chance to fish a few headwater creeks with Aaron Kindle, who works on the Sportsmen’s Conservation Project for Trout Unlimited.  Aaron is a fishy guy and is also leading the charge to protect fish species and habitat here in Colorado. Aaron spent a few minutes giving Trout’s the lowdown on Roadless areas and why they are important to anglers and other Coloradans.

CO SLAB!

By: Jul 10, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Who wants to take a shot at a brand new Ross F1 and  Sharkskin Fly Line?  At Trout’s Fly Fishing, we’re big fans of fish related photography.  We know that there are a lot talented photographers out there and many of them are already our customers.  We’re launching a photography contest this summer – we know that you are going to be getting after it and we want to showcase your fish - and your photography skills. 

Want To Catch More Fish This Summer?

By: Jul 09, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Do you want to catch more fish this summer?  Are you interested in strategies and tactics that will help you find new water during challenging summer conditions?  Interested to learn about Colorado Roadless Areas and the small creek and still water opportunities that can be found within their boundaries?   We thought so.  

Trout’s Urban Carp Extravaganza

By: Jun 28, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout’s Fly Fishing is kicking off our new guiding service and we want you to be a part of it.  Join Barry Reynolds and crew for an in-depth tour of the Denver South Platte and surrounding fisheries on the Pink Bus and experience some of the best urban fly fishing in the West.

Cool & Clear

By: Jun 27, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Near the top of the Gore Range, there is a little creek that runs cool and clear. Shin deep in the water, thoughts of hot and cold cease to register. 

Ask a Gear Head - Win $50!

By: Jun 26, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Ask a Gear Head - Win $50! Do you have a burning gear or fishing related question that you need answered?  Or... do you want to win a $50 Trout’s Fly Fishing gift card?  Both? 

Gear Head: Michael Gracie

By: Jun 22, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This Week's Gear Head: Michael Gracie Age: Unknown (we have yet to document his long-form birth certificate) Born and raised: Florida

Q and A: Guess The Scientific Sub Species

By: Jun 21, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Q: Guess the Scientific Sub Species   The staff at Trout’s had a chance to explore a few headwater creeks this weekend.  We were lucky enough to run into this rare and protected Colorado native. Any guesses on the scientific name? For the answer and another image and additional information on this fish click "read more."  

Who’s your Daddy?

By: Jun 14, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Who’s Your Daddy?  Does he like to fish?  The season is just about in high gear and there are many fathers out there who need a new pair of waders right now. Bring the whole family to Trout’s Fly Fishing and shop together.   This special was designed for guys who fish - by guys who fish.  Stop by this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June 15, 16, 17; in-shop and online purchases). Here is the deal: When you purchase one pair of Simms GORE-TEX Waders,...

Barbed!

By: Jun 13, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Yet another reason why it makes sense to crimp your barb, brought to you by Trout's Fly Fishing: When you find yourself at 9,530 ft, after a four mile hike, with a size 10 hook squarely penetrating your index finger, whether or not you crimped your barb suddenly becomes a really important question. 

Abel Fathers Day Special Offer

By: Jun 07, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here's the dirty details: -  Purchase a new black or solid finish reel and receive a solid color nipper at no charge.   -  Purchase a new fish graphic reel and receive a matching fish graphic nipper at no charge. -  Purchase a DeYoung reel and receive a standard brown trout, or standard brook trout nipper at no charge.  So if you've been trying to decide on a special gift for the Dad in your life, look no further than an Abel reel to make this a...

Trout’s Fly Fishing is Doing Something Different

By: Jun 05, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
TROUT'S FLY FISHING: LOCAL – GLOBAL – FISHY At Trout's Fly Fishing we listen to our customers. We know that you have have a variety of retail options when you are looking to purchase new gear but you shop here for a reason. When we ask our customers why, they tell us: Trout's Fly Fishing employees are experts when it comes to local fisheries here in Colorado We have a wide variety of products that our customers have come to depend on - and we're focused...

Colorado has Great Options for Summer Fly Fishing

By: May 29, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
There’s no denying it now, Colorado is in for a tough summer of low water. It’s hard to imagine that a year ago we were looking at a reversal of this dilemma, with a massive snow pack and swollen rivers. Yet it is time we all come to terms with the current situation and the reality that Colorado's rivers are going to be lean in comparison to last year. But while the press and others want to make this out to be a doom and gloom situation for fisherman, I wanted to offer an...

Extra-Terrestrials

By: May 24, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Extra-Terrestrials, This vague report came in over the weekend from our pal Geoff Mueller at the Drake Magazine. The details are thin but the photos are top notch. Geoff’s report is as follows: “All dry, all day.” Nice work Geoff. If you have any unidentified flying objects or great fish photos you want to share, send them to will@troutsflyfishing.com.   - Will Rice

Casting For Recovery a Success

By: May 22, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Colorado program of Casting for Recovery was just held on Sunday, May 20th. This year's retreat was held at the North Fork Ranch in Shawnee and hosted by ranch owners and long-time Casting for Recovery supporters Dean and Karen May. The 520-acre ranch rests along a pristine stretch of the North Fork of the South Platte River, teeming with Rainbow, Brown, and Cutthroat Trout. The mission of Casting for Recovery is to provide fly-fishing retreats specifically tailored for women who have...

Guess Denver Trout Unlimited’s bar tab and win…

By: May 17, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Guess Denver Trout Unlimited’s bar tab and win… Last time Denver Trout Unlimited threw a social gathering at the Skylark Lounge they racked up a measly $384 bar tab.  On May 22, the Carp Slam VI Season Launch party is happening and we’re taking bets: guess next week’s bar tab at the Skylark and win a Tim Romano original cover print (Angling Trade cover image December 2010 and subject of a Backpacker Magazine article*).    We’re playing...

Scientific Anglers Announces a New Tippet Spool Design for 2012

By: Apr 30, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Scientific Anglers is pleased to announce the debut of their redesigned tippet spool and updated label graphics. The new spool features an independent, free wheeling hub that allows the tippet spool to spin freely when joined together. The hub can be retracted to become flush with the spool body when used alone, or with other tippet spools on the market. Each of the spools are color coded to correspond to the tippet material type. Green for freshwater nylon, blue for saltwater hard mono, and...

Trout’s 2012 Rio Grande Trip!

By: Apr 28, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd

Trout’s Beginning Fly Tying Class is Approaching Quickly

By: Apr 26, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Register Now, As Spots Are Filling Fast!!!

Fishpond ..... 100% Colorado Grown

By: Apr 20, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
(Denver, Colo.) – Fly fishing accessories and lifestyle brands, Fishpond and Lilypond, are excited to announce major business changes. After many dedicated years to these brands, co-founder, David M. Thompson has sold 50% ownership interest in Fishpond and Lilypond to Denver businessman Charles H. Kurtz and his family, making the Kurtz’s equal partners with John Le Coq, co-founder and co-owner since 1999. In addition, all operations for Fishpond and Lilypond are moving to a central...

Pulp Fly, Volume 1

By: Apr 01, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
At long last, the time has come.  A colmunation of this kind of tallent doesn't come along often.  Great writers, artists and anglers writing about the simple passion that brings us all together.  We hope you all will buy an e-copy of the first volume, let's keep this idea alive!

Trout’s Fly Fishing | by Ouzel Media

By: Mar 29, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The guys over at Ouzel Media put together this video short for us.  Thanks guys, came out great!

North Platte River Report | compliments of Michael Gracie

By: Mar 26, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
  "You’re standing forty feet apart, hitting a lot of doubles. So often in fact that you can no longer be bothered with pulling out a second net." Enough said, and thanks for sharing.  Click here to read the rest of the adventures of Luke Bever and Michael Gracie...

Pulp Fly | coming April 1, 2012

By: Mar 25, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
  Authors and Contributors: Matt Dun Bob White Davin Ebanks Michael Gracie Alex Landeen Bjorn Stomsness Alex Cerveniak Ralph Bartholdt Bruce Smithhammer Matt Smythe Peter Mcdonald   Available April 1st, 2012  

Airflo Ridge Clear Tropical Fly Line Review | by Louis Cahill

By: Mar 23, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
There hasn't been a lot of new and inovative products to come about in the fly line category since the debut of the Sharkskin Fly Line by Scientific Angler a few years back.  Ultimately, there is only so much you can do to change the taper, color or make-up of a fly line to make the fly fishing industry go "WOW".  This is particularly true in that no many new fly lines actually aid the angler in catching fish.  All of this changed in 2012 with the debut of the Airflo Ridge...

Time to Leave Spawning Trout Alone | from The Wading Room

By: Mar 23, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It's spring, which means our rainbow trout friends are entering their annual spawn, so it's time for us to remind you all of our ethical obligation as anglers when it comes to fishing for spawing trout... DO NOT DO IT!  I know, I know, you really want that bad ass photo of you with a big trout, and what does it really hurt to grab that fish off their red for a quick picture.  Well let me put it to you this way, would you want me to come by your house, and rip you out of bed...

Fresh Off The Press, The Drake Magazine - Spring 2012

By: Mar 14, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
  GET SOME!!!

Guest Post on the Current Conditions at Waterton Canyon

By: Mar 08, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The current situation up in Waterton Canyon has been a hot topic this week.  After our post yesterday on the current conditions up in Waterton Canyon, we were contacted by Randy Hampton, Statewide Public Information Officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, as he wanted to fill us all in on what his agency is doing to address the concerns of the angling public.  As such, we have decided to give Randy the floor here so to speak, and fill all of us in on what is going on up in Waterton...

Waterton Canyon Update

By: Mar 07, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
On March 1,  Waterton Canyon opened to the public for the first time since July 2010 (click here to learn more about the reasoning behind this closure).  While this was a highly anticipated event for the Denver angling community, high expectations of epic fishing were quickly deminished to tales of no fish, poor conditions and speculation that Waterton Canyon was now void of aquatic life.  By Monday morning, we were fielding numerous phone calls and emails in the shop from...

Fly fishing the ocean surf offers challenges and waves of adventure

By: Mar 06, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here in Colorado we have a ton of fly fishing enthusiasts, and each and every one of them has a favorite stream or spot on the river that provides both the serenity and thought of fly fishing, as well as the thrill of a good catch. But that’s most often on a stream with the current heading in one direction, or on a plains or mountain lake where the only real waves are made by pesky motor boat operators. For surf fishing, you have to travel to the ocean – the Northeast, the Southeast...

Redfish Rookie

By: Mar 05, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When I was told that I was going to be coming along to the Annual Trouts Redfish retreat to Port Sulphur, Louisiana, I was in complete disbelief and as excited as a giddy schoolgirl! For weeks prior to our trip I watched every Redfishing video I could find, and studied proper flats boat etiquette to try and prepare myself for what would be an “epic fishing trip!” After many sleepless nights and days spent daydreaming of Bull Reds, the time had come to head to NOLA. I had bought...