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...

Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte River July 30th

By: Jul 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The summer monsoon season has given much of Colorado a break with cooler weather and sporadic rain events across the state.  This is good news as it has dropped the water temperatures in many of the more popular rivers. Dam fed tailwaters will continue to be great fly fishing options and the South Platte River near Deckers proves to be no exception. We’ve had a number of guided fly fishing trips on the South Platte River over the past week and here are a few of the...

Ask A Gearhead With Scott Fly Rods - August 22nd

By: Jul 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Do you want to know what’s up with the new Scott Radian?  Have you been wondering exactly how fast meets feel?  Interested to know exactly why this rod won the Best in Show and Best Freshwater Fly Rod at the recent IFTD event held in Las Vegas?  Do you want to know how Expanded Core rod technology transmits feel and maintains stability better than any of Scott’s predecessors?  Any and all of these questions are fair game for one of our favorite Colorado based fly...

Evan Lichtenfels’ Open @ Lake Carol Anne - August 2nd

By: Jul 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Evan Lichtenfels' Open @ Lake Carol Anne - August 2nd Trouts Fly Fishing would like to invite all of our customers and friends to the Evan Lichtenfels' Open @ Lake Carol Anne this coming Friday August 2 at 5:00pm.  This event is a way to connect with fellow anglers and friends to raise funds and honor Evan Lichtenfels. The event at Lake Carol Anne will include: dinner, beer, appearances from the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, fishing, silent auction, games, fish tales, fellowship...

Book Your Guided Fly Fishing Trip Today

By: Jul 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Guide Service would like to thank all of our customers who have booked guided trips with us over the past few weeks.  We're having a great time getting our clients on the water and into fish.  We are at capacity this weekend but have openings for both private and public water trips beginning Monday July 29th.  As the season continues to pick up, we recommend that if you have interest in taking a trip with us in August or September, please book your trip as early as...

Summer Fly Fishing Options For Colorado

By: Jul 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With water temperatures rising in the across the state of Colorado, it is important to take extra precautions when making decisions where and when to fish. Colorado Trout Unlimited just released a request asking for volunteer fishing closures on rivers that are especially hard hit by the recent drought conditions.  Specifically, Trout Unlimited is urging anglers to avoid fishing on the Fraser and Upper Colorado rivers during the hottest part of the day, or to fish in Grand...

Unique Employment Opportunity

By: Jul 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Our friends at the Wigwam Club - which is located on the South Platte River - have a really unique seasonal employment opportunity.  The skills and experience requirements are below – if you have any interest contact Scott or Courtney Mooney.  Dining Room Server Position -Room and Board included -On site -6 days a week/ extra days off will be given if no guests on property -Salary DOE -Dining room set up/take down, serving breakfast and dinner, preparing boxed lunches...

Denver Trout Unlimited: Member Meeting July 23rd

By: Jul 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Don’t forget to join Denver Trout Unlimited at the Skylark Lounge this Tuesday July 23rd for a member meeting and social gathering.  Topics will include updates on the South Platte River as well as a kick off of this year’s Carp Slam 7.  The July 23rd meeting will start at 7:30pm at the Skylark Lounge (located at 140 S Broadway - Denver, CO 80209).  This is a great way to get involved with an organization that is really helping the South Platte River become a...

Big Fish On The Move

By: Jul 20, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Do you want to see some big, bright fish on the move in clear water?  We’ve wasted a quite a bit of time checking out these sockeye salmon from this live underwater web cam located in Steep Creek, not far from Juneau Alaska.  If you don’t see any fish at first…. Just wait for ‘em.  Have fun!

FLY FISHING ON OUR EXCLUSIVE PROPERTIES

By: Jul 18, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
July and August 2013 - Update If you are looking to get away from the crowds and enjoy a few hours or few days of solitude, look no further than three of our Exclusive Ranch Properties.  We rest our water between trips so days for the remaining summer season are limited.  If you are interested in booking a guided fly fishing trip with Trouts Guide Service give the shop a call today at 877.464.0034. WCR Ranch- This is a brand new property located on a tributary of the upper...

Fly Fishing Report: On Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School

By: Jul 17, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing would like to thank all of our customers who participated in our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School this past weekend.  Our students learned the basics of fly fishing including casting, reading water, entomology, and fly selection.  They then had a chance to put it all together and get out on the water and catch some great looking fish.  Our next On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School is being held on August 17th.  We already have seats for this...

TROUTS SPOTLIGHT - THE WCR RANCH

By: Jul 16, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The WCR Ranch is located on a small tributary of the upper Colorado River, approximately 35 miles in length. The creek rises in northwestern Grand County, in the Arapaho National Forest at the top of the continental divide and flows southeast toward the Colorado River.  The WCR Ranch is home to Lodgepole and Ponderosa Pines, Douglas-Firs, and Aspen stands.  The creek itself meanders through a wide-open meadow closely cropped with willows, cut banks, and a variety of alpine...

Two Spots Left for the Piney River Hosted Trip - July 20th

By: Jul 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We currently have two open spots to fish a stretch of river that you most likely have never set eyes on.  Come and experience the Piney River with Trouts Fly Fishing and get a chance to fish one of the most scenic rivers in the West on Saturday July 20th.  Trouts Fly Fishing will host a guided day of fly fishing with Vail Valley Anglers.  The Piney River is a 28.2-mile-long tributary of the Colorado River. The Piney flows from high in the Gore Range to the confluence with the...

What’s In This Box?

By: Jul 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We just received this special shipment today.  The first person who can guess what’s in this box is going to win a prize that we GUARANTEE your friends don’t have.  We’ll let this one run over the weekend and we’ll announce the winner on Monday morning.  Have at it!

Costa Films On Tap - Geofish

By: Jul 11, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here’s a quick sample of what you’ll see next week at the Thin Man Tavern when Trouts Fly Fishing and Costa present “Films on Tap.” The fly fishing films will be shown outside on the back patio from 8:00-10:00pm on July 18th. The Thin Man Tavern is located at 2015 East 17th Street in Denver (cross streets: 17th and Race).  In addition to awesome fly fishing footage from some of the most exotic locations in the world, you’ll have a shot at winning great raffle...

Only One Spot Left: Beginner Fly Fishing School

By: Jul 10, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
1 Day - $195.00/person – limited to six (6) participants July 13th - Full Day Trip (~8:00am-~5:00pm) If you want to give fly fishing a try this summer, now is the time.  We have one seat left in our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School being held this Saturday July 13th. Don’t worry, fly fishing is not as intimidating as it might seem. Our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School is a great way to learn the basics and increase your productivity and enjoyment on the...

Fly Fishing Report: The YR Ranch

By: Jul 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
As we recently reported in the “1303” newsletter, our property on the YR Ranch is fishing exceptionally right now.  Brown and rainbow trout are actively feeding on midges, caddis and grasshoppers.  Early in the morning, fish were recently found gently sipping smaller flies in the tailouts.  This required delicate and accurate presentations.  Later in the day the fish seemed to move out into faster water and eagerly charged larger patterns including Parachute...

Fly Tying Class - Warm Water Patterns July 25th

By: Jul 08, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This intermediate to advanced clinic is designed to expand fly tier’s ability to create effective warm water patterns for targeting aggressive species like smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, pike and musky – the warm water bite will turn on in August.   We keep our tying classes small – this tying class is limited to six (6) participants. 1 Night Only - $50/Person  - 6:00pm-8:00pm.  Call the shop today to reserve your spot - 303.733.1434.

Dog On the Blog II

By: Jul 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It is time for another doggy casting call – we want to see your fly fishing dog on our blog!  Once your dog is on the blog, the entire Trouts Fly Fishing contingent will get a chance to vote for their favorites.  The dog with the most votes will win this awesome Orvis FleeceLock Wrap Around Dog Bed and a Trouts Signature Trucker Hat! Dogs that have been on our blog are welcome back – just take a new shot.  Abigail, Bodhi, Como Dallas, Harper, Ladybird, Lucy, Shelly,...

Fly Fishing Report: The Colorado River

By: Jul 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Colorado River was flowing clear – clear enough to easily follow a streamer as it was retrieved from the bank towards our boat as we floated lazily between the massive red sandstone walls.  Sometimes the strips were short and fast, other times slow and deliberate.  And when a fish followed from a deeper hole or recess in the river, we could watch that as well. The only problem was – the fish wouldn’t commit.  They’d poke and punk at the smaller...

Eagle River Float Fishing - a photo essay

By: Jul 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd

Hosted Trip on the Piney River - July 20th

By: Jul 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Come and experience one of the most scenic and wild trout fisheries in the West.  Trouts Fly Fishing will host a guided day of fly fishing with Vail Valley Anglers.  The Piney River is a 28.2-mile-long tributary of the Colorado River. The Piney flows from high in the Gore Range to the confluence with the Colorado near State Bridge.  The River is mostly hidden from the road and the private ranch we fish is completely isolated and accessed via Polaris Rangers. The Piney is...

Learn The Basics of Fly Fishing - July 24th

By: Jul 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Cody Hoeckelberg here at the shop for our "Learn The Basics" fly fishing class.  The goal of this in-store clinic 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, this class provides a great baseline and foundation.  Limited to six (6) participants. July 24th, 6-7pm - $25 (but… receive...

Gear Review: Umpqua Ledges 500 Waist Pack

By: Jul 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
What we say I began using/testing the Umpqua Ledges 500 Waist Pack in March of 2013.  For me, a waist pack needs to be all-purpose.  To that end, I first used the Ledges 500 for a week on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico – spending time walk/wading the flats and the beach looking for bonefish and permit.  Since then I’ve taken the pack to Montana and rivers closer to home here in Colorado.  The pack has gotten partially wet, snowed on, fully submerged, dirty,...

Films On Tap - July 18th

By: Jul 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
1 night only - $0/person – July 18th, 8pm-10pm Where: The Thin Man Tavern - 17th Avenue and Race Street (2015 East 17th Ave) Come enjoy great beers, great company and great fly fishing films all at a fantastic local outdoor venue!  Costa Sunglasses is traveling the country setting up film nights in brew pubs, galleries and Trouts Fly Fishing has sponsored the Denver event.  Costa Films on Tap will be held at the Thin Man Tavern in the West City Park Neighborhood.  The...

Mako Madness With Rick Mikesell

By: Jun 28, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
All Photos and Video by Alex Landeen As a young man, the memory that resonates strongest from my first few elk hunting trips with my dad is the transition from an insufferable, agonizing wait, to an immediate and extreme adrenaline rush. Hours of wandering thoughts and delusions of grandeur switch instantly to cold sweats and uncontrollable shaking as your target enters the field of view. The analogy between big game fly fishing and big game hunting may be a bit tired, but it holds very...

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - July 13th

By: Jun 27, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
1 Day - $195.00/person – limited to six (6) participants July 13th - Full Day Trip (~8:00am-~5:00pm) Thinking about giving fly fishing a try for the first time? Don’t worry, fly fishing is not as intimidating as it might seem. Our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School is a great way to learn the basics and increase your productivity and enjoyment on the water.  This is a one-day fishing school on one of our world-class private properties. Students will learn the basics of fly...

We Have a Winner!

By: Jun 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The people have spoken and we have a winner for our fly fishing photo contest!  Or maybe winners… we’re not sure who actually took this photo – either Scott DeMoss or Jeff Johnson.  This week’s photo prize pack is a Trouts Signature Trucker Cap and a Signature Fly Box jammed with flies.  Scott and Jeff will have to flip a coin or have an arm wrestling match to figure out who gets what.  As always, a big thanks to everyone who contributed photos and...

Fly Fishing’s Best Movie - As Voted By You

By: Jun 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Drake Magazine is looking for your vote.  Make the jump to cast your vote for the Reader’s Choice Best Flyfishing Film of All Time Award.  Whatever movie gets the most votes between now and July 5th will be screened at this year’s 8th Annual Drake Video Awards being held in Las Vegas.  New fly fishing films will also be showcased at this year’s event which is sponsored by Simms and being held at the Las Vegas Hotel on Wednesday July 10th.  The staff at...