SIMMS ONLINE EVENT - WEDNESDAY APRIL 10, 11AM

By: Apr 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Simms Fishing Products live from their new headquarters in Bozeman, Montana for a discussion at 11am MST on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.  This will be like "Ask A Gearhead" on steroids with a live question-and-answer period and cool product give-aways.

Back By Popular Demand: Casting and Cocktails!

By: Apr 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This is our first FREE hands-on casting clinic for the 2013 season that is geared to help improve your fishing knowledge and skills with the sole purpose of getting you into more fish.  Come join the staff of Trouts Fly Fishing for Casting and Cocktails on April 25 (5-7pm) - if you joined us last year you know how much fun we have.

“WHAT A TROUT SEES” - BOOK SIGNING WITH GEOFF MUELLER

By: Apr 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo by Kat Yarbrough Geoff Mueller is senior editor at The Drake Magazine and just authored the book "What a Trout Sees: A Fly-Fishing Guide to Life Underwater."  The photography in the book is by Tim Romano and the forward is by Tom Bie (owner/publisher of the Drake Magazine).  Geoff will be here in the shop on April 18 from 6-7pm to give a quick talk about the book and to sign new copies.  Put this one on your calendar!

More Great News For The South Platte River!

By: Apr 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This rainbow trout was hooked in the Denver South Platte and taped at 19" - not too shabby for a city fish One of the projects that we have all been working so hard for has finally started.  On March 25, The River Enhancement Project began in the section of the South Platte near the Carson Nature Center. This is the first of at least two projects that are designed to improve and enhance the metro section of the South Platte River.  Here are a few quick facts and highlights that...

Trouts Spotlight: Brian Schmidt - Fly Production Specialist

By: Apr 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Think all flies are created equally?  Think again.  Meet Brian Schmidt, the man who was put on this earth to make sure that the Umpqua flies that end up in your fly box – and ultimately at the end of your tippet and in front of a fish - meet the most rigid design and production quality standards.  All because… Brian wants you to catch more fish.

Gear Review: Ross RX

By: Mar 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Come take a boat ride with the Ross RX fly rod. First, we fished just off the coast of Nantucket for hard charging albies and then visited Guanaja, Honduras and stalked ultra spooky bonefish.  Two very different situations and fishing conditions – same 8 wt fly rod.

Spotlight: Trout’s Guide Service – Fly Fishing in Colorado Online Catalog

By: Mar 28, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you have stopped in the shop or caught us one of our recent customer events in Denver, you most likely have picked up our seen our full color eight-page catalog highlighting our shop and fly fishing Guide Service.  If you haven’t, here is an online catalog.

2013 Snowpack Update

By: Mar 27, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Denver Water has just announced that Stage 2 Watering Restrictions are going to go into effect April 1, 2013.  Essentially, this will limit the number of days per week households are allowed to water their lawns.  While this announcement may sound alarming to many residents and anglers alike, we at Trout’s would like to “clear the air” so to speak and elaborate on exactly what this ultimately means for our 2013 spring/summer fishing season. You don’t...

Waiting for Steelhead: Trout’s BC Trip brings MG some clarity

By: Mar 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I had often wondered about the allure of steelhead fishing, but never could quite get a handle around the idea of standing in the cold and wet, casting a fly with an outsized rod, and waiting.  And waiting.  And waiting.

Gear Review: Trout’s Signature Fly Boxes

By: Mar 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
These fly boxes are awesome.  They have been hot sellers in the shop but I have never been able to test them out in the field.  When I say “test them out in the field” I actually mean stick them in my pocket and walk a saltwater flat. 

And The Pack Vs. Vest Debate Winner Is…

By: Mar 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Legendary Frank “I’m-still-runnin’-down-the-man” Smethurst stopped by Trouts today to give us a sneak preview of a few new Scott Fly Rod prototypes.  We asked Frank to be our guest official for our Pack Vs. Vest drawing.  Drum roll please.  And the winner is…

Helpful Reminder: Your Colorado Fly Fishing License Expires 03/31/2013

By: Mar 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Yes… we mean you… and your Colorado fishing license.  This weekend is a great time to get renewed for the 2013 fly fishing season. 

Pack Vs. Vest: You Decide

By: Mar 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Vest or Waist Pack?  You decide – and tell us why.  Up for grabs: a super-smokin’-hot-limited-edition-signature-Trout’s T.

Trout’s Spotlight: Scott Wells and Gyotaku Art

By: Mar 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Come by Trout’s Fly Fishing to see a select collection of gyotaku prints on display by Denver angler and artist Scott Wells.

Umpqua Ledges 500 Waist Pack

By: Mar 20, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
There has been a ton of chatter in the fly fishing world about the new Umpqua Ledges 500 Waist Pack.  Most recently in the Denver Post – and just a few days ago in Boulder’s Daily Camera.  Why all the buzz?  Umpqua was recently awarded the Field & Stream 2013 "Best of the Best" for its Ledges 500 Waist-Pack.

Opportunity To Fish The Lower Blue River

By: Mar 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout’s Guide Service just had a last minute cancellation for one of our signature properties on the Lower Blue River this Thursday – March 21.  A last minute trip cancellation = an awesome fly fishing opportunity for you.

North Fork of the South Platte Fishing Report

By: Mar 18, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
(Photos By Trevor Brown) There is no doubt that springtime fly fishing in Colorado is upon us.  We had some wind, some rain, snow, big smiles… and a ton of fish hooked and landed this past weekend. Check out these images from our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School that was just held at the Rowdy Trout Ranch, located on the North Fork of the South Platte River. 

Keep your eyes on the flows

By: Mar 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Are you planning a fly fishing trip this weekend?  Don’t forget to keep an eye on the flows.  For real-time river flow information across the state that has been conveniently organized, check out our Stream Flows Page. If you are getting out for the first time in March and want to know what to expect at some of Colorado’s more prolific fisheries, check out our Colorado Fishing Conditions Page. We hope these are helpful resources for you.  Have a great weekend and...

10 Ways To Improve Your Fly Fishing Photography

By: Mar 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout’s would like to thank Tim Romano for giving a light’s-out fly fishing photography presentation last night.  We’d also like to thank all of our customers who showed up, packed the house, and enjoyed the show.   If you missed the action, don’t worry – here are 10 things that we learned last night to help you improve your photography technique and strategy.  You too can have the skillz to pay the billz...

News Flash From BC!

By: Mar 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The telegram from Cody and Gracie was light on details.  It read as follows: "Swung fly –(STOP)- Wild Buck –(STOP)- Very shiny -(STOP)-" We’re assuming all is good in BC.  For more up-to-date and localized fly fishing information here in Colorado, check out our Fishing Reports Page. Stay tuned for an in depth report from the boys in BC when they return next week. 

Blood, Sweat, and Beers – DIY Fly Fishing Report - Guanaja, Honduras

By: Mar 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
"The first bonefish tail I saw was unmistakable.  It stood straight out of the skinny water – a mighty V shape that wagged in the low morning light.  Then… a second tail emerged and quickly flopped over in a swell of nervous water.  There was no doubt - we were all alone on the flat and on fish." Here are 10 things to think about if you are contemplating a do-it-yourself trip to location X. 

Video Spotlight: Cuba

By: Mar 08, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Since we’ve been talking about fishing all over the world this week (and our blogmaster is in Honduras) we figured... “Why not Cuba?” Stay tuned next week for your regularly scheduled Trout’s programming to resume and look forward to a Honduras fly fishing report hot off the press.

The ARRIVAL - a film by Umpqua Feather Merchants

By: Mar 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The ARRIVAL from Umpqua Films on Vimeo. Every so often we get some new gear in the shop that gets us all excited and "a buzz".  The arrival of the new line of packs and bags from Umpqua Feather Merchants was one of those moments.  While not anything that is revolutionary to the fly fishing industry, these packs do elevate the level of ingenuity, quality and general appeal that will have other bag manufactures following suit with exciting new offerings.  This is the kind of...

The Things They Carried: British Columbia

By: Mar 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We were able to catch up with Cody Hoekelberg as he was stockpiling warm weather gear and MOW tips in preparation for his trip up to BC with steelheading phenom April Vokey for a week on the Fraser River.  We talked about the allure of steelhead, the lyrics of “Oh Canada”, and Cody’s strategy to keep warm north of the 49th parallel.

Video Spotlight: Tagging Permit

By: Mar 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here’s a great video that shows permit being tagged for research and protection purposes courtesy of our friends at F3T and the folks down at World Angling.  For more on permit tagging, check out Project Permit, a conservation project sponsored by Costa Sunglasses.  Enjoy.

Video Spotlight: Backcountry Dorado

By: Mar 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you need to escape reality for a while, here is a great way to do it.  This video is courtesy of our friends at Catch Magazine.

March Customer Events

By: Mar 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
March is here and Trout’s Fly Fishing has an action packed list of customer events and educational classes to choose from.  From tying flies to photography... from great classroom tutorials to on-stream clinics - find a class that’s right for you before the fly fishing season heats up.

Can You Improve Your Cast? Ask the Magic 8 Ball

By: Mar 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
What does my salt water future hold?  Better ask the Magic 8 Ball. I’ve had my share of blown saltwater shots.  Some of the experiences are burned in my brain with more clarity than the fish that actually came to hand. The memories still sting: -       Standing in water almost to my chest in Ascension Bay and trying to cast to a 25 lb permit within 60 ft… and failing miserably -       Trying to punch a cast...

Fly Fishing Trip Report: Ascension Bay

By: Mar 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Simply put, when your wife asks you to plan a fly fishing trip to a flats fishing lodge, your response should be simple and concise: 'yes, when and where?'  In my case, the when was the first week of February, and the where was The Grand Slam Lodge. Here's the quick break down: we spent days one and two getting our feet wet with some bonefish and snook.  Days three and four I was given the opportunity to chase permit while Whitney worked on her tan, and day five...

Fly Fishing Photography Clinic With Tim Romano - March 14th

By: Feb 28, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Do you want to take fly fishing photos like a pro this spring and summer?  Come join Trout's and Tim Romano on March 14th at 6:00pm on the second floor of the shop.  Tim will present a free clinic to help improve your on-the-water shooting strategy and photography tactics.  In addition to Tim, Trout's will have a Yeti Cooler packed with Oskar Blues beer and everyone who attends will be entered to win a Tim Romano print.

Learn The Basics of Fly Fishing - March 21st

By: Feb 27, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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 fishing a try, this class provides a great baseline and foundation.

The Things They Carried: Guanaja, Honduras

By: Feb 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The island of Guanaja lies roughly 40 miles north of mainland Honduras and is situated 7 miles of  east of Roatan, its’ nearest Caribbean island neighbor.  I’m hopeful that I will get a shot or two at permit.  I haven’t had a lot of luck with permit in the past.  As it stands right now, the scoreboard reads: Permit: 11 Will: 0 Not that I keep score or anything…

Switch Rod and Spey Casting Clinic - April 20th

By: Feb 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
(Photo Scott Tarrant) 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.

Winter fishbeer

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

Product Spotlight: The New Umpqua Packs Are In!

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

2013 Spring Travel Update

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

Trout’s Spotlight: Simms Rivershed Boot

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

Trout’s Spotlight: Davel Lovell

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

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

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

Sign Up Now For Our March Fly Tying Class!

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

Special Rates for the Rowdy Trout Ranch

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

The Things They Carried: Ascension Bay

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

Name That Water - Blog Edition

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

Get Your Grand Slam Here

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

February Fly Fishing Report

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

Trout’s Spotlight: Copi Vojta

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

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

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

Who’s Behind the Lens?

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

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

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

Experience Fly Fishing and Colorado With Trout’s Guide Service

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

Surface Film3

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

Gallatin River Tsunami

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

Only Four Seats Left!

By: Jan 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd

Trout’s Spotlight: The YR Ranch

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

Trout’s/Costa VIP Party and F3T!

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

Defend the Upper Colorado River

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

The 8:00 F3T Show is SOLD OUT!

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

Great News for the Denver South Platte!

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

Winter Fly Fishing in Colorado Part III

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

Special ISE Shop Hours

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

Winter Fly Fishing in Colorado Part II

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

For Immediate Release

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

Spotlight: Sage CIRCA Fly Rod

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

Winter Fly Fishing in Colorado Part I

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

Year in Review Part V

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

Get on the Bus!

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

Year in Review Part IV

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

Year in Review - Part III

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

Year in Review - Part II

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

Year in Review - Part I

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

Holiday Hours

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

Sign Up Now For Our January Fly Tying Class!

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

Calling all carp Aficionados

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

Fight the Freeze

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

December Fly Fishing Report

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

Big Winners!

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

Time for another installment of…

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

Give, Shop, and Go Big Tomorrow!

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

Winter Fishing Tactics

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

And the Winner Is….

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

Attention Steelhead Junkies

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

Not-So-Winter Winter Fishing Report

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

Don’t Miss Trout’s Holiday Happy Hour!

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

Best of 2012 Photo Contest - Vote Now!

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

Go Whitey Go!

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

Another Photo Contest Winner!

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

Trip Report: Ascension Bay

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

Shop Small and Save Big This Weekend!

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

Two Great Fly Fishing Events You Should Attend!

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

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

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

Fly Tying and Travel

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

This Week’s Winner

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

Be Careful Out There

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

Adventure Travel and Fly Fishing: Part II

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

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

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

Women’s Bonefishing School at Andros South Lodge

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

Adventure Travel and Fly Fishing: Part I

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

Hops and Rods - November 10!

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

Report from the Denver South Platte

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

Feel the Sustut Steel

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