A Night with Kirk Deeter - May 16

By: May 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Come join Kirk Deeter on the second floor of the shop for an intimate evening where the author of Fly Fishing For Carp will give you a sneak preview into his new book as well as give you some inside information gleaned from his carp adventures here in Colorado and across the United States.  Fly Fishing for Carp talks about the history of the species, eating behavior, and challenge they pose for the fly angler.  Kirk will also talk about what he has on his plate for 2013.

Fly Fishing For Carp In the Denver South Platte River - Part I

By: May 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Fly fishing for carp across the United States quickly turned from a grass roots underground movement to a full fledged trend with staying power seemingly overnight.  One of the fisheries that helped make this happen is located right here in the Mile High City. With spring run-off approaching, the Denver South Platte can be a great close-to-home alternative option.  May is "carp month" here at Trouts Fly Fishing and this is the first installment of a three part series. 

Spring Fishing Report: The Roaring Fork River Valley

By: May 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We were able to spend four days in mid April fly fishing in different areas of the Roaring Fork River Valley.  For two days, we floated the lower Roaring Fork between the town of Basalt and the Colorado River.  We also had the chance to walk/wade the 'Fork above Basalt and had a great time fishing the lower section of Fryingpan River.  We hope you enjoy this fly fishing report and photo essay that captures the high points, low points and hijinks of this dynamic...

Save Bristol Bay - Right Now

By: May 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The time to act is now to Save Bristol Bay - the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting public comment about the Pebble Mine project.  Our pals over at Simms brought this time sensitive opportunity to our attention and you can do something about it.

10 Questions To Ask Before You Take A Guided Fly Fishing Trip

By: May 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here are ten questions you should ask when trying to find the best fly fishing guide service to ensure that you have a world class experience in Colorado.

Tying Deadly Streamer Patterns - May 9th

By: May 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Designed to expand fly tier’s ability to create effective streamer patterns with the sole purpose of catching BIG fish. In this class you will learn specific techniques including articulation, spinning deer hair, and other methods designed to maximize movement of advanced streamers. 1 Night Only - $50/Person (class size is limited)

May 2013 Customer Events and Fly Fishing Classes

By: May 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It might be snowing today but May is going to be HOT!  Trouts Fly Fishing has a dynamite line up of special customer events and educational opportunities during the month of May.  Here is a summary of what you’ll see and the classes we are offering. Our classes are kept small and sell out quickly so if there is something you are interested in, please call to reserve a seat.

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - May 25th

By: Apr 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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. Trout's Guide Service also includes lunch, on-stream river guides/instructors, and a chance to hook beautiful Colorado rainbow and brown trout. Class size is limited and we only have a few seats left - sign up...

Have you signed up for “the 1303” yet?

By: Apr 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Have you signed up for “the 1303” yet?  Our monthly newsletter is a great way to get up-to-date river reports, stay on top of in-shop events, get in-shop and online specials, read exclusive essays, and stay on top of gear reviews.  Volume 9 of "the 1303" is going out the door this Friday evening.  It is simple to sign up for our newsletter and we promise to only send you one update a month.

Visit Denver and Fly Fishing

By: Apr 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Have you been thinking about fly fishing in Colorado?  If so, Denver is a great place to start your angling itinerary.  If you are from out of town or out of state, Visit Denver has a great site to get your travel research engine fired up.

20,000+ Likes Gear Promotion!

By: Apr 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?  Naaaah.... Trouts Fly Fishing is fast approaching 20,000+ Likes on Facebook.  As a way to say thanks to our online followers and those who stop by the shop everyday, we're going to run the following promotion as soon as we hit 20,000 Facebook Likes...

Learn The Basics of Fly Fishing - May 2nd

By: Apr 26, 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? 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.

Switch and Spey Casting Clinic: Trip Report

By: Apr 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Guide Service just wrapped up our Switch Rod & Spey Casting Clinic on the Lower Blue River.  Streamers, nymph fishing, and dries?  On a two handed switch rod?  You have to love spring fly fishing in Colorado!  Find out what we learned, how the river fished, and what went down...

Chris Santella: Why I Fish

By: Apr 24, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Santella, steel, and a sweet trucker hat.  Photo Courtesy of Angler's Tonic Chris Santella has authored another fly fishing book titled "Why I fish."  If you are not familiar with Santella’s work, he authored two editions of "Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die" and he also is a regular contributor at the New York Times.  In addition to this, when he goes steelheading he apparently wears a Trouts Signature Trucker Hat for good luck. We don’t have his new...

How Was Fishing This Weekend? – Photo Contest Edition

By: Apr 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Time to vote for your favorite weekend photo!  We asked our customers to submit their best weekend photo and once again they delivered.  Today's Grand Prize: A WF-5F Scientific Anglers - Mastery GPX Taper fly line (retail value $74.95!) and a Hatch Outdoors party pack (hat and Tshirt).

Get Involved With the Denver South Platte!

By: Apr 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
There are two great opportunities for Denver fly anglers this week.  The first is Denver Trout Unlimited’s member meeting that is being held tomorrow at 6:00pm at the REI Flagship Store. The second event you should check out is the Denver South Platte Riversweep being held on Saturday April 27th.

condolences

By: Apr 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing would like to offer our condolences to the families and friends of the five outdoor enthusiasts and industry professionals who were killed this weekend in the avalanche on Loveland Pass.  From the Denver Post: “The five men killed Saturday in Colorado's deadliest avalanche in 50 years were participants in a backcountry snowboarder event called the Rocky Mountain High Backcountry Bash.  They were representatives and founders of snow-sport companies,...

Weekend Fly Fishing Photo Contest

By: Apr 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We’ve had some great customer photography sent to us over the past several weeks.  Our customers are fishing hard and we’re having fun hearing about all of your adventures.     This weekend we want to see what you are up to.  Send your best fly fishing photo taken on Friday, Saturday or Sunday to will@troutsflyfishing.  We’ll put a blog post up on Monday with the best-of-the-best and then let you vote for your favorite image.   The...

Nick Kelley Photography Exhibition – April 26

By: Apr 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Nick Kelley used to work at Trouts Fly Fishing and is having a photography show in Downtown Denver.  Nick spent time exploring South America - traveling, hiking, and fly fishing.  He traveled from Ecuador south through Patagonia – shooting photography throughout the journey.  His work is compelling and you are cordially invited to this event being held on Friday April 26th.

Gear Review: Simms AlumiBite Star Cleat

By: Apr 18, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
So while the snow, sleet, rain, hail, etc. etc. continues to fall here in Colorado and your thoughts meander toward gear and fly fishing this weekend, check out this review about AlumiBite Star Cleats by Michael Gracie.  If you have been thinking about alternatives to felt bottomed boots, this gear review should answer your questions. 

Colorado Snowpack Update - It Just Keeps Getting Better

By: Apr 17, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Pick your idiom: it ain’t over till it’s over, it isn’t over till the fat lady sings, don’t count your chicken until they’re hatched. No matter which saying you prefer, these are all great ways to describe the roller coaster spring weather we are experiencing in Colorado, and how it will ultimately affect our 2013 Snowpack and summer fishing season.  As noted by Scott Willoughby of the Denver Post, thanks to the recent bout of wintery weather, our statewide...

Roaring Fork River Fly Fishing Report: April 16th

By: Apr 16, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
AKA: The Calm Before the Storm.

How Was Fishing This Weekend? – April 15th Edition

By: Apr 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We asked for the question… again.  Our customers delivered the goods.  Now, you get to vote.  Here is what we found in Monday’s mailbag...

You Remember Tim Romano?

By: Apr 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo: Tim Romano Tim Romano just got back from a fly fishing tarpon mission in the Florida Keys and Miami – to call his fishing report and slide show epic… is an understatement. “My trip to Key West last week was a nutty one: two rods broken, three falls by one guy off the bow, a destroyed rental car, night fishing for tarpon, and a few new species in the bag.”

Arkansas River Fly Fishing Report: April 12, 2013

By: Apr 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Based on the Arkansas River report from April 6th, a return trip was required.  This time we decided to try a new section of the river and fished the lower Ark between Cañon City and Cotopaxi.  The weather was about the same – chilly with moderate and sporadic wind... and then the hatch WENT OFF. 

Product Spotlight: The Smethurst Stone Bomb

By: Apr 11, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is what Adam Trina, Owner of the Montana Fly Company has to say about the Bomb Squad patterns: “Most nymph patterns on the market were either no-bead patterns or single-bead patterns, and most of the single-bead patterns were brass, not Tungsten,” said Trina.  “The majority of Frank’s Bomb patterns have 2 Tungsten beads, and are designed to ride hook up, allowing the angler to use them as their lead fly, right on the bottom, minimizing the need for split...

Get your switch on – April 20th

By: Apr 10, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This fish was hooked and landed on our Featured Property where we are holding our Switch Rod and Spey Casting Clinic - make the jump for the full fishing report We have only three seats left for our Switch Rod and Spey Casting Clinic being held on April 20th.  The class is only $275 and you will get a chance to get into big migratory rainbow trout that are moving from the Colorado River up into the Lower Blue River.  In addition to a great fly fishing opportunity, you’ll also...

Trouts Fly Of the Week Challenge

By: Apr 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Who’s that guy holding the brown trout and what fly did that fish just eat?  The first person that can come up with these two answers wins a Trout’s Signature T-Shirt.  If you’re looking for a clue, check out the new issue of Fly Rod & Reel Magazine – Spring 2013, pg. 6.

How was fishing this weekend?

By: Apr 08, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Will Hollister We asked the question.  You sent the photos.  See for yourself what fly fishing in the springtime looks like in Colorado.

Arkansas River Fly Fishing Report: April 6, 2013

By: Apr 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It had been about 5 years since I had fished the Arkansas River, and was blown away at the healthy river, active fish, epic hatches, and overall amazing day on the water.  The Ark is known for brown and rainbow trout – and that is what we were after.  Make the jump for the entire report. 

The Permit Monkey

By: Apr 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
For most people, the sensation and experience when they finally sight, cast, present a fly, hook, fight and land a permit is one that stays with them for a lifetime. For me, the feeling lasted for all of about twelve and a half minutes.  Give or take.

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