Barracuda Rig Step One: The Perfection Loop

By: Feb 12, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When welded loops became common place on the terminal section of most premium fly lines, the perfection loop went from being a rather obscure knot, to one that is a must have for fly anglers of all skill levels.   For our upcoming trip to the Bahamas, we’ll be tying some of our own leaders specifically for barracuda.  Although some anglers dislike a loop-to-loop connection between their fly line and leader, we’ve found over the years, the benefits of a loop-to-loop...

Fly Tying Class - Two Spots Left!

By: Feb 11, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We have to spots left for our Colorado Classics Fly Tying Class tomorrow night, Wednesday February 12.  The class will be held from 5:00pm-7:00pm here in the shop.   If you are looking to learn basic fly patterns and hopefully expand your knowledge of fly tying down the road, this is a great class to get you started.  Here are all the details: Learn the basics of tying classic Colorado fly patterns with our in-house signature fly tier David Luna Price: $50 p/person...

The Trouts Contingent: Getting After It

By: Feb 10, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It is great to see and hear from our customers after their fly fishing trips.  One of our big goals at Trouts Fly Fishing is to share what we know and our expertise so our clients can maximize their time on the water.  Here’s is the latest customer fly fishing report, photo and shout-out we received: “Thank you guys for all the help! Anyone out there that wants to catch big fish...come to Trouts!!!!! They will hook you up with knowledge!!!”– Bryan H,...

Connect With Trouts Fly Fishing

By: Feb 07, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
How do you want to connect with fly fishing this year?  Do you want to try to catch a new species?  Connect with friends? Connect with family? Learn to fly fish? Disconnect from the day-to-day grind?  Let us know how you want to connect this year and the three most intriguing answers we find on our blog Monday morning will each win a signature Trouts Trucker Hat.

Spotlight Video: Simms G4 Boa Boot

By: Feb 06, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
At the recent International Sportmen’s Exhibition here in Denver, we spent a lot of time talking to customers about the new 2014 Simms line of fly fishing outerwear – specifically the new wading boots.  One of the models that our customers found of interest was the new G4 Boa Boot.  Above is a great video overview and tutorial about this boot.  Features include: The Simms NEW RiverTread™ Platform for guide-ready wading performance, support & traction...

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - March 29th

By: Feb 05, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This is a one-day fishing school on one of our world-class Exclusive Properties - the Rowdy Trout Ranch. 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 (only 4 spots left!).  Fishing this section of the North Fork of the South Platte River should be excellent this time of year.  To make your reservation for this class and to enjoy a day on the water...

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Gear Guide

By: Feb 03, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Let Trouts Fly Fishing Help Keep You OUT of the Dog House This Coming Valentine’s Day. It is that time of the year again folks – Valentine's Day is right around the corner.  We put together a Top 10 ten list of great gift ideas for that special someone in your life.  The guys at the shop have assembled everything you need to get the lady in your life out on the water for the first time or to take her fly fishing game to the next level – we’ll start from...

The Arkansas River: Gold Medal Fly Fishing

By: Feb 03, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
January was a really busy month for us here at Trouts.  Somehow, we forgot to share this article about the fly fishing prospects on the Arkansas River and the new Gold Medal water designation.  As always, Scott Willoughby from the Denver Post delivers a great piece talking about why this is important for the Arkansas as well as the State of Colorado.  Here is a sound bite: “After years of efforts to repair the impacts of mining pollution from the Leadville area near the...

YR Ranch Update – Only 21 Days Available

By: Jan 31, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The YR Ranch is an extremely unique property in the spring months.  If you have fished it before, you know what we’re talking about.  If you never have, you need to put the YR on your list for 2014.  Located on the renowned Lower Blue River just outside of Kremmling, The YR Ranch does not receive any stocking and produces many wild trophy fish each year.  The property fishes especially well early and late in the season, when some of the largest wild trout seen in...

Denver Trout Unlimited Member Meeting - Feb 4th

By: Jan 30, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you haven’t noticed, at Trouts Fly Fishing we spend a lot of time fishing and talking about the South Platte River.  The South Platte is our home water.  Very specifically, the Denver South Platte section is the closest fishery to the shop and is home to trout, carp, smallmouth bass and other species that can be chased on the fly. One organization that is trying to improve this fishery is the Denver chapter of Trout Unlimited.  For years, Denver Trout Unlimited has...

South Andros Island Bonefish Video

By: Jan 29, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Courtesy of Deneki Outdoors In preparation for our trip to the Andros South Lodge in the Bahamas in mid March, I’m in a constant state of research and preparation.  I haven’t been to South Andros Island in almost 10 years.  For many of our clients, this will be their first salt water fly fishing adventure – ever.  For me, there is always a sense of excitement as a trip nears.  We will be taking our clients out for a private casting clinic later in...

Surface Film 2014

By: Jan 28, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It was great to see the Denver Fly Fishing community representing in force this past weekend.  Now, you have another chance to do it again.  The Greenbacks are holding their 4th annual Surface Film event showcasing some of the nation’s best fishing photography from across the globe at the Anthology Fine Art Gallery on Thursday February 6th, 2014. If you have never been to Surface Film before, this is a ‘don’t-miss-winter-event’ held only here in the Mile High...

Denver Fly Fishing Film Tour Recap

By: Jan 27, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing would like to thank everyone who attended the Fly Fishing Film Tour this past Saturday evening.  Together, in partnership with the Orvis Company, we were able to raise $1500+ for the Defend the Upper Colorado River Coalition with our two reel raffles.  A BIG thanks goes out to each and everyone of you who purchased a ticket and helped the cause!   The films were great this year and we had a blast.  If you live outside of Denver and the Tour comes around...

Fly Fishing Report: Winter South Platte Carp

By: Jan 24, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Kyle Wilkinson There is something to be said about starting out a new fishing season.  Out with the old – in with the new.  In my case, 2013 was a pretty terrible year for fly fishing for carp in the South Platte River.  My biggest problem: I didn’t get out enough.  A secondary issue, we had a lot of big and off color water last year that made sight fishing difficult.  Thirdly - and this is just a working theory at this point - the fish in the Denver...

Tying Colorado Classics: February 12th

By: Jan 23, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Learn the basics of tying classic Colorado fly patterns with our in-house signature fly tier David Luna.  Price: $50 p/person (inquire about special bundled offer for $150 that includes an Umpqua Feather Merchants Deluxe Fly Tying Kit containing vice and all the tools you need).  Call the shop today to reserve your spot in this beginner to intermediate tying class and get your fly tying started off right in 2014 - 303.733.1434.  There are only six (5) spots available for this...

Fly Fishing Film Tour 8pm Show SOLD OUT!

By: Jan 23, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The 8:00pm Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Oriental Theater in Denver is now officially sold out.  The good news, Trouts Fly Fishing still has a handful of tickets to the 4:00pm show that is premiering on January 25th. If you have never been to a Fly Fishing Film Tour before and are interested in what you will see, you can check out our post from yesterday that includes trailers from each film.  Or, you can read this great article from Denver Post’s Scott Willoughby. “But...

Denver Fly Fishing Film Tour: Almost Sold Out

By: Jan 22, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Don’t forget to get your Fly Fishing Film Tour tickets today.  We have less than 20 tickets for the 8pm show available – we’ll most likely be sold out TONIGHT.  If you want to go to the 4:00pm show, tickets purchased at Trouts Fly Fishing are $13 vs. $15 at the door. Trouts Fly Fishing and Guide Service will be at both the 4pm and 8pm show on Saturday January 26th.  In addition to sponsoring the show, Trouts has partnered with Orvis in effort to help raise more...

The YR Ranch Spring 2014

By: Jan 21, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
An aerial view of the YR Ranch - home of our Switch Rod & Spey Casting Class It is that time of the year when you should be planning your spring fly fishing trips.  One property that you should consider is the YR Ranch on the Lower Blue River.  This is an exclusive property that is available to Trouts Guide Service and our customers and we have fewer than 40 days available at the YR Ranch for the entire spring season.  The YR Ranch is an incredibly unique fishery...

Fly Casting Tune Up

By: Jan 20, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We have a lot of customers who stop into the shop before they embark on an international saltwater fly fishing adventure.  We get all kinds of gear and equipment questions as well as questions about fishing strategy and tactics.  One piece of advice we always share: 'if you are new to fishing the flats or from a boat, go out and practice casting prior to your trip.' If you have a saltwater fly fishing adventure on the horizon and would like some casting tips and instruction...

January Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte River

By: Jan 17, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Guide Service is off to a great season so far this year.  In addition to the recent announcement of our 2014 Educational Curriculum and fly fishing schools, we continue to introduce new clients to fishing here in Colorado.  Last week we were able to take a father and son team out on the South Platte River near Deckers.  Anthony and Max were visiting from California and wanted to experience fly fishing in the Front Range. Neither had ever gone fly fishing before but were...

Trouts Spotlight: WCR Ranch and ISE Special

By: Jan 16, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With 2014 well underway, it is a great time to start planning your fly fishing adventures for the rest of the year.  As a way to help you make this happen, Trouts Fly Fishing and Guide Service would like to offer our customers a great way to visit and fish one of our most unique and compelling Exclusive Properties.  Here’s the deal: visit the Trouts booth at the International Sportsmen’s Exposition this weekend January 16-19th  and you can sign up for a summer day of...

Special ISE Show Hours: January 16-19

By: Jan 15, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing will be open throughout ISE weekend.  Our hours of operation here at the shop are as follows: Thursday January 16th: 10:00am-5:00pm Friday January 17th: 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday January 18th: 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday: CLOSED We’ll also be at ISE Show Thursday through Sunday.  Stop down to see us as we will have the new 2014 Simms line of boots, waders, and apparel, Scott Fly Rods, and a ton of packs and other equipment.  You can also sign up for our...

Trip Report: New River - Galax, VA

By: Jan 15, 2014 | Author: Kevin Cooke
When my alarm hit at 6:00 am Saturday morning I was bursting with excitement to hit the road and spend the day in the Smoky Mountains. After rolling out of bed and throwing on clothes from the night before, I was in the car and on the road by 6:05. After a short stop to grab a cup of coffee, I was cruising up I-77 as the sun rose to the East over Lake Norman. As I passed Lake Norman, I recanted an old sailor’s rhyme that I was taught growing up, “Red at night,...

Product Spotlight: Patagonia Packs and Vests

By: Jan 14, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We just received a shipment of waist packs, sling packs and travel bags that were hand picked from the new 2014 Patagonia line.  We like this gear a lot and we think you will as well. Here are a few items that caught our attention early on and a brief summary of what you can expect to find from Patagonia. Patagonia Vest Front Sling If you are having a tough time deciding between a traditional fishing vest and sling pack look no further.  Patagonia has combined the two for a...

Fly Presentation: Barracuda

By: Jan 13, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Our Hosted Trip to the Andros South Lodge is just 60 days away.  We’ve been talking to our clients primarily about the pursuit of big bonefish in the Bahamas – that is what Andros South Lodge is all about.  There is, however, another species that we will most likely see that we will be geared up for: ‘cuda.  That’s short for big… burly… barracuda.  Deneki Outdoors published a great article about approaching and presenting a fly to the...

Why Orvis? And Helios 2 Gear Review

By: Jan 10, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
All photos and video courtesy of Alex Landeen Back in June of 2013 Trouts Fly Fishing announced that we were bringing a new brand and rod manufacturer under our roof here at 1303 East 6th Avenue.  The news caught a lot of people’s attention.  Why?  Because the brand was Orvis. Since then we’ve had a great time introducing Orvis to a lot of new customers. But we still get a lot of questions.  The #1 question: Why? The answer is threefold.  Orvis has been...

What’s Your 2014 Resolution Fish?

By: Jan 09, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
What’s Your 2014 Resolution Fish?            Here is a pretty interesting post from our friends over at Field & Stream Fly Talk.  “This year I've decided that I want to do a "double-10." I want to catch a 10-pound brown trout, and at 10-pound rainbow trout, both on the fly. But here's the rub: no stockers! Only wild fish count. And only North American fish, no freak chasing in South America.” –...

Casting For Cash

By: Jan 08, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
CASTING FOR CASH - SATURDAY JANUARY 18TH Trouts Guide Service Presents the 3rd Annual Casting For Cash Competition International Sportsmen's Exposition - 7:00pm   This previously underground event is being opened up to the public for the first time.  Shoot it out with some of the best fly casters in Denver as well as some of the best guns in the industry.  This unsanctioned/unofficial event is in its third year running and a lot of fun.  Not only does it give...

Fly Fishing Report: Last Fish of the Season

By: Jan 07, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With the weather all over the place here in Colorado you need to pick your days with precision.  The window opened up for me on the last day of the year – December 31, 2013.  With weather predicted to be in the 40s, flows on the South Platte River right about 100 CFS, and only a slim chance of precipitation in the forecast, I took the opportunity.  Plus, I was looking forward to catching my last fish of the year.  The South Platte River flowing out of Cheesman Dam...

2014 Fly Fishing Film Tour - Tickets Now Available

By: Jan 06, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Tickets for the 2014 Fly Fishing Film Tour in Denver, CO are now available at Trouts Fly Fishing and our online store. You can check out some of the videos that will be included at F3T below. Trouts is a long time sponsor of the Fly Fishing Film Tour and the 8:00pm show usually sells out a week before the show – get your tickets sooner rather than later. Tickets can be purchased online or at Trout's Fly Fishing on 6th Avenue, directly in-between Cherry Creek and Downtown Denver....

Your Year In Photos: Winner!

By: Jan 02, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Doug Hensel Photography - Photo by Kyle Carroll and submitted by Doug Hensel -  "Gunnison valley... roll casting..." The results are in!  The response to our “Your Year in Photos” photo contest sponsored by the Drake Magazine was overwhelming.  This was our biggest photography contest ever.  The voting, as always, was super close. We’re happy to announce that the grand prize goes to: Doug Hensel Photography - Photo by Kyle Carroll and submitted by Doug...

Join Trouts At The Fly Fishing Show January 3-5

By: Jan 02, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
IT IS NOW... OFFICIALLY... SHOWTIME! January is fly fishing and outdoor adventure showtime here in Denver.  Find Trouts Fly Fishing at the Fly Fishing Show Friday January 3 through Sunday January 5th at the Denver Merchandise Mart.  We'll have the brand new "Trouts Thunderdome" and you can "spin-it-to-win-it" for a chance to win cool prizes and get entered into our show raffle and a chance to win a brand new St. Croix Avid Fly Rod. Come find us and see what we have cooking...

2013 Gear In Review Part II

By: Dec 27, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
2013 was a great year for Trouts Fly Fishing – we were able to meet a ton of new customers as well as spend time with old friends here in the shop and on the water.  From a gear and equipment perspective, we introduced new products from partners and manufacturers that we have worked with for years.  We also showcased brand new gear from new manufacturers who are coming up with new innovations.  We’ll continue to follow this same path next year.   Earlier this...

The Things They Carried: Argentina

By: Dec 24, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The quiver Shop owner Tucker Ladd and his wife Whitney are just about to disembark on a fly fishing adventure and vacation to San Martin De Los Andes in Argentina.  In addition to exploring the trout fishing in this country for the first time, Tucker and Whitney will also be exploring other sights and sound in both the Mendoza region and the bustling city of Buenos Aires.  Here’s a quick Travel Spotlight and a pre-trip summary.  We’ll be sure to follow up with a...

Winter Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte River

By: Dec 23, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Guide Service operates twelve months out of the year and we’re available just about every day of each season.  Fly fishing in December can be cold and sometimes tricky but one big upside to fly fishing in the winter additional solitude you get on the water.  On our last client trip we visited the main stem of the South Platte River near Deckers. Flows on this section of the river have been hovering right around 100 CFS and the water is very clear. On the day we fished...

Give the Gift Of Fly Fishing

By: Dec 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Having fun at an On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing Class What better gift can you give than an on-the-water fly fishing experience in Colorado? Trouts Guide Service has just announced our On-Stream Fly Fishing Curriculum for the 2014 Season.  We have great classes lined up for anglers of all skill levels.  From our On Stream Beginner Fly Fishing Class that is held at the Rowdy Trout Ranch to our Intermediate Sight Fishing class being held at the WCR Ranch, our educational offering is...

2013 Gear In Review Part I

By: Dec 20, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We had a lot of fun in 2013 talking to our customers about fly fishing gear and equipment.  We tested rods from the banks of British Columbia to small saltwater atolls of Honduras.  We put boots and waders through the ringer from Colorado to Montana.  Here is Part I of a two part series – enjoy the Trouts Fly Fishing Gear in Review! Sage Circa "We created this rod for anglers who know what it’s like to slow down and really take in the nuances of the sport. Taking...

2013 Holiday Food Drive: Winner!

By: Dec 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing and Simms Fishing Products would like to congratulate Mark Scharfenaker for his contribution to our 2013 Holiday Food Drive and his big raffle prize win!  Mark just won a $500 Simms Shopping Spree here at the shop. In addition to thanking Mark for his contribution, we’d like to thank all of our customers who made canned and packaged food donations.  Together, we were able to raise over 250+ cans and packages of food that will be donated to the Food Bank of...

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

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

Your Year In Photos: Time To Vote!

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

FREE 2 Day Shipping!

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

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer: Clyde

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

Special Holiday Store Hours

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

Winter Bugs

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

Save The Colorado River

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

Trouts Spotlight: Holiday Gift Guide

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

Wading Saltwater Flats 101

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

Your Year In Photos: Photography Contest

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

Kevin Cooke - Welcome Aboard!

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

Trouts Spotlight: The Holiday Gift Certificate

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

Finn Utility - 6 Questions with Ryan McDonald

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

Winter Fly Fishing Report: The Arkansas River

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

Planning A Saltwater Fly Fishing Trip

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

Holiday Food Drive

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

Trouts Hosted Trip To Andros South Lodge: SOLD OUT!

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

Small Business Saturday: November 30th

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

Shop Hours November 28th-December 1st

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

How You Catch And Release Fish: It Matters

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

WAYPOINTS Film Review

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

Simms GORE-TEX - Waders and Jackets

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

Gear Review: Sage Method 6126

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

Name That Water - Fly Fishing In November

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

Montana Road Trip’in: Part II

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

WAYPOINTS Recap!

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

Montana Road Trip’in

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

John Gierach Book Signing - November 14th

By: Nov 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd

Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte River in November

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

Closing At 5:00pm November 8th

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

Denver Waypoints SNEAK Peek: Alaska

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

What’s Hatching On Friday November 8th?

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

November Customer Events

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

Bahamas Bonefish Rig

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

3 Ways You Can Help To Defend the Upper Colorado River

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

South Platte River Report

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

WAYPOINTS Sneak Peek: India

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

Have you ever been surprised by a bonefish?

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

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

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

Under The Big Top Sale - October 26th

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

Fall Fly Fishing Report and Photo Essay

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

Fall Fishbeer

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

Fly Fishing South Andros Island March 2014

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

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

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

Denver WAYPOINTS Tickets - On Sale Now!

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

Fall Trout Tactics

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

Good News For Colorado Rivers

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

Winter Fly Fishing In Colorado

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

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - October 20th

By: Oct 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Trouts Fly Fishing and Guide Service for our final On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School on Sunday October 20th.  $195 per person (class size limited to six anglers)  This is a one-day fishing class held on one of our famous private properties. Students will learn the basics of fly fishing including casting, reading water, entomology, and fly selection. This class includes day use of: waders and boots if needed, rod & reel, tippet, flies. Trouts Guide Service also includes...

Fly Fishing Report: Deckers and Cheesman Canyon October 4th

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

Special Update On The Dream Stream

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

Big Sky Rod Box Review - The Ultimate Fly Rod Carrier

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

Brickhead Part II

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

Learn The Basics of Fly Fishing On October 10th

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

Issues on the Fryingpan River?

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

Fall Switch and Spey Casting Clinic: October 19th

By: Sep 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Think spey and switch rods are designed only for the Pacific North West, BC, and Alaska?  Think again.  Check out our Switch Rod and Spey Casting Clinic that is being held on the renowned YR Ranch on the lower Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir. On-Stream Switch Rod Fly Fishing School $275 6 Student Limit (spots are already starting to fill!) October 19th - Full Day Guided and Instructional Trip Photos Courtesy of Scott Tarrant Learn the basics, versatility and...

The Season of the EGG is Upon Us Yet Again

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

Ringing in the Dirty Thirty, Louisiana Style

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

Fly Fishing Report: Gaspe Peninsula

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

Trouts Spotlight: Suunto Sports Watch Collection

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

YR Ranch: Available Sunday September 29th

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

Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte River September 23

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