YR Ranch: Available Sunday September 29th

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

Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte River September 23

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

Road Trip: Colorado’s Brown Trout Loop

By: Sep 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you are looking for ideas for a fly fishing road trip close to Denver, check out this article on the Visit Denver site.  Or, if you have questions about other travel ideas this fall, stop in the shop or give us a call at 303.733.1434.

Weekend Fly Fishing Report

By: Sep 17, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It is great to see that much of Colorado is finally beginning to dry out.  From a fly fishing perspective, it is probably still a good idea to do some additional research by keeping your eye on local river flows and forecasts.  Or call the shop before you head out the door. We moved our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School down to the main stem of the South Platte River.  Based on water clarity, you will have a much better chance sticking to a dam-controlled tailwater vs. a...

What Can Brown Do For You?

By: Sep 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Brown trout(Salmo trutta) are an anadromous fish that naturally reproduce in rivers across the state of Colorado.  They are also one of the pinnacle species for fly fishing enthusiasts. Being an anadromous fish, browns have an instinct to ascend into rivers from the sea to spawn.  In land locked states, this drive still exists and browns typically begin a migration from lakes or lower sections of a river to upper sections when the days begin to get shorter.  It is in the...

Keep Your Eyes On The Flows

By: Sep 13, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
As this big storm begins to dissipate we highly recommend that you do a bit more additional research before you head out the door.  There are still many areas of Colorado that are under flash flood advisory.  The Colorado Office of Emergency Management is a solid resource to pay attention to over the next few days.  It has fairly regular updates on conditions and road closures.   Also, when you decide to go fishing, use our Stream Flows page to make sure you have an...

An Introduction to Fly Tying - With David Luna - September 26th

By: Sep 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Learn the basics of tying flies with our in-house signature fly tier David Luna.  Price: $50 p/person (inquire about special bundled offer that includes deluxe fly tying kit containing vice and all the tools you need).  Call the shop today to reserve your spot in this class and get your fall/winter fly tying started off right - 303.733.1434. Date: Thursday, September 26, 2013 Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Cost: $50 p/person - or, ask about our special offer where you receive an Umpqua...

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - September 28th

By: Sep 11, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - September 28th 1 Day - $195.00/person – limited to six (6) participants (full day) Join Trouts Fly Fishing for our final On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School of the 2013 season. This is a one-day fishing school on one of our world-class private properties. Students will learn the basics of fly fishing including casting, reading water, entomology, and fly selection.  Are you interested to see what other clients and students have to say about...

Carp Slam 7 Recap

By: Sep 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Scott DeMoss shows everyone how to get it done on the Denver South Platte - Photo courtesy of Scott DeMoss Trouts Fly Fishing would like to congratulate Scott DeMoss and David Luna for their performance at this year’s Carp Slam 7 fly fishing tournament held on the South Platte River.  We’d also like to thank Denver Trout Unlimited for hosting a great event and all of the pros, amateurs, volunteers, event sponsors, friends, families and businesses that donated to this great...

Carp Slam Draw

By: Sep 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is a quick overview of the Pro/Am teams that were drawn tonight for Carp Slam 7 which kicks off Saturday morning, September 7th.  Now, things get interesting.  It should be a great day for this fly fishing tournament held on Denver’s own South Platte River.  (Source: Denver Trout Unlimited) Do you want to check out the recent river conditions or the Carp Slam Beats?  Or, check out real-time stream flows for the sections of the South Platte river...

Top Fly Fishing Dog On The Blog!

By: Sep 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Birdie Relaxin'! The votes were counted… and then recounted.  Now, the results are in!  Congratulations Birdie and Gregg Barckholtz!  Birdie is Trout Fly Fishing’s new “Top Dog On The Blog”!  A special thanks goes out to photographer Bernie Eng who captured this great photo. The Grand Prize for winning this photo contest is a brand-new Orvis FleeceLock Wrap Around Dog Bed and a Trouts Signature Trucker Hat.  Here is another shot of...

UPDATE: Hosted Trip On The Colorado River - September 21st and 22nd

By: Sep 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
  UPDATE: Here is an update on this this unique trip and additional menu details  – straight from the private chef who will be preparing dinner and breakfast for our guests.  If you’ve heard about this trip and have been on the fence, this might tip you right over:  “Saturday afternoon appetizers when you get off the river - tapenade of sundries tomatoes, olives, garlic, roasted peppers and feta cheese served on a piece of grilled/toasted ciabatta...

The Things They Carried: Denver South Platte Carp Slam

By: Sep 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With the Carp Slam just eight days away I decided to get out and after it one last time before the fly fishing moratorium kicked in (Carp Slam competitors are not allowed to fish any of the beats seven days prior to the event).  My plan was to hit the Denver South Platte River after work – with a very specific fish in mind.  With the waning afternoon light and approaching thunderheads, I planned to return to the same section of river where I had been burned just a week...

Waypoints Trailer - Premiere November 8th

By: Sep 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Confluence Films just released the new film trailer for their fourth feature-length film “Waypoints.”  Trouts Fly Fishing will be sponsoring and co-presenting the premiere of this much anticipated fly fishing film at the Oriental Theater in Denver on November 8th, 2013.  Tickets are ON SALE NOW.  This film has been in the making for almost two years.  We’ll see the Confluence crew travel and fish St. Brandon’s Atoll in the Indian Ocean, the jungles...

New Fall Shop Hours

By: Sep 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
 

New Product Spotlight: Topo Designs

By: Aug 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you haven’t heard of Topo Designs yet, chances are… you will very soon.  These guys are local here in Denver, they have great ideas, and they use inspiration from their outdoor activities across the globe in their design and production of their bags, apparel and accessories.  Here’s a quick sound bite from the guys at Topo Designs – come check out their gear here at Trouts Fly Fishing – and let us know what you think:  “At Topo Designs we...

Casting & Cocktails With Scott Fly Rods - September 5th

By: Aug 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Trouts Fly Fishing and the Scott Fly Rod Company and cast the new line of Scott Fly Rods including the brand new Radian 905/4.  In addition to casting these rods that are designed and manufactured right here in Colorado, you’ll get to interact with subject matter experts who are knowledgeable about every design nuance that makes these high performance fly rods so unique.  This FREE Casting Clinic will in Washington Park from 5:00-7:00pm on the Southeast corner of the park...

Trouts Spotlight: There are only 250 of these…

By: Aug 28, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This one is #36 and just arrived in the shop yesterday.  If you want to check out what all the chatter is about, stop by Trouts Fly Fishing today and check out this Abel Super Series 7/8 with The Grateful Dead’s iconic Steal Your Face custom finish artwork.  These limited edition reels were designed in conjunction with Grateful Dead Productions and there is a cap on how many are made – this custom finish is only available on the Super or Classic Series.   Here...

What’s up with those dogs on the blog?

By: Aug 28, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Q: What’s up with those Dogs on the Blog? A: We’ve decided to announce the big winner of our “Dog on the Blog” photo contest next week in the “1303” Newsletter which is being sent electronically on September 6th.  Want to be the first to see who wins big?  Just type your email into the upper right hand corner of the Trouts website.  In addition to finding out this year’s “Top Dog”, you’ll also get monthly fishing...

An Evening For the South Platte River

By: Aug 27, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Carp Slam 7 is sold out but there is still time to jump on the fund raising train to help support Denver’s local river and fishery.  If you want to support Denver Trout Unlimited, help rehabilitate Denver’s home water, and have a lot of fun doing both, stop in the shop today to purchase a ticket for “An Evening For the South Platte” (or purchase a ticket online)  This event is the Carp Slam after-party where you will get to listen to live music, check out...

TROUTS SPOTLIGHT: MOUNTAIN KHAKIS

By: Aug 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Mountain Khakis originated in Jackson Hole Wyoming in 2003 and they have been on a wild ride ever since.  The next time you stop in the shop you are going to find a whole array of Mountain Khakis pants, shirts, and lifestyle clothing that we’re really proud to carry.  We’ve worn and product-tested this stuff and we believe you are going to be as satisfied with the results as we are.  Trouts Fly Fishing had a chance to sit down and talk with Noah Robertson who is...

Hosted Two Day Float On The Colorado River - Sept 21st and 22nd

By: Aug 23, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
  HOT OFF THE PRESS: OVERNIGHT FLOAT TRIP ON THE COLORADO RIVER Saturday September 21st and Sunday September 22nd       Join Trouts Fly Fishing and Vail Valley Anglers for another unique hosted fly fishing adventure that you won't find anywhere else. On September 21st, Trouts will host a guided float trip on the Colorado River that starts at Derby Creek in the remote "middle" section of the Upper Colorado.     Clients will enjoy a full day of...

Fly Fishing Report: Via The Denver Post

By: Aug 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you want to check out a great article about fly fishing on the South Platte River in Denver, Scott Willoughby from the Denver Post knocks this one out of the park. With Denver Trout Unlimited’s Carp Slam Tournament and Evening for the South Platte fund raising event right around the corner, this article goes a long way to help raise awareness for our local waterway and fishery.  If you want to see the type of uphill battle the Denver South Platte River has to fight, just take a...

Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte River August 20th

By: Aug 20, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The stream flow on the South Platte River out of Cheesman Canyon continues to be higher than we’ve seen all year.  Flows have been hovering right around 250CFS for the last week. This higher flow has benefitted the fishing on the South Platte River near Deckers. On a recent client trip, we started out low by Nighthawk Hill in effort to beat the crowds. Fish are moving to the soft water on the sides of the river and it was important to use plenty of split shot and not be overly...

Denver South Platte River Fly Fishing Report: The Monday Morning Quarterback

By: Aug 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This past weekend I had the chance to hit the Denver South Platte River again.  It has been a busy summer here at the shop and with the upcoming Carp Slam Tournament only a few weeks away, my carp game needs tuning. Two weeks ago I went zero for three on a solo fly fishing trip to the South Platte.  This time, I headed out with carp guru and fellow shop employee Rick Mikesell and photographer closet-carp-junky Tim Romano.  I’m happy to report that the team put some...

Fly Fishing for Carp Trivia Contest

By: Aug 16, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With the Carp Slam less than a month a way we’re going to crank up the carp rhetoric in August.  Trouts Fly Fishing has teamed up with Carp Pro Magazine for this carp trivia contest.  The first person who can answer these questions correctly here on the Trouts blog will win brand new Orvis carp trucker hat: Q#1: What is the scientific name for the renowned common carp that is the predominant carp species in the South Platte River that runs through Denver? A#1: ? Q#2: On...

Trouts Spotlight: Delta Trout Force

By: Aug 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
At Trouts Fly Fishing we like to help promote local stuff.  By “stuff”, we mean local beers like Oskar Blues, local Colorado shops like Duranglers, Vail Valley Anglers and the Steamboat Flyfisher, Taylor Creek up in the Roaring Fork River Valley, Trout Trickers, Dragonfly Anglers, and Royal Gorge Anglers.  We also like to support local anglers, writers and photographers.  In this case, Trouts would like to highlight Danny Frank who writes the Delta Trout Force Blog...

Trouts Fly Fishing Is Hiring: Full Time Sales Associate

By: Aug 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing is looking for a Full-Time Sales Associate to join our dynamic team of fly fishing subject matter experts. The Full-Time Sales Associate position at Trouts Fly Fishing requires a passion for the fly fishing lifestyle and an outgoing personality that takes initiative, has integrity and is committed to world class customer service. Full-Time Sales Associate Job Description At Trouts Fly Fishing, we offer customers an accessible environment, knowledgeable staff, and a...

Northern Pike In The Upper Colorado River?

By: Aug 13, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It looks like this story might have some teethe.  "While popular among lake anglers seeking a big fish sensation, northern pike have no place in the Colorado River. Aside from the environmental stresses the river already endures, the economic impact to the popular sport fishery managed for trout and the threat to endangered species recovery downstream are genuine concerns with the introduction of a major predator to the river system." Read the entire fly fishing report and the danger...

Education and Customer Events-August 2013

By: Aug 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
August might be here already but the summer fly fishing fun isn't over yet.  We have an action packed educational curriculum and event calendar on tap this month.  If you have been thinking about fly fishing for the first time, this is a great month to take advantage of our FREE casting clinic or our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing Class.  For more advanced anglers, we have put together a class that is focused on fishing our home water – the South Platte River –...

2013 Drake Video Awards

By: Aug 08, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When the staff at Trouts Fly Fishing attended the IFTD show in Las Vegas we were able to catch the Drake Magazine’s 2013 Video Awards.  There was new stuff… old stuff… and most importantly, videos that you voted on.  Here’s the trailer and the LINK to this year’s winners.

More Good News for the Arkansas River

By: Aug 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
(Photo: Scott Willoughby, The Denver Post) Scott Willoughby from the Denver Post has written about another great river conservation/rehabilitation success story here in Colorado.  Here’s a sound bite: “Perhaps the most remarkable thing about stream restoration is its immediacy. Take the pollution out of the river and fish can survive. Add some structure, dig out a few pools, shore up eroding banks, and the fish move into the improved habitat almost instantaneously. It...

Fly Fishing Report: The Denver South Platte River - August 6th

By: Aug 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Things aren’t looking great for last year’s Carp Slam Net Caddy.  I always tell people: to be a successful carp angler on the South Platte, it often means stacking the cards in your favor.  Knowing where fish reside, knowing how fish change behavior with different flows and weather temperatures, knowing where NOT to fish… are all factors that can help the cause. With this year’s Carp Slam event just about a month away, I need all the help I can get. ...

The Yellow Sally Phenomenon

By: Aug 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Gink & Gasoline is a fly fishing blog we follow on a regular basis.  Kent Klewein just put together a top 10 list of Yellow Sally fly patterns that is quite fitting for the month of August. Little Yellow stoneflies are a prolific bug hatch here in Colorado – if you don’t have a few in your fly box, you should think about adding a few to your arsenal.  Make the jump to take a look at Gink & Gasoline's top 10 favorite yellow sally nymph and dry fly patterns.

Casting & Cocktails August 15th

By: Aug 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This FREE Casting Clinic will be held in Washington Park from 5:00-7:00pm on the Southeast corner of the park at the intersection of Louisiana and Gilpin on Thursday August 15th.  This event is a great way for beginners and intermediate anglers to improve fishing knowledge and casting skills.  Casting & Cocktails is also an excellent opportunity if you have never cast a fly rod before. Feel free to bring your own beverages and we’ll keep them cold for you in on of our Yeti...

Dog On the Blog!

By: Aug 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." - Josh Billings The wait is finally over!  At Trouts Fly Fishing we have a blog… and here are the dogs!  This year’s “Dog on the Blog” photo contest entries are absolutely outstanding.  The number of pups entered is a testament that dogs and fly fishing go together… like… well… like dogs and fly fishing.  Does it get any better?  We think...

The South Platte River Through a Guide’s Eye: Aug 22/24

By: Aug 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This intermediate fly fishing class is going to be great for anglers with varied levels of experience.  This is a two part series that is focused on giving you a better understanding of the South Platte River drainage, which will help you fish more effectively on your own. The South Platte River Through a Guide’s Eye – Part I -August 22nd $250 per person (includes classroom and On Stream Guided Fly Fishing)  - 6:00pm-8:30pm
 Part I of this class will be held on...

Let Your Voice Be Heard: Write A Trouts Fly Fishing Review

By: Aug 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Have you had a positive experience with Trouts Fly Fishing either in the shop, at a customer event, our blog, on the water or at our online store?  If so, hop on over to google or yelp to let the world know about your experience.  At Trouts, we’re always interested in hearing a customer’s story from the water or about their experience with our service, products, content, and educational curriculum.  Writing a review is a quick and easy way for you to support a local...

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School: August 17th

By: Aug 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
1 Day - $195.00/person – limited to six (6) participants (full day) Saturday August 17th This is a one-day fishing school on one of our world-class private properties. Students will learn the basics of fly fishing including casting, reading water, entomology, and fly selection.  This class is limited to six anglers so reserve your spot early.  Fishing this section of the North Fork of the South Platte River should be excellent in August.  Call the shop today to book your...

Learn The Basics August 29th

By: Jul 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When: August 29th – 6:00pm-7:00pm Where: Trouts Fly Fishing - 3rd Floor Instructor: Cody Hoeckelberg Are you interested in learning the basics of fly fishing so you can enjoy the sport this spring, summer, fall and for years to come?  The goal of this class is to instill a basic understanding of fly fishing gear, equipment, and essentials to prepare first time anglers for a day on the water.  If you or someone you know has been on the fence and thinking about giving fly...

Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte River July 30th

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

Ask A Gearhead With Scott Fly Rods - August 22nd

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

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

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

Book Your Guided Fly Fishing Trip Today

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

Summer Fly Fishing Options For Colorado

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

Unique Employment Opportunity

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

Denver Trout Unlimited: Member Meeting July 23rd

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

Big Fish On The Move

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

FLY FISHING ON OUR EXCLUSIVE PROPERTIES

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

Fly Fishing Report: On Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School

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

TROUTS SPOTLIGHT - THE WCR RANCH

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

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

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

What’s In This Box?

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

Costa Films On Tap - Geofish

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

Only One Spot Left: Beginner Fly Fishing School

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

Fly Fishing Report: The YR Ranch

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

Fly Tying Class - Warm Water Patterns July 25th

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

Dog On the Blog II

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

Fly Fishing Report: The Colorado River

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

Eagle River Float Fishing - a photo essay

By: Jul 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd

Hosted Trip on the Piney River - July 20th

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

Learn The Basics of Fly Fishing - July 24th

By: Jul 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Cody Hoeckelberg here at the shop for our "Learn The Basics" fly fishing class.  The goal of this in-store clinic is to instill a basic understanding of fly fishing gear, equipment, and essentials to prepare first time anglers for a day on the water.  If you or someone you know has been on the fence and thinking about giving fly fishing a try, this class provides a great baseline and foundation.  Limited to six (6) participants. July 24th, 6-7pm - $25 (but… receive...

Gear Review: Umpqua Ledges 500 Waist Pack

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

Films On Tap - July 18th

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

Mako Madness With Rick Mikesell

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

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - July 13th

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

We Have a Winner!

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

Fly Fishing’s Best Movie - As Voted By You

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

How Was Fishing This Weekend? – June 24th Edition

By: Jun 24, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo - Alex Landeen It looks like everyone had a lot of fun this weekend – the staff here at Trouts included.  Rick was able to connect with a number of mako and blue sharks in San Diego, Tucker fished the Eagle River with a group of our clients and I was able to spend a couple of days on the Colorado River. As always, vote for your favorite!  The photo with the most votes will win a Trouts Signature Fly Box filled with flies and a Trouts Trucker Cap.  Let your voice be...

Who’s Ready To Fish This Weekend?

By: Jun 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Looking for fly fishing options this weekend?  Here are some resources to get you started.  With much of the peak run off behind us, there is some GREAT fishing to be had this weekend.  One thing we do want to note is that there is some fire activity around the Deckers Area.  We know a lot of our customers fish this area.  Before you head out the door, please check this site for the most up to date information on the situation and road closures.  This link was...

Winner!  The 303 Shootout

By: Jun 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing would like to thank everyone who participated in the “303 Shootout” last night.  We’d also like to thank St. Croix Fly Rods and PBR for sponsoring the event as well as all of the others who joined us for Casting & Cocktails.  We had a blast and we hope you did as well. Here are a few photos from the big event... Jay Park goes long in round 1 Mark Vibber checks out his back cast The Dr. is in the house - Fred Miller with his eye on...

Shark Bite

By: Jun 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Rick Mikesell and Alex Landeen are going to attempt to catch a mako shark this weekend with Conway Bowman... on the fly.  They might.  They might not.  That's fly fishing.  If they do... you will see it first on our instagram hashtag at #troutsflyfishing.  Follow the action all weekend long. Good luck Rick, Alex and Conway! Never seen a mako hooked on the fly before?  Can you say "Oh my god!"??  

Fly FIshing Denver’s South Platte River

By: Jun 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is another great article about fly fishing and the Denver South Platte River.  This piece was written by Ricardo Baca and published yesterday in the Denver Post.  John Davenport and Ronnie Crawford who are featured in the in the article and photo essay are both members of Denver Trout Unlimited.  Here’s a sound bite from Carp Slam veteran Luke Bever: "Some of these places aren't the most serene places to fish, but I can go six minutes from my house to the Platte...

Fly Fishing Report: Bear Creek June 16th

By: Jun 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Stream Flow gauge for Bear Creek at Morrison has been steady for some time now.  We fished Bear Creek right around ~30 CFS.  The water seemed quite a bit clearer up closer toward Evergreen Lake.  This might have had to do with the estimated 6 billion people (!?) recreating in the river over Father’s Day weekend.  Bear Creek is not big in size and has quite a bit of overhanging trees and bushes to contend with.  Think about bringing a smaller rod if you have...

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - Fishing Report

By: Jun 18, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We wanted to give everyone a quick report on our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing Class that was held this past Saturday at the Rowdy Trout Ranch.  The Rowdy Trout Ranch is one of our exclusive fishing properties, located the banks of the North Fork of the South Platte River only an hour drive from Denver.  Our students had varied experience fly fishing – with two anglers who had never caught a fish on a fly rod before.  We started out covering the basics of fly fishing...

Ten Best Shops

By: Jun 17, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Find out why Denver’s Westword rated Trouts Fly Fishing one of the "10 Best Shops on 6th Avenue" and meet some of our neighbors: "While Sixth Avenue may be less celebrated than other Denver streets, the lineup of unique shops between Grant and Downing streets definitely make this strip one of the city's most convenient shopping areas. In these days of big-box stores, the shop-owner-as-expert paradigm is fading; it's as refreshing as a wade in a mountain stream to find a store...

Fly Fishing For Carp - By Kirk Deeter

By: Jun 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here are 10 Reasons you should buy "Fly Fishing For Carp" by Kirk Deeter. Because this soon-to-be-best-seller just arrived in the shop TODAY.  If you are looking to crack the code on this sometimes elusive and always challenging species, this book is a must read.  You'll get great insight on topics like: 1) why carp? 2) senses of carp 3) where carp live 4) what carp eat 5) gear  6) finding fish 7) the approach 8) picking the right fly 9) casts and presentations...

the “303 Shootout” and Casting & Cocktails - June 20th

By: Jun 13, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
June 20th, 2013 - 5-7pm Do you have the casting skillz to pay the billz?  Do you want a shot at winning a St. Croix Avid Fly Rod?  Registration is free - step right up and go toe-to-toe with the best casters in the Mile High City.  Queue the Fist Full of Dollars theme song. Trouts Fly Fishing, St Croix, and PBR are proud to present the “303 Shootout” - a casting competition that will be held in Washington Park on June 20th.  The “303 Shootout” is an...

Hosted Float Trip on the Eagle River - UPDATE

By: Jun 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Just received this update on our Hosted Fly Fishing Float Trip on the Eagle River from our pals up at Vail Valley Anglers. “The Eagle has nearly reached its peak for the summer and the timing of the float trip should be just about perfect.  We’ll be floating an eight-mile stretch, taking out at our private boat ramp and accessing miles of private water fishing.  As with most freestone rivers in the state of Colorado, the last week of June should produce large trout on...

Fly Fishing Gift Ideas For Father’s Day

By: Jun 11, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
A father and son enjoy a day fly fishing on Denver's South Platte River in early June Looking for Father’s Day Gift Ideas? Here is a Top 10+ list from Trouts Fly Fishing Hey Ladies!  Looking to get the fly fishing father in your life a gift he won't forget?  Here are two options.  Check out Trouts Top 10 Father's Day Pro Gear Guide below.  Or... does the dad you have in mind have every piece of fly fishing equipment under the sun? Check out the fishing...

About the new Scott Radian, and betting on whether Gracie will get kicked off the pro staff

By: Jun 11, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Scott Fly Rod sent our guy Michael Gracie a prototype rod to test and provide feedback on.  He did as they asked, except when it came to keeping mum on his findings.  Roughly a month before the rod hits shop floors, he’s gone and blogged about it.  Read the brief review of the new Scott Radian 905/4 here. We are now taking wagers on how Scott will react to the premature disclosure – sending black helicopters to surveil Michael’s home...

TAKE A ROADLESS ROAD TRIP

By: Jun 10, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
LOOKING TO EXPLORE COLORADO?  TAKE A ROADLESS ROAD TRIP Last year we published a Trouts Spotlight about exploring Roadless Areas here in Colorado.  Exploring new fisheries and experimenting on your own is a great way to experience our great state.  Here is an another article on the same topic that was published in the Drake Magazine that might be of interest if you have aspirations of going off the grid and exploring new frontiers on your own.  Because sometimes fishing...

Fly Fishing Report: Waterton Canyon June 1st

By: Jun 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I have a love/hate relationship with fishing in canyons.  I hate ‘em because I constantly find myself hung up in overhanging branches, slipping on scree, and twisting my ankle between boulders.  I love ‘em because I get to scramble around on large rocks and crevices like an eight year old, I can always find areas to fish where most other people won’t go, and I love fishing small zones of technical pocket water.  I love and hate canyons because they are...

TROUTS SPOTLIGHT - HOWLER BROTHERS

By: Jun 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When I first came across Howler Brothers, a few lines in their catalog caught my attention. “We are Howler Brothers.  We are not really related by blood.  But we are bonded by many shared calling: surfing, fishing, paddling, and the good things that come with these pursuits.  Things like fire pits, really good tequila, limes and pre-dawn coffee.” I thought to myself: ‘I like these guys already.’ We think you are going to like Howler Bros as well....

Hopper Madness - Tying Grasshopper Patterns - June 27

By: Jun 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Hopper Impostor Hopper Madness - Tying Grasshopper Patterns - June 27 1 Night Only - $50/Person  - 6:00pm-8:00pm This fly tying class is designed to expand fly tier’s ability to create effective grasshopper patterns in anticipation of the amazing grasshopper fishing we should see in July and August.   We keep our tying classes small – Hopper Madness is limited to six (6) participants.  Call the shop at 303.733.1434 to reserve your seat. The Waterton Canyon...

Fish Local – With Kerry Caraghar

By: Jun 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Come join Denver angler and long time Orvis guru Kerry Caraghar on the second floor of the shop for an intimate evening where he will give you an inside look at dynamite fishing options close to the Mile High City.  Kerry will share tips and advice to help you fish rivers like Clear Creek, Bear Creek, and sections of the South Platte River more effectively.    June 13 - 6pm-7pm 1 night only - $0/person If you have any questions about this presentation call the shop at...

Something New is Coming to Trouts Fly Fishing

By: Jun 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I've owned Trouts Fly Fishing for over 8 years now.  It’s been an exciting run.  Highlights include the move to our vintage location on 6th and Marion, launching Trouts Guide Service in partnership with Freestone Outfitters, and of course bringing together the most knowledgeable and friendly staff in all the Front Range.  But something new is afoot, and I can honestly say that it has created more buzz within my shop walls than anything else. I've always kept one...

Hosted Float Trip on the Eagle River - June 22

By: Jun 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing and Vail Valley Anglers Hosted Trip with Tucker Ladd Location: Eagle River/Vail Valley Anglers (a Trouts Approved Outfitter) Trip Size: 6 Anglers Total (space is limited) Date: June 22, 2013 – Full Day Guided Float Trip Cost: $225 per angler ($450 for two anglers if you want to fish with a buddy/wife/etc) Event Description: Trouts Fly Fishing will host a guided day of fly fishing with Vail Valley Anglers on June 22nd with six (6) Trouts customers.  The trip...

Fly Fishing Report: Deckers June 1st

By: Jun 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With water levels fairly high in many of the popular rivers across the State of Colorado, the South Platte River drainage continues to be a solid go-to option. The stream flow at Deckers was 91 CFS and the water was clear – conditions were sunny with temperatures in the 60s.  With a blue winged olive hatches coming off in the morning we saw activity right off the bat.  We also had luck with caddis pupa and larva with success in the deeper and darker runs. By mid day, everyone...

June Customer Events and Education Curriculum

By: Jun 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
June in Colorado means prime time fly fishing season is upon us.  Trouts Fly Fishing has put together a killer schedule of customer events and educational classes – all designed to help you fish more effectively and have fun on the water.  Without further ado, here is the June line up.  We hope to see you here in the shop, out in the park for the “303 Shootout”, or on the water.  If you have any questions about these events call us here at the shop -...

Want to float but don’t have a boat?

By: Jun 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts is trying to help out a customer who is looking to sell a 50% share and ownership of a NRS E 136 raft and fishing frame. Below is how the raft and ownership opportunity is being advertised and also how to get in touch with the owner if you are interested.  For Sale: 50% Ownership share in top of the line Fly Fishing Raft for $2,500. The half share of this boat would be ideal for a fly fisherman who has the ability to store the boat and trailer in an indoor, secure location in the...

Deckers Fly Fishing Report: Breaking All The Rules

By: May 31, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Guide Service had the chance to take Colorado Springs Gazette Sports and Outdoors writer Paul Klee out for a day on the South Platte River near Deckers.  Paul was able to mix up his fishing techniques and in the process bust quite a few myths about this Gold Medal fishery less than an hour from Denver.  Here’s a sound bite from Paul’s fly fishing report from Deckers: “Then we got creative. Baker and Rice rigged up the Scott L2H, 5-weight switch rod. We...

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - June 15th

By: May 31, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
June 15th- Full Day Trip $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. Trout's Guide Service also includes lunch, on-stream river guides/instructors, and a chance to hook beautiful Colorado rainbow...

Spring/Summer fishbeer

By: May 31, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It has been awhile since we have read a blog post from our good pal Matt Dunn.  Hold your breath no more… for behold, a new fishbeer has arrived at our e-doorstep.  If you like Matt Dunn’s work he will be a contributor in the new Pulp Fly Volume II which is due out in late June.  The Pulp Fly buzz is building...

The Release Of The Beast

By: May 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We’re wrapping up Carp Month here at Trouts.  We hope you have enjoyed our three part series on fly fishing for carp in the South Platte River.  We want to thank Barry Reynolds for participating in our Spotlight Interview.  We thought it fitting to end with a fish fed, caught and released by Trouts very own Cody Hoeckelberg earlier this week - so fresh you can almost taste the lake water.  Enjoy: About this photo series I don't fish still waters for...

Learn The Basics of Fly Fishing - June 6th

By: May 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Learn The Basics of Fly Fishing When: June 6, 6:00pm-7:00pm Where: 1303 East Sixth Avenue, Denver CO 80206 Lead Instructor: Cody Hoeckelberg Cost: $25 (you receive a $25 Trouts Gift Card that you can use towards flies, other classes, gear, etc) Class Size: 6 (we keep these classes small to maximize the experience - space is limited so call today if you want to secure your spot!) Are you interested in learning about fly fishing from the ground up?  Fly fishing is a sport you can...

Beginner Fly Fishing School!  Thanks!

By: May 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing would like to thank everyone who participated in our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School that was held this past Saturday.  The fishing conditions were tough but everyone fished hard and caught fish.  In our beginner school, anglers learn the basics of fly fishing including casting, reading water, entomology, still water techniques, and fly selection. And in some cases, our students hook, land, net, and release their own fish!  Way to go Terra! ...

Win a Redington Crosswater Outfit!

By: May 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Who out there is interested in hearing more about our in-shop events, online promotions, up-to-date fly fishing reports, guided fly fishing trips and education opportunities?  Who wants a shot at winning a Redington Crosswater 5 wt fly rod, reel, Rio Mainstream fly line, and travel case?  If you are interested in both sign up for the “Trouts Preferred Customer Mailing List” by responding to this two (2) question survey.  In early June we’ll draw one lucky...

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

By: May 27, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
In the first two parts of this three part series we talked about the South Platte River and carp behavior in general.  In our third installment, we’ll look at what fish you should avoid and what fish you should key in on – as well as some basic strategies for presenting a fly to a feeding carp.  Lastly, we’ll talk about some basic fly patterns that should get you ready to hit the Denver South Platte River. Fish you don’t want to cast to: Cruising fish–...

Spring Options - Talk To Big Small-E

By: May 24, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Are you trying to figure out fly fishing options for this weekend as we approach spring run off in Colorado?  Here are a few ideas and resources to think about: 1)   Think tailwaters – right now the dam fed rivers are going to be the best bet for clear water and consistent flows.  The increasing temperatures that are predicted for this weekend are going to make freestone rivers more dynamic and unpredictable.  Freestone rivers, which are not dam controlled, will...