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...

Trouts APB: Be On the Lookout For This Fly Fishing Gear

By: May 24, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts APB: Be On the Lookout For this Fly Fishing Gear Trout’s Contingent: one of our good friends and customer here at the shop just had his car broken into.  The following list of fly fishing gear was stolen.  We ask if that if you come across any of this equipment for sale (online, in a pawn shop, etc) please give our pal a call at 303.918.4190. To whoever stole this gear: you suck.  May you have terrible fishing karma for the rest of your miserable life.  If...

Win A Free On Stream Beginner Fly Fishing Class!  Tonight!

By: May 23, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Who wants to win a FREE On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing Class? Here's how: show up TONIGHT (5/23) for our Casting & Cocktails event in Washington Park, drop your name in the hat, and you will be entered to win a trip this Saturday to a private ranch on the North Fork of the South Platte River. You must be present to win and you must confirm your availability for the trip on Saturday May 25th. Get-in-it-to- win-it! See you tonight at Washington Park 5pm-7pm. For more on both events CLICK...

Running From Runoff - a Spring Fishing Photo Essay

By: May 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Let's face it, runoff sucks.  Saddled in between two of my favorite fishing seasons (spring and summer), runoff is a dreaded time of year when my eagerness to fish is often trumped by Mother Nature.  So when it came time to plan a weekend fishing outing with some friends, my initial excitement was quickly thwarted by the reality of spiking river flows and excessive weekend moisture.  But my time out fishing is limited, so runoff or not I was going to find somewhere to wet...

Fly Fishing Report: Deckers May 19th

By: May 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With rivers blowing out with runoff across the state, tailwater fisheries with controlled flows are starting to get crowded.  Nonetheless, the South Platte River through Deckers is still fishing well and the water is clear.  With weather this weekend pushing into the mid seventies, with mostly sunny skies it is still a great time to get out on the water. Stream flows were at 93 CFS and the South Platte fished consistently with brown and rainbow trout keying in on egg patterns and San...

Learn How To Fly Fish This Week With Trouts

By: May 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you are interested in learning how to fly fish, Trouts has a sure-fire education curriculum this week that will get you enjoying the outdoors and into fish.  First, join us Thursday May 23rd from 5-7pm in Washington Park for our Casting & Cocktails event.  This is a FREE casting clinic where you will be able to try out a number of different premium fly rods and get casting tips from professional anglers.  This is a perfect primer to get you ready to get out on the...

Spotlight: Casting For Recovery 2013

By: May 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This past weekend Cody Hoeckelberg, Danny Frank and 12 other volunteers participated in Casting For Recovery.  Danny Frank writes the blog www.deltatroutforce.com and did an awesome write-up on the event and took some amazing photos.  Here is a sound bite: “Casting for Recovery is an organization that takes advantage of our planet’s natural healing powers by providing women in various stages of breast cancer with a weekend of relief and relaxation.  It is a...

CASTING AND COCKTAILS!  May 23rd

By: May 20, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Do you want to get the feel of a fly rod for the first time and learn the basic mechanics of fly casting?  Interested in testing out a Scott A4 7 wt rod before heading out on the Denver South Platte River?  Do you want to learn how to double haul, increase your line speed and punch your casts through the wind for more accuracy?  Join us for our second edition of Casting & Cocktails.  When: MAY 23RD Where: WASHINGTON PARK What Time: 5:00-7:00 PM  - FREE CLINIC...

Carp Month Continues!

By: May 17, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout guru Reid Baker heeded the "Carp Month" call and went to the dark side like DARTH VADER. As the rivers start to blow out around here, carp fishing is a great alternative species to target with a fly rod. The fish in this photo ate a black Backstabber.  For an in depth overview of this carp fly, check out this gear review.  If you ever have questions on where to explore and look for carp or need some advice on your carp fly choices, stop in the shop or give us a call –...

Just Hit 20,000+!

By: May 17, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing just hit 20,000+ Likes on Facebook! We have all of our customers and followers to thank for it. By commenting on our posts, checking out our fishing reports, sending in photos for our contests, and sharing our stories with your friends we have one of the largest followings of any fly shop in the United States.  As a way to say thanks to our online followers and those who stop by the shop everyday, we’re now running the following promotion. 1) The first...

Road Trip: The Bighorn River

By: May 16, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Have you been thinking about taking a fly fishing road trip?  The Bighorn River in Montana is one to add to the list of potential front-runners if you don’t mind a big drive, big fish, and sharing some elbow room between the banks.  The Bighorn River was first discovered by Westerners and named in 1805 and runs approximately 461 miles from Wyoming into Montana.  It is a tributary of the Yellowstone River and takes its namesake from the Bighorn Sheep that roamed its’...

Arkansas River Fly Fishing Report - Colorado Springs Gazette

By: May 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you enjoy fly fishing on the Arkansas River you might want to check out this article from the Colorado Springs Gazette.  Paul Klee has found some interesting data and makes some great observations based on a recent trip to this classic Colorado fishery.  Here are a few sound bites:  "The knock against the Arkansas, if there was one, was the lack of large trout.  That’s changing.  Studies indicate the population of brown trout longer than 14 inches experienced...

Fly Fishing Report: Cheesman Canyon May 12

By: May 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Reid Baker Reid Baker, our Guide Manager, spent his day off scouting and fishing the section of the South Platte River that flows through Cheesman Canyon.  He provided the following report for the Trouts contingent: The stream flow coming out of Cheesman Reservoir was right around 48 CFS and the water clarity was very, very clear.  The weather was great – sunny, warm, and the high for the day was 78 degrees – it really felt like summer time fishing in the Canyon...

Spotlight: Carp on the Fly

By: May 13, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo: Carp on the Fly If you have been in the fly fishing carp game – or idly standing on the banks or sidelines watching from afar – the name John Montana should ring a bell.  John writes the blog Carp on the Fly and has shared his trials, tribulations, touchdowns and defeats fishing for carp on the fly since at least 2006.  Here is a sound bite just to put you in the zone: “I used to be a respectable angler...now I fly fish for carp.” - John Montana If...

Deckers Fly Fishing Report in Black and White

By: May 10, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We fished the Gold Medal water section of the South Platte River on Wednesday May 8th.  The weather was dynamic – we had periods of sun, sporadic cloud cover, thunder showers, followed by a steady drizzle of rain – AKA – great spring fishing conditions.  The stream flow near Trumbull was right around 130 CFS.  For the month of May, the water has been bumping back and forth between ~89 CFS and ~130 and the river has been fishing great.  We started the...

flycarpin.com - National Guide Service Directory

By: May 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Interested in finding a guide service that specializes in targeting carp on the fly?  Check out flycarpin.com.  We know that a lot of our readers and followers live outside of Colorado.  This site has one of the only comprehensive carp-on-the-fly guide service directories for the United States that we know about - and a ton of other great related content.  Good stuff for all of you aspiring carp junkies.

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

By: May 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Carp 101 - Common Carp In the first part of this series, we talked about the Denver South Platte River as a carp fishery as well as the fly fishing gear you’ll need to get started on the water.  In this installment, we’ll cover the basics of carp physiology to help you understand what makes them tick.  In our final piece, we’ll talk more about carp behavior and how to make effective fly presentations to carp in a river environment. Scientific Name:Cyprinus carpio...

TROUTS SPOTLIGHT - BARRY REYNOLDS

By: May 08, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Around town and on the South Platte River, Barry Reynolds known simply as "the Godfather."   At Trouts Guide Service, Barry is our go-to guy for carp trips and other "cool water" adventures.    He's been fishing for carp on the fly longer than anyone else than we can remember.  Barry has guided the annual Carp Slam event every year since its inception and quite literally wrote the book on carp fishing.    We had a chance to sit down with Barry to talk...

Help Protect Our Rivers

By: May 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you fly fish in Colorado pay attention to this: with strong bipartisan support, the Colorado General Assembly has passed Senate Bill 224 to create the Protect Our Rivers license plate. The plate will be available to all CO residents through a tax-deductible contribution of $25 to Colorado Trout Unlimited and 100% of the funds will be used locally to protect, conserve and restore Colorado rivers. Here’s what you can do if you support this effort and Colorado TU: sign the CTU...