Trout’s Fly Fishing is Doing Something Different

By: Jun 05, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
TROUT'S FLY FISHING: LOCAL – GLOBAL – FISHY At Trout's Fly Fishing we listen to our customers. We know that you have have a variety of retail options when you are looking to purchase new gear but you shop here for a reason. When we ask our customers why, they tell us: Trout's Fly Fishing employees are experts when it comes to local fisheries here in Colorado We have a wide variety of products that our customers have come to depend on - and we're focused...

Colorado has Great Options for Summer Fly Fishing

By: May 29, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
There’s no denying it now, Colorado is in for a tough summer of low water. It’s hard to imagine that a year ago we were looking at a reversal of this dilemma, with a massive snow pack and swollen rivers. Yet it is time we all come to terms with the current situation and the reality that Colorado's rivers are going to be lean in comparison to last year. But while the press and others want to make this out to be a doom and gloom situation for fisherman, I wanted to offer an...

Extra-Terrestrials

By: May 24, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Extra-Terrestrials, This vague report came in over the weekend from our pal Geoff Mueller at the Drake Magazine. The details are thin but the photos are top notch. Geoff’s report is as follows: “All dry, all day.” Nice work Geoff. If you have any unidentified flying objects or great fish photos you want to share, send them to will@troutsflyfishing.com.   - Will Rice

Casting For Recovery a Success

By: May 22, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Colorado program of Casting for Recovery was just held on Sunday, May 20th. This year's retreat was held at the North Fork Ranch in Shawnee and hosted by ranch owners and long-time Casting for Recovery supporters Dean and Karen May. The 520-acre ranch rests along a pristine stretch of the North Fork of the South Platte River, teeming with Rainbow, Brown, and Cutthroat Trout. The mission of Casting for Recovery is to provide fly-fishing retreats specifically tailored for women who have...

Guess Denver Trout Unlimited’s bar tab and win…

By: May 17, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Guess Denver Trout Unlimited’s bar tab and win… Last time Denver Trout Unlimited threw a social gathering at the Skylark Lounge they racked up a measly $384 bar tab.  On May 22, the Carp Slam VI Season Launch party is happening and we’re taking bets: guess next week’s bar tab at the Skylark and win a Tim Romano original cover print (Angling Trade cover image December 2010 and subject of a Backpacker Magazine article*).    We’re playing...

Scientific Anglers Announces a New Tippet Spool Design for 2012

By: Apr 30, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Scientific Anglers is pleased to announce the debut of their redesigned tippet spool and updated label graphics. The new spool features an independent, free wheeling hub that allows the tippet spool to spin freely when joined together. The hub can be retracted to become flush with the spool body when used alone, or with other tippet spools on the market. Each of the spools are color coded to correspond to the tippet material type. Green for freshwater nylon, blue for saltwater hard mono, and...

Trout’s 2012 Rio Grande Trip!

By: Apr 28, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd

Trout’s Beginning Fly Tying Class is Approaching Quickly

By: Apr 26, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Register Now, As Spots Are Filling Fast!!!

Fishpond ..... 100% Colorado Grown

By: Apr 20, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
(Denver, Colo.) – Fly fishing accessories and lifestyle brands, Fishpond and Lilypond, are excited to announce major business changes. After many dedicated years to these brands, co-founder, David M. Thompson has sold 50% ownership interest in Fishpond and Lilypond to Denver businessman Charles H. Kurtz and his family, making the Kurtz’s equal partners with John Le Coq, co-founder and co-owner since 1999. In addition, all operations for Fishpond and Lilypond are moving to a central...

Pulp Fly, Volume 1

By: Apr 01, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
At long last, the time has come.  A colmunation of this kind of tallent doesn't come along often.  Great writers, artists and anglers writing about the simple passion that brings us all together.  We hope you all will buy an e-copy of the first volume, let's keep this idea alive!

Trout’s Fly Fishing | by Ouzel Media

By: Mar 29, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The guys over at Ouzel Media put together this video short for us.  Thanks guys, came out great!

North Platte River Report | compliments of Michael Gracie

By: Mar 26, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
  "You’re standing forty feet apart, hitting a lot of doubles. So often in fact that you can no longer be bothered with pulling out a second net." Enough said, and thanks for sharing.  Click here to read the rest of the adventures of Luke Bever and Michael Gracie...

Pulp Fly | coming April 1, 2012

By: Mar 25, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
  Authors and Contributors: Matt Dun Bob White Davin Ebanks Michael Gracie Alex Landeen Bjorn Stomsness Alex Cerveniak Ralph Bartholdt Bruce Smithhammer Matt Smythe Peter Mcdonald   Available April 1st, 2012  

Airflo Ridge Clear Tropical Fly Line Review | by Louis Cahill

By: Mar 23, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
There hasn't been a lot of new and inovative products to come about in the fly line category since the debut of the Sharkskin Fly Line by Scientific Angler a few years back.  Ultimately, there is only so much you can do to change the taper, color or make-up of a fly line to make the fly fishing industry go "WOW".  This is particularly true in that no many new fly lines actually aid the angler in catching fish.  All of this changed in 2012 with the debut of the Airflo Ridge...

Time to Leave Spawning Trout Alone | from The Wading Room

By: Mar 23, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It's spring, which means our rainbow trout friends are entering their annual spawn, so it's time for us to remind you all of our ethical obligation as anglers when it comes to fishing for spawing trout... DO NOT DO IT!  I know, I know, you really want that bad ass photo of you with a big trout, and what does it really hurt to grab that fish off their red for a quick picture.  Well let me put it to you this way, would you want me to come by your house, and rip you out of bed...

Fresh Off The Press, The Drake Magazine - Spring 2012

By: Mar 14, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
  GET SOME!!!

Guest Post on the Current Conditions at Waterton Canyon

By: Mar 08, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The current situation up in Waterton Canyon has been a hot topic this week.  After our post yesterday on the current conditions up in Waterton Canyon, we were contacted by Randy Hampton, Statewide Public Information Officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, as he wanted to fill us all in on what his agency is doing to address the concerns of the angling public.  As such, we have decided to give Randy the floor here so to speak, and fill all of us in on what is going on up in Waterton...

Waterton Canyon Update

By: Mar 07, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
On March 1,  Waterton Canyon opened to the public for the first time since July 2010 (click here to learn more about the reasoning behind this closure).  While this was a highly anticipated event for the Denver angling community, high expectations of epic fishing were quickly deminished to tales of no fish, poor conditions and speculation that Waterton Canyon was now void of aquatic life.  By Monday morning, we were fielding numerous phone calls and emails in the shop from...

Fly fishing the ocean surf offers challenges and waves of adventure

By: Mar 06, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here in Colorado we have a ton of fly fishing enthusiasts, and each and every one of them has a favorite stream or spot on the river that provides both the serenity and thought of fly fishing, as well as the thrill of a good catch. But that’s most often on a stream with the current heading in one direction, or on a plains or mountain lake where the only real waves are made by pesky motor boat operators. For surf fishing, you have to travel to the ocean – the Northeast, the Southeast...

Redfish Rookie

By: Mar 05, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When I was told that I was going to be coming along to the Annual Trouts Redfish retreat to Port Sulphur, Louisiana, I was in complete disbelief and as excited as a giddy schoolgirl! For weeks prior to our trip I watched every Redfishing video I could find, and studied proper flats boat etiquette to try and prepare myself for what would be an “epic fishing trip!” After many sleepless nights and days spent daydreaming of Bull Reds, the time had come to head to NOLA. I had bought...

Waterton Canyon is OPEN

By: Mar 02, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
At long last, Denver Water has re-opened the Waterton Canyon section of the South Platte River.  Having been closed for nearly a year, this will undoubtedly be a highly sought after fishing location for the coming month(s).  There will be another 3-4 week closure in the spring to allow the contract to remove the 75 ton dredger from the reservoir, but this is on hold until the ice on Strontia Springs Reservoir has fully melted.  In the mean time, head on out and enjoy some great...

Fly casting: basic tips and techniques, plus practice, practice, practice

By: Feb 28, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Every beginning fly fisher thinks that the experienced angler is an expert who never misses a beat. Meanwhile, every experienced angler knows all too well that there are good days and bad days. Casting a fly rod is a lot like playing golf: practice and more practice will hone the skill and make it more possible to replicate the proper movements time and again. Even a Phil Mickelson or a Lefty Krey, on his best day, shanks one into the trees. But they keep on practicing. The object of mastering...

Ever Wonder Where that Abel Reel Came From?

By: Feb 28, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd

Where Should the Water Go?

By: Feb 27, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Mark Twain once wrote, "Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting."  Anybody living in the West knows all too well the contensious issue(s) that surround the use and conservation of one of our most precious resources.  And as communities continue to expand across the country, there is little doubt that the Water Wars of the West will continue to grow.  Colorado is currently at the forefront of this debate, with Northern Colorado Water Officials looking to divert up to 67% of...

Gear Review:  Hatch Tempest Pliers

By: Feb 07, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout's good friend Kirk Deeter (editor-at-large for Field & Stream, editor at Angling Trade, and regular contributor at MidCurrent.com) just wrote up a great review of the Hatch Tempest Pliers.  We have always known Kirk to be a truthful and trusted source for information and advice, so we feel certain his review has little to do with all the free product Hatch is throwing his way having him test. "I have fished the Hatch pliers in South America for dorado, throughout the...

Save The Tarpon, Help Stop the Professional Tarpon Tour Series

By: Feb 06, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Please watch the following video, and read below to learn more about you scan help... I rarely like to use our blog as a soap box, but occasionally there comes a cause where I just cannot help myself.  First let me start off by saying that I am an angler and avid sportsmen.  I fish, hunt and do anything and everything I can outdoors.  I am not an elitist fly fisherman.  I have been known to throw a spin and bait cast rod, and have had a great time doing so.  I also...

Gear Review:  Fishpond Nimbus Pack

By: Feb 02, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When Fishpond sends Michael Gracie, Trout's IT Guru and master blogger, a free Fishpond Nimbus Guide Pack, what's an owner to do other than say "fish it, and be kind".  Well he did, and he was: "Despite the size, the pack remains featherweight. Add extra beefy nylon zippers (salt friendly), a slot between the lumbar support and the pack for your net handle, and a thick, single carry strap up top which is perfect for grabbing and then slinging all your gear straight into the...

ROAR Attempts to Block the Controversial “Over The River” Project

By: Feb 02, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
from The Denver Post DENVER—Opponents of the artist Christo's plan to suspend giant fabric panels over parts of the scenic Arkansas River filed a lawsuit Wednesday arguing that federal officials violated environmental laws in deciding last year to approve his Over the River project. A group of University of Denver law students filed suit in federal court on behalf of Rags Over the Arkansas River, or ROAR, just as Christo and his team were making their case before Fremont County...

Preparing, and packing, for guided fishing trips

By: Feb 02, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Professionally guided fly fishing trips offer the novice and the experienced angler alike an opportunity to take fly fishing to a whole new level, but you have to be prepared. A fly fishing trip with a professional guide is often cited by novice and experienced anglers alike as among the most memorable experiences of their lives. To help ensure that the memory is a lasting and favorable one, Trout’s Fly Fishing of Denver has asked some veterans for ideas on what to pack to be fully...

Gear Review COSTA 580 Technology

By: Dec 29, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
COSTA 580 Technology Review - By Cody Hoeckelberg "I have been wearing the Caballito frames with Green Mirror Lenses for about a year, and they are worth their weight in gold especially when you are sight casting to feeding fish." - Cody Hoeckelberg

Best Flies for Winter

By: Dec 05, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Fly fishing makes the dead of winter come alive Winter offers solitude and beauty, and with the right flies even a cold fish will summon up the personality of a fighter Here at Trout’s Fly Fishing we are all experienced in the finer points of the world’s finest sport, fly-fishing, but like everyone else we prefer a beautiful stream in mid-summer to a freezing pool of water. There’s a reason they call it the “dead” of winter. On the other hand, and again like...

Choosing the right eyewear

By: Dec 02, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout’s Fly Fishing now an authorized distributor of Costa Del Mar sunglasses Created by fishermen for the sport’s enthusiasts, Costas sunglasses have it all: Cool, protection, correction, and fish spotting prowess The avid fly fisher has all of the requisite gear: fly rods and reels, leaders, tippets, waders, nets, fishing vests and outerwear, flies, and more. But there’s no doubt among the sport’s aficionados: no way they venture anywhere near a trout stream without a...

Basic Fly Fishing Knots

By: Oct 25, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Fly fishing knots tie reel to line, line to lure and fearless anglers to their favorite activity Landing the prized fish requires a basic understanding of tying together all of the intricate pieces of fly equipment It is said, on something like a Promethean scale, that the weakest part of a fly angler’s arsenal of mental attributes and earthly equipment are the knots that tie it all together. Knots, of course, are the physical attachments that bind reel to line and line to lure, but they...

What’s in a Wader (besides an angler)?

By: Oct 10, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Fly fishing waders have come a long way. Here’s what to look for... Presumably even the Roman fly angler had waders to keep their sandals dry, but today’s wader technology meets and weather and water conditions, and even helps the environment. When most people think of fly fishing, the images that first come to mind are rod and reel, the flies themselves, and of course the fish. But any true angler knows that to get far out on the stream takes a great pair of waders. After all,...

Loading fly fishing line and backing

By: Oct 06, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The basics of loading fly fishing line and backing: it's all in the knots Many fly fishing shops and outfitters provide expert fly line and backing loading so the angler will be ready to hit the stream – and the big fish – with the confidence that the line will enhance the experience. However, many fly fishing aficionados used to the nuances of the sport and their own personal preferences – like those who have taken to tying their own custom flies – like learning...

Gear Review: Korkers Chrome Boot

By: Sep 23, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Chrome boot is constructed of whitewater rafting material, which is very lightweight and very water resistant. The Toe cap on the boot is made out of a strong rubber composite that adds protection without unnecessary extra weight.

Fly Fishing Ethics 101

By: Sep 22, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Anyone who has taken to fly fishing already understands that it is a sport far above the ordinary. The enlightened angler should also be above reproach. “The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat” – the old catch-phrase of ABC’s Wide World of Sports – pretty much sums up the sport of fly fishing. The angler is there for the sport, not the spoils, so it’s very important to take the experience and leave everything else in the shape it was found or, if at all...

Gear Review: Cornerstone Creek Nets - Medium Handled “Avalanche” Net

By: Aug 29, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Having recently lost my net, recently being last summer, I have been in the market for a new one.  Luckily for me Brandon Lenderink, Owner of Cornerstone Creek Nets, came walking through the door here at Trout's Fly Fishing to showcase his new line of high-quality wooden landing nets with clear PVC bags.

Gear Review: R.L. Winston Boron IIIx 486-4

By: Aug 22, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Catching the green drake hatch on the Fryingpan is one of the greatest spectacles found here in the Rocky Mountain West.  I was well prepared for such an event due to the fact that in my hand was a Winston BIIIx 4 weight, 8' 6", dry fly chucking machine.  The rod is light in the hand, extremely versatile and deadly accurate. 

Sage 3880 CF Fly Reel - Gear Review

By: Aug 18, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The most obvious feature of Sage's 3800 CF Series of reels is its very minimal weight, the carbon fiber spool allows for a reel that is, in most cases, a full ounce lighter than similarly sized competitors. While maintaining the benefit of minimal weight, the full machined cage packs a drag that is built for work, easily putting the brakes on bulldogging South Platte Carp, with a few more clicks of power to spare.

Gear Review: Simms Rivertek Boot and M3 Boa Lacing System

By: Aug 01, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Being the naysayer that I am, my first initial thoughts regarding a Boa closure system being incorporated into a wading boot was...why?  What's wrong with laces?  My sentiments have since changed. Here's why...

Sage ONE 990-4 Fly Rod

By: Jul 29, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
On a recent trip to Bolivia to chase Golden Dorado, I was fortunate enough to travel with our local Sage representative, who just so happened to have a prototype of the new Sage ONE in a 9' 9wt.  On our second day of fishing, I was given the rod to take out and put through the ringer. 

Gear Review: Rio Trout LT WF3F Fly Line

By: Jul 20, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Having been a fan of Rio's fly lines for many years, the Rio Gold and Rio Grand fly lines are fantastic.  Upon inspection of "line profile" I decided this is what I needed, a long body and front taper, wrapped around a extremely supple core.  I thought to myself that this thing should place a #16 Royal Stimulator into a 6" wide feeding lane with pinpoint accuracy, which it does...perfectly.

Gear Review: Waterworks Ketchum Release

By: Jul 07, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Gone are the days when that fish slips through your hands as your go to unhook it, only to speed off in an attempt to give you a "taste of your own medicine"...in the form of digging your dropper into your hand!  We've all been there...painful.

Gear Review: Amy’s Ant

By: Jul 07, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This is one of the most effective patterns we have fished with here in Colorado.  Rainbows, browns, cutthroat and brookies all want to eat this fly.

Gear Review: Cliff Outdoors Days Worth Fly Box

By: Jul 06, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I personally use my Day's Worth as a midge box, opting to keep all my tiny nymphs on the magnetic pad and my small midge dries on the foam strips. 

Gear Review: Palsa Pinch On Floats Strike Indicator

By: Jul 06, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I was first introduced to the Palsa Pinch On Floats strike indicators while fishing the Yampa River tailwaters below Stagecoach State Park.  This was probably 10 or more years ago, a time when the yarn poly-vee was as good as it got...at least, so I thought!  While sight fishing a decent run, holding a few wily rainbows, I noticed that whenever my massive "ball of yarn" came over them that they would move to the side.  Once my rig had drifted through, yep you guessed it,...

Gear Review: Nomad Guide Landing Net

By: Jun 28, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I will say I am impressed with Nomad's Long handle "Guide" net after using it on several outings and landing multiple species of fish. This net is made of a carbon-fiber graphite composite which makes the net very lightweight, yet durable and will tuck down the side of your pack and be relatively out-of the way of your legs.   (For my height I need four inches lopped off the bottom of the handle.) A huge upside to this net is the fact that it floats on the surface of the...

Gear Review: Simms Pursuit Gore-Tex Low Shoe

By: Jun 27, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
After wearing Simms new Pursuit Gore-Tex shoes, I am thoroughly impressed with the quality and durability of the shoe.

Gear Review: Fishpond Prairie Grass Kit Bag

By: Jun 15, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I haven’t been much for fancy luggage since an upscale suit bag I was toting disappeared from a baggage claim area in 1995. I’ve used plain brown wrapper ever since. Then last month I decided to attempt a week-long bonefishing trip with nothing more than a carry-on bag. I went rummaging through the ziploc storage, but they were all full of year-old peanut butter and jelly sandwiches I made last time I thought a zombie invasion was imminent. And I’d already...

Gear Review: Sage Xi3 990-4 Fly Rod

By: Jun 14, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I must start off by admitting that when it comes to fly rods, I have always preferred something with a more moderate action.  So when I packed up a 9wt. Xi3 for my trip to Bolivia, I was a bit hesitant that the rod would be a bit too fast for my liking.

Gear Review: Lamson Velocity 2 Reel

By: May 23, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Velocity is the true workhorse on the Lamson line. The Velocity is Lamson's lowest priced reel that still retains all of the key features that make Lamson one of the best reel lines on the market.

Gear Review: Loon Outdoors UV Knot Sense

By: May 21, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Loon Outdoors UV Knot Sense is a must have product when you head out to the river.  Besides using it on just about every large knot I tie, here is a list of things I've used it for: ·       I've fixed pin hole leaks in my waders. ·       Re-attached a felt sole to the bottom of my buddies Patagonia wading boot. ·       I've snipped off the heads of...

Gear Review: Kelly Galloup’s Sex Dungeon Streamer

By: May 20, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When I presented this fly into any soft pocket or back eddy along the far bank, fish literally did cartwheels trying to track this thing down.

Gear Review: Renzetti Traveler 2200 Series Vise

By: May 20, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Having tied on this vise for the last three years, I can say that, without a doubt, it is the most capable and versatile vise I have ever tied on.

Gear Review: Airflo Ridge Clear Tactical Fly Line

By: May 19, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Weird.  That was my first initial response when I was spooling my sample of Airflo's Clear Tactical WF4F line onto my reel.  Cool.  That was probably my second response as I fished it for the first time late last fall on the S. Platte River in Eleven Mile Canyon.

Gear Review: Scientific Anglers Sharkskin GPX Fly Line

By: May 18, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
A good line, but not for me.

Gear Review: Simms G3 Guide Wader

By: May 17, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I still remember the first pair of Simms waders I ever purchased.  They were the old Simms Classic Guide Weights, khaki version that set the industry ablaze when it came to being lightweight, highly breathable and incredibly durable.  That was 13 years and 3 pairs of waders ago!  Now on my second pair of G3's, the first finally going into retirement last year, I'm pleased to say that the Simms brand still sets the bar that all other waders within this industry are...

Gear Review: Winston BIIIX 590-4

By: May 17, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I have been fishing this rod series exclusively for the past 5 months, and I can say with 100% honesty that the new BIIIX is an amazing rod.

Gear Review: Rio Outbound Short Floating Fly Line

By: May 17, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I purchased this line as an all around warm water line in an 8wt. Rio's Outbound taper is an absolute rocket. Shooting miles of line and turning over big flies is no problem, shooting line and casting is definitely this lines strong suit. The distinct color transition between head and running line is a great added feature, as you can see exactly where the line loads the rod. Versatility and durability is not the greatest.

Gear Review: Scientific Anglers Pike/Muskie Fly Line

By: May 15, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I currently have this line set up on my Scott STS 9wt for big toothy critters, and it also saw action in the Salt Marshes of Louisiana battling some feisty Red Drum. As for as the taper is concerned, this line is ideal for BIG flies and less than ideal wind conditions. The large, short head can push a 10" muskie streamer through the wind and right into the weed line. It is definitely a powerful taper, and shooting line is no problem.

Gear Review: Simms Guide Boot

By: May 13, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When I got my Simms Guide Boots in January 2009, it was the first pair of Simms wading boots that I had purchased in about 5 years.Two years and countless days later, my initial reaction to the boots still holds true.  They were as comfortable on my last day in them as they were on my first.

Gear Review: Costa Blackfin Sunglasses with Silver 580 Lens

By: May 13, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you're looking for a sunglass and more importantly a lens that will actually improve your vision, look no further then the Costa 580 Glass Lens.  Arguably this is the single best lens I've ever worn.

Gear Review: Simms Rogue Fleece Hoody

By: May 13, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The new Simms Rogue Fleece Hoody is and ideal mid weight jacket for Colorado's unpredictable spring weather. When the wind howls and precipitation is always a possibility.

Gear Review: Waterworks-Lamson Vanquish 4.5

By: May 12, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Out of the box I will say that the Vanquish is one of the hottest reels I have ever seen.  I have never been one for the tricked out machined reel, but there is just something about the Vanquish that still catches my eye.

Gear Review: Simms Harbor GTX Shoe

By: May 12, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Simms is synonymous with high quality waders and boots, and Gore-Tex is a brand that is recognized as being the benchmark that all other waterproof materials are measured against.  So as Simms has done on numerous occasions, they've melded the Gore-Tex fabric, its name and recognition into a new and fantastic product offering.  Footwear.

Gear Review: Mayfly Tie-1-On Knot Tying Tool

By: May 12, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Nail knot tools are essential for on-water emergencies and last minute rigging, as is your favorite beer. Mayfly has combined these two essentials into one ergonomically friendly package.

Gear Review: Headwater Waist Pack

By: May 11, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I had previously been using the Fishpond Waterdance Guide Pack, and had always been thoroughly pleased with it.  But when the Simms Headwater pack series debuted in 2009, I had to jump at the opportunity to give this pack a try.  Right out of the packaging, it was evident that this pack was designed for fisherman by fisherman. 

Gear Review: Sage 99 499-4 Fly Rod

By: Apr 27, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This rod is a very powerful rod that in case can throw streamers in the wind... Yes that's right multiple. If your fishing multiple flies on a regular basis then this rod is for you. Although nine inches seems small in the grand scheme of things, it truly makes a difference when you want to reach out and extend that drift into the sweet spot.

Gear Review: Sage ZXL 486-4 Fly Rod

By: Apr 27, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I've always been a big fan of medium to medium-fast action rods and oftentimes still find myself fishing my old stand by, the Sage SLT 486-4. This "newer" version of the old SLT is truly a better stick.

Gear Review: Scott S4S 990-4 Fly Rod

By: Apr 27, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Scott fly rods are constantly exceeding my expectations, and this Colorado made gem is no exception. Fast and powerful, yet still light in the hand, I did not experience any fatigue after a full day of casting at spooky Redfish. This rod is fast, but not overly stiff, so you are still able to feel it load on the back cast and maximize your forward punch.

Gear Review: St. Croix Bank Robber 907-4

By: Apr 27, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Hands down, my new favorite Rod!! This thing is a meat hucking machine.

Gear Review: Scott S4 904-4 Fly Rod

By: Apr 27, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
One of the best features of this rod is the supple tip, which allows the rod to make short, accurate casts, and well as enabling the rod to roll cast and mend with ease. In a 9' length, I found that this rod could handle any situation.

Gear Review: Sage Z-Axis 890-4 Fly Rod

By: Apr 04, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Normally I would fish an 8-weight primarily for permit and tarpon, yet due to the weather I found my self using this rod for everything I fished for that week. In the end I was very pleased with the way this rod performed, and have since found myself suggesting to all customers that they give this rod a try for any salt water trip.

Gear Review: G-Loomis GLX Max Line Speed 690-4 Fly Rod

By: Apr 04, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This rod truly is the all-around, go-to rod. It works great from the banks and when chucking streamers from the boat.

Gear Review: Nautilus FWX Fly Reel

By: Feb 15, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I had the opportunity to test this reel on a ton of 10lb + fish in the past few weeks (in January mind you!!!) in both fresh and saltwater, and it performed flawlessly.

Gear Review: Winston Boron IIMX 590-4 Fly Rod

By: Feb 08, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I have always been a true believer in the “green sticks,” and was quite excited to hear about Winston coming out with a TRUE fast action rod. What Winston created was a rod of powerhouse proportions. When cast with a properly selected line, the rod threw any amount of line with ease. Accuracy was also not a problem, as even in a stiff wind, the rod would place your line on a dime.

Gear Review: Sage Z-Axis 990-4 Fly Rod

By: Feb 08, 2011 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The first time I used this rod was during a weeklong trip to the Amazon Rain Forest in Northern Brazil. We were targeting Peacock Bass, which are a very demanding species due to the distance and number of casts that are made daily (roughly 1000-1500). Day after day, this rod performed beautifully no matter if I was casting a large surface popper, or 400-grain sink tip line.