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.