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...

Gear Review: Sage ONE Switch Rod

By: May 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Review of the Sage ONE 5116-4 and 6116-4

Fly Fishing Report: May 3rd

By: May 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Last week brought a mixed bag of weather to the Front Range of Colorado.  We fished in blizzard conditions in the South Platte Drainage on Wednesday May 1st but by Friday May 3rd the weather near Deckers was back in the 50s and the sun was out. You have to love spring fly fishing conditions in Colorado.  Our clients Mike and Jerrod were able to get into fish right out of the gate.  The water was clear and running just over 130 CFS – the fish were keying in on egg...

A Night with Kirk Deeter - May 16

By: May 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
A Night with Kirk Deeter – Author/fishy dude                                    1 night only - $0/person May 16, 2013 6-7pm Come join Kirk Deeter on the second floor of the shop for an intimate evening where the author of Fly Fishing For Carp will give you a sneak preview into his new book as well as give you...

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

By: May 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Fly fishing for carp across the United States quickly turned from a grass roots underground movement to a full fledged trend with staying power seemingly overnight.  One of the fisheries that helped make this happen is located right here in the Mile High City.  The Denver South Platte is one of the most prolific fisheries when it comes to sight fishing to carp.  Fly fishing for carp on Denver South Platte has been featured in the Denver Post, Fifty More Places to Fly Fish...

Spring Fishing Report: The Roaring Fork River Valley

By: May 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We were able to spend four days in mid April fishing in different areas of the Roaring Fork River Valley.  For two days, we floated the lower Roaring Fork between the town of Basalt and the Colorado River.  We also had the chance to walk/wade the Fork above Basalt and had a great time fishing the lower section of Fryingpan River. When the wind wasn’t blowing our boat back up the river on the Roaring Fork, we had an awesome time trying to make accurate BWO presentations to...

Save Bristol Bay - Right Now

By: May 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Our pals over at Simms brought this time sensitive opportunity to our attention. The time to act is now to Save Bristol Bay- the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting public comment about the Pebble Mine project.  The Pebble Mine would be one of the world's largest open pit mines and would jeopardize one the world's greatest salmon fisheries.  The mine could potentially destroy $500 million commercial and sport fishery along with a native way of life that...

10 Questions To Ask Before You Take A Guided Fly Fishing Trip

By: May 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here are ten questions you should ask when trying to find the best fly fishing guide service to ensure that you have a world class experience in Colorado.  1) Is the guide service licensed, bonded and insured?  If an outfitter is not licensed, bonded and insured in Colorado they are guiding illegally.  2) Is a fishing license required?  Yes.  If you live in Colorado, are visiting from out of the state or out of the country, you must purchase a fishing license and in...

Tying Deadly Streamer Patterns - May 9th

By: May 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
1 Night Only - $50/Person May 9, 2013 6pm-8pm This class is designed to expand fly tier’s ability to create effective streamer patterns with the sole purpose of catching BIG fish. In this class you will learn specific techniques including articulation, spinning deer hair, and other methods designed to maximize movement of advanced streamers. The class size is limited so call today to reserve your spot.  If you have any questions about this class, don’t hesitate to call the...

May 2013 Customer Events and Fly Fishing Classes

By: May 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It might be snowing today but May is going to be HOT!

On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School - May 25th

By: Apr 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
May 25th- 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 and...

Have you signed up for “the 1303” yet?

By: Apr 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Have you signed up for “the 1303” yet?  

Visit Denver and Fly Fishing

By: Apr 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Have you been thinking about fly fishing in Colorado?

20,000+ Likes Gear Promotion!

By: Apr 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?  Naaaah.... Trouts Fly Fishing is fast approaching 20,000+ Likes on Facebook.  As a way to say thanks to our online followers and those who stop by the shop everyday, we're going to run the following promotion as soon as we hit 20,000 Facebook Likes...

Learn The Basics of Fly Fishing - May 2nd

By: Apr 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Learn The Basics of Fly Fishing When: May 2nd, 6:00pm-7:00pm Where: Here at the shop (1303 East Sixth Avenue - 3rd floor) Instructor: Cody Hoeckelberg Cost: $25 (But... receive a $25 Trouts Gift Card that can be used in the store or for additional classes, guided trips, etc) 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...

Switch and Spey Casting Clinic: Trip Report

By: Apr 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Guide Service just wrapped up our Switch Rod & Spey Casting Clinic on the Lower Blue River. The weather was overcast and cool with sporadic snow showers early in the morning.  The students started the day working on sustained two handed casts with upstream and downstream anchors.  We worked on casting from both sides of the river for about two hours until each student had their basic two handed casts dialed in. Two-handed rods were first introduced to North America and...

Chris Santella: Why I Fish

By: Apr 24, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Chris Santella has authored another fly fishing book titled "Why I fish."  If you are not familiar with Santella’s work, he authored two editions of "Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die" and he also is a regular contributor at the New York Times.  In addition to this, when he goes steelheading he apparently wears a Trouts Signature Trucker Hat for good luck. We don’t have his new book in the shop yet but this excerpt and guest blog post makes us want to hunt a copy...

How Was Fishing This Weekend? – Photo Contest Edition

By: Apr 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Time to Vote for your favorite photo! Spring time fly fishing here in the Rocky Mountain West is officially gang busters.  We fished the Roaring Fork River and the Frypan River and had a blast (look for a detailed fishing report from the ‘Fork and the ‘Pan later this week).  In the meantime, here are the entries from this weekend’s photo contest.  Now, it is up to you to vote for your favorite.  Whatever photo has the most votes by Tuesday night will win...

Get Involved With the Denver South Platte!

By: Apr 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
There are two great opportunities for Denver fly anglers this week.  The first is Denver Trout Unlimited’s member meeting that is being held tomorrow (April 23) at 6:00pm at the REI Flagship Store.  The key note speaker will be the always insightful and entertaining Kirk Deeter.  Details below: April DTU Meeting     Kirk Deeter - On Carp, recent travels, destination fishing, and exotic species.  When: Tuesday, April 23, 2013        ...

condolences

By: Apr 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing would like to offer our condolences to the families and friends of the five outdoor enthusiasts and industry professionals who were killed this weekend in the avalanche on Loveland Pass.  From the Denver Post: “The five men killed Saturday in Colorado's deadliest avalanche in 50 years were participants in a backcountry snowboarder event called the Rocky Mountain High Backcountry Bash.  They were representatives and founders of snow-sport companies,...

Weekend Fly Fishing Photo Contest

By: Apr 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We’ve had some great customer photography sent to us over the past several weeks.  Our customers are fishing hard and we’re having fun hearing about all of your adventures.     This weekend we want to see what you are up to.  Send your best fly fishing photo taken on Friday, Saturday or Sunday to will@troutsflyfishing.  We’ll put a blog post up on Monday with the best-of-the-best and then let you vote for your favorite image.   The...

Nick Kelley Photography Exhibition – April 26

By: Apr 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Nick Kelley used to work at Trouts Fly Fishing and is having a photography show in Downtown Denver.  Nick spent time exploring South America - traveling, hiking, and fly fishing.  He traveled from Ecuador south through Patagonia – shooting photography throughout the journey.  His work is compelling and you are cordially invited to this event on Friday April 26th.  The showing will be held from 5-8pm at the William Matthew’s Studio (2540 Walnut St).

Gear Review: Simms AlumiBite Star Cleat

By: Apr 18, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
So while the snow, sleet, rain, hail, etc. etc. continues to fall here in Colorado and your thoughts meander toward gear and fishing this weekend, check out this review about AlumiBite Star Cleats by Michael Gracie.  If you have been thinking about alternatives to felt bottomed boots, this gear review should answer your questions.  Here is a sound bite: "Several years back Simms introduced their Vibram sole, complete with a tread pattern that was supposed to compensate for previous...

Colorado Snowpack Update - It Just Keeps Getting Better

By: Apr 17, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Pick your idiom: it ain’t over till it’s over, it isn’t over till the fat lady sings, don’t count your chicken until they’re hatched. No matter which saying you prefer, these are all great ways to describe the roller coaster spring weather we are experiencing in Colorado, and how it will ultimately affect our 2013 Snowpack and summer fishing season.  As noted by Scott Willoughby of the Denver Post, thanks to the recent bout of wintery weather, our statewide...

Roaring Fork River Fly Fishing Report: April 16th

By: Apr 16, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
AKA: The Calm Before the Storm.

How Was Fishing This Weekend? – April 15th Edition

By: Apr 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We asked for the question… again.  Our customers delivered the goods.  Here is what we found in Monday’s mailbag: 1) Deanna Dozsak had this to say about fishing on the South Platte River:“Great fishing!!! Here are some of our pictures. We enjoyed every minute of the great outdoors of Colorado. Beautiful day of beautiful trout fishing!” 2) Andy McKinley from our pals down at Duranglers hooked and landed this rainbow on the Animas River. 3) Looks...

You Remember Tim Romano?

By: Apr 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo: Tim Romano Tim Romano just got back from a fly fishing tarpon mission in the Florida Keys and Miami – to call his fishing report and slide show epic… is an understatement.  Here’s a taste: “My trip to Key West last week was a nutty one: two rods broken, three falls by one guy off the bow, a destroyed rental car, night fishing for tarpon, and a few new species in the bag.”   Photo: Tim Romano Tim Romano was in the shop last month and gave a...

Arkansas River Fly Fishing Report: April 12, 2013

By: Apr 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Based on the Arkansas River report from April 6th, a return trip was required.  This time we decided to try a new section of the river and fished the lower Ark between Cañon City and Cotopaxi.  The weather was about the same – chilly with moderate and sporadic wind.  The water was a bit off color so we decided to get the morning started by nymphing – we threw stonefly nymphs including the Stone Bomb, San Juan Worms, and mercury RS2s… and then the hatch...

Product Spotlight: The Smethurst Stone Bomb

By: Apr 11, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo by Nate Bronson Here’s what we have to say about the Smethurst Stone Bomb: “If you're looking for a dirty stonefly pattern, look no further than the Smethurst Stone Bomb.  Heavy, durable and realistic, this fly has it all.  Nymph is deep or behind a big bushy hopper, either way it's a fish catching machine. “Frank Smethurst is well known for his work in Running Down The Man, and Eastern Rises (two cult classic fly fishing films), and makes his...

Get your switch on – April 20th

By: Apr 10, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This fish was hooked and landed on our Featured Property - fishing report below We have only three seats left for our Switch Rod and Spey Casting Clinic being held on April 20th.  The class is only $275 and you will get a chance to get into big migratory rainbow trout that are moving from the Colorado River up into the Lower Blue River.  In addition to a great fly fishing opportunity, you’ll also get to learn the basics of two handed casting and the benefits of single hand...

Trouts Fly Of the Week Challenge

By: Apr 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Who’s that guy holding the brown trout and what fly did that fish just eat?  The first person that can come up with these two answers wins a Trout’s Signature T-Shirt.  If you’re looking for a clue, check out the new issue of Fly Rod & Reel Magazine – Spring 2013, pg. 6.  Or check out our flies online – conveniently organized by bug hatch.

How was fishing this weekend?

By: Apr 08, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Will Hollister stuck this cut in a tributary of the Colorado River We asked the question.  You sent the photos.  See for yourself what fly fishing in the springtime looks like in Colorado.  Steven Michels landed this cuttie in the South Platte drainage. Josh Wallis shows off an awesome fish – location: unknown. Chris Pepper is becoming a regular here on the Trouts page.  Chris hooked and landed this fish in the South Platte system.  Another...

Arkansas River Fly Fishing Report: April 6, 2013

By: Apr 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
 The Ark is known for brown and rainbow trout – and that is what we were after.  Make the jump for the entire report. 

The Permit Monkey

By: Apr 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
For me, the feeling lasted for all of about twelve and a half minutes.  Give or take.

SIMMS ONLINE EVENT - WEDNESDAY APRIL 10, 11AM

By: Apr 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This will be like "Ask A Gearhead" on steroids with a live question-and-answer period and cool product give-aways.

Back By Popular Demand: Casting and Cocktails!

By: Apr 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here’s what we bring - a quiver of Sage ONEs, Scott A4s, a couple switch rods, and a massive Yeti cooler filled with ice. Here’s what you bring - a desire to learn how to fly cast or improve your current casting skills... and BYO canned B (be aware, Park regulations state beer needs to be 3.2%). Here’s where/when we bring it: April 25th 5:00-7:00pm on the South East Corner of Washington Park (Louisiana and Gilpin). -       Do you want to get...

“WHAT A TROUT SEES” - BOOK SIGNING WITH GEOFF MUELLER

By: Apr 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo by Kat Yarbrough Geoff Mueller is senior editor at The Drake Magazine and just authored the book "What a Trout Sees: A Fly-Fishing Guide to Life Underwater."  The photography in the book is by Tim Romano and the forward is by Tom Bie (owner/publisher of the Drake Magazine).  Geoff will be here in the shop on April 18 from 6-7pm to give a quick talk about the book and to sign new copies.  Put this one on your calendar!  A North Vancouver native, Geoff squandered...

More Great News For The South Platte River!

By: Apr 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This rainbow trout was hooked in the Denver South Platte and taped at 19" - not too shabby for a city fish One of the projects that we have all been working so hard for has finally started.  On March 25, The River Enhancement Project began in the section of the South Platte near the Carson Nature Center. This is the first of at least two projects that are designed to improve and enhance the metro section of the South Platte River.  Here are a few quick facts and highlights that...

Trouts Spotlight: Brian Schmidt - Fly Production Specialist

By: Apr 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Brian Schmidt making it happen in the Front Range. Think all flies are created equally?  Think again.  Meet Brian Schmidt, the man who was put on this earth to make sure that the Umpqua flies that end up in your box – and ultimately at the end of your tippet and in front of a fish - meet the most rigid design and production quality standards.  All because… Brian wants you to catch more fish. We were able to visit the Umpqua Headquarters located in Louisville,...

Gear Review: Ross RX

By: Mar 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Ross RX getting bent on a false albacore off the coast of Nantucket What we say I first fished the Ross RX off the coast of Nantucket, MA casting giant squid patterns for false albacore.  I was first using a textured line that absolutely ripped my hands apart.  I quickly moved to my back up reel – and completely burned out the drag on the next albie I hooked - and puked off the side of the boat.  Despite all the line and reel mishaps, I walked away from that trip...