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...

Spotlight: Trout’s Guide Service – Fly Fishing in Colorado Online Catalog

By: Mar 28, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you have stopped in the shop or caught us one of our recent customer events in Denver, you most likely have picked up our seen our full color eight-page catalog highlighting our shop and fly fishing Guide Service.  If you haven’t, check out our online catalog.  Here is what Kirk Deeter (editor-at-large for Field & Stream Magazine) has to say about Trout’s Guide service: “Trout’s Guide Service represents the best of the best, in that Trout’s is...

2013 Snowpack Update

By: Mar 27, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Denver Water has just announced that Stage 2 Watering Restrictions are going to go into effect April 1, 2013.  Essentially, this will limit the number of days per week households are allowed to water their lawns.  While this announcement may sound alarming to many residents and anglers alike, we at Trout’s would like to “clear the air” so to speak and elaborate on exactly what this ultimately means for our 2013 spring/summer fishing season. You don’t have to...

Waiting for Steelhead: Trout’s BC Trip brings MG some clarity

By: Mar 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I had often wondered about the allure of steelhead fishing, but never could quite get a handle around the idea of standing in the cold and wet, casting a fly with an outsized rod, and waiting.  And waiting.  And waiting. Steelhead fishing is tough for several reasons.  First, there just aren’t that many fish in the river, and when they do arrive from the sea their goal is spawning, not feeding.  Spey casting isn’t easy either – even a proficient...

Gear Review: Trout’s Signature Fly Boxes

By: Mar 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
What we say These fly boxes are awesome.  They have been hot sellers in the shop but I have never been able to test them out in the field.  When I say “test them out in the field” I actually mean stick them in my pocket and walk a saltwater flat.  Before my trip to Honduras I picked up large and medium sized boxes.  I put my smaller bonefish patterns in the smaller box and my larger shrimp and crab patterns in the larger box.  Both of the snap fasteners...

And The Pack Vs. Vest Debate Winner Is…

By: Mar 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Legendary film star and fly angler Frank “I’m-still-runnin’-down-the-man” Smethurst stopped by Trouts today to give us a sneak preview of a few new Scott Fly Rod prototypes.  We asked Frank to be our guest official for our Pack Vs. Vest drawing.  Drum roll please.  And the winner is… Congratulations to Jessica Kubik!  You just won a hot-off-the-screen-press limited edition Trout’s Signature T-Shirt. Send your shirt size and mailing...

Helpful Reminder: Your Colorado Fly Fishing License Expires 03/31/2013

By: Mar 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Yes… we mean you… and your Colorado fishing license.  This weekend is a great time to get renewed for the 2013 fly fishing season.  Don’t forget that all annual licenses issued before 3/15/2013 will expire on 03/31/2013.  The good news: stop by the shop and you can renew your license quickly and easily.  You will also have a chance to pick our brains to figure out where you should go fishing next – we’re always getting up to the minute river...

Pack Vs. Vest: You Decide

By: Mar 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Vest or Waist Pack?  You decide – and tell us why. 

Trout’s Spotlight: Scott Wells and Gyotaku Art

By: Mar 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Come by Trout’s Fly Fishing to see a select collection of gyotaku prints on display by Denver angler and artist Scott Wells.  You might recognize Scott’s work from last year’s Denver Trout Unlimited’s Carp Slam.  Scott designed the amateur and the pro T-shirts as well as donated original prints for auction items in effort to help raise money for the South Platte River (one of which is on permanent display here in the shop - right behind our rack of fly rods...

Umpqua Ledges 500 Waist Pack

By: Mar 20, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
There has been a ton of chatter in the fly fishing world about the new Umpqua Ledges 500 Waist Pack.  Most recently in the Denver Post – and just a few days ago in Boulder’s Daily Camera.  Why all the buzz?  Umpqua was recently awarded the Field & Stream 2013 "Best of the Best" for its Ledges 500 Waist-Pack.  “The new line of technical Umpqua fishing packs have a few really unique design features that set them apart from the rest of the pack, most...

Opportunity To Fish The Lower Blue River

By: Mar 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This 26" bruiser was hooked, landed and safely released this past Saturday on the Lower Blue River - photo courtesy of Reid Baker Trout’s Guide Service just had a last minute cancellation for one of our signature properties on the Lower Blue River this Thursday – March 21.  A last minute trip cancellation = an awesome fly fishing opportunity for you.  As an incentive to get a Trout’s customer to book this trip, we are offering a $40 discount off our full day guide...

North Fork of the South Platte Fishing Report

By: Mar 18, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
There is no doubt that springtime fly fishing in Colorado is upon us.  We had some wind, some rain, snow, big smiles… and a ton of fish hooked and landed this past weekend. 

Keep your eyes on the flows

By: Mar 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Are you planning a fly fishing trip this weekend?  Don’t forget to keep an eye on the flows.  For real-time river flow information across the state that has been conveniently organized, check out our Stream Flows Page. If you are getting out for the first time in March and want to know what to expect at some of Colorado’s more prolific fisheries, check out our Colorado Fishing Conditions Page. We hope these are helpful resources for you.  Have a great weekend and...

10 Ways To Improve Your Fly Fishing Photography

By: Mar 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout’s would like to thank Tim Romano for giving a light’s-out fly fishing photography presentation last night.  We’d also like to thank all of our customers who showed up, packed the house, and enjoyed the show. Tim delivered some great tips on photography and we had a chance to see slide shows from Alaska, Guyana, Colorado and a whole bunch of other super cool destinations.    If you missed the action, don’t worry – here are 10 things that we...

News Flash From BC!

By: Mar 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The telegram from Cody and Gracie was light on details.  It read as follows: "Swung fly –(STOP)- Wild Buck –(STOP)- Very shiny -(STOP)-" We’re assuming all is good in BC.  For more up-to-date and localized fly fishing information here in Colorado, check out our Fishing Reports Page. Stay tuned for an in depth report from the boys in BC when they return next week. 

Blood, Sweat, and Beers – DIY Fly Fishing Report - Guanaja, Honduras

By: Mar 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
10 Things You Should Think About If You Are Planning a Do It Yourself (DIY) Fly Fishing Trip – Salt Water Flats Edition

Video Spotlight: Cuba

By: Mar 08, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Since we’ve been talking about fishing all over the world this week (and our blogmaster is in Honduras) we figured... “Why not Cuba?” Stay tuned next week for your regularly scheduled Trout’s programming to resume and look forward to a Honduras fly fishing report hot off the press.

The ARRIVAL - a film by Umpqua Feather Merchants

By: Mar 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The ARRIVAL from Umpqua Films on Vimeo. Every so often we get some new gear in the shop that gets us all excited and "a buzz".  The arrival of the new line of packs and bags from Umpqua Feather Merchants was one of those moments.  While not anything that is revolutionary to the fly fishing industry, these packs do elevate the level of ingenuity, quality and general appeal that will have other bag manufactures following suit with exciting new offerings.  This is the kind of...

The Things They Carried: British Columbia

By: Mar 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We were able to catch up with Cody Hoekelberg as he was stockpiling warm weather gear and MOW tips in preparation for his trip up to BC with steelheading phenom April Vokey for a week on the Fraser River.  We talked about the allure of steelhead, the lyrics of “Oh Canada”, and Cody’s strategy to keep warm north of the 49th parallel. Trout's: What about the Fraser River made you pull the trigger on this trip?  You guys could pick a location from around the...

Video Spotlight: Tagging Permit

By: Mar 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here’s a great video that shows permit being tagged for research and protection purposes courtesy of our friends at F3T and the folks down at World Angling.  For more on permit tagging, check out Project Permit, a conservation project sponsored by Costa Sunglasses.  Enjoy.

Video Spotlight: Backcountry Dorado

By: Mar 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you need to escape reality for a while, here is a great way to do it.  This video is courtesy of our friends at Catch Magazine.

March Customer Events

By: Mar 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Introduction To Fly Tying When:March 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th Designed to build a solid foundation for the aspiring fly tier, this class will provide a well-rounded introduction to the tools, material and techniques necessary to create flies that catch fish.  All participants will receive an Umpqua Feather Merchants Deluxe Fly Tying Kit ($146 Value), which includes all of the tools and materials needed to start tying popular trout flies.   Fly Fishing Photography Clinic With...

Can You Improve Your Cast? Ask the Magic 8 Ball

By: Mar 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
What does my salt water future hold?  Better ask the Magic 8 Ball.

Fly Fishing Trip Report: Ascension Bay

By: Mar 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here's the quick break down: we spent days one and two getting our feet wet with some bonefish and snook.  Days three and four I was given the opportunity to chase permit while Whitney worked on her tan, and day five concluded our trip with an effort to catch anything that would chase a fly. 

Fly Fishing Photography Clinic With Tim Romano - March 14th

By: Feb 28, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Do you want to take fly fishing photos like a pro this spring and summer?  Trout's Fly Fishing is here to help.  Come join Trout's and Tim Romano on March 14th at 6:00pm on the second floor of the shop.  Tim will present a free clinic to help improve your on-the-water shooting strategy and photography tactics.  This photography clinic will be packed full of tips and advice that will be useful for novices and more advanced photographers. In addition to Tim being in...

Learn The Basics of Fly Fishing - March 21st

By: Feb 27, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When: March 21st – 6:00pm-7:00pm Where: Here at the shop (1303 East Sixth Avenue) Instructor: Cody Hoeckelberg Are you interested in learning the basics of fly fishing so you can enjoy the sport this spring, summer, fall and for years to come?  The goal of this class is to instill a basic understanding of fly fishing gear, equipment, and essentials to prepare first time anglers for a day on the water.  If you or someone you know has been on the fence and thinking about...

The Things They Carried: Guanaja, Honduras

By: Feb 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When I was told to pull up Google Maps and pick a fly fishing location it didn’t take me long.  A few months prior to receiving my marching orders, I had a conversation with 2013 Carpslam partner and owner of our guide service, Clint Packo.  Clint told me about small lodge on the island of Guanaja that he was preparing to open for hosted excursions. The trip had a do-it-yourself feel, easy access to flats, and because of the island’s remote location, seemed to be a bit...

Switch Rod and Spey Casting Clinic - April 20th

By: Feb 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
(Photo Scott Tarrant) Think spey and switch rods are designed only for the Pacific North West, BC, and Alaska?  Think again.  Check out our Switch Rod and Spey Casting Clinic that is being held on the renowned YR Ranch on the lower Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir. On-Stream Switch Rod Fly Fishing School $275 6 Student Limit Class Dates:  April 20, 2013 Learn the basics, versatility and advantages of using a switch rod on the water with one of our...

Winter fishbeer

By: Feb 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is another mind-bending installment of... At Trout’s we’re always trying to explore the bounds of fly fishing and find new stuff – and then share it with our customers. We’ve fished with Matt Dunn, the content creator behind the always–eye-brow-raising and sometimes-hair-raising site fishbeer.com.

Product Spotlight: The New Umpqua Packs Are In!

By: Feb 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Swing by the shop this weekend to check out the new Umpqua packs and bags that just arrived - including the Ledges Waist-Packs, the Overlook CHest Pack, the Surveyor Backpack, the Famous Boat Bag and the Deadline Wet/Dry Duffel. If you are interested in checking out these packs and ordering one at our online store, we have the whole line available HERE.  Don’t forget Trout’s Fly Fishing offers FREE Same Day Shipping (Monday - Friday, during scheduled business hours) with a...

2013 Spring Travel Update

By: Feb 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Hot off the press - this just in.

Trout’s Spotlight: Simms Rivershed Boot

By: Feb 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Sometimes it is better just to let our satisfied customers do the talking.  We received this email last month about the Simms Rivershed boot and thought we would share it in case you were trying to make a decision on wading boots for the upcoming season.  "Killed it again this weekend on the Blue River and I have to say I'm ecstatic about those new Rivershed boots!  Super easy on and off and the traction with 5 screws in front and 4 in back is absolutely the best I've...

Trout’s Spotlight: Davel Lovell

By: Feb 20, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Dave Lovell (Right) with a happy client Dave Lovell was born and raised in Colorado and has been fly fishing for 27 years and is the Head Guide at Trout's Guide Service.  Although Dave has fished extensively in his home state, he is also a well-traveled angler with plenty of fishing stories and experience from abroad.  In addition to being one of our most sought after guides, he is also a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor and also spends time off the water...

Ask a Gear Head – February 21st 2:00pm MST - Sponsored by Simms Fishing Products

By: Feb 18, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Do you have a burning gear or fishing related question that you need answered?  Or... are you interested in winning a Simms Hyalite Rain Shell?  Do you want to connect with a subject matter expert from Simms to ask questions about the new 2013 line?  All three

Sign Up Now For Our March Fly Tying Class!

By: Feb 18, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Seats for our March fly tying class are on sale now and space is limited.  Learn how to tie your own bugs and self sustain your fly box - before the prime time season kicks in. Call the shop to reserve you spot: 877.464.0034

Special Rates for the Rowdy Trout Ranch

By: Feb 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Get Your Year Started The Right Way - today is a good day to book your first fully guided fly fishing trip on private water. The Rowdy Trout Ranch sits on the North Fork of the South Platte River just a short 50 minute drive on Highway 285 from downtown Denver.  With unmatched views of the rugged peaks of Pike National Forest, Mt. Evans Wilderness, and the Lost Creek Wilderness Area, this property offers a unique experience for fly fishing anglers of all skill levels.  The Rowdy...

The Things They Carried: Ascension Bay

By: Feb 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We were able to catch up with Tucker Ladd, Owner of Trout’s Fly Fishing, right before he walked out the door and hopped onto a plane with his wife Whitney bound for Ascension Bay, Mexico.  Tucker was able to share a bit of the planning process as well as goals and aspirations for the trip.  Ascension bay is located on the Yucatan Peninsula just a few hours drive from the popular vacation destination of Cancun.  This area of Mexico is known as one of the most prolific...