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...

Name That Water - Blog Edition

By: Feb 13, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The first person to name this water wins a brand-spankin'-new-hot-off-the-press Trout's Signature Trucker Hat.  Get after it!

Get Your Grand Slam Here

By: Feb 11, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It is that time of the year once again.  Take your pick or chase all three.  Bonefish tailing Permit eating Tarpon... crushing Which situation gets your blood going... the most?

February Fly Fishing Report

By: Feb 08, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
“Are you into watching the Super Bowl on Sunday?” I asked. “Nope,” was the response. “Wanna go fishing?” I queried.  “Yes.” I had this conversation on four separate occasions last week. The end result was same each time.  And with that, a fishing mission was born. I’m a big believer in trying to stack the cards in my favor when possible.  Making a run to the South Platte River in February and hiking into Cheesman...

Trout’s Spotlight: Copi Vojta

By: Feb 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout’s Spotlight: Copi Vojta If you have picked up a recent copy of the Flyfish Journal and have been stunned by the photography, you’ll want to meet the man who helps to make it all happen.  In addition to being the Photography Editor at Flyfish Journal, Copi is a rock star behind the lens himself.  His work is being shown tonight at Surface Film and his photography has been hung on the wall since the event was created three years ago.  In addition to a great eye...

Trout’s Cancels Annual Fly Fishing Trip (Boo!)

By: Feb 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Breaking News! Trout’s sends shop guys across the planet to fulfill piscatorial dreams!  (Whoo hoo!)

Who’s Behind the Lens?

By: Feb 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The first member of the Trout’s Contingent to accurately identify the guy behind the lens in this photo wins a SWEET Defend the Upper Colorado T-Shirt.  Here’s a hint: his work is being shown at tomorrow's Surface Film exhibit. Fire away. 

ON-STREAM BEGINNER FLY FISHING SCHOOL- March 16 and April 13

By: Feb 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
(Photo Joe Kingery) Do you know someone who wants to start fly fishing?  Interested in rebuilding your own fly fishing skills from the ground up?  This is a one day fishing class that is held on one of our famous private properties. Students will learn the basics of fly fishing including casting, reading water, entomology, and fly selection. We have two dates that are open this spring. On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School $195 6 Student Limit Class Dates:  March 16,...

Experience Fly Fishing and Colorado With Trout’s Guide Service

By: Feb 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
(Photo Joe Kingery) 2013 Spring Education Curriculum At Trout’s, our mission is to make fly fishing more accessible for everyone.  Whether you are brand new to fly fishing or if you are a seasoned angler, we have classes, events and trips that will help you take your fly fishing to the next level.  For the Spring Season of 2013 we have cooked up quite a curriculum.  For anyone who has never fly fished before or if you are just looking to go back to the basics and...

Surface Film3

By: Feb 01, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Who: you, the Greenbacks, a ton of great photography, and just about everyone who owns a fly rod in the greater Denver area When: Thursday February 7, 7:00pm Where: Anthology Fine Art Gallery (635 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO) What: the most cutting edge, hair raising, and serene fly fishing photography is on display and for sale (think Vojta, Romano, Landeen, and others from across the country). Framed prints will be available through a silent auction to benefit the Greenback’s work to...

Gallatin River Tsunami

By: Jan 31, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This recent video from the Gallatin River in Montana caught our attention.  Chatter from youtube where it was originally posted: Scott: "How did you know this was going to happen?" Johathan: "I was passing by on the way to Big Sky. It must have started 10 minutes earlier. I drove by a section of the stream and saw a brown roiled mess from bank to bank. I drove down stream and found people on a bridge, watching the ice pass under them. I continued down until I...

Only Four Seats Left!

By: Jan 30, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Call the shop at 877.464.0034 to reserve your spot. Learn to tie trout patterns for this spring or get ready for your saltwater trip. Take your fly fishing experience to a new level with Trout's Fly Fishing. 

Trout’s Spotlight: The YR Ranch

By: Jan 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Property Spotlight - The YR Ranch The YR Ranch is a Featured Private Water and favorite fishing destination for Trouts Guide Service.  Located on the Lower Blue River just outside of Kremmling Colorado, this property is not to be missed by anyone looking for an opportunity to experience a world class Colorado trout fishery. Late February through April is a unique season for the YR Ranch. During this time, rainbow trout push out of the Colorado River into the Lower Blue River and anglers...

Trout’s/Costa VIP Party and F3T!

By: Jan 28, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We didn’t capture all of the hijinks from the Fly Fishing Film Tour on Saturday night... but came pretty close.

Defend the Upper Colorado River

By: Jan 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout’s Fly Fishing, Costa Sunglasses, and our VIP Customers are all pumped to be going to the Fly Fishing Film Tour tonight.  All of the VIP ticket sale proceeds are being donated to the Defend the Upper Colorado Coalition and Colorado Trout Unlimited.  Together, we raised $1200 for a great local cause.  Check out this video and the Defend the Upper Colorado Coalition to see how you can participate and help out.  Or, if you are going to the show tonight, track down...

The 8:00 F3T Show is SOLD OUT!

By: Jan 25, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
BUT... we still have tickets for the Fly Fishing Film Tour 5:00pm show on sale here at the shop. Or, get 'em HERE online while they are hot (in-store pick up ONLY).  Trout’s Fly Fishing would like to thank everyone for supporting this event and we look forward to seeing you at the Oriental Theater.  If you have purchased tickets online and plan to pick them up here at Trout’s, please swing by the shop BEFORE 4:00pm on Saturday.  We will be closing the shop...

Great News for the Denver South Platte!

By: Jan 24, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd

Winter Fly Fishing in Colorado Part III

By: Jan 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you are not an avid winter angler, the value of research and preparation cannot be understated.  

Special ISE Shop Hours

By: Jan 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
  Special ISE Shop Hours:   We’re going to close the shop and be at the International Sportsmen’s Exposition in full force this week.  Come on down to see us at the Convention Center - we guarantee it will be worth your while.  We’ll have great gear specials, Fly Fishing Film Tour Tickets on sale in our booth, and the show is going to be jam packed with great fly fishing gear and presenters.   Shop Hours   Wednesday January 16th-21st:...

Winter Fly Fishing in Colorado Part II

By: Jan 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
In many rivers here in the Rocky Mountain West a trout’s diet consists of small midges, stoneflies, and mayflies.  In most rivers during the winter, you’ll find fish more densely consolidated and sticking together in deeper runs.  You will want to look for slower moving water that will bring the fish insects in a consistent manner where they do not have to expend a ton of energy. “The winter months are the “small bug” time of year, Reid Baker, Guide...

Freestone Outfitters and Trouts Fly Fishing Partnership

By: Jan 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Two Successful Small Businesses in Denver Join Together to Promote Fly Fishing and Tourism in Colorado Denver, CO (January 14, 2012) –Trout’s Fly Fishing and Freestone Outfitters today announced a new partnership and full-service guided fly fishing business – Trout’s Guide Service.  Trout's Guide Service is committed to making fly fishing more accessible for everyone, from would-be enthusiasts to dedicated anglers who want to explore Colorado’s abundant...

Spotlight: Sage CIRCA Fly Rod

By: Jan 10, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Sage CIRCA Fly Rod In Pursuit of FAST, Sage Reinvented SLOW. The CIRCA Fly Rod with Konnetic technology is a game changer in the slow-action style of dry fly fishing. Its hypnotically smooth slower tempo combined with crisp and precise loading and unloading of each cast results in unmatched accuracy and delicate presentations. “I was always a fan of the Sage 389 LL – it became a cult classic,” said shop rod guru Michael Gracie.  “When I first cast the CIRCA my...

Winter Fly Fishing in Colorado Part I

By: Jan 08, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It seems that the balmy days of late November and early December are all but a warm memory. 

Year in Review Part V

By: Jan 07, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We’re going to wrap up our 2012 Year In Review photo essay.  

Get on the Bus!

By: Jan 04, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout’s Fly Fishing is stoked to once again be your ticket headquarters for the 2013 Fly Fishing Film Tour for both the 5:00pm and 8:00pm show at the Oriental Theater.

Year in Review Part IV

By: Jan 02, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Happy New Year!  Trout’s would like to thank you all one last time for your continued support and patronage. 

Year in Review - Part III

By: Dec 28, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is our third installment.  Up on deck: May and June.

Year in Review - Part II

By: Dec 27, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We've put together a photo series to review some of the great times we – and our customers - had last year and to check out some of the amazing water we were able to fish. 

Year in Review - Part I

By: Dec 24, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This year is quickly coming to a close and Trout’s Fly Fishing would like to thank you all for your business and your support.

Holiday Hours

By: Dec 21, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Looks like the Mayans had it all wrong and we're still here.  To celebrate, visit Trout's Fly Fishing during our special Holiday Hours: December 22 - 9am-5pm December 23 - 9am-5pm December 24 - 10am-3:00pm December 25 - Closed December 26 - Closed December 27, 28, 29, 30 - Regular Store Hours December 31 - Closed January 1 - Closed

Sign Up Now For Our January Fly Tying Class!

By: Dec 21, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This is a great holiday gift for the angler who already has everything.  Click HERE for more details.  Limi

Calling all carp Aficionados

By: Dec 20, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Are you in hibernation mode?  If so... you need to read this. 

Fight the Freeze

By: Dec 19, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Looking to avoid ice in your eyelets during the cold months of winter?  So are we.  Here is another great winter fly fishing tip from our friends over at Field and Stream’s Fly Talk.  “The one thing I can't stand about winter fly fishing is ice forming in the guides of my rod. But there's a cheap, simple fix for that.” Click HERE for the full post.

December Fly Fishing Report

By: Dec 18, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We've said it before... don't put the fly rods away just yet.  Check our our latest guide report from the South Platte River at Deckers. 

Big Winners!

By: Dec 17, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout’s would like to thank everyone who joined us for our Holiday Happy Hour.  We had a blast and we hope you did as well.  We also want to thank all of our sponsors who donated raffle items and helped to generate over 180 pounds of canned goods that have been donated to the Food Bank of the Rockies.  Without further ado… we’d like to announce our raffle item winners! Winner of a Guided Fly Fishing Trip for two: Ben Wedel Winner of the Winston and...

Time for another installment of…

By: Dec 13, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
"I have a poker that I can use from here, right from my desk. I’m here at the computer and I can grab the poker, hook open the stove door, poke around in the fire for a few seconds, push the door closed, go back to the computer, and take a sip of bourbon." Click HERE for more....

Give, Shop, and Go Big Tomorrow!

By: Dec 12, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Let’s go and give big!  Based on requests from our out-of-town and out-of-state followers, we’ve set up a virtual food donation page at the Food Bank of the Rockies and made a few tweaks to our raffle.  Here is how you can give, shop and win big tomorrow: For a chance to win a $500 Simms shopping spree here in the shop or our online store: -       Make a $10 donation online to the Food Bank of the Rockies between now and 9:00pm tomorrow...

Winter Fishing Tactics

By: Dec 10, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The snow that fell this past weekend on this mountain pass will be the source of flows for the Blue River and the Colorado River next year. It feels like we might have finally made the seasonal switch to winter here in Colorado.  It was fun while it lasted, but fishing in short sleeves in December was starting to get a little weird.  Now that we’ve made the turn into the colder months, we’re going to share some solid tactical information to help make your fishing more...

And the Winner Is….

By: Dec 07, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout's Fly Fishing is proud to announce the winner of this year's "Best of 2012" fly fishing photo contest.  Drum roll please....

Attention Steelhead Junkies

By: Dec 07, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Attention steelhead junkies and gearheads: our pals over at Deneki Outdoors have a really cool steelhead rig and gear contest going on right now. Here is a snippet from their contest rules: "We want you to write up your favorite steelhead rig, in the same basic format that we use in our ‘Expert Rig’ series. We want to know the specific models of rod, line and reel that you use. We want to know every knot that you use from arbor to fly. We want to hear your commentary on why...

Not-So-Winter Winter Fishing Report

By: Dec 06, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I don’t do a ton of winter fly fishing - but I always look forward to it.  

Don’t Miss Trout’s Holiday Happy Hour!

By: Dec 06, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout's Holiday Happy Hour: December 13th When: 4-9pm Where: 1303 E. 6th Avenue, Denver CO 80218 Do you want a chance to win an all-inclusive day of guided fly fishing on a world class river in Colorado? How about a $500 Simms shopping spree here at the shop? What about a brand-spankin’ new Scott Fly Rod? All you have to do is visit Trout’s Fly Fishing on Thursday December 13 and bring along three (3) canned food items that will be donated to the Food Bank of...

Best of 2012 Photo Contest - Vote Now!

By: Dec 03, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Best of 2012 Photo Contest - The Short List Trout's Fly Fishing would like to thank ALL of the contributors who participated in our “Best of 2012” photo contest.  We’ve put together a short list of front-runners and we want you to vote for your favorite here on our blog. Once we’ve reviewed all the results and conferred with our pals at fishpond, we’ll announce the winner at the end of the week.  The Grand Prize?  A fishpond Sling Pack. ...

Go Whitey Go!

By: Nov 30, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
At Trout’s Fly Fishing, we’re big fans of rooting for the underdog.  Here's a great piece on the much-maligned mountain whitefish by Denver Post's Scott Willoughby. "Unlike the regal rainbow and fierce brown trout these high-mountain bottom-dwellers share habitat with, whitefish are actually native to Colorado rivers. Mostly they suffer from an image problem." CLICK HERE for the entire Denver Post Article.

Another Photo Contest Winner!

By: Nov 29, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Our “Best of 2012” Photo Contest continues to crank and we have a slew of great submissions on instagram.  This week’s winner…

Trip Report: Ascension Bay

By: Nov 27, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
“Cast again.  More further.  Beeeg Permit.  Cast again,” hissed Antonio. Cast again?  More further? My eyes searched the water for any type of movement – a shadow or maybe a tail.  I hadn’t even seen the fish, let alone cast at him.  I wouldn’t say the language barrier was completely broken, but I certainly understood my situation.  My guide, Antonio, pointed into a zone of darker water where the shallow sandy flat moved into...

Shop Small and Save Big This Weekend!

By: Nov 21, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We know that you are probably getting bombarded with promotions right about now so we'll get right to the point.