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.  

Two Great Fly Fishing Events You Should Attend!

By: Nov 20, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Do you want to get more engaged with fly fishing, conservation and improving fish habitat in Colorado? 

Don’t Forget About Small Business Saturday - November 24th!

By: Nov 19, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Shop Small and Save Big on November 24th!  Small Business Saturday - Stop into Trout's Fly Fishing on Saturday November 24th, make a purchase over $100 and you will earn a $25 Trout's gift card that you can use with your next purchase.  Thinking about making a fly rod, fly reel, fly line, or other type of fly gear purchase for the holidays?  Check out our online store to see the brands we carry and other end of season close out specials.  In addition to this, if...

Fly Tying and Travel

By: Nov 19, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Q: How can you take your next destination fly fishing trip to the next level?

This Week’s Winner

By: Nov 16, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Our “Best of 2012” Photo Contest is officially el fuego.  We’ve had some great submissions on instragram and we want to thank everyone who has participated so far.  This week’s winner is Daniel Byrnes AKA “beertrout.”  This image really grabbed our attention.  Nice work beertrout – congratulations.  This week’s prize: a Rio Grand weight forward fly line ($74.95 MSRP!) with the following features:...

Be Careful Out There

By: Nov 14, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We spend a lot of time talking to customers about traveling, fly fishing and adventure - not necessarily in that order.  One thing we always try to discuss is the importance of planning and taking the proper safety precautions.  Bad things rarely happen, but when they do it is critically important to be prepared - especially if you are in a remote location.  Here is a story by Jim Klug from Yellow Dog Fly Fishing that painfully proves this point. "As someone who literally...

Adventure Travel and Fly Fishing: Part II

By: Nov 12, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you are planning a do-it-yourself-trip and leaving the borders of the United States, planning and research is essential. 

Best of 2012 Photo Contest - Win a New Westwater Sling Pack

By: Nov 09, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With only two months left in the year, Trout's Fly Fishing and fishpond put our heads together and figured out it was a great time for another photo contest. 

Women’s Bonefishing School at Andros South Lodge

By: Nov 08, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Looking for something to do in January?  Our friends at Deneki Outdoors are running a bonefish school for women hosted by Colorado's very own Kara Armano from January 5th to the 12th, 2013.  Greg Thomas has a great write up on Angler's Tonic. Kara Armano... with a tarpon "What’s a Bonefishing School? We’ve been teaching folks about bonefishing for 6 years now.  These schools take place over a week-long stay at Andros South, and combine a full day of...

Adventure Travel and Fly Fishing: Part I

By: Nov 07, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Like it or not, it is that time of the year again. 

Hops and Rods - November 10!

By: Nov 06, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Come join Trout's Fly Fishing, fishpond, and Oskar Blues Brewery on November 10 for a beer tasting and rod casting event you will not soon forget. 

Report from the Denver South Platte

By: Nov 05, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Denver Trout Unlimited posted a great report by Ronnie Crawford that covers the electro shocking project on the Denver South Platte by Colorado Parks and Wildlife last month.  The team surveyed a small stretch of the river that is scheduled for a major renovation and improvement effort next year.  Does the Denver South Platte have the potential to become a world class fishery?  Make the jump to find out what species are successfully reproducing in the South Platte. ...

Feel the Sustut Steel

By: Nov 02, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Simply put, there is nothing easy about fishing for Steelhead.  The expanse to which these fish travel is huge, their numbers are minimal to say the least, and their propensity to eat a fly is by no means guaranteed.  They are a fish for the angler looking for a challenge of skill, mind and body.  Skill to get the fly where it needs to be, mind to overcome to relentless mental challenge of fishing for a fish that isn’t eating, and the beating your body takes wading through...

Steelhead on the Brain

By: Nov 01, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It is a do-it-yourself trip. 

Trout’s Spotlight: Cody Hoeckelberg

By: Oct 31, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Casting for Recovery is another reason we volunteer. 

Road Trip: Steelhead Part III

By: Oct 29, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Olympic Peninsula -  home to big and wild steelhead.

10 Things I Learned While Fishing for Steelhead

By: Oct 26, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
At the end of every fly fishing trip I take, whether domestic or abroad, I find it usefull to take notes on the experience so you'll be better prepared the next time you make a similar journey.  After a 10 day trip to Northern British Columbia, here's my list of DO's and DO NOT's when chasing fall run steelhead: 1.  Canada is very cold in October, bring LOTS of clothing. 2.  When it is really cold out, beer tastes good, but whiskey tastes better. 3.  Fly...

Report from the “Dream Stream”

By: Oct 25, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Scott Willoughby wrote a great piece in the Denver Post about the late Charlie Meyers and co-author Kirk Deeter who wrote the Little Red Book of Fly Fishing.  Willoughby and Deeter spent the day on the "Dream Stream" and reflected on Meyers' approach to fishing and the new Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area.  It is well worth the read. Photo Scott Willoughby Between casts and occasional catches, conversation revolved around fishing, writing and the icon who brought it, and us,...

Road Trip: Steelhead Part II

By: Oct 24, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
This is part two of a three part introduction to travel in the Pacific Northwest that we covered here at the shop in early October.  

Mark Your Calendars: November 1st

By: Oct 23, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd

Road Trip: Steelhead Part I

By: Oct 22, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
It is primetime steelhead season in the Pacifc Northwest.