Q: How can you take your next destination fly fishing trip to the next level? A: Learn to tie your own flies. Tying flies is not necessarily easy – but it certainly isn’t rocket science. Like most things involved in fly fishing, you can make tying just about as simple or as complex as you want. One way to really change your approach to a destination fly fishing trip – and perhaps increase the challenge and ultimately your level of satisfaction – is to tie your...
Our “Best of 2012” Photo Contest is officially el fuego. Interested to see who won a Rio Grand weight forward fly line this week? Make the jump to see how you can get in on the action.
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...
If you are planning a do-it-yourself-trip and leaving the borders of the United States, planning and research is essential. The internet can be a great place to begin your research and perhaps one of the timeliest sources of data. Figuring out the right questions about adventure travel is the easy part. Seeking out the right answers from a credible source is the challenge. It’s just like putting together the pieces to an intricate puzzle – but first you have...
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. A few months ago we ran the CO SLAB contest for images of fish caught here in the great state of Colorado. This time around, we’re opening it up to anglers and species across the nation, we’re going to use instagram...and you have the chance to win a brand-spankin'-new Westwater Sling Pack.
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...
Like it or not, it is that time of the year again.
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.
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. ...
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...
It is a do-it-yourself trip.
Casting for Recovery is another reason we volunteer.
The Olympic Peninsula - home to big and wild steelhead.
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...
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,...
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.
It is primetime steelhead season in the Pacifc Northwest.
Fall fishing is here and the streamer fishing is picking up in Colorado.
It might be a bit windy out there but carp fishing season on the Denver South Platte is not over yet.
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. Fans of fishbeer are devout and write things like: “Come on DUDE! It's nearly the end of "next week". I must know if you lost a hand or an eye attempting to land a Northern Michigan Muskie with...
Trout’s Fly Fishing was able to talk spey casting with Andrew Bennett from Deneki Outdoors.
Geoff Mueller is the former managing editor of Fly Fisherman Magazine and currently senior editor at The Drake Magazine and a contributing editor at Angling Trade Magazine. A few weeks back Trout's Fly Fishing was lucky enough to recruit Geoff as an assistant burger flipper for our Customer Appreciation Day. Geoff has fished in the Arctic, Cuba, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, the Bahamas and more, and spends most of his on-the-water time chasing and studying trout in Colorado and...
This is why we why we volunteer.
Who is ready for one last road trip this fall?
Step right up and get your oven fresh 2013 Simms Gear... wicked early.
Trout’s Fly Fishing has a great line up of customer events and content for October. Check it out!
Greg Thomas from Angler’s Tonic and Fly Rod & Reel gives us a fresh-from-the-water-gear-review from Canada’s Gaspe Peninsula. Greg was able to field test the Sage ONE spey rod. “I’m not a great Spey caster. Some days I have it going and other days I don’t. In fact, my talents seem to change by the hour—one moment I’ll be in control, not forcing the issue, taking time for the D loop to form and launching rockets; the next...
The weather is changing. We know it. You know it. The fish know it. Here are a dozen reasons we like traveling and fishing big bugs in the fall.
The votes are in and it was close! But we have a WINNER...
Our friends over at Fly Talk just posted this story about greenback cutthroat trout and we found it pretty interesting. What do you think about it? "After years of speculation and concern, fish biologists (and anglers) who have endeavored for decades to restore the native greenback cutthroat trout--Colorado's state fish, native to the South Platte River drainage--have learned the truth about the status of this iconic species. I'll start with the bad news." "All of those...
Please join us for our Customer Appreciation Day this Thursday and sample a few local beers from Dry Dock Brewing.
"I’m pretty sure that if the fish took me all the way out to where my dacron backing meets the spool, it would have been game over."
It is election season and it is important to get out and vote. We ran a casting call on Facebook a few weeks back to round up a few die hard fishing dogs. It was tough to narrow the field, but here are the twelve pups we really liked. Don't forget to vote for your favorite dog here on the blog between now and September 26th... the winner will score a Trout's Fly Fishing t-shirt.
Phenom - [fee-nom, fi-nom] noun; Slang - a phenomenon, especially a young prodigy.
This is a must read party people.
"When I got into this business I told myself that my work would by no means affect my fishing. That lasted for about a week."
Here is the scoop on the Redington/Rio Summer Vacation package.
The San Juan River is one of the most prolific tailwater fisheries in the West and is located roughly seven hours from downtown Denver.
As I ran up on the scene of my partner and his hooked fish, warning bells went off immediately in my head.
Designed to build a solid foundation for the aspiring fly tyer, this class will provide a well-rounded introduction to the tools, materials and techniques necessary to create flies that not only look good, but catch fish. All participants will receive an Umpqua feather merchants deluxe fly tying kit (a $146 Value), which includes all the tools and materials needed to start tying popular trout flies. If you have ever had an interest in fly tying, this class is an excellent next...
Are you looking to catch big fish?
Battle of the Bug Tiers - Morlock (Rainy's, Inc) vs. Lipton (Idylwilde) - August 24th.
As expected, with the water clearing on the Lower Colorado River fishing is really starting to heat up. We reached out to our good friend Pete Mott, Owner of Trout Trickers in Gypsum, CO for a brief update on the current conditions on the Colorado below Glenwood Springs. Pete's report is super encouraging and leads us to believe that fishing across Colorado is about to turn on big time. For the first time since late June, the lower Colorado is now clear and...
Carp Slam 6 is right around the corner and Trout’s Fly Fishing is a proud sponsor of the event being held on August 25th.
Trout’s Fly Fishing is going to highlight a number of destinations within a seven hour car ride of Denver.
Knot your average fly fishing event
Trout’s Fly fishing is proud to announce that we had dozens of photos submitted for our first CO SLAB contest.
Road trips come in all shapes and sizes. Some are big. Some are small.
Trout's Fly Fishing would like to thank ALL of the contributors to the CO SLAB photo contest. Each and every image and story has been great.
We know a lot of our local customers and other Colorado anglers will be hitting the high country this weekend for fishing and other summer fun. We just received this report from our friend Pete Mott, Owner of Trouttrickers Guide Service in the Colorado and Roaring Fork river valleys. If you are looking for the skinny on the Frying Pan, Roaring Fork below the Pan, or the lower Colorado River, there is some great real-time information in the following report. “Our rivers...
Hang ‘em high and dry
The temperature: 102 degrees The sky: clear blue The sun: high and scorching The fish: present and accounted for The exchange: Michael Gracie (MG): “You see the fish?” Greg Moran (GM): “Yup.” MG: “Can you make that cast between the two trees?” GM: “Yup.” Prior to this Michael and Greg had spent some time talking about carp feeding behavior and the body language...
Trout’s had a chance to fish a few headwater creeks with Aaron Kindle, who works on the Sportsmen’s Conservation Project for Trout Unlimited.
Who wants to take a shot at a brand new Ross F1 and Sharkskin Fly Line?
Catch More Fish this Summer!
Trout’s Fly Fishing is kicking off our new guiding service and we want you to be a part of it.
Near the top of the Gore Range, there is a little creek that runs cool and clear.
Do you have a burning gear or fishing related question that you need answered?
Scott Fly Rods - Michael Gracie
Q: Guess the Scientific Sub Species
Who’s Your Daddy? Does he like to fish?
Yet another reason why it makes sense to crimp your barb, brought to you by Trouts Fly Fishing.
Here's the dirty details: - Purchase a new black or solid finish reel and receive a solid color nipper at no charge. - Purchase a new fish graphic reel and receive a matching fish graphic nipper at no charge. - Purchase a DeYoung reel and receive a standard brown trout, or standard brook trout nipper at no charge. So if you've been trying to decide on a special gift for the Dad in your life, look no further than an Abel reel to make this a...
TROUT'S FLY FISHING: LOCAL – GLOBAL – FISHY At Trout's Fly Fishing we listen to our customers. We know that you have have a variety of retail options when you are looking to purchase new gear but you shop here for a reason. When we ask our customers why, they tell us: Trout's Fly Fishing employees are experts when it comes to local fisheries here in Colorado We have a wide variety of products that our customers have come to depend on - and we're focused...
There’s no denying it now, Colorado is in for a tough summer of low water. It’s hard to imagine that a year ago we were looking at a reversal of this dilemma, with a massive snow pack and swollen rivers.
Extra-Terrestrials, This vague report came in over the weekend from our pal Geoff Mueller at the Drake Magazine. The details are thin but the photos are top notch. Geoff’s report is as follows: “All dry, all day.” Nice work Geoff. If you have any unidentified flying objects or great fish photos you want to share, send them to email@example.com. - Will Rice
The Colorado program of Casting for Recovery was just held on Sunday, May 20th. This year's retreat was held at the North Fork Ranch in Shawnee and hosted by ranch owners and long-time Casting for Recovery supporters Dean and Karen May. The 520-acre ranch rests along a pristine stretch of the North Fork of the South Platte River, teeming with Rainbow, Brown, and Cutthroat Trout. The mission of Casting for Recovery is to provide fly-fishing retreats specifically tailored for women who have...
Guess Denver Trout Unlimited’s bar tab and win… Last time Denver Trout Unlimited threw a social gathering at the Skylark Lounge they racked up a measly $384 bar tab. On May 22, the Carp Slam VI Season Launch party is happening and we’re taking bets: guess next week’s bar tab at the Skylark and win a Tim Romano original cover print (Angling Trade cover image December 2010 and subject of a Backpacker Magazine article*). We’re playing...
Per Trout's committment to carrying the latest and greatest fly fishing available, we will have these new tippet offerings both in-store and online as soon as they come available.
Register Now, As Spots Are Filling Fast!!!
(Denver, Colo.) – Fly fishing accessories and lifestyle brands, Fishpond and Lilypond, are excited to announce major business changes. After many dedicated years to these brands, co-founder, David M. Thompson has sold 50% ownership interest in Fishpond and Lilypond to Denver businessman Charles H. Kurtz and his family, making the Kurtz’s equal partners with John Le Coq, co-founder and co-owner since 1999. In addition, all operations for Fishpond and Lilypond are moving to a central...
At long last, the time has come. A colmunation of this kind of tallent doesn't come along often. Great writers, artists and anglers writing about the simple passion that brings us all together. We hope you all will buy an e-copy of the first volume, let's keep this idea alive!
The guys over at Ouzel Media put together this video short for us. Thanks guys, came out great!
"You’re standing forty feet apart, hitting a lot of doubles. So often in fact that you can no longer be bothered with pulling out a second net." Enough said, and thanks for sharing. Click here to read the rest of the adventures of Luke Bever and Michael Gracie...
Authors and Contributors: Matt Dun Bob White Davin Ebanks Michael Gracie Alex Landeen Bjorn Stomsness Alex Cerveniak Ralph Bartholdt Bruce Smithhammer Matt Smythe Peter Mcdonald Available April 1st, 2012
There hasn't been a lot of new and inovative products to come about in the fly line category since the debut of the Sharkskin Fly Line by Scientific Angler a few years back. Ultimately, there is only so much you can do to change the taper, color or make-up of a fly line to make the fly fishing industry go "WOW". This is particularly true in that no many new fly lines actually aid the angler in catching fish. All of this changed in 2012 with the debut of the Airflo Ridge...
It's spring, which means our rainbow trout friends are entering their annual spawn, so it's time for us to remind you all of our ethical obligation as anglers when it comes to fishing for spawing trout... DO NOT DO IT!
The current situation up in Waterton Canyon has been a hot topic this week. After our post yesterday on the current conditions up in Waterton Canyon, we were contacted by Randy Hampton, Statewide Public Information Officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, as he wanted to fill us all in on what his agency is doing to address the concerns of the angling public.
At this point we'll have to wait and see if what Colorado Parks and Wildlife says is infact the truth.
For surf fishing, you have to travel to the ocean – the Northeast, the Southeast and Florida, the Gulf Coast, stretches both north and south on the West Coast, or you could go to any number of exotic locations throughout Central and South America, Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe – well, there’s plenty of ocean and beaches throughout the world, that’s for sure. What ties them altogether is the fact that there are plenty of fish in the sea.
When I was told that I was going to be coming along to the Annual Trouts Redfish retreat to Port Sulphur, Louisiana, I was in complete disbelief and as excited as a giddy schoolgirl!
Waterton Canyon is Open after nearly a year closure!
Every beginning fly fisher thinks that the experienced angler is an expert who never misses a beat.
Made in the USA, Abel Reels are made in California!
Mark Twain once wrote, "Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting." Anybody living in the West knows all too well the contensious issue(s) that surround the use and conservation of one of our most precious resources. And as communities continue to expand across the country, there is little doubt that the Water Wars of the West will continue to grow. Colorado is currently at the forefront of this debate, with Northern Colorado Water Officials looking to divert up to 67% of...
Hatch Tempest Pliers Gear Review
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Fishpond Numbus Guide Pack Review
from The Denver Post DENVER—Opponents of the artist Christo's plan to suspend giant fabric panels over parts of the scenic Arkansas River filed a lawsuit Wednesday arguing that federal officials violated environmental laws in deciding last year to approve his Over the River project. A group of University of Denver law students filed suit in federal court on behalf of Rags Over the Arkansas River, or ROAR, just as Christo and his team were making their case before Fremont County...
Professionally guided fly fishing trips offer the novice and the experienced angler alike an opportunity to take fly fishing to a whole new level, but you have to be prepared.
"I have been wearing the Caballito frames with Green Mirror Lenses for about a year, and they are worth their weight in gold especially when you are sight casting to feeding fish." - Cody Hoeckelberg
Fly fishing makes the dead of winter come alive
Trout’s Fly Fishing now an authorized distributor of Costa Del Mar sunglasses
Fly fishing knots tie reel to line, line to lure and fearless anglers to their favorite activity
Fly fishing waders have come a long way. Here’s what to look for...
The basics of loading fly fishing line and backing: it's all in the knots
The Chrome boot is constructed of whitewater rafting material, which is very lightweight and very water resistant. The Toe cap on the boot is made out of a strong rubber composite that adds protection without unnecessary extra weight.