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.
Anyone who has taken to fly fishing already understands that it is a sport far above the ordinary. The enlightened angler should also be above reproach.
Having recently lost my net, recently being last summer, I have been in the market for a new one. Luckily for me Brandon Lenderink, Owner of Cornerstone Creek Nets, came walking through the door here at Trout's Fly Fishing to showcase his new line of high-quality wooden landing nets with clear PVC bags.
Catching the green drake hatch on the Fryingpan is one of the greatest spectacles found here in the Rocky Mountain West. I was well prepared for such an event due to the fact that in my hand was a Winston BIIIx 4 weight, 8' 6", dry fly chucking machine. The rod is light in the hand, extremely versatile and deadly accurate.
The most obvious feature of Sage's 3800 CF Series of reels is its very minimal weight, the carbon fiber spool allows for a reel that is, in most cases, a full ounce lighter than similarly sized competitors.
Being the naysayer that I am, my first initial thoughts regarding a Boa closure system being incorporated into a wading boot was...why? What's wrong with laces? My sentiments have since changed. Here's why...
On a recent trip to Bolivia to chase Golden Dorado, I was fortunate enough to travel with our local Sage representative, who just so happened to have a prototype of the new Sage ONE in a 9' 9wt. On our second day of fishing, I was given the rod to take out and put through the ringer.
Having been a fan of Rio's fly lines for many years, the Rio Gold and Rio Grand fly lines are fantastic. Upon inspection of "line profile" I decided this is what I needed, a long body and front taper, wrapped around a extremely supple core. I thought to myself that this thing should place a #16 Royal Stimulator into a 6" wide feeding lane with pinpoint accuracy, which it does...perfectly.
Gone are the days when that fish slips through your hands as your go to unhook it, only to speed off in an attempt to give you a "taste of your own medicine"...in the form of digging your dropper into your hand! We've all been there...painful.
This is one of the most effective patterns we have fished with here in Colorado. Rainbows, browns, cutthroat and brookies all want to eat this fly.
I personally use my Day's Worth as a midge box, opting to keep all my tiny nymphs on the magnetic pad and my small midge dries on the foam strips.
I was first introduced to the Palsa Pinch On Floats strike indicators while fishing the Yampa River tailwaters below Stagecoach State Park.
I will say I am impressed with Nomad's Long handle "Guide" net after using it on several outings and landing multiple species of fish.
After wearing Simms new Pursuit Gore-Tex shoes, I am thoroughly impressed with the quality and durability of the shoe.
I haven’t been much for fancy luggage since an upscale suit bag I was toting disappeared from a baggage claim area in 1995. I’ve used plain brown wrapper ever since.
So when I packed up a 9wt. Sage Xi3 Fly Rod for my trip to Bolivia, I was a bit hesitant that the rod would be a bit too fast for my liking.
The Velocity is the true workhorse on the Lamson line. The Velocity is Lamson's lowest priced reel that still retains all of the key features that make Lamson one of the best reel lines on the market.
Loon Outdoors UV Knot Sense is a must have product when you head out to the river.
When I presented this fly into any soft pocket or back eddy along the far bank, fish literally did cartwheels trying to track this thing down.
Having tied on this vise for the last three years, I can say that, without a doubt, it is the most capable and versatile vise I have ever tied on.