Photo: Carp on the Fly “I used to be a respectable angler...now I fly fish for carp.” - John Montana If you have been in the fly fishing carp game – or idly standing on the banks or sidelines watching from afar – the name John Montana should ring a bell. The blog Carp on the Fly should be on your radar screen if it isn't already.
We fished the Gold Medal water section of the South Platte River on Wednesday May 8th. The weather was dynamic – we had periods of sun, sporadic cloud cover, thunder showers, followed by a steady drizzle of rain – AKA – great spring fishing conditions. Here is the full fly fishing report and a few photos from our day.
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In the first part of this series, we talked about the Denver South Platte River as a carp fishery as well as the fly fishing gear you’ll need to get started on the water. In this installment, we’ll cover the basics of carp physiology to help you understand what makes them tick - and what they naturally eat.
Around town and on the South Platte River, Barry Reynolds known simply as "the Godfather." At Trouts Guide Service, Barry is our go-to guy for carp trips and other "cool water" adventures. We had a chance to sit down with Barry to talk about what inspired him to start his carp odyssey, tips and tricks he's learned along the way and what he has up his sleeve for the fishing season in 2013.
If you fly fish in Colorado pay attention to this: with strong bipartisan support, the Colorado General Assembly has passed Senate Bill 224 to create the Protect Our Rivers license plate. The plate will be available to all CO residents through a tax-deductible contribution of $25 to Colorado Trout Unlimited and 100% of the funds will be used locally to protect, conserve and restore Colorado rivers. Here’s what you can do if you support this effort and Colorado TU: sign the CTU...
Gear reviewer Reid Baker throws a two handed cast (Photo Mark Shamburg-Donohue) Our Guide Manager Reid Baker just led our Switch Rod and Spey casting lesson last week and was able to field test and write a gear review about two Sage ONE switch Rods. Reid has extensive experience fishing in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. He and our students cast the Sage ONE 5116-4 and 6116-4 and these rods produced results. If you are interested in an in depth review of this rod...
Last week brought a mixed bag of weather to the Front Range of Colorado. We fished in blizzard conditions in the South Platte Drainage on Wednesday May 1st but by Friday May 3rd the weather near Deckers was back in the 50s and the sun was out. You have to love spring fly fishing conditions in Colorado.