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...