Fresh Off The Press, The Drake Magazine - Spring 2012

By: Mar 14, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
  GET SOME!!!

Guest Post on the Current Conditions at Waterton Canyon

By: Mar 08, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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.  As such, we have decided to give Randy the floor here so to speak, and fill all of us in on what is going on up in Waterton...

Waterton Canyon Update

By: Mar 07, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
On March 1,  Waterton Canyon opened to the public for the first time since July 2010 (click here to learn more about the reasoning behind this closure).  While this was a highly anticipated event for the Denver angling community, high expectations of epic fishing were quickly deminished to tales of no fish, poor conditions and speculation that Waterton Canyon was now void of aquatic life.  By Monday morning, we were fielding numerous phone calls and emails in the shop from...

Fly fishing the ocean surf offers challenges and waves of adventure

By: Mar 06, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here in Colorado we have a ton of fly fishing enthusiasts, and each and every one of them has a favorite stream or spot on the river that provides both the serenity and thought of fly fishing, as well as the thrill of a good catch. But that’s most often on a stream with the current heading in one direction, or on a plains or mountain lake where the only real waves are made by pesky motor boat operators. For surf fishing, you have to travel to the ocean – the Northeast, the Southeast...

Redfish Rookie

By: Mar 05, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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! For weeks prior to our trip I watched every Redfishing video I could find, and studied proper flats boat etiquette to try and prepare myself for what would be an “epic fishing trip!” After many sleepless nights and days spent daydreaming of Bull Reds, the time had come to head to NOLA. I had bought...

Waterton Canyon is OPEN

By: Mar 02, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
At long last, Denver Water has re-opened the Waterton Canyon section of the South Platte River.  Having been closed for nearly a year, this will undoubtedly be a highly sought after fishing location for the coming month(s).  There will be another 3-4 week closure in the spring to allow the contract to remove the 75 ton dredger from the reservoir, but this is on hold until the ice on Strontia Springs Reservoir has fully melted.  In the mean time, head on out and enjoy some great...

Fly casting: basic tips and techniques, plus practice, practice, practice

By: Feb 28, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Every beginning fly fisher thinks that the experienced angler is an expert who never misses a beat. Meanwhile, every experienced angler knows all too well that there are good days and bad days. Casting a fly rod is a lot like playing golf: practice and more practice will hone the skill and make it more possible to replicate the proper movements time and again. Even a Phil Mickelson or a Lefty Krey, on his best day, shanks one into the trees. But they keep on practicing. The object of mastering...