Exploring the Buffalo River - Jackson, WY

By: Sep 20, 2014 | Author: Kevin Cooke
Exploring the Hoback, Snake and Buffalo Rivers is a must for any fly angler and it's only 8 hours away.

Keepin’ It Glassy- Featuring Cameron Mortenson

By: Sep 18, 2014 | Author: Kyle Wilkinson
Cameron Mortenson, aka The Fiberglass Manifesto, gives us the skinny on fishing fiberglass fly rods.   

Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula 8/16 - 8/24

By: Sep 04, 2014 | Author: Rick Mikesell
As to be expected, the fishing was phenomenal, the scenery spectacular, and the wildlife abundant.

End of August Colorado Float

By: Sep 03, 2014 | Author: Kevin Cooke
A day on the Colorado with weather, is one you will always remember.

“Set…Fish On!” - Colorado River 8/22

By: Aug 23, 2014 | Author: Kevin Cooke
When an old friend from out of town calls and wants to go fishing, you go! 

Out of Office Reply - a kick off to my Key West adventure

By: May 31, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I felt a certain level of superiority as I sat on the plane awaiting takeoff.  Maybe it was due to the fact I was sitting in first class (a benefit of waiting until the last minute to book your flight, when the price difference between coach and first class is $100), or perhaps is was the fact that I was headed for a 5 day run of tarpon fishing out of Key West.  Ah yes, this is most likely the culprit of my current state of mind.  Looking around the plane, I feel certain that...

The Things They Carried: Mexico Edition

By: May 30, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Courtesy of Clint Packo As you may know, international destination travel is a pretty big piece of the puzzle here at Trouts Fly Fishing.  This year, the shop is sending our team to the ends of the earth in pursuit of new species and fishing experiences. Cody Hoeckelberg will be breaking out his passport once again and this time he is heading south of the border.  He’ll be spending a week in early June exploring areas around Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula.  Here...

The Things They Carried: Whipray Caye Belize

By: May 01, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When Tucker gave us our 2014 Destination Travel marching orders I immediately thought about one thing: permit.  As anyone who has been in the shop or has read our blog over the last year knows, I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to land a permit for quite some time.  Permit fishing is a high stakes game – big risk with a big reward and a lot of variables to think about. With my mind made up about the target species, the next question became where and when and with who. ...

Hosted Trip To the Rio Grande River: SOLD OUT

By: Apr 29, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts would like to thank all of our customers who signed up for our Hosted Trip to the Rio Grande River.  This trip is officially sold out! If you missed out on this one, you can still sign up for our next hosted trip to the Rawah Ranch scheduled for July 11th-13th.

2014 Destination Travel Plans

By: Apr 28, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Destination travel is a very big interest for a lot of our customers here at Trouts Fly Fishing.  We have some extremely seasoned anglers who spend a significant of time each year researching new destinations and returning to amazing fisheries across the globe.  We also have a number of clients who are looking to branch out for the first time.  From steelhead in the Pacific Northwest, redfish in Louisiana to chasing bonefish, permit and tarpon in the Caribbean, there is no doubt...

Gooned At The Lagoon: Part II

By: Apr 15, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Mosquito Lagoon just a the sun begins to rise When we left the dock at 5:30am it was dark out – pitch black.  My guide, Captain John Turcot had approached from the south of Mosquito Lagoon and I could hear the whine of his Hell’s Bay skiff for a good two minutes before he reached me.  As I watched him approach under the stars I could see that he held a hand torch to navigate the small creeks and cuts that riddle this inland waterway.  We were getting a...

Kick’in it on the Big Horn - a Photo Essay

By: Apr 12, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Fishing trips are a special thing.  The utter simplicity of walking away from your day to day life to focus on nothing more than fooling a fish to eat your fly.  A time when the biggest decision you have to make is between 4X and 5X leaders, and what kind of meat you're going to throw on the girll that night.  Is it a Makers night, or maybe should we throw ourselves a curve ball and bust out that bottle of Knob Creek?  Awe yes, fishing trips are a special thing. My most...

Saltwater Fly Fishing Presentation - April 17th

By: Apr 04, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Trouts Fly Fishing for an introduction into saltwater fly fishing and a short presentation that will let you experience the sights and sounds of the Bahamas.  Where: Trouts Fly Fishing (1303 East 6th Avenue Denver, CO 80218) When: April 17th, 6-7pm

Trouts Hosted Trip: The Rio Grande River - June 13th-17th

By: Mar 28, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Trouts Fly Fishing and Tucker Ladd and explore one of the most underrated and unique trout fisheries in the state of Colorado.  Only TWO SPOTS LEFT! The San Luis Valley is Colorado’s largest mountain valley and the Rio Grande River is one of our state’s best-kept secrets. The window to float the Rio Grande is small and we’re going with guides who know this river like the back of their hands. If you have never had the chance to experience the Rio Grande by raft you...

Andros South Lodge Hosted Trip Update

By: Mar 19, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I wanted to drop a quick note to the Trouts Contingent and deliver this preliminary fishing report from the Andros South Lodge.  We left for the Bahamas on Friday evening, flying from Denver to Charlotte on a red eye.  From there, we flew south to Nassau and connected with a puddle jumper over to Congo Town.  After arriving at the Andros South Lodge, our team of seven clients were ready to get after it.

The Things They Carried: South Andros Island, Bahamas

By: Mar 13, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With our hosted trip to the Andros South Lodge in the Bahamas just a few short days away, most of our planning and preparation is behind us.   We’re now in “pack it up” mode.  Between rods, reels, lines, leaders, tippets, and flies – organization and planning can go a long way.

Shut Him Down!

By: Feb 27, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo Courtesy of Chris S. There is nothing we like better then getting a fly fishing report from a customer after we have set them up with gear for an international fly fishing adventure.  We just received this report from Chris S. who we first met back in January.  “I just returned today from Christmas Island ... it was incredible,” said Chris.  “Giant trevally, big bones, all kinds of other species ... including a Barracuda!”

Don’t Let This Happen To You

By: Feb 26, 2014 | Author: Tucker Ladd
When you travel internationally to go fly fishing, things don’t always go as planned.  Actually, I take that back.  Most of the time something, somewhere, somehow… things manage to go awry.  It actually makes sense.  You are going somewhere new, fishing for a new species, making tight connections, using new gear and exploring new water. Sometimes… sXit just happens.

The Things They Carried: Argentina

By: Dec 24, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
2013 was a fairly big year of travel for Trouts Fly Fishing.  2014 will be a big year again for the shop.  Tucker Ladd and his wife Whitney are kicking things off a bit early with a fly fishing trip to Argentina.  Here is a quick spotlight on their pre-trip activity and travel plans. "For this particular adventure I worked with the guys at Damonte Outfitters, a fly shop and guide service located in San Martin De Los Andes in Argentina," said Tucker Ladd.  "They put...

Wading Saltwater Flats 101

By: Dec 09, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Sometimes the best lessons are the ones that sting the most. Last year I was walking a flat with Captain Mike Hennessey just off the coast of Oahu.  We weren't far from Waiki Ki Beach.  This section of Hawaii has fairly extreme tidal shifts - when the water recedes the flats are barren and dry out in the sun.  A few hours later... water three or four feet deep submerge the flats.  It happens fast.  The game plan was to find bonefish on the tidal rise.  You...

Planning A Saltwater Fly Fishing Trip

By: Nov 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  I am a MUCH better person to be around when I have a saltwater trip on the books.  For me, half of the fun about a trip to new and exotic fly fishing locations is the preparation, research and planning that goes into a trip.  Like a brown trout who can feel the winter approaching with the changing of the Aspens, the fall for me means that it is time to get a trip on the calendar.  Last year around this time I was...

Trouts Hosted Trip To Andros South Lodge: SOLD OUT!

By: Nov 27, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing would like to thank everyone who expressed interest about our Hosted Trip to the Andros South Lodge.  We’d also like to thank all of our clients who signed up for this trip.  We’re now officially SOLD OUT and we look forward to getting geared up and prepared for a great adventure in March of 2014.  Stay tuned to the Trouts blog/news site, instagram and twitter feeds as well as our Facebook page as we plan on sharing interesting information we come...

Montana Road Trip’in: Part II

By: Nov 15, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Tucker did a pretty good trip outlining the first half our trip to Montana.  There were a few details that were left out that are worth sharing. After departing Denver we quickly realized there was something wrong with the Penske Van: it would not exceed 70mph...

Montana Road Trip’in

By: Nov 12, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
With our Consumer Show season right around the corner, we needed to address some critical issues concerning our show booth; i.e. replacing the main wooden structure that has become a serious liability hazard over the past few years.  A quick call up the Jim Adams of Adams and Sons Fixture Company in Bozeman, MT (the original owner/builder of our show booth) quickly turned into an offer we couldn't refuse.  We transport our old booth up to Bozeman, and Jim would happily trade us...

Bahamas Bonefish Rig

By: Oct 31, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo by Louis Cahill If you have never planned a saltwater fly fishing trip before, you might be surprised that the research, planning and preparation that goes into the excursion is half the fun.  How-to, where-to, knots and rigging – all the pieces of the puzzle come together on the flats. Deneki Outdoors has a treasure trove of information on their site about fly fishing for bonefish on South Andros Island.  Between now and March when we depart to one of the most remote...

Have you ever been surprised by a bonefish?

By: Oct 24, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo By Tosh Brown Prep time for our hosted fly fishing trip to the Andros South Lodge has already begun.  For now, it is mental preparation and getting ready again to face-down BIG bonefish in SKINNY water.  If you have never had the opportunity to experience the speed, power, and prowess of a Bahamian bonefish, here’s a great thread and conversation about fly fishing for bonefish to check out over on the Deneki site.

Fly Fishing South Andros Island March 2014

By: Oct 16, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trouts Fly Fishing Hosted Trip March 15-22, 2014 Andros South – Deneki Outdoors Seven (7) Nights/Six (6) Days of Fishing Join Trouts Fly Fishing and Will Rice on a hosted trip to one of the most prolific bonefish fisheries in the world between March 15th-22nd, 2014. Located just 150 miles southeast of Miami, Andros Island is the largest island in the Bahamas chain - yet it remains the most unpopulated and underdeveloped. In addition to just being an amazing fishery –...

Ringing in the Dirty Thirty, Louisiana Style

By: Sep 27, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Let's face it, turning 30 isn't exactly a milestone we are all looking forward to hitting.  But I've always been a firm believer that it's all is how you want to view it, so are you a "glass is half full" or "glass is half empty" kind of person?  Luckily I've already been down said path, and thanks to my wife my 30th birthday will be one to remember (and not remember thanks to plentiful brown water libations).  So it's fair to say that the bar was set...

Road Trip: Colorado’s Brown Trout Loop

By: Sep 19, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
If you are looking for ideas for a fly fishing road trip close to Denver, check out this article on the Visit Denver site.

UPDATE: Hosted Trip On The Colorado River - September 21st and 22nd

By: Sep 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here is an update on this this unique trip and additional menu details  – straight from the private chef who will be preparing dinner and breakfast for our guests.  If you’ve heard about this trip and have been on the fence, this might tip you right over...

Mako Madness With Rick Mikesell

By: Jun 28, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo by Alex Landeen The analogy between big game fly fishing and big game hunting may be a bit tired, but it holds very true. Off the coast of San Diego CA this past weekend, Alex Landeen, Conway Bowman, and I saw both extremes of this paradigm, while hunting for one of the most aggressive predators in the sea with fly rods.

Shark Bite

By: Jun 21, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Rick Mikesell and Alex Landeen are going to attempt to catch a mako shark this weekend with Conway Bowman... on the fly.  They might.  They might not.  That's fly fishing.  If they do... you will see it first on our instagram hashtag at #troutsflyfishing.  Follow the action all weekend long.

TAKE A ROADLESS ROAD TRIP

By: Jun 10, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Exploring new fisheries and experimenting on your own is a great way to experience the State of Colorado with a fly rod.  Here is an article on the same topic that was published in the Drake Magazine that might be of interest if you have aspirations of going off the grid and exploring new frontiers on your own.

Hosted Float Trip on the Eagle River - June 22

By: Jun 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Join Tucker Ladd and the guys from Vail Valley Anglers for a one-day guided float on the Eagle River in Vail Valley during prime time.  If you have never fished or floated the Eagle before this is a great opportunity to explore this unique fishery with a group of guides who know the river like the back of their hands.  This trip is limited to six anglers so sign up quick if you are interested.

Road Trip: The Bighorn River

By: May 16, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Have you been thinking about taking a fly fishing road trip to kick off the spring or summer fly fishing season?  The Bighorn River in Montana is one to add to the list of potential front-runners if you don’t mind a big drive, big fish, and sharing some elbow room between the banks. In addition to being stacked with rainbow and brown trout, the Bighorn River is a bug FACTORY.

10 Questions To Ask Before You Take A Guided Fly Fishing Trip

By: May 03, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Here are ten questions you should ask when trying to find the best fly fishing guide service to ensure that you have a world class experience in Colorado.

Visit Denver and Fly Fishing

By: Apr 29, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Have you been thinking about fly fishing in Colorado?  If so, Denver is a great place to start your angling itinerary.  If you are from out of town or out of state, Visit Denver has a great site to get your travel research engine fired up.

The Permit Monkey

By: Apr 05, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
For most people, the sensation and experience when they finally sight, cast, present a fly, hook, fight and land a permit is one that stays with them for a lifetime. For me, the feeling lasted for all of about twelve and a half minutes.  Give or take.

The Things They Carried: Guanaja, Honduras

By: Feb 26, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The island of Guanaja lies roughly 40 miles north of mainland Honduras and is situated 7 miles of  east of Roatan, its’ nearest Caribbean island neighbor.  I’m hopeful that I will get a shot or two at permit.  I haven’t had a lot of luck with permit in the past.  As it stands right now, the scoreboard reads: Permit: 11 Will: 0 Not that I keep score or anything…

2013 Spring Travel Update

By: Feb 22, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Hot off the press - this just in.

The Things They Carried: Ascension Bay

By: Feb 14, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We were able to catch up with Tucker Ladd, Owner of Trout’s Fly Fishing, right before he walked out the door and hopped onto a plane with his wife Whitney bound for Ascension Bay, Mexico. This area of Mexico is known as one of the most prolific “Grand Slam” fisheries on the planet - where anglers get a shot at bonefish, permit, and tarpon all in a single day. Tucker has spent time fishing saltwater flats before - but for Whitney, sight casting to bonefish, tarpon and permit...

Trout’s Cancels Annual Fly Fishing Trip (Boo!)

By: Feb 06, 2013 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Breaking News! Trout’s sends shop guys across the planet to fulfill piscatorial dreams!  (Whoo hoo!)

Fly Tying and Travel

By: Nov 19, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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...

Adventure Travel and Fly Fishing: Part II

By: Nov 12, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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...

Women’s Bonefishing School at Andros South Lodge

By: Nov 08, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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...

Adventure Travel and Fly Fishing: Part I

By: Nov 07, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Like it or not, it is that time of the year again.  Many Colorado and other western state anglers are hanging up and drying out their waders and winding down their trout season.  Thoughts of standing on wet rocks in cold rivers begin drifting towards visions of warm sands, distant lands, umbrellas drinks, and exotic species. If you have been kicking around the idea of taking a trip outside the borders this winter or spring, here are a few tips from the professionals at Fly Water...

Feel the Sustut Steel

By: Nov 02, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
"Wading knee deep in the first run of the first day, I moved with extreme caution due to the significant hang over produced from a bit too much bourbon the night before.  While this by no means aided on my casting, I will say that my slower-than-normal reactions absolutely saved my ass when a nice fish decided to rip my fly at the tail end of the pool."  - Tucker Ladd

Road Trip: Steelhead Part III

By: Oct 29, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
The Olympic Peninsula The Olympic Peninsula is the westernmost point of the contiguous United States and is bordered by the Pacific Ocean, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and to the east by Hood Canal.  It is also home to big and wild steelhead.

Road Trip: Steelhead Part II

By: Oct 24, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
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.  The Klickitat River is located in Southern Washington and runs from near the base of Mount Adams to the Columbia River. It is also a great river to begin your steelhead journey if you are new to this hard fighting species.

Road Trip: Steelhead Part I

By: Oct 22, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
We’ve had a number of people who missed our introduction to Steelhead presentation earlier this month inquire if we could make some of the information available.  No problem - it is primetime steelhead season in the Pacifc Northwest.  We’ll break it up into a three part series.  We’ll first talk about steelhead basics and the Deschutes River in Oregon.  In Part II we’ll cover the Klickitat River and Part III we’ll provide and introductory...

Fall Road Trip: the Green

By: Oct 04, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo: Tim Romano Who is ready for one last road trip this fall?  The Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam is one of the most renowned fisheries in the United States. Located in northeast Utah, this section of the river has 30 miles of solid floating water as well as sections to wade fish.

Terra Firma

By: Sep 21, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
"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."

Road Trip: the San Juan

By: Aug 29, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Photo by Adam Barbour The San Juan River is one of the most prolific tailwater fisheries in the West and is located roughly seven hours from downtown Denver. The fish are big and plentiful. The waters below the Navajo Dam spawn abundant flora, which in turn creates a fine environment for insect life, which then supports one of the most consistent trout populations in any large river, both in terms of quantity and average fish size.

Road Trip: Casper

By: Aug 22, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Are you looking to catch big fish? Or instead do you want to catch a lot of fish? How about a-lot-of-big-fish?  If you are in this last camp, you should think about checking out the North Platte River just outside of Casper, Wyoming.  It is time for another Trout's Fly Fishing Summer Roadtrip.  

Road Trip: Jackson

By: Aug 14, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Trout’s Fly Fishing is going to highlight a number of destinations within a seven hour car ride of Denver.  Our goal is to give our customers and readers ideas and options for a long range summer road trip.  In addition to giving you some basic information about the fishery, we spoke to experts who are very familiar with these locations.  If you are headed in their direction, give these people a call.  They know the water, and in most cases, we have personally fished...

Road Trippin’

By: Aug 06, 2012 | Author: Tucker Ladd
Road trips come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are big.  Some are small.  Some road trips are wildly complex and others are beautifully simple.  At the root of most fishing trips to new frontiers is something unique yet universal: exploration, travel, curiosity, research, trial and error... new water.     Here is what a recent road trip to the Montana backcountry looked like when Trout's teamed up with our pals at the Drake Magazine.  The recipe...

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...