After a short burst of speed down the runway we were airborne. The Charlevoix Airport slowly getting smaller as I glance off my left shoulder. A couple hundred feet of elevation gain later and our destination first comes into view. A short 17 minutes after that and we’re there.
Stepping out of the plane I duck under the overhead wing and walk around the tail towards a familiar Silver Tundra and two familiar, smiling faces – Kevin Morlock and Steve Martinez.
“You guys want a...
A recap of spending a week with the team at Blue Horizon Fly Fishing in Belize.
Please help us welcome the Avalon Cuban Fishing Centers team to the shop on Monday the 11th!
If 30lb carp and 5lb smallmouth appeal to you then this trip is for you!
Save The Date: Friday January 22nd!
So our Simms Rep Scott Harkins just had a better week than the rest of us.
It didn't exactly feel like Fall during the Fall Hosted Trip to the Bighorn. Thankfully the fish didn't seem to mind.
We were about 30 minutes into our first day as our guide Kecho (like “catch you”) quickly decelerated the boat and excitedly yelled “Permit!!!, big school man, big school”.
From the sounds of it, Belize might be fishing better than Cheesman Canyon right now.
Join us as we head South in search of one of the most iconic game fish to pursue with a fly rod!
Join Trouts as we head North for an Alaskan adventure like no other!
Join Trouts as we head to one of the PREMIER saltwater fly-fishing destinations on the planet!
Because you can never take too many fishing trips!
American's were not the only thing eating over the Thanksgiving holiday!
Join us for an evening of Holiday cheer, celebration and libations on Tuesday December 16th from 5pm - 9pm
Exploring the Hoback, Snake and Buffalo Rivers is a must for any fly angler and it's only 8 hours away.
As to be expected, the fishing was phenomenal, the scenery spectacular, and the wildlife abundant.
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...
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...
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...
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. This trip includes two full days of guided fly fishing on private water, single occupancy cabins and accommodations, and all meals. The Ranch is located on the Big Laramie River and you will also have...
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...
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...
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.
Saltwater Fly Fishing 101 and South Andros Island Slide Show Presentation
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
We just wrapped up a six day hosted trip with clients to South Andros Island where we stalked bonefish in a number of varied environments and conditions. ...
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...
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 Andros South Lodge is located 15 minutes from the airport in...
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.
When we are on South Andros Island, our primary target will be bonefish – BIG bonefish. My secondary target will be barracuda. Other species where we will...
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!”
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.
And honestly, some of that chaos and uncertainty is what makes international travel,...
Shop owner Tucker Ladd and his wife Whitney are just about to disembark on a fly fishing adventure and vacation to San Martin De Los Andes in Argentina. In addition to exploring the trout fishing in this country for the first time, Tucker and Whitney will also be exploring other sights and sound in both the Mendoza region and the bustling city of Buenos Aires.
Here’s a quick Travel Spotlight and a pre-trip summary. We’ll be sure to follow up with a...
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...
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 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...
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.
“I think it must have a governor,” Rick suggested.
“Why don’t you google ‘How to disable a Penske Governor’”, I suggested.
“I found something on wiki.answers. It says...
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...
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.
Trouts Fly Fishing will be heading down to the Andros South Lodge for a bonefish junket March 15th-22nd, 2014. Now that the trip is on the books the preparation begins. ...
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.
If you are interested in experiencing one of the best...
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 –...
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...
If you are looking for ideas for a fly fishing road trip close to Denver, check out this article on the Visit Denver site. Or, if you have questions about other travel ideas this fall, stop in the shop or give us a call at 303.733.1434.
UPDATE: 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:
“Saturday afternoon appetizers when you get off the river - tapenade of sundries tomatoes, olives, garlic, roasted peppers and feta cheese served on a piece of grilled/toasted ciabatta...
All Photos and Video by Alex Landeen
As a young man, the memory that resonates strongest from my first few elk hunting trips with my dad is the transition from an insufferable, agonizing wait, to an immediate and extreme adrenaline rush. Hours of wandering thoughts and delusions of grandeur switch instantly to cold sweats and uncontrollable shaking as your target enters the field of view.
The analogy between big game fly fishing and big game hunting may be a bit tired, but it holds very...
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.
Good luck Rick, Alex and Conway!
Never seen a mako hooked on the fly before? Can you say "Oh my god!"??
LOOKING TO EXPLORE COLORADO? TAKE A ROADLESS ROAD TRIP
Last year we published a Trouts Spotlight about exploring Roadless Areas here in Colorado. Exploring new fisheries and experimenting on your own is a great way to experience our great state. Here is an another 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.
Because sometimes fishing...
Trouts Fly Fishing and Vail Valley Anglers Hosted Trip with Tucker Ladd
Location: Eagle River/Vail Valley Anglers (a Trouts Approved Outfitter)
Trip Size: 6 Anglers Total (space is limited)
Date: June 22, 2013 – Full Day Guided Float Trip
Cost: $225 per angler ($450 for two anglers if you want to fish with a buddy/wife/etc)
Event Description: Trouts Fly Fishing will host a guided day of fly fishing with Vail Valley Anglers on June 22nd with six (6) Trouts customers. The trip...
Have you been thinking about taking a fly fishing road trip? 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.
The Bighorn River was first discovered by Westerners and named in 1805 and runs approximately 461 miles from Wyoming into Montana. It is a tributary of the Yellowstone River and takes its namesake from the Bighorn Sheep that roamed its’...
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.
1) Is the guide service licensed, bonded and insured? If an outfitter is not licensed, bonded and insured in Colorado they are guiding illegally.
2) Is a fishing license required? Yes. If you live in Colorado, are visiting from out of the state or out of the country, you must purchase a fishing license and in...
Have you been thinking about fly fishing in Colorado?
For me, the feeling lasted for all of about twelve and a half minutes. Give or take.
When I was told to pull up Google Maps and pick a fly fishing location it didn’t take me long. A few months prior to receiving my marching orders, I had a conversation with 2013 Carpslam partner and owner of our guide service, Clint Packo. Clint told me about small lodge on the island of Guanaja that he was preparing to open for hosted excursions.
The trip had a do-it-yourself feel, easy access to flats, and because of the island’s remote location, seemed to be a bit...
Hot off the press - this just in.
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. Tucker was able to share a bit of the planning process as well as goals and aspirations for the trip. Ascension bay is located on the Yucatan Peninsula just a few hours drive from the popular vacation destination of Cancun. This area of Mexico is known as one of the most prolific...
Breaking News! Trout’s sends shop guys across the planet to fulfill piscatorial dreams! (Whoo hoo!)
Q: How can you take your next destination fly fishing trip to the next level?
If you are planning a do-it-yourself-trip and leaving the borders of the United States, planning and research is essential.
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...
Like it or not, it is that time of the year again.
Simply put, there is nothing easy about fishing for Steelhead. The expanse to which these fish travel is huge, their numbers are minimal to say the least, and their propensity to eat a fly is by no means guaranteed. They are a fish for the angler looking for a challenge of skill, mind and body. Skill to get the fly where it needs to be, mind to overcome to relentless mental challenge of fishing for a fish that isn’t eating, and the beating your body takes wading through...
The Olympic Peninsula - home to big and wild steelhead.
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.
It is primetime steelhead season in the Pacifc Northwest.
Who is ready for one last road trip this fall?
"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."
The San Juan River is one of the most prolific tailwater fisheries in the West and is located roughly seven hours from downtown Denver.
Are you looking to catch big fish?
Trout’s Fly Fishing is going to highlight a number of destinations within a seven hour car ride of Denver.
Road trips come in all shapes and sizes. Some are big. Some are small.
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!