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Gear Review: Scientific Anglers Sharkskin GPX Fly Line

May 18, 2011
Author: Trouts Staff

A good line, but not for me.

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Sound Advice for Novice River Boaters

May 18, 2011
Author: Trouts Staff

Scott Willoughby, outdoor collumnist for the Denver Post, had a very well though out article in todays paper.  Entitled, River Guides Need Training, Mr. Willoughby stresses the importance of being properly prepared before venturing out on our states swollen rivers, particulalry if you're novice oarsman. 

So what do you call a guy with two fly rods and a raft? A guide.

If you'll pardon the ripoff of an old snowboarding joke — What do you call a snowboarder after one week? Instructor. — the parallel among a growing number of boat owners in Colorado can be just as funny. Or scary, depending on your perspective.

It doesn't take much more than a credit card to become a boater in Colorado. There's no license or registration for river rafting, no insurance or expertise required. And based on a glimpse of the rivers these days, you would never know the economy was in the tank.

Whether it's reformed river guides such as myself or merely those interested in improving their access to fish by floating over them, private boaters are increasingly evident on local waters. And many of them have the dubious distinction of being self-taught.

That's all well and good, if you can get away with it. But a river is a place where bad things happen in a hurry. And the closest substitute for experience is training. You're always better off with both.

With snowmelt-swollen rivers quickly rising in the high country, it's time for the annual assessment of gear, skills and fitness.

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Gear Review: Simms G3 Guide Wader

May 17, 2011
Author: Trouts Staff

I still remember the first pair of Simms waders I ever purchased.  They were the old Simms Classic Guide Weights, khaki version that set the industry ablaze when it came to being lightweight, highly breathable and incredibly durable.  That was 13 years and 3 pairs of waders ago!  Now on my second pair of G3's, the first finally going into retirement last year, I'm pleased to say that the Simms brand still sets the bar that all other waders within this industry are measured against.

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Gear Review: Winston BIIIX 590-4

May 17, 2011
Author: Trouts Staff

I have been fishing this rod series exclusively for the past 5 months, and I can say with 100% honesty that the new BIIIX is an amazing rod.

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Gear Review: Rio Outbound Short Floating Fly Line

May 17, 2011
Author: Trouts Staff

I purchased this line as an all around warm water line in an 8wt. Rio's Outbound taper is an absolute rocket. Shooting miles of line and turning over big flies is no problem, shooting line and casting is definitely this lines strong suit. The distinct color transition between head and running line is a great added feature, as you can see exactly where the line loads the rod. Versatility and durability is not the greatest.

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