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2014 Snowpack Update - Time to Get Ready for a Killer Season!

March 15, 2014
Author: Tucker Ladd

With March nearly half way over, it's time to start looking forward to spring and summer, and the amazing fishing options these times of year have to offer.  The winter of 2013/2014 has been tremendous, with ample snowfall across the state.  While winter is certainly not over, it is fair to say that we are looking at a very healthy snowpack leading into our spring and summer fishing seasons.  Currently we are at a Statewide Snowpack of 116% of the historical average, well above where we were this time last year (77%).  With the exception of the Southwest part of Colorado, every river basin is currently sitting well over 100% of average.  These are fantastic numbers to see, and they should do a lot to help bring us to healthy reservoir levels, in addition to ensuring a good flow of snowmelt feeding our rivers across the state.

The Things They Carried: South Andros Island, Bahamas

March 13, 2014
Author: Will Rice

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.

Don’t Let This Happen To You

February 26, 2014
Author: Will Rice

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.

Notable Video Edition - Damsels in Distress

February 1, 2014
Author: Tucker Ladd

Every so often a piece of media will come across my desk that reminds me of the beauty, splendor and simplicity that is fly fishing for Trout.  I have been fortunate to travel the globe in search of exotic species, but trout has always been a fish that grounds me and exemplifies why I love this sport so much.

Damsels in Distress from Sharptail Media on Vimeo.

Winter Fly Fishing Report: The Arkansas River

December 3, 2013
Author: Will Rice

"Thanks for inviting me out today gents, I'm pumped to fish some new water," I said as we began pulling piles of gear out of the car not far from the banks of the Arkansas River.  Working in a shop, I get a lot of invitations to fish from clients but I rarely get to take people up on their offers.  When I received the email from a couple of guys I had met at a Denver Trout Unlimited member meeting a few years ago, I decided to make it happen.

With the weather in the Front Range in full-on winter mode, we decided it was probably best to hit a tailwater within ~2 hours of Denver.  With parameters like that, we had our choice of options – the Blue River near Silverthorne or the South Platte River near Deckers or Cheesman Canyon, just to name a few.  Based on reports from anglers who had fished the water recently, we decided to try our luck on the Arkansas River near Pueblo.

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