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

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 nobody around me (other than my travel and fishing companion) is destined for the kind of toils and adventures I’m in store for.  It slowly starts to sink in, my office for the next 5 days: extensive ocean flats.  Our targeted prey: large migratory tarpon, resident permit, and maybe the occasional bonefish.  Obligations for the next week: eat, sleep, fish, repeat.

Spring Fly Fishing: The Warm Water Report

May 2, 2014
Author: Rick Mikesell

With temperatures in the 70's & 80's over the past few weeks, Colorado’s Warm Water fisheries are coming alive. As water temps warm, Bass, Pike & Carp, are moving into the shallows to feed on the newfound abundance of spring, creating unique sight fishing opportunities for the fly fisher. As spring further asserts herself, these fisheries will only continue to improve, and conveniently provided some excellent alternatives to the increasingly turbid, runoff trout waters. This Late April we have had some excellent fishing across the front range, from the south eastern extreme of the state, to the very immediate metro area, a we only expect it to get better......

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.

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