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Our attempt at literary pieces to help our fellow anglers.

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.

Montana Road Trip’in

November 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 for his newer, lighter, safer and better looking structure.  Can anyone say ROAD TRIP.

We drew straws in the shop to see who would get to go, and wouldn't you know the Boss and Cody was chosen to stay back and watch over the shop, while Rick and Will got to go explore the great North, with a few "pit stops" along the way.  Here's a photo breakdown of Days 1 & 2, Day 3 (today) will be spent swinging steamers on the famed Big Horn River out of Fort Smith, MT.  I'll let the lucky duo divulge the fruits of their labors upon their return.

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Fall Fly Fishing Report and Photo Essay

October 18, 2013
Author: Will Rice

Fly fishing in October is all about change.  The colors, the temperature, and the fishing conditions - are all changing. 

We spent a few days exploring new water on the Upper Colorado River, hit some old stand-by favorites on the Roaring Fork and the Frying Pan River, and poked around the Eagle River as well.  We found sporadic bouts of clear weather, rain, sleet, snow and hail.

Fall Fishbeer

October 17, 2013
Author: Will Rice

It is now time for your quarterly dose of… you guessed it… Fishbeer.  The always entertaining, sometimes vexing, and never disappointing Matt Dunn bestows upon us another rich and hypnotic yarn and some really cool photos.  Get ready to get your Zara Spook on and enjoy!

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