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Fly-fishing reports will highlight trips in Colorado, the United States and International destinations and include freshwater and salter species including brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout, bonefish, steelhead, dorado, bass, pike, carp, redfish, tarpon and permit.

Winter Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte River

December 23, 2013
Author: Will Rice

Trouts Guide Service operates twelve months out of the year and we’re available just about every day of each season.  Fly fishing in December can be cold and sometimes tricky but one big upside to fly fishing in the winter additional solitude you get on the water.  On our last client trip we visited the main stem of the South Platte River near Deckers.

Flows on this section of the river have been hovering right around 100 CFS and the water is very clear. On the day we fished the water was right at 105 CFS.  The weather warm for December – 48 degrees was the high with little cloud cover.  Given the relatively low flows and sun being out most of the day, we took advantage of the good light and spent a majority of our time sight fishing – finding actively feeding fish in their winter feeding lanes.

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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.

Colorado Fall Fly Fishing Report: The South Platte and Lower Blue River

October 22, 2013
Author: Will Rice

Trouts would like to thank all of our clients who joined us this past weekend for our final On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School of the season as well as our Switch Rod and Spey Casting Clinic. Our Switch & Spey class was held on the Lower Blue River and our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing School was held on the North Fork of the South Platte River.  Check out the full fly fishing report.

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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.

Fly Fishing Report: The Skeena System and Steelhead on the Swing

October 15, 2013
Author: Will Rice

Trouts Guide Service Manager Reid Baker just made it back from Northwest British Columbia targeting summer run steelhead on the Skeena River System. One of the few remaining completely wild steelhead fisheries, this region is known as one of the best places to target these anadramous fish as they make their way back into the river for their spring spawning.

Though there are no shortage of world renowned lodges and outfitters in the area, Reid opted for a do-it-yourself experience, keeping him mobile and able to bounce from river to river, not relegated to a single area and its given conditions in the timeframe. If one river in the drainage was looking to be at a better level or fishing reports more positive, he would be able to move easily and find wherever the fish were.

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