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Southwest Colorado Fishing Update - July 2014

July 5, 2014
Author: Tucker Ladd

Our friends down at Duranglers in Durango, CO recently sent us a detailed summary of fishing conditions for the month of July.  Sounds like an ideal time to get down south and enjoy some great summer fishing, check out the report for yourself!

Durango July Fishing Report

June has come and gone and with it, a month of unreal fishing has passed.  Not to worry, July is the high point of our summer fishing season and it continues to be great in our small slice of fishing heaven.  As we wind down our Rio Grande float season and our guides head back over the hill towards Durango; we anticipate another fantastic month of great fly fishing.  Just to recap; John, Tom, and the boys spent the better part of June over in Creede, Colorado floating anglers down the Rio Grande River.  Thanks to the snow pack and temps this spring; the water flows remained constant, the bug hatches were unreal, and fishing was truly lights out for weeks on end.  Just check out this video John took of the Salmonfly hatch:

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Casting & Cocktails: Thursday July 24th

July 3, 2014
Author: Tucker Ladd

Join Trouts Fly Fishing and Orvis for Casting & Cocktails Thursday July 24th in Denver's Washington Park.  This is a FREE fly rod casting clinic that will be held from 5-7pm.  Never cast a fly rod before?  No problem.  We’ll get you casting in no time at all. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in getting a few tips from the casting experts.

Where to meetSoutheast corner of the park right at the intersection of Louisiana and Gilpin

Here’s what we bring: A quiver of premium Orvis Fly Rods and a massive Yeti cooler filled with ice.

Here’s what you bring: A desire to learn how to fly cast or improve your current casting skills... and BYO canned B (be aware, Park regulations state beer needs to be 3.2%).

For anglers with more experience, you can always get your casting stroke evaluated and tuned up.  If you have any questions call Trouts Fly Fishing at 303.733.1434.


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Trouts Does Tenkara

July 3, 2014
Author: Will Rice

At Trouts Fly Fishing we are always ready to try new things and to introduce our customers to innovative fishing techniques and equipment.  For some time now, Tenkara fishing has been a captivating style of fly fishing.  There is no doubt that the simplicity of Tenkara has a place here in Western fisheries.

In effort to explore this style of fishing and introduce our clients, Trouts is pleased to announce that we are now a Tenkara USA dealer.  We now have a wide variety of rods and fly lines here in the shop and available at our online store.

Trouts Hosted Trip at the Rowdy Trout Ranch

July 3, 2014
Author: Trouts Guide Service

Trouts Fly Fishing and Guide Service is happy to announce our first ever Hosted Trip to the famed Rowdy Trout Ranch.  With flows on the North Fork of the South Platte River subsiding, don't miss out on this rare opportunity to fish this amazing piece of private property.

  • Who:  Trouts Guide Service and 4 Lucky Anglers
  • WhenJuly 12, 2014
  • What:  a fully guided day at Rowdy Trout Ranch
  • Where:  Rowdy Trout Ranch
  • Cost:  $297.50/person
  • Details:  space is limited to 4 anglers (2 anglers/guide).  Cost includes everything except your fishing license, and any gratuity for the guides at the conclusion of the day.  Lunch and drinks are provided and special requests can certainly be met.  The trip will go out rain or shine.
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Trip Report - Fishing Cheesman Canyon at High Water

July 3, 2014
Author: Tucker Ladd

Being creatures of habit, it's understandable that anglers sometimes have a hard time adjusting to change.  We get used to seeing and fishing rivers during certain conditions, and when these conditions change it can be difficult to adjust how you're fishing to remain productive.  This scenario has proven particularly true this year with the abundance of water flowing through our States rivers and steams, all thanks to a record snowpack from the winter season.  This in turn has led to a lot of misinformed anglers speculating that fishing is slower than usual due to the higher flows.

The reality is that nothing could be further from the truth.  While it is true that during peak runoff fishing was stalled due to high and off color water, conditions have only been improving and the fishing has been lights out good on most of our states famed trout waters.  One section of water that has seen unseasonably high flows is Cheesman Canyon.  With flows ranging from 400 cfs to 1000 cfs, it is easy to understand why some folks have been put off by the higher water and have been seeking angling opportunities elsewhere.

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