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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. 

This was our second Switch and Spey Clinic this year and the fall conditions were excellent.  Our clients had a chance to fish the YR Ranch on the Lower Blue River and the river was in great shape for learning how to use a two handed rod in different types of water and runs. Flows on the Lower Blue River were a bit higher than average for this time of year and he bigger water made these bigger rods that much more effective.

The class spent the morning working to get everyone’s sustained anchor casts situated. Working both river-right and river-left, the class first worked on snap-T and double spey casts. Students had a chance to cast different rods with different lines and work on shooting line and then using the “swing” technique with big streamer patterns.    

It was great working with this group and everyone seemed to learn something new It was especially awesome to see beginners making good clean casts, creating tight loops and shooting line across the entire river by lunch.

After lunch our anglers put their new skills to the test and began fishing the YR Ranch using a more traditional nymphing setup on switch rods and swinging streamers utilizing their newly developed spey casts. Everyone caught great fish on and were able to see that switch rods can be a useful tool in a Colorado fishing context as they can be in the Pacific Northwest, Great Lakes region or British Isles.

Trouts would also like to thank all of our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing Students for joining us at the Rowdy Trout Ranch.  This was our 9th On-Stream Beginner School of the season and it was really fun connecting another new group of anglers to the wonderful sport of fly fishing for the first time. 

In this class our students learned all the basics of fly fishing in an amazing private ranch setting here in Colorado.  In the morning we worked on basics of equipment functionality, knots, local and seasonal entomology of the North Fork of the South Platte River, fly selection, reading water, casting… and hooking and landing fish on a fly! 

"I have been fly fishing stillwater for many years, but have had limited success on rivers," said Paul, one of our On-Stream Beginner Fly Fishing students.  "I attended the beginner fly fishing day trip on October 20th, and it was a great day of learning and catching fish. Dave Lovell is an excellent teacher who will praise what you are doing right, and easily explain how to change what you are doing wrong. Truly a great experience, probably the best day of fishing I have ever had."

Trouts would like to thank all of our clients and students who joined us throughout the 2013 season for both our Beginner and Intermediate On-Stream Classes, as well as our destination trips.  We plan to spend more time further developing our education curriculum and destination trip options in 2014.  If you ever have questions about fly fishing here in Colorado, the classes we offer, or how to take your fly fishing experience to the next level, give us a call here at the shop - 303.733.1434

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