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Gear Review: Renzetti Traveler 2200 Series Vise

May 20, 2011
Author: Trouts Staff

Having tied on this vise for the last three years, I can say that, without a doubt, it is the most capable and versatile vise I have ever tied on.

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Gear Review: Airflo Ridge Clear Tactical Fly Line

May 19, 2011
Author: Trouts Staff

Weird.  That was my first initial response when I was spooling my sample of Airflo's Clear Tactical WF4F line onto my reel.  Cool.  That was probably my second response as I fished it for the first time late last fall on the S. Platte River in Eleven Mile Canyon.

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Colorado Grayling | by the CDOW

May 19, 2011
Author: Trouts Staff
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Gear Review: Scientific Anglers Sharkskin GPX Fly Line

May 18, 2011
Author: Trouts Staff

A good line, but not for me.

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Sound Advice for Novice River Boaters

May 18, 2011
Author: Trouts Staff

Scott Willoughby, outdoor collumnist for the Denver Post, had a very well though out article in todays paper.  Entitled, River Guides Need Training, Mr. Willoughby stresses the importance of being properly prepared before venturing out on our states swollen rivers, particulalry if you're novice oarsman. 

So what do you call a guy with two fly rods and a raft? A guide.

If you'll pardon the ripoff of an old snowboarding joke — What do you call a snowboarder after one week? Instructor. — the parallel among a growing number of boat owners in Colorado can be just as funny. Or scary, depending on your perspective.

It doesn't take much more than a credit card to become a boater in Colorado. There's no license or registration for river rafting, no insurance or expertise required. And based on a glimpse of the rivers these days, you would never know the economy was in the tank.

Whether it's reformed river guides such as myself or merely those interested in improving their access to fish by floating over them, private boaters are increasingly evident on local waters. And many of them have the dubious distinction of being self-taught.

That's all well and good, if you can get away with it. But a river is a place where bad things happen in a hurry. And the closest substitute for experience is training. You're always better off with both.

With snowmelt-swollen rivers quickly rising in the high country, it's time for the annual assessment of gear, skills and fitness.

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