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2011 SIMMS Shoot Out Winner….. Mr. R.A. Beatti

April 21, 2011
Author: Trouts Staff
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Trout’s Tested: Patagonia Rio Gallegos Waders & Rock Grip Boots

April 19, 2011
Author: Trouts Staff
  • I must first note that this initial review may be dramatically skewed in favor of the above mentioned products, as any water proof barrier, perhaps as simple as a Hefty bag duct taped to my legs, would be a dramatic improvement over my previous wader/boot combination.

As stated above, anything that will keep me dry, especially in the cold spring waters of Colorado, will automatically find favor amongst my gear, and in my first few outings, Patagonia’s new Rio Gallegos (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈri.o ɣaˈʃeɣos]) waders most certainly fulfilled that role, but that is just the tip of the iceberg…..

Features I liked…

  • Merino wool lined neoprene booties; in passing this just sounds excessive, but it may now be difficult to wear straight neoprene again. Merino wool, as it is heralded for, keeps my toes cozy, not overly swampy. An added bonus, this lining is naturally antimicrobial, so it cuts down on the dreaded wader stank. These are definitely my favorite feature.
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There “out of our element” | by Faceless Fly Fishing

April 19, 2011
Author: Brian Lee
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Runoff Forecast for Spring 2011

April 14, 2011
Author: Trouts Staff

With a La Niña winter slowly drawing to a close, there is a significant disparity in statewide snowpacks from the North to the South.  With significant snowfall throughout the winter in the Central and Northern Colorado High Country, and a below average winter in the Southern Rockies, spring and summer will undoubtedly yield a feast for famine scenario depending on where one resides in the state.  While an overall statewide snowpack reading of 113% as of April 1, 2011 may seem encouraging on the surface, a closer look at individual river basins paints a different picture.

Statewide Snowpack Readings

measured in percent of annual averages

Year = 2011

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

Gunnison

158

126

122

115%

-

-

Colorado

147

135

128

130%

-

-

S. Platte

126

120

121

123%

-

-

N. Platte

147

132

131

135%

-

-

Yampa-White

145

126

124

131%

-

-

Arkansas

105

103

108

103%

-

-

Rio Grande

107

80

88

76%

-

-

San Juan*

144

106

97

86%

-

-

State

136

117

115

113%

-

-

 

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Gear Review: Sage Z-Axis 890-4 Fly Rod

April 4, 2011
Author: Trouts Staff

Normally I would fish an 8-weight primarily for permit and tarpon, yet due to the weather I found my self using this rod for everything I fished for that week. In the end I was very pleased with the way this rod performed, and have since found myself suggesting to all customers that they give this rod a try for any salt water trip.

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