Trouts Journal

GEAR GUIDE || Six Picks for the Front Range

Ivan Orsic / May 13, 2020

It's May and our favorite warm-water species are on the prowl in most every neighborhood pond, lake, reservoir, as well as the Denver South Platte. There's a reason we highlighted our local fisheries in this month's edition of Five Flies. May and the Front Range go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Whether you're chasing bass, carp, pike, trout, walleye, catfish, or bluegill, there's plenty of unique challenges that our neighborhood fisheries present. When that 20-pound carp is tailing 20 feet from you, you need to put that fly in the zone and be prepared to put your gear to the test. With that in mind, we've put together a collection of gear that will help you step up your Front Range neighborhood game.

Orvis Helios 3D Fly Rod - 9-foot 7 weight

Power, accuracy, and versatility. That's what you need out of a rod when you're hitting your local warmwater fishery and the Orvis Helios 3D certainly checks all of those boxes. This is my go-to rod for my Front Range jaunts. The rod loads well whether you're just throwing a couple of feet of line at a tailing carp or you're bombing some intermediate line going after something a little more carnivorous.

Abel Vaya Reel 7/8

Like every other reel made by our good friends at Abel Reels, the Vaya is a super functional work of art. With a partially-ported frame, the Vaya has the stopping power of a 5-disc alternating carbon/stainless steel drag stack with a large arbor that allows you to quickly retrieve all that excess fly line when you want to put the wood to a Front Range fish.

Simms Flyweight Wet Wading Shoe - Vibram

The new Flyweight Wet Wading Shoe is a lightweight, hiking-inspired, wet wading shoe for moving fast on warm days. You'd be surprised about how many miles you cover during the course of a normal day pond-hopping on the Front Range and the comfort provided by these new Flyweight Wet Wading shoes are unparalleled.

Orvis Dri-release Pullover Hoody

The original Orvis brown camo, developed in the 1960s, inspired the print on this Dri-release hoodie for hunters. Soft, super-lightweight, breathable Dri-release dries four times faster than cotton and wicks moisture. No other fabric keeps you drier or more comfortable.

Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Infinity Camo

When presenting small dries to picky winter risers, stealth is key. We've ranted and raved about the new Absolute Leader and Tippet from SA for a while now. With it's high wet knot strength and optimal suppleness, it's the best stuff on the market. How does the Absolute Trout Stealth Leader & Tippet differ from the standard Absolute Trout Leader & Tippet? It has a light olive tint that helps to reduce line flash when fishing to ultra spooky fish.

Scientific Anglers Absolute Fluorocarbon Tippet

The nice thing about most of our neighborhood haunts is that the fish are measured in pounds, not inches. We've beaten the Absolute Tippet drum for some time now, it's stronger and more abrasion resistant than it's competitors. Absolute Fluorocarbon is stiffer than the standard trout fluorocarbon, so it's tailor-made for throwing bigger bugs along the Front Range.

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