Trouts Journal

The Tape Deck // A Weekly Playlist (Volume 10)

Brandon Rodriguez / Sep 11, 2021

I am at a stage in my life where a majority of my travel plans come from either a last-minute text from a friend or some rough DIY plans over a couple of beers with the lads a few weeks before. Honestly, I kind of enjoy it. I am not entirely sure what you can blame this on honestly, maybe you can blame it on me being 23 years old with nothing but time on my hands. Regardless of the reason, I very rarely find myself planning out trips in advance, and a majority of the time all I have with me before I head out the door is a backpack. Oh, and a fly rod of course...well most of the time at least. I guess what I am trying to say in all of this is that no matter what age you're at, embrace the more spontaneous trips that come your way, more often than not they tend to be a bit more fun than the ones you plan out a way in advance. At the end of the day, you can take the advice from a 23-year-old or not and Id understand if you didn't. Regardless of all this, we have a weekly recap we need to cover, so let's get into this weeks weekly recap.

Monday we released a great read that covers how to fill your fly box for the upcoming fall months. As the season begins to change from Summer and into Fall so should the flies in your fly box. Although we are at that time of the year where the ambient temperature begins to drop, that by no means should be a reason to put away your large hoppers, streamers, or nymphs (Honestly...never put those away). Since it is that time of the year where the flies in your fly box are a little all over the place, I thought that it would be a good idea to explain how you should be filling your fly box for fall. Hopefully, you have a few of these already in your fly box but, for all intents and purposes, I am going to imagine that you are starting from scratch and your fly box is barren and you are building this box from the ground up. Go give it a read, if you feel so inclined. On Monday we were excited to release our Write a REVIEW sweepstakes. In short, leave a review on our website for a product you own and use and earn an entry to win a $500 Shopping Spree! This contest is open through September 30th, 2021 so get to writing! Please click HERE for some more information.

Tuesday we sent out our weekly Featured Guide Report. This week's report was brought to you by Sean Cowman. As Sean put's it, "The Blue river this time of year tends to be hit or miss. Over the last week that is exactly what I have experienced. Certain days will produce multiple quality fish on a half-day, others you are lucky to hook a few and land one or two. Persistence and patience are key when dealing with these variable days." If you are interested in learning more about the trip and what specific flies were used head over to our Featured Guide Report. Later in the day, Ivan released a pretty sweet photo essay. I specifically enjoy these types of photo essays, they are a little gritty and raw in comparison to beautiful landscapes and scenic rivers we are accustomed to. Go give it a read on this fine Saturday morning will ya? I think you'll enjoy it.

When Wednesday came around, I released a great read that covers twelve pieces of gear you need for fishing fall hoppers. I'll give you a quick little run down. While summer is slowly waning away to the months of fall it is important to remember to keep your small to medium-sized hoppers with you. In my opinion - and I am sure I am not alone when I say this - fall is one of the most underrated months to throw hoppers. Remember that those high elevation brookies still are eager to pack on some pounds and something akin to a Sweetgrass hopper will surely fit the ticket. And it's not just about the brookies here, it's about the browns and rainbows still held up by the cutbacks on the Dream, or among one of the many pocket waters at Deckers. While it is easy to sit here and type on about how simple tossing hoppers can be having the right gear with you is crucial to the whole situation. For this reason, I thought it would be a good idea to dive into twelve specific items to have with you the next time you go chasing various finned Salmos during the autumn months. In terms of gear, Wednesday was a big day. Later in the day we also released some information on fly reels. Specifically, we went over how to understand fly reels. Here is the quick rundown. What makes a good fly reel? From my perspective, a good fly reel doesn't fail, wobble, fall apart, or seize. A good fly reel simply gets the job done and looks good while doing it. In the world of fly reels, there are countless designs and design choices to choose from. Finish, material, manufacturing processes, sound (yes, the sound), look, durability, drag, size, backing capacity... all come into play when purchasing your next fly reel. The fall season is just around the corner and it's a great time to upgrade your old gear for the changing season. With that in mind, we’ve done our best to separate and simply explain important factors that go into purchasing a fly reel. In the end, the hope is that you will become a more self-sufficient angler or at the very least, have some interesting bar talk.

Honestly, Thursday came a lot faster than expected. And I mean this in the least corny way possible. As Thursday came and went, we put out a great read covering the Five Rigs You Need to Know to Fly Fish for Trout. On the surface, fly fishing can seem very complicated and, I completely understand why. It is a lot to digest upfront, understanding what flies to use, different leader/tippet variations, and understanding what makes a good fly rod can all become very confusing very quickly. However, if you take a step back and look at the sport in pieces, it starts to make sense. A perfect place to start with this is with rigging. Today we will be going over five specific fly rigs that will not only keep you enjoying your time on the water but, ultimately becoming a more self-sufficient angler. These are five specific staff favorite fly rigs we throw day in and day out here in Colorado. They are tried and true here in the centennial state and are a perfect starting place for a beginner or for the seasoned angler when they arrive at a new stretch of water. If you are interested in learning more about fly fishing or just need a refresher on a certain knot head over to our Education tab to take a deeper diver. Go give this a read, and let me know what you think.

We have been releasing a lot of Trouts Classics recently and out of them all, the one I posted Friday is probably my favorite. It is awesome to go back through the archives and learn a thing or too from someone who has much more experience. Like I said in the intro, I am only 23...still learning. Regardless, on Friday we released Five Steps For Covering Water. This is a great read and packed with a bunch of information as well as some river etiquette every angler should know. When it comes down to it if you want to catch more fish, or the biggest fish having more opportunities to catch those fish is key. This may sound like a "no brainer", but when it comes to covering water effectively it truly can be an art form. Trust me when I say that there is a significant difference between effectively covering water and just stomping around looking for where fish might be. Covering water is a skill and just like casting, takes practice in order to master. The purpose of this post is to set you on the right track to hone in those skills and ultimately have a more enjoyable time on the water. Catching fish on the fly rod is about opportunity and om this post we are covering five steps you can take to increase your chances of capitalizing on those opportunities. This story is originally written by former Trouts Marketing and Outfitting Manager, Kyle Wilkinson. This story dates back to 2015 however, all of the insight still rings true today. Without further ado, let us get into this week's Trouts Classic.

In closing out this weekly recap, I will leave you with a couple of I-25 traffic thoughts I have had over the past week. What is the premier condiment? I am a big supporter of mustard. Not just any mustard though, specifically spicy brown mustard. It honestly has it all, the tang, the spice, and perfect on anything. Where did this thought come from? I couldn't tell ya, maybe it is because we are about to be in the midst of Oktoberfest and a pretzel and mustard is a stellar combination but, who really knows. What are yalls thoughts on this matter? Are yall on team mustard with me? I certainly can't be alone in this camp. Shoot me your responses over on Instagram or leave me an email I would love to hear from yall.

All in all, it was a great week here at the shop and we are excited for the changing of seasons and are ready for all of your questions. As I mentioned before, if you are enjoying these sorts of weekly recaps let me know over email. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or lingering ideas about what flies to bring on your next trip to the water, we have your covered. Come swing by the shop, have a beer on the back deck and enjoy our space.

As always, get out. Gas up the truck, load up the fly boxes, and enjoy the weekend. Oh, and make sure to take The Tape Deck with you.

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