Trouts Journal

The Tape Deck // A Weekly Playlist (Volume 12)

Brandon Rodriguez / Sep 25, 2021

As we round out another week here at the shop, I have been thinking about the change in seasons, once again. The recent crisp weather we have had over the past week was a reminder of how good we have it in Colorado, everything kinda just becomes better when the weather gets a little cooler. How are yall enjoying your fall this year? Chasing big browns with streamers? Attending every Saturday college tailgate? Going and searching for the best Aspen grove? Whatever it may be I want to hear about it. While y'all think about how your will be spending your time this fall let's get into this week's recap. We covered a lot of great information this week that you won't want to miss. Let's dive in, shall we?


If you are interested in being a leader of one of the most knowledgeable, professional, and respected Guide Staff in the Rocky Mountains Sunday's email is for you! Our Trouts Fly Fishing, Frisco location, is looking for an experienced float-fishing guide to fill our Head Guide position. This position will be seasonal with a minimum of 4-5 guide days per week. Additionally, this position will assist in supporting Trout's education on-the-water schools as needed. If you happen to be interested here is a quick rundown of the job description.

The Trouts Head Guide position requires someone with high attention to detail, the ability to multi-task, prioritize while taking tasks to fruition, a level of customer service in alignment with Trouts mission and expectations. A dedication to developing and applying a high-level and diverse knowledge of fly-fishing is required. A successful applicant will be computer literate, be an enthusiastic, high energy, self-starting, creative leader and team player, customer service oriented and demonstrate that ability to handle interpersonal relationships and interactions. Honesty, loyalty, and a positive attitude is a given. Extensive training will be provided to the right person for this position. This position will provide assistance and support to the Director of Education, Regional General Manager, Assistant Manager, Chief Operations Manager (COM), and President, with a focus on successful execution of guide trips (float & wade), education offerings, and managing guide and guide instructor staff.

For those interested in applying for this position please submit a resume and cover letter in person at the Trouts Frisco location. If unable to apply in person, please submit a current resume and cover letter to zeke@troutsflyfishing. Final candidates will be contacted for an in-person and/or video interview – dependent on location.


Finally, the Orvis Blackouts made their appearance off the UPS truck. 2 hours. That is the amount of time it took for our staff to start wagering casting bets with the brand new The Helios™ 3 Blackout Fly Rods. We are so stoked that these rods have finally hit our rod rack and we can't wait for y'all to come to try them out. So far, the initial impressions were "This rod was well worth the wait.". Here are a couple of detailed photos and a quick rundown of the new Helios™ 3 Blackout. If you are wanting to check out my first impressions on The Helios™ 3 Blackout Fly Rods click HERE. Late in the day we also sent out some information regarding our Women Are Fly Happy Hour Event. At Trouts, we understand that having a strong foundation as an angler will prepare you for whatever fly fishing can throw at you. That is why we take great pride in helping anglers of all levels. Young or old, male or female, complete novice or vastly experienced we understand that there is always something new. In keeping with this goal, we are excited to be hosting a Women Are Fly Happy Hour with special guest Dianne Bristol from Simms. Along with Dianne our very own Education, Director Courtney Despos will also be in attendance that evening so come prepared with all of your questions!


As per usual, we sent out our weekly Featured Guide Report. This week's Guide Report is brought to you by our very own Tucker Bamford. Read below to hear about Tucker Bamford and his recent full-day walk/wade trip on the South Platte River at Deckers! According to Tucker, the fishing is getting a little technical out there so it might be time to size down your flies! Stay tuned to our Guide Reports section of the website for more reports from various rivers as we continue to get clients out on some of our favorite water. Later we released one of my favorite pieces of information, Know Your Gear // Understanding Trout Hooks. As someone who struggled a lot with understanding hooks and the differences between them, writing this post was incredibly helpful and I hope it is for you too.


Wednesday was a bit of a big day, in terms of the content department. If you are looking to step up your fly fishing game this fall, our fly fishing schools are for you. The month of October is jam-packed with learning opportunities here at Trouts Fly Fishing. It does not matter if you are a new angler or a seasoned vet that is wanting to learn more about a specific skill, over the course of the month of October (and beyond) we have you covered. If you are interested in signing up for a class or just looking at what we have to offer, click HERE. Another event that we wanted to share with you was the rescheduling of the Garrison Doctors Art Exhibition. This event has been moved to October 7th, 2021. In case you have missed the information at this event here is the rundown. A unique and special collection from one of the most talented and respected artists, Garrison Doctor, will be assembled for viewing at our Trouts Denver location on October 7th, 2021. Garrison, Co-Founder & Designer of RepYourWater, is well known inside and outside the fly fishing community for his amazingly detailed prints and photography. We are honored and excited to host an art exhibition showcasing Garrison and his selection of favorite pieces. If you have ever wanted to purchase a Garrison Doctor original piece now is your time to do so! All pieces are original artwork done by Garrison Doctor, none are prints. Later in the day, we put out a great piece going over fall streamers. With a recent drop in temperatures, big browns across the state are noticing that it is time to start chowing down on some bigger meals. But, before we all start swapping out our dry flies for a single hook or double articulated streamers let's go over some key takeaways for rigging up for streamers this fall.


If you are new to angling and looking for the best catch and release practices, then our rundown of The Best Catch and Release Practices is for you! No matter what your opinion is on the ethics of catch and release fishing, if you choose to chase fish with a fly rod here in Colorado you will have to comply with Colorado Parks and Wildlife catch and release policy. Since a majority of our rivers here in Colorado are catch and release fisheries knowing how to handle fish properly is in your best interest. Understanding how to handle fish and how to release a fish properly takes practice but, if you follow the steps below you can be assured you have the knowledge necessary to allow the fish to swim another day. Earlier this week I mentioned some of the benefits of fishing fluorocarbon tippet for streamers. In keeping with this theme, I thought it would be best to go over more reasons why you should be fishing fluorocarbon tippet as the season begins to change. Sure we are in the middle of fall right now but, winter is just around the corner and when temperatures take a nose dive the only tippet you should be using is fluorocarbon. While streamers can be effective in the fall months when wintertime rolls around trout become sluggish and are typically more willing to feed on small midges, blue-winged olives, mysis shrimp, and scuds (where available) rather than move any significant distance for huge streamers. This post was originally written by Ivan Orsic back in 2018 and the thoughts and ideas still ring true today. It is well worth the read and if you want to learn more click HERE.


Reading water and understanding how to present and fish your fly in a specific section of water trumps fly selection in many ways. We're excited to launch a new SERIES on our YouTube Channel titled: "READING WATER." In each episode of READING WATER, we will tag along with a skilled and experienced angler who will give us insight into how they approach a specific section of water from all angles - GEAR, RIGGING, FLY CHOICE, SEASONALITY, FLOWS, and the like.

For this episode of READING WATER, we joined Trouts own Zeke Hersh and Tanner Smith as they float fish one of their favorite stretches on the Colorado River. Zeke explains how he likes to position his boat to put the angler in the best position to catch fish. Similarly, Tanner talks about what he's looking for and how he's swimming his streamer through current breaks and the like, in order to entice and eat. The concepts they explain are great approaches for a variety of water along with the Colorado, and any big floatable freestone filled with eager trout. Enjoy in HD.

Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to our YOUTUBE channel as we introduce a slew of NEW on-the-water and educational videos & series.

Well folks, that about does it for me this week here at Trouts. 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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