Trouts Journal

The Tape Deck // A Weekly Playlist (Volume 17)

Brandon Rodriguez / Oct 30, 2021

After making it back to the trailhead parking lot, you and your buddies recap the events that happened throughout the day. In between the phrases like "Has anyone seen my nippers?" and "That was probably one of the best eats I've seen..." You pull out the camp chairs lying on the tailgate and take a good look around. Looking around, you think about when you will return to this exact spot. And the more you think about when that time will come, the further in the future it seems to be. You are busy; you have things going on, your weekends filled with birthdays and engagement parties have you booked out for months to come. You don't like it but, that's just life. Then, you start to imagine what it would be like if you didn't go to any of those events and went fishing. You think about how much better those weekends would be. Or would they?
I am not going to sit here and say one is better than the other. I will let you make that final decision. However, I can say that one probably leads to a much better life. Remember, you only get a finite amount of time to go out on the water, so you might as well make the most of it.

As always, in this week's edition of the Tape Deck, we will be going over a few products or popular posts we covered this past week, along with some easy listening jams. Enjoy.


Abel VAYA Fly Reel

Monday we went over seven casting tips for saltwater. If you have a saltwater trip in the books I cannot express enough how important casting is. Being armed with the ability to cast well can make your (probably expensive) trip go from miserable to excellent very quickly. If you are interested, head over to the blog to check it out. Since I went over saltwater, I chose the able VAYA as my product pick.


Renzetti 2200 Traveler Fly Tying Vise with Pedestal

The past two weeks I have posted two step-by-step tutorials for fly tying. Hence why I think that the Renzetti Traveler 2200 is the perfect product for my weekly recap. I hope you all have been enjoying these fly-tying posts. Around this time of year a few of us at the shop will be asked, "How do you tie a simple pheasant tail nymph?". Typically around this time of the year, we see flows take a bit of a dip here on our favorite tailwater streams and as a result, many of us downsize our flies or switch up our tactics to subsurface flies. This gives reason to why around this time of year we get this question a lot. If you are one of those people who take some ownership in how flies are made and would rather fish something that comes from your own vise then this post is for you.


#OptOutside 2021

Not a product but, an event worth reposting! For the 4th straight year, Trouts Fly Fishing (both the Denver & Frisco locations) is following in the footsteps of our outdoor industry friends and will be closed for business on Black Friday - November 26th, 2021. Help us give back to the river that has given us so much and let's spend Black Friday cleaning up the South Platte at Deckers, instead of jockeying for a position at your favorite big-box retailer.


Staff Picked Trout Flies - Deckers

How could you not want to fish Deckers this time of year? The colors, the big browns, and the adjacency to the front range are a perfect mix for an early morning outing or full-day fare. If you are new to the Deckers waterway and are unsure about what you should be throwing, let us take the guesswork out of what to fish. In this edition of 3 Places To Fish In Colorado, Deckers again made my list. Get dialed in, before you head out.


Regulator Ergo Hemo // Scientific Anglers

This pair of hemostats comes equipped with an angled head for exceptional visibility and reach. The smooth jaws are perfect out of the box, especially for pinching barbs. The razor-sharp serrated scissors are also ideal for holding onto multiple layers of materials and will not slip or fold fabric compared to polished edge scissors.

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. If you enjoyed today's post or have some comments feel free to send them over to my Instagram or email or brandonrod15 on Instagram.

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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