Trouts Journal

The Tape Deck // A Weekly Playlist (Volume 19)

Brandon Rodriguez / Nov 13, 2021

Look, I understand that learning how to fly fish can seem like a daunting and intimidating task on the surface. But if you were to talk to anyone of us here at the shop, we would tell you that old saying, "Well, you are never really done learning." Each time I sit down and talk to someone about the sport of fly fishing, I very quickly realize how much I still have left to learn. That being the case, I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to revisit some beginner staples. For this weekly recap, I will be giving yall my top three "How To" articles published this week. These are a few articles I wish I had when I first began in the world of fly fishing, and I hope that you all find them useful as well. If you do, let me know over email or give me a shout at the shop. Feedback is always greatly appreciated.

As always, I will leave you all with some easy listening jams to groove to while you head to the river, tie up some flies, or do whatever you are doing this weekend.


Somewhere along the line in your fly fishing career, you may have asked yourself, "What is a Click and Pawl Fly Reel?". Most popular among trout anglers, click and pawl fly reels are among the best fly reels for many smaller freshwater species. These reels pair perfectly with a 3wt fly rod up to a 5wt fly rod. The beauty and appeal of the click and pawl fly reel come from the inherently simple design and is truly a minimalist's dream out on the water. However, beyond the sleek minimal design most click and pawl reels come in today, the real reason why these fly reels are so beloved is the sound. There is no better sound for many anglers than a click and pawl reel when a fish decides to take out line. Well, maybe the sound of a cork popping out of a whiskey bottle but, to each their own. On top of that traditional sound, click-pawl fly reels offer much less worry when it comes to overall reel maintenance when compared to most modern sealed drag systems. Which should make sense, right? A closed and contained system is excellent when you do not want various types of dirt and grime getting inside, but when and if that system fails, a majority of the time, you must send your fly reel back to the manufacture for a repair. With a click and pawl reel, a majority of the time, it is as simple as replacing the spool. Click and Pawl reels are a fantastic option for those looking to have a lightweight setup when they head out to the water. They are also an excellent option if you are looking to test your skills against larger fish. Today we will be covering the topic of Click and Pawl Fly reels, what they are, how they work, and their advantages and disadvantages. So, without wasting any more time, let us dive into Click and Pawl Fly Reels.


There is an essential layering system you should know before you hit the water this fall or winter, and it should go as follows:

1.) Baselayer: Moisture Management

2.) Mid-layer: Insulation

3.) Outerwear: Weather Protection - Rain, Snow, Wind

Look, I understand that on the surface, this can be a lot of extra clothing to bring with you on a fishing trip but trust me on this one, it is better to have them with you than be miserable watching your buddies who came prepared to enjoy their time on the water. My advice, which is nothing groundbreaking, is to keep a couple of extra pieces of layering gear in the same plastic tub that has your waders and boots, so you always have them with you. Just remember to keep them dry. But let's dive into the specifics of each section a bit here and why they are necessary.

Trouts Fly Fishing 101 classes

At some point, we have all been novice anglers, and as such, we understand the difficulties and frustrations that exist for beginners. Yet, we also know that satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment come from mastering this beautiful sport and becoming a self-reliant angler. Our understanding of this unique educational process and our love of introducing people to the lifestyle of fly fishing genuinely separate Trouts Fly Fishing's Fly Fishing 101 from the competition!

Trouts Fly Fishing 101 classes are the perfect class for beginners of any age. Our 101 class covers various information, starting with setting up your fly rod, terminal tackle, essential fly selection, knot tying, and reading the water. We understand that fly fishing can be frustrating and, at times intimidating, we want to remove those for you. We want to be an integral part of you becoming a self-reliant, accomplished angler. With this in mind, the goal of our Trouts 101 class is to provide people the opportunity to wade into the sport of fly fishing successfully.

During November, we have a ton of opportunities for you to join our Fly Fishing 101 classes. These education courses make great gifts for the new or novice angler this holiday season and come in at an exceptional price at $50 per student! These classes will never go out of stock and are held in our Denver Shop location.

Well, folks, that about does it for me this week here at Trouts. As I mentioned before, if you enjoy these sorts of weekly recaps, let me know over email. If you have questions, comments, or lingering thoughts about flies, we have you covered.

As always, 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, please 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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