Trouts Journal

The Tape Deck // A Weekly Playlist (Volume 20)

Brandon Rodriguez / Nov 20, 2021

As we round out another week here at the shop, it is time to give my weekly rundown of the happenings of the week, my favorite products, and of course, some easy listening jams. For many across the state of Colorado, it looks like the recent drop in temperatures opened up some ski lifts and put a little dusting on some of our favorite pieces of tailwaters. With Halloween in the rearview and Thanksgiving on the horizon, it is safe to say that the holiday season is in full swing.

With it being the holiday season, you may have noticed that we put out a wide variety of gift guides over the past week. This year's ultimate holiday gift guide is the best gift guide for the angler, fly fishing enthusiast, or hobbyist in your life. For that hard-to-shop individual in your life, we have you covered. Broken down by price point, we cover our best sellers and unique stocking stuffers that will make just about anyone excited this holiday season. If you are working on a budget or are looking to stay under a specific price point, the Trouts Holiday Gift Guide 2021 has you covered with great holiday gifts no matter who you are shopping for.

Today I will cover 5 of my favorite items covered of this past week from our Trouts 2021 gift guide. If you want to check out our entire gift guide list, click HERE. Without further ado, let us dive in.

Rising BIG Nippa - Line Nippers

When it comes to fly fishing accessories, a pair of nippers is an indispensable tool for any angler, regardless of their skill level. When searching for which nippers are best, the pair that stands out above the rest is Rising's Big Nippa. The Rising Big Nippa is one of the top-selling fly fishing tools on the market and is an overall staff favorite here at Trouts Fly Fishing. The big Nippa is, as the name implies, a big pair of nippers. The big Nippa comes equipped with a perfect design recessed thumb groove and a textured surface for easier handling no matter your situation. The rising Nippa also comes in a variety of different color combinations, so you'll always know which rising Nippas are yours when you are on the drift boat or wading your favorite river bank. On top of the overall perfect construction of the Rising Big Nippa, the best part is that the big nipper is one of the best values on the market, coming in at a purchase price of only $12.00 (before tax). If you wonder what gift to get the new or seasoned angler this holiday season, go with Trouts Fly Fishing's favorite nippers and the better version of your standard nippers, The Rising Big Nippa.

Pat Dorsey's Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River - New Edition

The South Platte River is one of the most famous stretches of tailwater in the western U.S., located in Colorado. This world-class trout fishery is only an hour-ish drive from a major metropolitan area and home to some of the heftiest fish in Colorado. If you are dying to catch more trout on the picky tailwaters of the South Platte River, then Pat Dorsey's Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River is the perfect book to gift this holiday season! This book is written by one of the most accomplished and popular fly fishing guides in the western United States, Pat Dorsey. Pat Dorsey gives insight into how to fish the South Platte River and provides insights into each season's challenges along this world-famous tailwater. If you or someone you know is looking to increase their knowledge of this trout-filled paradise, then the updated Fly Fishing Guide to The South Platte River is your best option! The updated version of this book comes equipped with new maps, new photos, and updated detailed information on this world-class trout fishery.

Pat Dorsey is amongst the Mount Rushmore of fly fishing guides here in Colorado, and an opportunity to learn from a master such as himself is worth taking. This is a great book for those looking to better understand how to fish the South Platte River or simply for basic information like access points or good ideas for fly selection and rigging. For many, these books are like collector's items, and it is a beautiful way to see how a fishery like the South Platte changes over time. This is more than just a simple "How-To" book; it is a careful study written by someone who might as well have a Ph.D. on the subject. Give the gift of learning this season with the Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River written by the legend himself, Pat Dorsey.

Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Trout Fly Line

Fly lines are one of the most critical aspects of fly fishing and can be a game changer for beginner to intermediate anglers. When you decide to upgrade your fly line, picking which one is best for you and your situation can be challenging. For many of us, we want our fly line to do all things well, and we want our fly line to help us make those casts at longer distances and give us the advantage in specific dry fly presentations. When searching for a fly line that can honestly do it all, there should only be one on the top of your list, Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Trout Fly Line. The Amplitude Smooth series of lines are, put, the highest-performance smooth fly lines in the world. With up to five times less drag and eight times the durability of traditional lines, this will change how you look at fly line performance. The Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Trout Fly Lines can be classified as the "Jack of all Trades" for fly fishing lines. This line is used by many fly fishing guides for their clients and should be the top option for any age or skill level.

There's a sipper 40 feet away, and he looks like he's eating tricos. The natural rhythms of the rise and the river begin to make sense, so you ready yourself to cast. You shouldn't be thinking about your fly line at that moment because you should trust it implicitly. At that moment, you need the Amplitude Smooth Trout taper. Featuring our unparalleled AST Plus slickness additive, the Amplitude Smooth Trout is designed specifically for precise presentations and those who love dry flies.

Simms GTS Rod and Reel Vault

For the angler that is always on the go and spends more time on a raft on their favorite river than behind an office desk, the highly weather-resistant Simms GTS Rod Reel Vault is the perfect gift this holiday season. GTS, short for Gear Transport System, is your go-to carrying case for your future travels. The GTS Rod Reel Vault was initially designed to be a highly weather-resistant mini-suit case. However, the Simms GTS Rod and Reel Travel case quickly became the ultimate fly rod travel system over the years. The Simms GTS Rod Reel Travel Case is made with 1680D Polyester Ballistic fabric as well as 660D Cordura designed to crush any weather variable you may encounter in your travels. The weather-resistant molded case is perfect for collecting and protecting rods, reels, and other fly fishing gear while you are on the move. This bag holds six (6) 9'6" 4-piece rods and eight reels/spools with internal straps and dividers—more than enough for the adventurous angler in your life. The bag was designed with multiple reinforced daisy chains for lashing to various Simms GTS duffles and the Simms GTS Roller 110L and an aggressive webbing loop for attachment when you want to strap it to the outside of your luggage.

Product Dimensions:32.5” L x 9” W x 6” H (82.55cm L x 22.86cm W x 15.24cm H)

G. Loomis IMX-PRO Fly Rod

The G. Loomis IMX Pro Series is a formidable and high-performance series of fly rods that doesn't break the bank. Built to the unrelenting specifications of professional fishing guides, the IMX-PRO series is comprised of 15 purpose-driven designs to meet the performance demands of modern freshwater fishing. The G.Loomis IMX Pro fly rods are the perfect fly rod if you are looking to upgrade and test the waters when it comes to "high-end fly rods". Each size and length of the IMX PRO lineup was designed to do an exceptional job, and it shows. The IMX Pro series offers anglers fantastic single had rod options in a price range that make a perfect gift for the angler looking for the ideal trout Spey rod that works well on larger rivers outside of Colorado. A popular option for this fly rod is the IMX Pro Creek Fly Rod. Coming in at a lighter rod weight than the rest in its class, the IMX Pro C is a fantastic summer alpine and creek fly rod that does not break the bank. At its core, the IMX-PRO Creek is a dedicated high-power rod targeted to small water junkies. If you are someone who values a rod that has fast line speed at a short distance while still maintaining its accuracy, this is the rod for you.

In the hand, the new IMX PRO Creek is as airy as a feather, and when paired with the Ross Colorado (2/3wt) reel, the whole setup feels balanced, strong, and ready to make those quick casts to hard-to-reach trout. In my experience, you receive the best performance from the rod when you pair it with Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Creek Trout 3wt line. This line loads quickly, shoots fast and manages roll casts like a dream. Another option in the IMX Pro Fly Rod series is the Euro Nymphing Rod Style. Downright deadly, modern euro nymphing is a beyond-proven tactic for boosting catch count. For many anglers - especially those in high-traffic fisheries with pressured fish - it's one of the best ways to achieve maximum effectiveness efficiently. True disciplines of this method require specialized tools with innovative actions and components configured to satisfy a set of unique tactical demands.

With a moderate flex pattern and ample power throughout the bottom half of the blank, the IMX-PROe is designed to load quickly for improved casting accuracy without sacrificing the "oomph" behind the hookset. Conduit Core Technology and our GL7 Resin System combine to reduce overall weight, resulting in a lightweight, scary-sensitive blank. A custom half wells "Euro Grip" matte finished reel seat with counter-weighted fighting butt, precise guide spacing to eliminate line sag, and pointer finger "sensitivity zone" on the blank above the grip round out the feature set for this purpose-driven euro nymphing powerhouse.

Simms G4Z Stockingfoot Wader

The most technologically advanced wader in Simms' collection offers next-level durability and functionality with the convenience of a waterproof center front zipper. From bush plane drop-offs to drawn-out wilderness floats, failure is not an option. When the task requires total competence from you and your gear Simms' guide-caliber G4Z® Stockingfoot Waders are a clear choice thanks to their exceedingly durable, waterproof-breathable GORE-TEX® Pro Shell build. Patented front- and back leg seam construction promotes mobility and seasons' long durability, while cutting-edge fabric and detailed craftwork come together to prioritize all-weather comfort. G4Z's extended YKK waterproof zipper makes getting in and out of waders (an taking care business) ultra-easy. Two zippered chest pockets with integrated retractor docking stations keep tools and other river essentials within close reach and ready to deploy. The new Sharkfin buckle provides convenient hemostat retention. Insert chilled, wind-slapped hands inside zippered, micro-fleece lined hand-warmer pockets for instant relief. And confidently march into the day with redesigned baffled, compression-molded stockingfeet for improved boot fit and enhanced circulation to bolster comfort on the trail and in the water.

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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