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The Tape Deck // A Weekly Playlist (Volume 23)

Brandon Rodriguez / Dec 11, 2021

Well, it finally happened. The Denver Metro area received its first dusting of snow for the winter. It was a perfect cap to the end of the week, and it sent the scene for what hopes to be a very snowy winter. In this week's recap, I wanted to highlight our Youtube channel. As many of you know, we are very proud of our Youtube channel here at Trouts. If you are unaware, our Youtube channel is a perfect place for anglers new and old to learn something they previously did not, about the sport of fly fishing. When it comes to our Youtube Channel, we truly have something for everyone, no matter where you are in your fly fishing journey.

As always in these weekly recaps, I like to cover a handful of products we covered over the past week, and I would be remised if I did not cover some of the products mentioned in the THREE videos we put out this week. Enjoy yall.


Five Flies December - Massacre Midge - Brown

It's DECEMBER and winter is almost here. That means midges are generally going to be the primary fare for trout throughout the Colorado Rockies. That certainly doesn't mean that streamers, blue-wings, eggs, and attractors can't get the job done, but midges will consistently produce as we head into winter. Winter Storm Atticus is bringing snow to our parts and that's certainly a welcome change from the relatively balmy late fall we've had.

Umpqua Phantom X Euro Nymph Leader

A leader designed specifically for Euro Nymphing. Built to fish in changing conditions and a variety of techniques from dry dropper, to jigging streamers. It fishes well with lightly weighted nymphs or heavy bombs at long and short range. Tipped with our new Phantom X Fluorocarbon this leader is a deadly leader for this unique style of fishing. This leader makes an appearance in our latest educational video covering Euro Nymphing. If you are interested in checking out this leader and how to use it head over to our Youtube page!

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With the biggest gift-giving holiday just around the corner, there is an essential factor that will ensure your gifts arrive on time. How do you make sure? Shop Early! We here at Trouts Fly Fishing want to make sure that every one of your gifts arrives on time this holiday season. Now through December 17th, 2021, we are pleased to offer FREE UPS 2nd Day Air SHIPPING on all online orders of $250 or more!

There is no promo code required. Click Free 2-Day Air (reference Image below) when choosing your shipping option, it really is that easy.

Fishpond Tacky Daypack Fly Box - 2X

If there is one thing you need to start fly fishing and, more importantly, enjoy fly fishing, it is a quality fly box. When you head out to the water for a day of fly fishing, it is paramount that you have enough flies with you, especially if you are new to the sport. This holiday season, give the gift of storage with the Fishpond Tacky Daypack Fly Box - 2X. The Daypack Fly Box 2X is one of our staff's favorite fly boxes and is perfect for year-round fishing. This fly box comes in a small package yet is equipped with enough storage for just about every freshwater situation you may encounter when you are on the water. This box is an ideal gift this holiday season, especially for anglers who always want to stay prepared for any hatch they may run into on the water. The Day Pack 2X fly box is one of the top-selling fly boxes here at Trouts Fly Fishing and, for a good reason. The Day Pack 2X is genuinely a fly anglers' dream setup with the endless pursuit to always be prepared. This item found itself multiple times on our gift guides this year and for good reason. Get yours today!

Bugs For Beginners Class Openings!

At one point or another, we have been on the water and watched fish seemingly jumping all around us, gorging themselves on the thousands of bugs. As fly anglers, we've heard the expression 'Match the Hatch,' yet we continue scratching our heads while casting to fish uninterested in our flies. Without question, a better understanding of a trout's diet will help improve your success with fly fishing.

Our Trouts Bugs for Beginners class will help demystify the key food sources of trout throughout the year. We will focus on Midges, Mayflies, Caddis, Stoneflies, Terrestrials, and general attractors. Our class is designed and purposed to help you better understand the major insect groups, including identifying and fishing them effectively. You will leave our class with the capabilities to successfully 'Match the Hatch.'

These in-store classes make excellent gifts for the holiday season and should not be overlooked! Give the gift of education this year with one of our many in-store learning opportunities, there truly is something for everyone.


Well, folks, that about does it for me this week here at Trouts. I hope you all enjoyed the dusting of snow yesterday; I sure did.

As always, come swing by the shop, have a beer on the back deck if you can handle the cold winter air, or just come swing by and enjoy the space. Remember, the holiday season is quickly coming to an end, so make sure you are prepared; we have numerous gift guides filled with items that would make any angler happy.

If you enjoyed today's post or have some comments, please send them over to my Instagram or email brandon@troutsflyfishing.com 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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