Trouts Journal

The Tape Deck // A Weekly Playlist (Volume 4)

Brandon Rodriguez / Jul 31, 2021

Welcome To The Tape Deck by Trouts Fly Fishing a collection of the TROUTS staff favorite jams. It does not matter if you are tying flies, driving to the trailhead, or drinking a couple of cold ones after a day on the water. Consider The Tape Deck your new weekly soundtrack, for any activity you do. You can expect The Tape Deck to be updated every Saturday morning. Available for free on Spotify. Have a favorite song or band you've been jamming to that makes you consider throwing "One More" cast? Shoot me an email at

A music playlist, not your thing? No worries, still head over to Spotify to check out the catalog of episodes on The Current Podcast with host, Will Rice. Will Rice welcomes author, editor, and fly fishing legend, Kirk Deeter.

How has it been a month already? We are four volumes into The Trouts Tape Deck and I feel like we just started. In a way, we are which is exciting. This past week I fell down the rabbit hole of Overlanding Rigs. If you do not know, I am the proud owner of a 1987 Toyota Van and yes, it is a 4x4. I think the current interior build is great, but that is probably only the case because I built it out myself. However, the grass is always greener on the other side. What do I mean by this? I mean that I want to now turn my van into an Overlanding rig. Put simply, I want the gas cans on the side, awning, roof rack, the whole nine yards. Shoot, I might toss on some of those orange traction pads. The scary thing is that I know this is not a phase, honestly, it is only scary for my wallet. Oh and my gas mileage, I mean 20 mpg on the highway is pretty decent if we are being honest. Look it's is called the space cruiser for a reason, so I might as well make it look like one. Anyways, we had a lot of great content drop out this week so let us get into this weekly recap.

If you missed our email earlier in the week, we released a limited edition Trouts Fome Dome Trucker hat. If you are looking to keep the glair off your sunglasses when searching for spooky carp or just looking for a great accouterment to your flip flops and Simms plaid button-up for the rest of the summer, this limited run Trouts Foam Trucker hat is your new go-to item.

Monday, we released two awesome reads of two different styles. The first was an informational piece regarding our Introduction to Fly Fishing Series vs. Two-Day Beginner School. Over the past year, we have dedicated countless hours to update and grow our existing fly fishing education program. Being a part of a new angler's journey into the world of fly fishing is something that we take great pride in. The piece outlines important information when deciding whether to take our Introduction to Fly Fishing Series or our New Two-Day Beginner School. If you are someone who learns at their own pace; and enjoys small specific classes, our Introduction to Fly Fishing Series is for you. This type of class structure partitions out learning objectives and is a fantastic option for those looking to take things slow and at their own pace. On the flip side, our new Two-Day Beginner School is a first-rate option for those looking to dive headfirst into the world of fly fishing. Our Two-Day Beginner School covers everything one would learn in our Introduction to Fly Fishing Series over two days. This two-day school is based out of our Frisco shop and will incorporate both indoor and outdoor learning environments. On top of it, all our Two-Day Beginner School is a great reason and way to understand the waters of the Frisco, CO, and direct surrounding areas for your future fishing ventures on either side of the Continental Divide. The second piece we released on Monday was another edition of Twelve from the Vault. If you are not familiar, this is a written series by Copi Vojta, the photo editor at The Flyfish Journal. In his most recent piece, "I Could Smell the Body Spray," readers are transported back to a youthful moment we all remember. Copi Vojta's ability to convey a story through words and images is unparalleled; and one of the best, especially in the world of fly fishing. If you are interested in more of Copi's work, I highly recommend checking out his online portfolio or pick up the latest edition of The Flyfish Journal here at the shop!

Tuesday, we issued our Featured Trouts Guide Report of the Week. This week's report focused on Tucker Bamford on his most recent full-day trip down at Deckers. By the looks of it, Deckers is fishing pretty well. Most successes came from Gold Bead Pheasant Tails and Squirmy Worms. If you are interested in going out on a Guided Trip head over to our booking page or give us a call and, we will get you set up with one of our Professional Guides. Tuesday, we also released 3 Reasons You Need a 3 Weight. 3 Reasons You Need a 3wt is a great short read that outlines some of the reasons why you should consider adding a 3wt to your high country arsenal as well as our favorite options when it comes to picking one out. If you are looking for an excuse to step up your Nymphing game or just wanting to feel more of a fight in those high mountain lakes, the 3wt is for you. Consistently overlooked and underrated, it is time we give the 3wt its moment in the sun.

Wednesday, we focused on the Colorado high country. How can you not this time of year? In our GEAR GUIDE // Eleven For The High Country, we offer our favorite items and must-haves when exploring the high country. When you are at 9,000 feet conditions can get a bit dodgy and produce their own set of challenges. These picks will help make those moments better. A few of my stand-out picks from the article are The Simms Flyweight Shell and Flyfisher's Guide to Colorado's Lost Lakes and Secret Places. The common theme between them? Rain. Getting rained on in the high country is not so much about if but when. When that inevitable time comes, it is best to be prepared with a rain jacket that will keep you dry and a good book to keep your mind occupied while you wait out the summer shower. On Wednesday, we released a superb photo essay, Throwin' Stones. The photos offer a glimpse into Ivan's world behind the lens and his recent day on the water with Zeke and their trip to the Upper Arkansas River. If your weekend plans to fish get rained out, or if you are a dedicated angler who fishes through it all, Throwin' Stones will inspire your next trip or your day off the water.

Thursday, Denver Water issues a very positive statement regarding outflows of Roberts Tunnel. The statement outlines Denver Water's plan to shut off outflows from Roberts Tunnel starting July 30th, 2021. Their decision was determined by the forecasted rain and recent improvement in reservoir conditions. The shut-off of Roberts Tunnel outflows will allow all water gained over the weekend rains to be diverted to the Western Slope and the Colorado River. This is great impressive news from Denver Water and presents a positive outlook for our finned friends who reside in the Western Slope and within the Colorado River. Over the past couple of days, we have been sifting through stories we have published over the years. While sifting we realized that some of our older written content still provides useful information. With that in mind, we have decided to revamp some of these stories and guides, for the first iteration we decided to bring back How To Build A Rocky Mountain Nymph Rig. This is an indispensable, rig that will keep your line tight all year long.

Friday, we released another edition of our bi-weekly Trouts Fly Fishing Forecast. In the report, Ivan highlights that " Flows on the South Platte (Cheesman, 11 Mile, and the Dream Stream) have all bumped since our last fly fishing forecast". He also notes that "There are plenty of happy fish and solid summer hatches taking place along the South Platte to keep any angler entertained and engaged. Tricos, PMDs, Blue-Wings, Midges, Caddis, and even a couple of stoneflies are around on the South Platte this time of year". If you are interested in learning more about the current weather outlook as it pertains to fly fishing head over to the blog or watch the forecast on our Youtube Channel! Friday, we also released our Knots page. Look we have all been in those situations when the fish of a lifetime breaks you off, or better yet, you lose another fly in a battle with a tree. No matter the case, knowing your knots is important, and knowing when to use certain knots is of the utmost importance. That is why we are taking out the guesswork of what knot to use in just about any situation on the water. From tying your fly to your tippet to connecting two pieces of tippet, there are a few knots you need to know.

We had a pretty great week this week here at the shop. We hope that you get out and enjoy some time on the water this weekend. 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. I look forward to receiving emails regarding song choices and conservation news. In the words of Bugs Bunny and in light of the reincarnation of Space Jam That's all folks!

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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