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The Tape Deck // A Weekly Playlist (Volume 5)

Brandon Rodriguez / Aug 7, 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 brandon@troutsflyfishing.comA 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.


Over the past year, I have picked up a slight interest in the other side of the fly fishing world. The Spey and Switch Rod side to be specific. Before moving back to Colorado, I lived in Southern Oregon for the better part of the year. After working wildfires all summer I found myself with a ton of time off during the winter. During the winter, I filled part of my time working on a Yak ranch and obviously fishing. When I first arrived in Southern Oregon (Ashland), I immediately made my acquaintance with the local fly shop in town. I told them that this was my first time in Oregon and that I had never fished anything this far West except for The Owyhee River. Almost instantly, they told me that I would fall in love with the Spey world and, I might as well just make the switch now. As I walked around the shop, I was in awe at the size of the hoppers and the midges they had in their fly bins as well as the colors that encased various tube flies and trailer hooks. It was all new to me. Although this new world was interesting and colorful, I was hesitant (read: ignorant) to changing my ways. I had dedicated a ton of time to learn the ways of classic western trout streams and dedicated countless hours with my 5-6wt rod in hand. Even then, still average at best. In short, I was not ready to make the jump. I was determined to make my current system work.

As many of you can probably tell, this was short-lived. Sure I found some traditional trout streams but, finding them was particularly difficult, and they were few and far between. Naturally, I grew tired of fishing the same river day in and day out so, I hopped on OnX maps and decided to try my hand at a classic Oregon salmon river.

I'll never forget my first time walking out to the banks of a classic Oregon salmon river. I was speechless and instantly intimidated by the swiftness, depth, and width of the river. While taking a couple of moments to read the water in front of me, I took a moment to look downstream. When I did and watched a man (~80 yards) downstream battle with a Steelhead. It sounds corny but, I will never forget watching that fish leap out of the air the hooting sound of excitement this man let out. Immediately, I knew my 9' 6wt did not stand a chance. Since then, I have noticed a smoldering desire to share the same experience as that man did on that day. Will I ever make the leap and venture into the Spey Rod world? Maybe. Will this happen sooner rather than later? I'd like it to. For now, however, let us get into this week's weekly recap.

On Sunday we released our brand new landing page on our website. This new page is dedicated to everything Knots. From tying your fly to your tippet to connecting two pieces of tippet, there are a few knots you need to know. We know some of them can be frustrating to tie, but in this case, practice makes perfect. This landing page provides some tutorials to help guide you. If you are looking for video demonstrations we put together an awesome video series with our very own Education Director, Courtney Despos.

Monday was an exciting day. We finally got to tell yall about the new line of SIMMS packs and base layering system for 2021. Finally, anglers can have a dedicated layering system for when the weather cools down and water temperatures drop. From base layers to well-designed sling packs, this new collection was designed for the dedicated angler who also enjoys looking their best on the water. On top of these sweet new pieces of gear, we just got in a massive haul of boots and waders. Although summer is not over yet, cooler months are just around the corner, so make sure you are prepared for one of the best seasons of the year. On Monday, we released another edition of Trouts Classics. This time we decided to revisit Stream Etiquette. No matter if you are a newbie or a seasoned veteran now and again you need to revisit the basics.

Tuesday, we released our weekly Featured Guide Report. This time we described Kevin Hanahan and his recent trip on the South Platte. In the report, Kevin describes a pretty epic day on the water and reminds us about how much fun is still left to be had on the South Platte. Enjoy Hoppers and throwing dry-dropper rigs? There is still plenty of time to. On Tuesday I thought it would also be a good time to remind everyone about important conservation news. If you were unaware, over the past month The House of Representatives held their annual appropriations meeting. Arguably, the most important piece of legislation introduced over the past month was the introduction of the Renovating America's Wildlife Act (S. 3072). in short, this bill proposes a total of $1.3 Billion towards state fish and wildlife agencies. If you are interested in learning more about this bill or wondering how you can help head over to the blog and give it a read!

Wednesday our very own Rick Mikesell released the beloved Warmwater Forecast. Within the post, Rick describes the importance of Sink Tips and Sinking lines when it comes to fishing warmwater this time of year. As well as offering his personal fly choices, he gives anglers two pieces of advice. The two major takeaways for August, if it is a typical August: Fish early or late, and fish deep. If we continue to see regular rain, then hang on for another month of epic warmwater fishing. We also posted about an insightful read Playing the Numbers Game isn't a Sustainable Strategy published by Kirk Deeter. Co-author of the Little Red Book of Fly Fishing with Charlie Meyers, Kirk is the editor for Trout, Trout Unlimited's quarterly magazine, and editor-at-large for Field & Stream magazine.

Thursday we finally made our throwback logo hats available. We have been sitting on these for a while and we were so excited that we finally made them available to you all. Trouts have been proudly serving the Denver angling community for over 15 years, and in that time we have established ourselves as the go-to source for everything fly fishing. Our brand new throwback logo hat is a callback to our founding and a symbol for what is to come. This hat is perfect for those blistering summer days on the water, fast ascents to your secret alpine lake, or your long trail runs. The two colorways pair perfectly with your favorite plaid SIMMS shirt for when you hit the local watering hole. No matter the activity or the location, make sure you have one of these hats on you or on the dash of your truck. Keeping in the theme of gear, this week we decided to dip into the archives and talk about one of the most overlooked accessories an angler can have, polarized sunglasses. This post originally dated back to 2018 and was written by Ivan Orsic. Ivan is Trouts current Brand and Marketing Manager. You may have seen his mug around the internet from time to time, in either our Five Flies or Fly Fishing Forecast series. Co-author of the Little Red Book of Fly Fishing with Charlie Meyers, Kirk is the editor for Trout, Trout Unlimited's quarterly magazine, and editor-at-large for Field & Stream magazine.

On Friday, Ivan teamed up with Russ Miller from Umpqua Feather Merchants to put together a fantastic video on how to build out your fly box for Caddis. These flies come in a variety of patterns, sizes, and colors. Among other things, these flies are known for their unique display on the water. If you were to take a quick look through the scientific textbooks you would be in awe at the seemingly endless amount of caddisfly species in existence.


We had a pretty productive week here at this shop and once again put out a great list of reads, tips, and tricks for you to enjoy. 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. Also, make sure you are staying up to date on current road closures throughout the state. I look forward to receiving emails regarding song choices and conservation news. If there are any Spey Rod enthusiast out there that want to show me a thing or two or think it is worth it to invest in one I would love to hear from you.

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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