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The Tape Deck // A Weekly Playlist (Volume 8)

Brandon Rodriguez / Aug 28, 2021

Whether you like it or not, summer is coming to an end. I know, it is sad. However, we all still have roughly 10 more days to soak up the summer sun and enjoy it while we can. What's next? Arguably my second favorite angling season, Fall. How could you not love it? You are still able to wet wade in some rivers, Aspens start to change color, fish are still feeding heavily, and you can still throw some of your favorite streamers! All in all, the end of summer isn't really a downside in my eyes.

Speaking of fall, we here at Trouts have a lot of exciting events planned for you all in the coming months. Over the past week, we decided to finally share them with you all, in case you missed them here is your weekly Trouts Fly Fishing recap.


On Sunday we released a short segment going over the Four Fly Fishing Knots you should know before you hit the water. Snags and snapped lines happen to all of us it does not matter if you are a professional guide or a weekend warrior. At some point, you will have to re-rig your fly set up. When this time comes, it is important to know a handful of knots. That is why this weekend we are going over a handful of knots you should know every time you head out to the water.

On Monday we put out a great visual piece curated by old Ivan Orsic. In this post PHOTO ESSAY // Brookies & Beaver Ponds, Ivan photo-documented our most recent trip chasing brookies in the high country. Many fish were caught and many laughs were had throughout the day. However, this is Ivans work so I will let him do A bit of the describing, The brook trout that call high country beaver ponds home are some of the more opportunistic (READ: dumbest trout of all-time) feeders you'll encounter on a fly rod, especially when they measure between 6" and 12". With a short feeding season and plenty of competition to go around, there's no doubt a day spent chasing brook trout with a small rod in hand will be a day well spent." By, the end of the day we were both pretty well spent, and the only thing that could satiate us both was a gas station pizza...ahh...the best.

Tuesday we released our weekly Featured Guide Report. However, I thought it might be nice to change it up a bit and move away from the popular spots like Deckers or The Ark for the week. This time I chose to highlight our very own Rick Mikesell and his recent walk/wade trip chasing carp. According to Rick, it was the best guide day he has ever seen along the Denver South Platte. From the water clarity to the ability of the client, Rick had nothing but good things to say about his most recent experience on the DSP. If you are still considering chasing carp on the fly rod, here is your reason. Earlier in this post, I talked about how we here at Trouts have some exciting events planned for Fall and on Tuesday we released information regarding such an event, Garrison Doctors Art Exhibition Opening. A unique and special collection from one of the most talented and respected artists, Garrison Doctor, will be assembled for viewing at our Trouts Denver location on September 10, 2021. Garrison, Co-Founder & Designer of Rep Your Water, is well known inside and outside the fly fishing community for his amazingly detailed prints and photography. We are honored and excited to host an art exhibition showcasing Garrison and his selection of favorite pieces.

Keeping in the theme of future fall events, on Wednesday we wanted to let yall know about our upcoming Open Fly Tying Night. If you are an avid fly tyer who loves tying with others or maybe even someone new to the practice of tying please join us for our Open Fly Tying Night on September 1st, 2021. From 6 pm -8 pm on September 1st, we will be opening our doors to anyone who wants a new place to tie flies. This event is perfect for those who are completely new to the practice of fly tying or who want to see a pattern tied in person. For those seasoned fly tyers out there, this evening at the shop is a fantastic opportunity to show off your skills and, potentially offer advice to someone new to the practice of tying. On Wednesday we also saw some very positive news come in from the local CPW office regarding their current fishing closures along the Colorado River. This news comes as a welcome sigh of relief for those who are still eager to float the Colorado this summer. The news was as follows:

Effective August 24th. Here are the changes:

1) The voluntary, full day fishing closure on the Colorado River from the Red Dirt Creek confluence downstream to the Hwy.13 bridge in Rifle will be lifted.

2) The voluntary, after 12 pm fishing closure on the Eagle River from the upper boundary within the Gypsum Ponds State Wildlife Area downstream to the Colorado River confluence will be lifted.

On Thursday I released my most recent gear review coving the G. Loomis IMX-PRO Creek Fly Rod. After fishing this rod pretty hard for the better part of a month I thought it would be best to share my thoughts and opinions on the rod. Without giving too much away I will provide yall with a little teaser. 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. However, do not just think that you'll be able to cast this rod accurately at 10'. While out shooting the most recent PHOTO ESSAY // Brookies & Beaver Ponds Ivan and I had a little fun boomin' line out (one of his terms) and we were both able to boom out our fly lines 50-60' with some pretty good accuracy. Thursday I thought it would be best the keep up with the light line theme and post an old but familiar Trouts Classics // Understanding Fly Lines. If you are anything like me, when you first got into the sport of fly fishing you were simply unaware of all the different types and variations of fly lines. From WF, sinking, double taper, single taper, even nowadays I still have to take a moment in order to understand all the different types of fly lines out there. Since fly lines can be a bit confusing for just about everyone involved, I thought that it would be best to revisit a blog post that helped me understand fly lines (one that I revisit often) and more importantly, how to shop for fly lines. I hope you enjoy this Trouts Classic and I hope that it clears up any confusion that remains regarding fly lines.

Friday we released the dates for our ever-popular Guide Acadamey. If you are an eager angler ready to take the next step in your fly fishing journey this fall is your opportunity to do so. This 6-day course will focus on providing you the skills to become a knowledgeable guide providing quality and successful fly fishing experiences (walk/wade & float). The Trouts Guide Academy will give you the tools to take the next step in your fly fishing career and become a certified professional fly fishing guide, that we'd be proud to send out on the water. In addition to oar certification, the course will concentrate on equipment rigging, boat preparation/rigging/maneuvering, guide etiquette, casting instruction, safety, entomology, river knowledge, protocol (do’s and don'ts) and care for the shared outdoor resource. At the end of your six days with our experienced and talented guide instructors, you will be prepared to pursue your career as a fly fishing guide in the state of Colorado.


From fly lines, fly rods news, and Art Exhibitions it is safe to say we had a pretty steady and engaging week here at the shop. As I mentioned before, if you are enjoying these sorts of weekly recaps let me know over email. I'd love to hear from yall. What are some of y'alls plans this weekend? For me, hopefully, a trip to the alpine is in order. 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.

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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