International Sportsman’s Expo comes to Denver January 12-15

Looking for something to do this weekend? Join The International Sportsman’s Expo to celebrate for the 40th year in Colorado. More than 525 exhibiting companies offering gear…expertise and travel adventures. 125+ free seminars. Expert-led clinics. Archery, casting and a new elk-calling contest. And check out the giant Youth Activity Center, hosted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

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Location: Colorado Convention Center
 700 14th Street
 Denver, CO 80202

Hours

Thu 12 11am – 8pm
Fri 13 11am – 8pm
Sat 14 10am – 8pm
Sun 15 10am – 5pm

 Tickets

Adult Admission – $17.00
 Youth under 16 – Free!

 No Pets
 No Weapons, Firearms or Ammunition

Parking

Parking & Shuttles: $5 per car at Park Ave. & Wazee (near Coors Field). Limited wheelchair and scooter rental available at UPS Business Center

Tight Lines,

Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Colorado Fly Fishing Reports Invites You to The Fly Fishing Show!

Well, we hope you have enjoyed your Holidays and are settled back into “The Grind.” Winter is in full swing in Colorado, with temperatures at a high of only 10 degrees today! The weekend is fast approaching and with the colder temps it might be a good weekend to leave the river to the trout, ducks & geese and instead head downtown to The Fly Fishing Show!

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The show is a great place to get deals on the latest and greatest fly fishing gear, enter a raffle to win a trip to your dream fly fishing destination or just grab a cold beer and hang out and talk fishing. Here is the info you need this weekend:

Show Hours Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9am – 5:30pm, Sunday 9am – 4:30 pm

Admission is cash only at the gate and a one-day pass is only $15. Back again this year is the International Fly Fishing Film Festival, one night only Friday January 6th at 6:30 PM, $15 ticket.

If you can't be on the river this weekend, why not join us for swapping lies & stories at The Fly Fishing Show?

If you can’t be on the river this weekend, why not join us for swapping lies & stories at The Fly Fishing Show?

The show is a great place to learn from authors, outfitters, fly-fishing guides and fly tiers. Weather you are looking for fly tying materials, books, DVDs, rods, reels, waders or apparel, you simply don’t want to miss The Fly Fishing Show!

Check it out at: www.flyfishingshow.com

Tight Lines,

Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

New Year Resolutions: Fly Fishing

2016 was another great fly fishing year in Colorado. We had wonderful snowpack which kept our rivers cool and our fish happy. The Trout fishing was excellent on all our rivers and we continued to learn more about the sport we truly enjoy. It is the time of year when many folks start making new year resolutions and as we look forward into 2017 there are many achievements we will strive for.  Some are far fetched and others are more realistic. I will spare you the list of 2017 resolutions but will leave you with this one. Continue learning. This year (2016) has been an incredible year of learning and maybe as we’ve get older we’ve started to pay a little more attention, giving us more insight into fly fishing. Regardless of the reasons we will continue to learn as much as we can about the rivers, environment and landscapes we live, work and play in. Not only in 2017 but for years to come. We wish you the best moving into the new year and hope you achieve all your 2017 resolutions. Have a safe and happy new year.

Hoping to see more dry fly eats like this one in the new year. Clip courtesy of Lateral Line Media.

Fly Casting: Adding Distance

Casting a fly rod is certainly a work of art and when done correctly it is amazing the distance you can achieve. Many of us probably believe that we are good if not great fly casters. But, I will be the first to admit that I am not. I can be accurate up to 60 feet but as soon as I try to add more line, my cast gets sloppy. The loop falls apart and my accuracy goes out the window. Now the argument is, that you hardly ever need make a single handed cast longer than 40-50 feet, especially when trout fishing. So why do you need to add more distance? I heard a casting instructor mention that “anyone who says you do not need to cast far means that they cannot.” There is probably quite a bit of truth to that statement and you might be wondering if you are that “guy.” Now lets say you are on a saltwater trip of a lifetime and you need to make a cast at a cursing tarpon or tailing permit and all of a sudden you need to cast and extra 10 – 20 feet of line accurately. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to complete that task without even thinking about it? Of course it would. This casting video from Orvis dishes out some excellent pointers on how to add distance to your cast. Take a peak and be ready next time to need to make a cast outside your comfort zone.

Fishing Dog with a Blog

There is nothing like being on the river, or on the boat with your four-legged best friend! A good fishing dog can bring a smile to your face, even while fishing is slow & tough. It must not be a coincidence that avid steelhead fishermen seem to always be fishing with their dog?

The author's favorite fishing dog

The author’s favorite fishing dog

Or, if you like to mix it up, you can always try float fishing with your 12 gauge shotgun and Fido while trying to smack some waterfowl outta the sky and stripping rodent sized streamers for angry brown trout! Or bring your pup out on a Colorado grouse hunt as you hike to a mountain lake.

When fishing the high country lakes & streams, a good dog with a pack can help you pack in added supplies like medical kits, water, extra fishing gear, food and even a safety blanket. So if your fishing trips have felt at all lonely lately, try putting a puppy under the Christmas tree this year!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas & Happily Holidays,

Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

 

Only 9 days until Christmas!

With only 9 days until Christmas, it is time to get your Christmas shopping in gear or on Christmas morning you might find yourself looking like Cindy Lou Who…

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And lets face it, Donald Trump is the president elect of the United States and most analysts of the economy are predicting the next great depression, so don’t go spending all your money this holiday season! The good news for fly-fisherman is that there are many “stocking stuffer” gifts that will leave that lucky fly-fisherman in your life beaming from ear to ear with Christmas joy…

Simms Thirsty Trout Keychain. This one is pretty self-explanatory and at just $5.95 it is the gift that keeps on giving for that special fly-fisherman/borderline alcoholic in your life.

Simms Thirsty Trout Keychain $5.95

Simms Thirsty Trout Keychain $5.95

Palsa Pinch on Floats. Pinch on Floats are a great addition to any anglers strike indicator supply and a must have for soft and quiet water where bigger indicators might spook fish. Just $4 at most fishing shops.

Palsa Pinch on Floats.  $4.

Palsa Pinch on Floats. $4.

Loon Top Ride dry shake. Shakes and floats are always something we fly-fisherman seem to be running out of on the stream. Loon makes some of the best “goo” in the business and you can usually find a bottle for $5 to $8 bucks.

Loon Top Ride.  $6.

Loon Top Ride. $6.

Simms Wading Sock. Socks are always something for any serious fisherman and a good pair is a necessity. Simms makes the best wading apparel in the industry and their socks are no different at only $24.95. You could even get creative and use the socks as the actual stocking for your other gifts…

Simms Wading Sock $24.95

Simms Wading Sock $24.95

Orvis Wheatley Fly Box. If you have a bunch of money and it doesn’t really matter if the economy crashes, then one of the most timeless gifts in fishing is a Wheatley Fly Box. There isn’t a more beautiful way to organize and display flies than using a Wheatley box, the basic box usually retails for around $200.

Orvis Wheatley Fly Box

Orvis Wheatley Fly Box

RepYourWater Colorado Flag Hat. Christmas is a great time to get your special fly-fisherman a new lid. And what better way to represent Colorado and fly fishing than a Rep Your Water hat? $25.

RepYourWater Hat.  $25.

RepYourWater Hat. $25.

Abel Nippers. At $85-$165, Abel Nippers are guaranteed to cut any piece of monofilament. Plus, they look pretty dang cool!

Abel Nippers

Abel Nippers

Scientific Anglers Clip on Zinger. Zingers are a tool that any fly-fisherman cannot have too many of! And at around $11 these zingers from SA will not break the bank!

Scientific Anglers Zinger, $11.

Scientific Anglers Zinger, $11.

Simms Big Sky Wallet, nothing celebrates the Holiday Season like spending money on something to hold money, it is the American way. And at around $50, The Simms Big Sky Wallet is a classy looking piece of leather to hold all of your duckets…

Simms Big Sky Wallet, $50.

Simms Big Sky Wallet, $50.

Simms Replacement Laces. A great stocking stuffer idea, as there is nothing more frustrating than being on a fishing trip to find busted or torn laces on your wading boots. Only $4.95!

Simms Replacement Laces, $4.95

Simms Replacement Laces, $4.95

We hope our list of Christmas Stocking Stuffers will help you out in your shopping this Holiday Season!

Tight Lines & Happy Holidays,

Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Fenwick Aetos Fly Rod: Great Rod Low Price

This year I have been fortunate enough to work with several fly rods that I have not used in the past. The shining star of the bunch have been the Hardy Fly Rods which I cannot say enough about. Hardy Fly Rods are on the upper end of the price scale and while I would recommend them to any angler who spends time on the water, it can often be difficult to spend that much money for a stick that you do not use that often. This brings me to a fly rod that has put a lot of fish in the basket this summer, the Fenwick Aetos. This rod casts extremely well, has a good back bone and is relatively light weight. This is an excellent fly rod for anglers of all experience levels. If I had to describe it with one word it would be Workhorse. It can handle a heavy nymph rig, big streamer patterns as well as present dry flies with accuracy. I have been lucky to have some anglers in my boat who can fish extremely well and while they often bring their own gear I like to hand them the Fenwick Aetos and see their reaction. A lot of them say “FENWICK??” and I just smile and say “try it.” While it doesn’t have the Winston, Sage or Scott name on the but section it certainly performs as well as high dollar rods at a much lower price point.  Coming in at under $200.00 the only bummer about this rod is that you cannot find it at many fly shops. You can however find these rods at bigger box stores which might give them a cheaper appearance, but you cannot complain about the price or performance of the Fenwick Aetos. If you are a fly fishing guide and are looking for some great fly rods for clients or are an angler looking for an extra stick, I would look no further than the Fenwick Aetos.

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Happy Holidays from Colorado Fly Fishing Reports!

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Well said, Mr. Grinch. But, Christmas is also about new fly-fishing toys for you and your loved ones! Struggling to figure out what to get that special fisherman in your life that has everything? Or, are you trying to get a newcomer to the sport started out with the proper equipment? Don’t worry; Colorado Fly Fishing Reports has you covered

  1. Maine Guide Waxed-Canvas Fly Wallet
LL Bean's Fly Wallet will keep you looking classy on the stream, all the while organizing streamers in and easy to use way...

LL Bean’s Fly Wallet will keep you looking classy on the stream, all the while, organizing streamers in an easy to use fly wallet.

Fly-fishing is all about looking classy? So why not wish for a leather fly wallet from L.L. Bean. And at just $24.95 it makes for a great Christmas stocking stuffer!

2.  Orvis Encounter Deluxe Fly Fishing Package

Looking to get someone completely on the water? Look no further than this fully comprehensive kit from Orvis...

Looking to get someone completely on the water? Look no further than this fully comprehensive kit from Orvis…

Looking to get somebody “all in” to fly-fishing and looking to do it quick? Look no further than the Orvis Encounter Package, everything you need to go fly-fishing in Colorado, all at the marketable low price of $559

3.  TFO Mini Mag Fly Rod

The TFO Bug Launcher, simply and unique and effective stick to have in the quiver.

The TFO Bug Launcher, simply a unique and effective stick to have in the quiver.

For launching big flies or heavy lines and doing it with power & finesse, check out the TFO Mini Mag. Fly-fishing around heavy cover requires a rod with real backbone. This rod’s 8′ length and Bluewater Technology hybrid S-Glass and high-modulus carbon fiber blank construction reflect pro angler Nick Curcione’s design input, providing outstanding castability and strength for your fresh- and saltwater forays. Each 3-piece Mini Mag blank features a rich blue-granite finish enhanced with a double application of TFO’s proprietary TiCr coating for extended durability. Fitted with oversized titanium oxide stripping and snake guides, a channeled and cushioned up locking reel seat, and Flor grade full wells grip and fighting butt.

4.  Book a Trip with The Flyfisher Guide Service

If you think of it, bring a pair of sunglasses to tip this guide with! Everyone will thank you!

If you think of it, bring a pair of sunglasses to tip this guide with! Everyone will thank you!

The best fly fishing Denver, Colorado has to offer on private water an hour from downtown. Our private fly fishing club, destination fly fishing lodges, trophy trout resorts and ranch properties guarantees you a chance at a trout over 6 pounds!

5.  Stock a fly box with Colorado Fly Fishing Report’s very own, Superflies!

Blue Midge

Blue Midge

Blue Midge

If we could have only one fly in our winter tail water box it would be The Blue Midge in hook sizes 20-24. When fished on light 5x-7x tippets and in low light conditions the Blue Midge will out fish other Zebra Style Midges 10-1. A simply deadly Colorado Tail Water Pattern!

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The MC Prince, a simply deadly Colorado nymph!

The MC Prince, a simply deadly Colorado nymph!

 The MC Prince is a great “point” fly to have on your nymph rig during the summer months. It is a great bug to drop smaller midges and mayflies off.   “Blue” is a great nymph pattern color for fishing in the low light conditions often found during the Winter Months.  These are just a few of hundreds of “guide tied & tested” patterns.

Happy Holidays,

Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

 

Fly Fishing: Christmas List

The holiday season has snuck up on us once again and it is time to spend your hard earned money on gifts that hopefully get used by the recipient. It can be difficult to find the perfect gift for anyone, but especially for fly fishermen. Fly Fishing Gifts are not easy to pick out, there is so much to choose from and many times these gifts are pricey. Here are a few fly fishing gift ideas for you to ponder as you scour the local fly shop for a handy present.

Howler Brother Clothing

howler-brothersHowler Brothers has combined surfing with fly fishing and come out with some great clothing that is sure to put a smile on the fly fishermen in your life. They provide a wide range of t-shirts, button down shirts, jackets, technical pants/shorts, vest and hats. All have unique designs and are quality made. This is on the higher end of the scale in terms of pricing so make sure you find a size that fits or a store that honors returns.

Fly Line –

Kind of boring but it is something that fly fishermen often need but put off buying. In Colorado wemainstream_trout__61813-1348882459-1200-1200 tend to use Weight Forward (WF) 5 or 6 weight floating line on most of our set-ups. There are numerous lines to choose from which can be very overwhelming. If the fly angler in your life constantly talks about nymphing, dry fly fishing or “chucking meat” (streamer fishing) you can certainly find a line that suits each tactic. Rio and Scientific Angler both make excellent fly lines. But if you are in a pinch a trusty WF Floating Line is a safe bet.

Fly Fishing Nets-

Nets have come a long way since the old green mesh days so if your fly angler has an old rusty metal green mesh net it is time for an upgrade. Fish Pond has developed great landing nets in various sizes that are lightweight and durable. The rubber basket on these nets are easier on fish and allow anglers to easily get stuck flies out of the rubber material. Fisknat also makes great landing nets. These nets also come with a rubber basket but are made out of wood and have a classier look (IMO). They are a bit heavier than the fish pond model but are an excellent product.

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YETI-

Anything YETI is sure to get a smile on the recipients face. The coolers are very expensive but they do keep ice very well. Other things to consider from YETI are their mugs. Just like their coolers the mugs keep beverages ice cold and piping hot for extended periods of time. Coming in a variety of sizes YETI Tumblers and Colsters are excellent gift items.

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We hope that these items help you make a decision on what to purchase for the fly fihermen in your life. Other things to consider are Tippet, Flies, Weight and Indicators. They all make great stocking stuffers. Happy Holidays.

 

It’s about to get Cold! Buy a plane ticket and get outta Denver!!!

At this very moment, we are willing to be that you are at work on a Wednesday and needless to say you might be finding yourself up to your neck in “TPS Reports” and desperately needing a break from the hustle & bustle of the “Real World”….

The key to a happy life, however, is remembering how to stay spontaneous and continuing to pursue your passions. And if you are a die hard fly-fisherman that might be a little depressing in Denver right now as the forecast has called for a high of 23 degrees later this week! So in the name of keeping your sanity, why don’t you open another window on your browser and Google: Expedia.com, and book yourself a short & cheap flight from Denver to San Diego, get a room on the beach and pack your fly rod! Mexican food & Margarita’s anyone?

Spotted Bay Bass on the Fly

Spotted Bay Bass make up the bulk of the catch. They are hard fighters on light tackle. Other popular sport fish include halibut, corvina & bonefish. Yes, we said Bonefish…

San Diego is the perfect quick & easy getaway from Denver. It’s a true salt-water trip on a budget you just can’t beat the ease & convenience of traveling to Southern California for a much needed winter break.

Pack your fly rod and waders and head to the surf and try fly-fishing for abundant populations of Surf Perch. Or, rent a kayak and head to San Diego Bay, Mission Bay, or any of the smaller lagoons around San Diego and go after spotted bay bass, leopard sharks, corvina, croaker & halibut. Not to mention many, many & many other species of fish that might bite your fly!

San Diego Inshore fly fishing

San Diego Bay, Mission Bay, and smaller lagoons provide walk & wade access. But for best results rent a kayak!

For best fishing pack a few spools with floating lines, and varying sinking lines. A 9 foot 6 weight will do the job for most of the fisheries in Southern California. Clouser Minnows and flies tied with pink will do well to imitate baitfish and shrimp.  Hook sizes can range from 1/0 to small 6 or 8 sized salt water hooks. For the most part, Clouser Minnows tied in size 2 to 6 in colors like orange, pink and Chartreuse will hook plenty of spotted bay bass.

Kayak fishing at it's best!

Kayak fishing at it’s best!

Or if you are sitting at the computer of a very high paying job, pat yourself on the back and book a guide trip for Mako Shark on The Fly!

Tight Lines,

Colorado Fly Fishing Reports