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Fishing Close to Home

As a group, fishermen are probably guiltier of the “grass is always greener” syndrome than any other specialty sport. We spend countless hours researching new places to fish and destinations to travel. On the weekends, we spend hours driving past rivers and streams to get to our new “hot spot.” However, sometimes in our longing for the ultimate fly-fishing experience, we often forget that some of the best fishing might be closer to home than we might think!

Sometimes you have to appreciate the little things in life, even if it is just some geese walking the shore...

Sometimes you have to appreciate the little things in life, even if it is just some geese walking the shore…

There is nothing like the satisfaction of finding a good spot close to your home or office, a “home water” if you will, one that you can visit time and time again. At your home water, you can often learn more about trout fishing than you can by traveling three plus hours to a far off destination. By spending more time on the water, you will learn more about trout behavior, insects and how to read the river.

If you live in Denver, The South Platte offers a lifetime of angling, close to home...

If you live in Denver, The South Platte offers a lifetime of angling, close to home…

In today’s fast paced life, we often loose sight of what is important and neglect our need to get outside and free our minds. Don’t find yourself trapped inside a mind set that you cannot fish because you do not have the time or money to drive. Instead, remember the saying, “there are always flowers for those willing to see them.”  Or we might tweak that saying to something like, “There are always fish, for those willing to find them…”

Who said the South Platte through Denver is just a Carp fishery?

Who said the South Platte through Denver is just a Carp fishery?

Chances are there is a trout rising, a carp tailing or a largemouth bass hunting for crayfish within just a few miles of where you are currently sitting. This week take the time to get outside, fish and appreciate Mother Nature for what she is. You’ll be glad you did.

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Colorado Fly Fishing Reports



TRUMPED – If you have headed for the hills, do not forget to pack your fly rod and check out this country FIRST! (Before you go to Canada)

Well, if last night’s election has not sent you running for Canada, please read this first!

As we write, there is a chance that you might not even be checking Colorado Fly Fishing Reports this morning. There is a possibility that instead of spending your time wisely (checking out fly fishing reports and shopping for new fishing gear) the results of last night’s United States Presidential Election may have sent you running for Canada! And, why Canada exactly, we might ask? I mean, sure it is probably the closest country to your current refugee home, but since you have decided to depart from the U.S.A, we thought you might first might wanna check out the country listed below. Also, be sure to pack your fly rod!

Why would you go to Canada when you could go to New Zealand?  Well, at least stay in New Zealand until they kick you out or you can get married...

Why would you go to Canada when you could go to New Zealand? Well, at least stay in New Zealand until they kick you out or you can get married…

New Zealand would be way cooler to live in than flippin Canada! New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands. New Zealand would be way better than Canada because while the fishing is slow you can just pretend that you are on Middle Earth in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” films.

Front Range Anglers, Head Guide, George Gummerman with the brown trout of a life time.

Front Range Anglers, Head Guide, George Gummerman with the brown trout of a life time.

And, chances are the fishing will not be slow as New Zealand streams range from small stream headwaters to boulder lined canyon freestone streams and meadow trout rivers filled with mice. The North Island is known as the rainbow trout island and the South Island is world famous for piglet sized wild brown trout.

And let’s face it; Donald Trump probably cannot point New Zealand out on a globe, so you are probably safe there…


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Back Up Your Boots!

Nothing can ruin a fishing trip quicker than misplaced or malfunctioning equipment. Plus, you might as well have an excuse to convince your better half that you need two of everything! But in all seriousness, wading boots can make or break your next fishing adventure. And while popular for ease of use and comfort the new BOA system boots are not necessarily the most durable piece of equipment in your truck. If your BOA system fails you are %^&* out of luck! A failed boot system could ruin your next western trout or steelhead trip.

The Orvis Encounter Wading Boot

The Orvis Encounter Wading Boot

Fortunately, Orvis has you covered with The Orvis Encounter Wading Boot in rubber and felt. For a pair of “back up boots” you simply will not find a better deal than these bad boys!

  • Welted construction
  • Reinforced toe box
  • Scratch rubber toe cap
  • Quick-drying synthetic upper
  • Padded collar for ankle support

 SIZING in sizes 5-14

An entry-level boot doesn’t mean compromise. Using Orvis’s vast expertise on building high-quality wading gear, they have developed the Encounter boot to meet the needs of any angler. The Encounter also accepts PosIGrip™ screw-in studs for added traction if needed.

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Denver Trout Unlimited

As they say, “A gentleman is one who puts more back into the world than he takes out.” And when it comes to Colorado Fly Fishing and conservation this saying couldn’t ring closer to home. As fisherman, it is our duty to ensure that the streams, rivers and lakes we hold so dear to our hearts are preserved and protected for generations yet to come.

Denver Trout Unlimited

If you consider yourself a serious trout fisherman, then you owe it to yourself to join DTU…

Fortunately, in Denver we are lucky to host one of the most active and beneficial Trout Unlimited Chapters in the country through Denver Trout Unlimited. With many projects and fundraising solutions including:

Matching funds grants for restorations:

  • $10,000 – Carson’s Nature Center proof of concept South Platte restoration.
  • $15,000 – Overland Park Pond Restoration as a Gateway Fishery
  • $25,000 – Florida Ave – Overland Stretch RISO Restoration
  • $10,000 – Sheridan River Run Park aquatic habitat project with the understanding that LUNKER habitat pipes will be installed.
  • $10,000 for an Analysis and Interpretation of Aquatic Habitat Changes as a result of the Chatfield Reallocation project.
  • $3,000 for in-stream boulder clusters in the Grant-Frontier Park restoration.

Studies to trigger restoration and better flows:

  • $16,000 for a study of the downstream impact of additional “environmental pool” releases from the expanded Chatfield reservoir.
  • $50,000 grant from Wells Fargo to support Sustainable South Platte Aquatic Habitat through cooperative municipal water use.
  • $6,000 to start a “Calls & Release Coalition” to coordinate release timing for optimum S. Platte flows.
  • $4,000 Denver South Platte Minimum Flow for Aquatic River Health study.

The above is just but a small sampling of projects sponsored by Denver Trout Unlimited. For more information or to join Denver TU, check out their website today at:

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The Legendary RS2: A Proven Fly for tough Tail Water Trout

Are the late season tail water trout giving you the ole Tight Lip? If so, then it is time for plan B and to tie on a good old fashioned RS2!

RS@ Fly

The RS2 is an essential pattern for our Colorado tail waters.

The RS2 is an essential tail water fly pattern and a killer emerging insect pattern. The RS2 is a great bug to fool trout sipping on mayflies in the surface film. But, you don’t have to restrict your use of the RS2 to strictly emerging insect presentations; it fishes just as well when ties to a weighted indicator nymph rig. The RS2 is a must have in your fly box for fishing any technical tail water in the west.

RS2 Fly

Legendary Rim Chung, the infamous inventor of the RS2

RS2 Fly Tying Recipe:

The RS2

Hook: Straight-eye dry fly hook size 18-24

Thread: Olive or Gray, 6/0

Tails: Two white or dun Microfibbets         

Abdomen: Light olive Superfine Dubbing         

Wing: white CDC

Thorax: Light olive Superfine Dubbing

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A 5.5 Billion Dollar Buyout could get you a Deal on a NEW FLY ROD!

You know it is a big day in the outdoor world when Cabela’s has closed its doors and sold to Bass Pro Shops! Cabela’s agreed to be bought by Bass Pro Shops in a $5.5 billion deal, and investors in the outdoor-sports equipment realm are going to see large returns.

The offer of $65.50 a share in cash represents a 19 percent premium to Cabela’s most recent closing price. Capital One Financial Corp. is acquiring Cabela’s credit card business for an undisclosed amount.

At least Bass Pro has a bar & restaurant...

At least Bass Pro has a bar & restaurant…

Cabela’s, which was founded by brothers Richard, and Jim Cabela in 1961, initially voiced their concerns last year, that problems in their fall apparel and footwear contributed to a disappointing third quarter, forcing the company to really make some hard decisions.

With these changes in effect, you will likely be able to find some great deals on Cabela’s brand equipment and the savvy fly fisherman should definitely take a look, as Cabela’s offers a wide assortment of fly fishing gear including rods, reels, vests waders, footwear, apparel and fly tying equipment.

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Tibor Reels – Class & Quality in the Same Package

Recently we had the opportunity to sample Tibor reels and needless to say, we were blown away by the engineering and craftsmanship found in these reels.

The Tibor series of reels were first introduced in 1995 and have established themselves as the benchmark for custom-crafted fly reels. After years of development and input from the likes of Lefty Kreh and Flip Pallot, Tibor has become a household name in the world of saltwater fly reels.

Tibor Fly Reels

With a range of reels designed to stop bonefish to tarpon, Tibor Reels are a household name in salt water fly fishing.

The spool’s large arbor design significantly enhances the rate of line retrieval, which is critical when you’re trying to control bursting fish like bonefish, bonito, or wahoo. Tibor Reels are also a mainstay for Spey enthusiasts, delivering the ultimate balance, overall capacity and drag performance for the double-handed rod.

As with all of Ted’s reels, the drag system is absolutely flawless and has withstood the test of the world’s most demanding game fish, including over 350 World Records so far. If you were to own only one fly reel, this is the one to have.


  • Large outer hub diameters offer quick retrieve, even when the backing is low.
  • Hard coated, aluminum Main Gear means minimal heat build-up and great strength. Both the Main Gear and Spool rotate flawlessly on three sealed precision, ceramic Ball Bearings
  • An impregnated Cork Drag Disc is the smoothest and strongest in the industry.
  • Open hubbed, perforated Spool and Drum allow the Reel to remain cool during scorching runs and outer holes act as a tippet keeper.
  • The Detended Drag Adjustment Knob is smooth and positive.
  • Triple outgoing line signals are easily removable for silent operation.
  • Lightweight to balance with modern fly rods and reduce casting fatigue.
  • Made from solid bar stock aluminum.
  • Our delrin handle offers positive gripping and quick release – The Gulfstream and Pacific come standard with our Gorilla Handle.
  • SpeedHandle Spooloption available.
  • Comes with an extra thick neoprene case for easy storage and transportation.
  • Finishes: Frost Silver, Frost Black, Satin Gold, Jet Black, Royal Blue, Crimson, Graphite Gray & Aqua.
  • Each reel is serialized for identification and protection. The serial # is located at the top of the frame by the reel stand.
  • Available in 4 sizes.
  • Made and assembled in the U.S.A.

For more information, reel sizes and specifications, check out:

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Colorado Trout Fisher: Unforgettable Fly Fishing Trips that Won’t Break The Bank!

In the words of HBO TV sensation, Game of Thrones, “winter is coming!” Are you itching to get out on the water before the cold and snow hits Colorado’s Front Range? Late September & October can make for some of the best fishing on our public waters close to Denver and Boulder. Crowds are down and flows are quite manageable, allowing anglers to fish easy to cast dry & dropper rigs to rising fish! This is a great time to introduce newcomers to the sport of fly-fishing, or entertain friends and family while they visit.

Colorado Trout Fisher

Colorado Trout Fisher

Colorado Fly Fishing Reports very own public water guide service, Colorado Trout Fisher offers anglers the opportunity to fish with seasoned guides on our home waters of Boulder Creek, South Boulder Creek, Clear Creek, Bear Creek and The South Platte. This fall is a great time to book a guide on a stream near you and discover that quality fly-fishing exists just outside your back door!

Clear Creek fly fishing

Fishing Clear Creek

Whether you are looking to learn a new river, are just getting into the sport or would like a guide to help teach friends and family while you fish, look no further than fully guided fly-fishing trips with Colorado Trout Fisher. With the best locations, expert guides and affordable pricing, you simply cannot beat Colorado Trout Fisher for the best easy to access fishing in Colorado.

South Boulder Creek fly fishing

Wetting a line on South Boulder Creek

Give our client concierge a call today at 800-882-4314 or visit our website at to book your trip today!

Drew Davis, seasoned Colorado Trout Fisher Guide.

Drew Davis, seasoned Colorado Trout Fisher Guide

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OnXMaps – Visualize Success

Are you bored glancing at your iPhone every 15 seconds, only to see your grandma’s new favorite selfie on Facebook? If so, you need to feed your digital addiction with a new habit and maybe even a productive one. Well, at least something to help fishing become a little more productive right?

Instead of learning new words from Donald Trump on Twitter, check out GPS mapping technology from OnXMaps. These maps are simply made for the avid outdoorsman, showing accurate public lands, private lands, and property boundaries with up to 24k topographical functionality. OnXMaps provide users with useful and accurate information to help find roads, water and game management units. Also, it is easy to distinguish between private and public lands.

OnXMaps is pioneering the future of GPS mapping for hunters and fisherman, don't be left behind...

OnXMaps is pioneering the future of GPS mapping for hunters and fisherman, don’t be left behind…

For the fisherman looking for that secret spot, OnXMaps is the answer, allowing you to find public land, easements and property boundaries that will help you gain the ultimate edge in stream access. Using a chip from OnXMaps you can upload the software straight to your handheld or truck GPS unit or you can use the mobile device to get the best in mapping software, right from your smart phone!

We can't give away our favorite spots... But, this sample shows you some of the detail from OnXMaps at the base of Clear Creek Canyon.

We can’t give away our favorite spots…
But, this sample shows you some of the detail from OnXMaps at the base of Clear Creek Canyon.

Check out OnXMaps today!

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Stay Dry with the all new Pro Bibs from Simms!

Traveling to the Florida Keys, fly-fishing for Redfish in New Orleans, or heading to Mexico after Permit, you name it; we have probably all made this classic mistake: You pack your bags, remember to bring all your favorite fly rods, reels, new fly lines and tie up boxes of your own custom fly patterns. You think to yourself, yay I’m headed to the Keys, it will be so warm, none of this Colorado weather! I’ll just pack these couple shirts, my new shorts and this Buff, can’t wait to soak up the sun in The Florida Keys! Then a week later, your guide starts the engine to your skiff and BOOM off you go, only one minor problem to deal with…

You are wearing your favorite flats fishing shirt, new shorts and as your guide cuts through the marsh, you are freezing your ASS off! Fortunately, Simms Fishing Products has all the gear you need to warm up. We recently tested a pair of their Pro Bibs, and these babies will keep you warm and dry no matter what conditions Mother Nature throws your way.

Simms fishing bibs

The all new Pro Dry Bibs from Simms

Simms’ new 25 percent lighter ProDry™ Bib delivers enhanced storability coupled with advanced GORE-TEX® Pro Shell waterproof, durable performance. Large top-load thigh pockets include plier sleeves, and a zippered chest storage pocket is a safe-haven for everything from smartphones and car keys to line spools and nippers. A lower leg hem-lifter adjusts pant length to prevent cuff/heel drag on boat decks. And full length, 2-way leg zippers ventilate, while delivering appreciated entry/exit convenience.

It doesn’t matter whether you are packing for your next trip, trying to stay dry at the kid’s soccer game or attempting to still feel your fingers and toes in the duck blind, Simms Bibs are worth it! So don’t be caught with your guide snickering behind you on your next fishing trip, pick up a pair of Simms Bibs today.

Tight Lines,

Colorado Fly Fishing Reports