Fly Fishing Stories

Dog with a Blog Part III

Our “Dog with a Blog” series has become quite popular with our readers and it has been awesome to get so many comments about fishing dogs!  Today, we got some great feedback from one of our readers, Thomas and his fishing dog, Buddy.  Thomas was kind enough to share some great photos of Buddy’s adventures on Colorado’s Clear Creek & South Boulder Creek.

Buddy fishing Clear Creek

Buddy fishing Clear Creek

Looks like Buddy loves the water!

Looks like Buddy loves the water!

Boy does this picture get us a CFFR dreaming about summer on the stream!

Boy does this picture get us at CFFR dreaming about summer on the stream!

If you would like to make your favorite fishing dog famous on Colorado Fly Fishing Reports, please email: tyler.bowman26@gmail.com with stories & photos.

Tight Lines,

Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Fly Fishing Washington Steelhead: Swinging For Lightning

This video popped up in my news feed today and while my attention span is less than that of a goldfish I had to spend the 11 minutes to watch this piece by Todd Moen. While this fishing video was not all action, like the millions of others on the web, it captured the reality of swinging flies for Steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula.

The OP still remains one of my favorite places to fish for Steelhead. The lush scenery paired with beautiful rivers is tough to match, you also do not need a passport to get there. We used to do an annual fly fishing trip to the OP to visit our friends at Brazdas Fly Fishing but over the past few years life has gotten hectic and our group couldn’t commit to the trip. This is the time of year when images of chrome bright fish start to fill my news feed, I long for the smell of the rainforest. This video brought back a lot of fond memories of my weeks in Forks, WA. Maybe this will be the year that I finally give in to my desire and set responsibilities aside for a week.

If you have never experienced fly fishing for Steelhead there is no better place to cut your teeth other than Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. It will surely test your patients and psyche but can be incredibly rewarding in a blink of an eye. Take a look at this video segment and get the feel of what it is like to stand in a glacial river in the pouring rain waiting to strike lightning.

Fish of the Week!

Due to popular demand, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports has been asked to post weekly fish of the week! With so many fishes out there, it is truly fascinating as a Modern Fly-Fisherman to dream about all the possible angling destinations and fish species in the world!

Barramundi!

Barramundi!

This week’s fish of the week is the barramundi or Asian sea bass (Lates calcarifer) is a species of catadromous fish.  The species is widely distributed from Southeast Asia to Papau New Guinea and Northern Australia. Known in Thai Language as pla kapong, it is very popular in Thai Cuisine.

A lunker for sure!

A lunker for sure!

Barramundi inhabit coastal waters, estuaries, lagoons, and rivers; they are found in clear to turbid water, usually within a temperature range of 26−30 °C. This species does not undertake extensive migrations within or between river systems, which has presumably influenced establishment of genetically distinct stocks in Northern Australia.

Thanks to Colorado fly fishing guide, George Gumerman for awesome Barramundi on the fly photos!

Thanks to Colorado fly fishing guide, George Gumerman for awesome Barramundi on the fly photos!

Highly prized by anglers for their good fighting ability, barramundi are reputed to be good at avoiding fixed nets and are best caught on lines and with lures. Fly-fishing for barramundi is highly possible but generally a new frontier for fly anglers.

Tight Lines,

Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Fishing Dog with a Blog, Part II

To get the most out of your fishing dog and “good luck” charm, the key is to get your pup acclimated to the water and riding in the boat at a young age.  This will be much easier to accomplish when your pup is little and not a 80 pound two year old thrashing around the oars!

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“Powder”learning the finer points of rowing a boat…

"Mend that drift!" says Powder

“Mend that drift!” says Powder

There's nothing like nailing a big brown on a streamer while drifting Colorado's Roaring Fork!

There’s nothing like nailing a big brown on a streamer while drifting Colorado’s Roaring Fork!

Neil says, "Thumbs Up Dude!"

Neil says, “Thumbs Up Dude!”

Have a fun & safe weekend on the water!

Tight Lines,

Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

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.

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

 

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

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.

Tight Lines,

Colorado Fly Fishing Reports