Saturday, July 1, 2017

Stillwater Wyoming Lake Action!

Guys Weekend Wyoming

Every Summer rolls around and I get very excited to hit the lakes, escape the crowds and most notably, get my Lake bite on!

This trip was no exception, we timed it perfectly and were able to get into a number of fish. Boca Dawg pointed us in the right direction when she wasn't swimming and led the way.

Can't wait to get back to central Wyoming again soon for some outstanding Chiro action!

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Metro Denver Boys Fishing Weekend

Take a Kid Fishing

Nothing more satisfying than taking your boys out fishing. Whether they catch fish or not, it honestly doesn't matter. If they have fun, it's all worth it.  When a bass or trout decides to take the bait in this case, or mepps spinner, it really makes it a special outing.

Both Trevor and Caleb hooked close to 10 fish over a span of an hour and thanks to Dad's collection of freshwater nymphs, a water boatman seemed to be the ticket this day.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fly Fishing Colorado's Top Summer Trout Hatches

Here are Colorado's major summer hatches in basic chronological order as they appear in the summer along with some fly choices and fishing tips. Don’t forget many of these hatches overlap and trout may feed on several different hatches in the same day.

The first major hatch of the summer and at two to three inches in length, Salomflies are also the biggest insect we’ll see all year and the hatch begins before the official start of summer, sometime in late May or early June. Primarily found on the upper Colorado around Pumphouse, smaller numbers of these big stoneflies are also present in the Eagle and Roaring Fork Rivers. Try a # 2-6 brown or black Pat’s Rubberleg, Yuk Bug or Bitch Creek for the salmonfly nymph and a Rogue River Stone, Orange Stimulator or Orange Noble Chernobyl for the adult. While trout will hammer nymph patterns for weeks before the actual hatch, the adults are only around for a few days and your timing must be superb to experience good dry fly fishing.

Green Drake
Green Drakes are Colorado’s largest mayfly species. These #10-12 olive mayflies are found in the largest numbers on the Roaring Fork River but also hatch on the Eagle and Gore Creek. Their emergence varies from mid-June to early July depending on stream flows and water temperature. The Zug Bug, Mercer’s Poxyback Drake, and Olive Guide’s Choice are all good nymph patterns while the Green Drake Parawulff, Lawson’s Cripple Drake and House and Lot Variant are great dry flies.

The summer hatch of caddis usually begins right after runoff begins to recede in mid to late June on the Eagle and Roaring Fork Rivers. These tan caddis run #12-16 and hatch for several weeks with trout feeding heavily on the surface. Soft Hackle Pheasant Tails, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear and Barr’s Graphic Caddis will work dead drifted or on the swing while a Tan Stimulator, Tan Elk Hair Caddis and Tan Foam Caddis will all work on the surface.

PMDs or Pale Morning Dun mayflies hatch beginning in early July on the Colorado, Eagle and Roaring Fork and trout seem to prefer them as a late morning change of pace from caddis. Colorado’s PMD are a pinkish orange color and average #16-18. Good nymph patterns include a brown Micromayfly, Trina’s Bubbleback PMD, and Quasimodo Pheasant Tail. For risers try a Pink Foam Parachute, Melon Quill or PMD Parawulff.

Golden Stonefly
Golden Stoneflies are the Salmonfly’s slightly smaller (#4-10), less popular but more numerous and more important cousin. They hatch on all area rivers from early July through the end of summer. The adults emerge mostly at night but nymph patterns can be effective anytime while a big Golden Stonefly dry fished in the early morning or when hoppers are around can bring explosive strikes. For nymphs it’s hard to beat a Tan Pat’s Rubberleg, Twenty Incher or VVA Rubberleg Hare’s Ear. Dries that work well are a Tan Chubby Chernobyl, Yellow PMX, or a Peacock Stimualtor.

Yellow Sally
Yellow Sallies are another stonefly but at #14-18, much smaller in size. These bright yellow insects start hatching in early July often alongside caddis and PMDs on the Eagle and Roaring Fork. They’re slow and trout like them. Look for patterns that feature a red, pink or orange butt for added attraction and realism. Mercer’s Microstone, Kyle’s BH Yellow Sally, are good nymphs while a Yellow Foam Stone or Yellow Elk Hair Caddis will fool surface feeders.

Usually, by mid-July in Colorado a variety of terrestrial insects such as ants, beetles and grasshoppers are on the menu. They’re a valuable food source on any piece of moving water from mid-summer through early fall but the trout on the Colorado River seem especially inclined to pound hoppers fished tight to grassy banks. Terrestrials, while they can be fished drowned and under the surface are really most effective as dry flies. Here’s some favorite patterns: Gould Half-Downs, Royal and Yellow PMX, Chubby Chernobyl, Noble Chernorbyl, and the Fat Albert.

Red Quill
Red Quill mayflies are often seen hovering in packs of adults over the water. As their name implies they are a rusty red color in size #12-16. Most common on the Colorado but also important on the Eagle and Fork, they begin hatching in August. For nymphs, a simple Pheasant Tail or Red Copper John is a good imitation while a Royal Wulff with a trailing Rusty Spinner are top dry fly choices.

Another mayfly, the Trico, or "the white-winged curse", is a diminutive #20-24 olive and black mayfly with bright, whitish wings. They hatch in late summer around mid-August on all of Central Colorado’s major trout fisheries. Trico Spinners, small Royal Wulffs and Renegades are especially important to trout sipping on the surface in slow water on the Colorado. Drowned trico imitations, Barr’s Trico Emerger and black midge emergers work well in faster water on stream like the Eagle or Roaring Fork.

When the small Blue-winged Olive mayflies begin hatching with the arrival of cooler nights in late August or early September, it’s a sure sign that summer is coming to an end. The same bug that hatches in the spring, this late summer/early-fall version tends to run a little smaller at #20-22. They can be found on any trout stream but hatch in the largest numbers on the Colorado River. Barr’s BWO Emerger, Sparkle RS-2 and the WD-50 are ideal nymph patterns while the Adams Parawulff, Foam BWO Parachute and the good old Parachute Adams are go-to dry flies.

With some basic knowledge of these ten summertime hatches, anglers in Colorado can expect to have good fly fishing no matter when they hit the river during summer. For more information on the best fly patterns, when to fish Colorado or to book a guided fly fishing trip, check in with the Vail Valley Anglers fly shop in Edwards, Colorado or check us out online.

Brody Henderson, Guide and Content
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

800 Miles, 5 Rivers and Countless Memories!

Time for a Road Trip!
This trip had so many part to it I had to break it into a few different postings. One great part about living in this great state is that fact that we have so many great rivers to choose from. I'm all about taking advantage of that as well as timing the best BWO hatches around.
When targeting big trout a few things have to happen. One of which is find the best rivers to hit, next is to wake up early enough to not only keep the crowds away but most importantly, stealth mode for the big ones before it gets too light out. Use the right equipment from 5 weights to my top choice, a stout G loomis 6 weight to limit any chance to be worked over.
 This guy wanted nothing to do with me and after a quick picture, it was time to keep em wet with a gentle release. Time to fight another day!
 Looks like I had to share the river today, I think the right away went to this local jack ass.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Colorado Spring Trout at it's Finest!

Rockies Rainbows!
When April comes around I have only one thing on the brain, it's time to hit some Tail water for some incredible trout fishing.
Nothing like a 5 day hall pass to explore new water, follow the flows and get in as much fishing as humanely possible. It's too early for run off to begin so with a little careful planning, it's time for some trout water that did not include hundreds of other fisherman to make this a little more enjoyable.

Can you say red stripe delight! I sight fished this beauty for hours before he decided to take a #24 zebra midge. The fight was on, after numerous boulders & obstacles I was able to get him to the net.
Snow one minute 75' the next

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Thursday, April 13, 2017


Redington_FYW_Films_Contradictions from Redingtongear on Vimeo.

Escape to Montana’s legendary Bighorn River with Rich, a fly angler and hard-rock miner from Billings who works hard to play hard no matter the season. He understands what it means to be a contradiction, and his story highlights the nuanced relationship every angler has with the river. At the end of it all, though, Rich understands one vital truth about his identity. He’s a fly fisherman, just like the rest of us.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Casper Wyoming Grey Reef North Platte River Spring Fly Fishing Report!

Spring Fishing in Wyoming
When planning a trip to Wyoming there are a few things you look for, good fishing possibly? No wind? Decent weather and small snowfall? Driving Distance?
We were lucky enough to have it al on this trip to the Grey Reef on the North Platte River. Easy drive up to Casper, no snow forecasted, no wind forecasted and the most important.....the bite was on!!

Perfect weekend for catching a multitude of Browns, Cutty's and Bows

             The crowds were out but that didn't stop anyone from having a good time

Yes we had to try our luck at some night fishing, it didn't disappoint us at all.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Colorado Early Spring Trout Fly Fishing is Here!

Early Spring is Here!

Cabin fever is officially over with and now that Winter is winding down here in Denver, it's time to chase some trout.

The last 2 weekends out have been superb weather and better yet, this weekend had all the makings of a good time. Today was overcast with slight drizzle and chill weather..perfect!

I only had a few hours from a hall pass and was excited to catch my first brook trout of the year! Time to start planning my Spring trips and beg for a few more hall passes from my wife.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

“The Dorado” (Trailer) - Official Selection, IF4™ 2017

Fly fisher April Vokey heads off to the deep jungles of Bolivia to try her luck at spey casting for golden dorado. Her journey begins with a century-old book and a reference to fly fishing for dorado. Pairing with a Bolivian native, she sets off to explore what the book never managed to achieve, only to soon realize that the truly magnificent journey is the one she is on.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Bonefish and Tarpon Trust Organization

BTT's objective is to protect and enhance critical flats habitats, reverse the decline of flats species, and use research findings to influence policy, educate the fishing community and improve resource management for long-term stewardship.

BTT has many ongoing and completed research projects and initiatives that have achieved significant results in our efforts to learn about, protect and restore bonefish, tarpon and permit fisheries and habitats. Very little was known about the three species when BTT was founded, and scientific results from our efforts are critical to informing fisheries management and educating the public.

BTT has provided funding for and conducted projects that have provided information essential for conservation and led to a number of tangible conservation outcomes.

BTT Link

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Monday, January 30, 2017

The Hidden

Film Overview: The Hidden locations within Iceland’s volcanic landscape have tempted travelers for years. Follow the adventure of the boys from Western Waters Media as they explore the island, discover local legends, experience traditional cuisine, and catch some of the largest, most beautiful brown trout on the planet. Whether fishing a small, brushy stream in Utah, or a giant lake in Iceland, we can all relate to the beauty and mystique of brown trout. This moonscape has something special hidden within its overlooked rivers and lakes.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour F3T Schedules

2017 marks The F3T’s 11th annual adventure. In addition to more than 150 screenings across the U.S., you’ll also be able to catch it in Canada, Belize, the U.K. and South Africa. This year’s lineup of films is our finest yet. From Siberia to Idaho, Mexico, Florida, Kamchatka, Alaska, Montana and more, the notable characters, unique storylines and unparalleled fishing in these films will lead you on an adventure around the globe!

F3T Link

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Monday, January 9, 2017

ISE International Sportsman Expo Denver Show

Join us to celebrate our 40th year in Colorado. Check out what's new--lots! More than 525 exhibiting companies offering gear...expertise and travel adventures. 125+ free seminars. Hands-on features. New, expert-led clinics. Archery, casting and a new elk-calling contest. And our giant Youth Acitivity Center, hosted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Thursday, Jan 12: 11am - 8pm
Friday, Jan 13: 11am - 8pm
Saturday, Jan 14: 10am - 8pm
Sunday, Jan 15: 10am - 5pm

Adult Admission - $17.00
Youth under 16 - Free!

ISE Show Link and Tickets

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