Throughout the Spinney fishing season, Kenny Romero will be providing updates on fishing conditions and tips and techniques at Spinney and other local stillwaters. This is the first blog in that series. In addition, Angler’s Covey will be offering Stillwater classes and float tube classes throughout the year. Watch this space and our Calendar page for updates!
When you talk with Greg Blessing about fly fishing and guiding in Colorado, it’s like talking with a neighbor you run into at the grocery store. The conversation comes so easy and you realize that the man has a huge history. He has definitely seen some changes over the 25 or so years he has been doing this. And like the neighbor who has been firmly rooted in the area over all that time, you can’t help but hear the passion in his voice.
...reservoir is likely to be designed and completed by 2022. Wild Horse would provide Aurora with 32,400 acre-feet of water storage. The city is expected to complete the purchase and sale contract for the sea-horse-shaped reservoir by August of this year. Aurora Water officials say the project will cost the city $92 million to build out.
We may be watching the April 2016 Snowpacalypse right now, but it is going to move through fast. And when it does -- action on the Arkansas River! The famed "Mother's Day Caddis Hatch" is already showing signs of matching the epic hatch of last spring when the fishing was on fire. Don't wait until mid-May to hit this freestone!
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has been doing a stream habitat improvement project on the Charlie Meyers SWA for about 2 years. This project is near completion and one of the final steps is to plant willows in strategic areas to stabilize the work and improve the habitat.
As the sun takes a higher plane in the late spring, warm chinook winds blow and start to melt the icy edges of our favorite lakes and reservoirs. This is the ice-out phenomenon. Breaking out of their winter lethargy, trout will cruise the warmer shallows in search of food. Although the unpredictable spring weather conditions can be for the hardy, the rewards can produce some of the largest trout of the season.
A number of presidential candidates have endorsed selling off public lands. On both sides of the aisle, candidates have rejected land transfer proposals, but others have been vocal that public lands should be transferred or sold.
The Orvis Recon: For the anglers who chase blue lines on topo maps and spend their nights bent over satellite imagery, plotting the next day's adventures. For those who manage riverside meals of granola bars and jerky, hastily consumed while watching rising fish. For anglers who would rather spend the day in the front of a skiff than behind a desk.
Kenny Romero says he’s “an old school, stick with the basics” kind of guy. You know, the “old school” man whose eyes light up when he talks about his twin daughters and his wife. The “back to basics” kind of angler who knows that Hare’s Ear nymphs and Pheasant Tails still get the job done in many situations. He’s the kind of guide who knows that it’s about getting clients on fish, sure, but it’s about the experience, too, that people are looking for when they go on a guide trip.
The Griffith’s Gnat. Sometimes it’s as if this great fly is overlooked as anglers reach for a more hyped dry fly like a Caddis or Blue Wing Olive. I’ve found the Gnat to be productive when other flies just aren’t working -- both on tailwaters like the Uncompaghre and freestones like the Roaring Fork. Do you have a Griffith’s Gnat in your fly box?
Although they are known mostly for their flies – and well they should be – they are also manufacturers of packs and bags, leader and tippet, tying materials, and more. But let’s start by discussing their flies.
The difference between a comfortable fly fishing trip and a not-so-comfortable trip often comes down to two pieces of equipment: your waders and boots. Our Guides weigh-in with their thoughts about wader and boot choices.
With this typical spring weather, some sun and then cloud cover with cool temperatures, the conditions are right for Blue Wing Olive hatches on our tailwaters and freestone rivers. From Deckers to the Arkansas running through Bighorn Sheep Canyon to the Roaring Fork, this pattern is catching fish.
Bob Taylor is a graduate of the first class of the Colorado Fly Fishing Guide Academy (CFFGA). He decided to give it a shot after talking with one of the co-designers of the class, Robert Younghanz. Bob told Robert that fly fishing is his passion, second only to his family, but he had reached a place where fishing had become sort of routine. Robert suggested the CFFGA. Almost a year after graduation, Bob calls the Fly Fishing Academy one “heck of a memory for me.”
When Neil Luehring and Robert Younghanz began to design the Colorado Fly Fishing Guide Academy, they posed a question that guided their thinking: “What is a professional fly fishing guide?” Guides don’t merely take people fishing. So what is this role that combines fly-fishing expertise, coaching, teaching, and fosters a passion for fly fishing? Oh, and you have to be able to make a great lunch, too.
What's the shortest distance between your fish and the net? A tight line. Different fishing challenges and conditions call for different line types. Our Guides weigh in on their choices for fly lines.
Reels. Sometimes they are the misunderstood workhorse of your fly fishing equipment. We talk a lot about rods -- flex, action, length -- but sometimes demote the value of a good reel. Some believe that a reel's purpose is merely to hold the line. Well, that belief is shattered when you hook up with a hawg and hope that the drag is set right. Here are some thoughts from our Guides about the reels they use.
Rods, reels, and line. The basic gear for your fly fishing experience. Although there are many variables to take into account when selecting a rod, our Guides share their thoughts on the different rods out there.
“The fish you land teach you something; the fish you lose teach you everything.”
So begins Landon Mayer's introduction to his book 101 Trout Tips / A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics, and Techniques. You know this book is going to be one worth reading more than once. On March 5, Landon Mayer will be talking about these tactics and techniques – and more -- at the Colorado Springs Fly Fishing Show. I had a chance to talk with Landon and get a brief overview of his presentation.
We asked the Guides at Angler’s Covey for their go-to leaders and tippet products. Surprisingly, there was a lot of agreement on their choices. Kenny Romero may have captured the overall gist of the Guides’ responses, though: “use the right size leader and tippet for the conditions. Having a wide variety of different size leaders and tippets keeps you in the game regardless of the conditions you’ll meet on the water.” How do the Guides’ choices line up when it comes to leader and tippet?
You know, if you ask ten guides (who happen to be standing around the fly tying table) what they would recommend when it comes to fly fishing gear – from waders to rods to tippet -- you will get ten different responses. Well, that’s exactly what we did. We asked Angler’s Covey guides what gear they use and why. Their responses? We’re going to start with a fun one first – what accessory is a must-have.
Pat Dorsey, author of Colorado Guide Flies and Southwest Field Editor for Fly Fisherman magazine, will be presenting on March 5 at our Colorado Springs Fly Fishing Show. Pat will share his tailwater expertise with us on where to fish, when to fish, and what to use to get more fish on and to the net.
Paul Martinez, a Colorado Springs native and a guide for Angler’s Covey, has fished all over the world over the last 30-some years. New Zealand. Patagonia. Scotland. Ireland. He’s caught tiger fish in Africa. But when he’s asked what he wants people to get out of a guide trip with him, he says “A great Colorado experience.” Yep, there’s no place like home.
Two of the premiere guides in Colorado (and beyond) will be teaching our 301 Fly Tying classes to wrap up the month of February. Greg Blessing and Juan Ramirez are well-known around these parts – and so are their fly patterns. In fact, both are featured in Pat Dorsey’s newest book, Colorado Guide Flies (available at the shop!).
It's not all that often that you find quality gear and a great deal. But it looks like these new reels from Ross and Redington are going to change that stereotype once and for all. Here are a few of the new offerings around $100.00 that we're pleased to offer for the 2016 season.
Orvis 101 Introduction to Fly Fishing
Stillwater techniques, Early season