Colorado-born Sharon Wright pretty much epitomizes the outdoor lifestyle you might expect from a native of this state. She owns and shows horses. She has hiked and backpacked through plenty of our mountains – often times toting her fly rod on the trips so she can fish high mountain lakes and streams. She has fly fished since being introduced to this adventure by her dad. Sharon now shares her passion with other women through classes offered at Angler’s Covey, guiding trips, and through Pikes Peak Women Anglers.
I try to be as observant as I can while on the water. Turning rocks to observe potential buffet items, peering around the dog-legs of the river for other anglers, even reminding myself to look up every now and then to catch glimpse of a soaring eagle or to perhaps be captivated by overhanging cliffs and pine-laden tree lines.
Despite my frequent reminding, I know I am missing things. The black bear tracks tell another story, and I don’t really want to know how many trophy fish I’ve probably waded past who were hiding on the edge of a seam. With so much going on around me – the fishing, the beauty of the land, the presence of other life – there inevitably will be details that go unnoticed.
Angler's Covey Guide Dave Herber sent in this story about a father's day surprise!
Have you ever wanted to learn to fish Cheesman Canyon from a local expert?
Jon Easdon, one of our senior guides, will be teaching anglers the techniques and strategies for fishing Cheesman Canyon on Sunday, June 26th.
Dave Herber and "Hopper" Juan Ramirez had a great trip on Friday with this family: a mom and dad, two teenage daughters and Dalton, the 11 year old son.
Awhile back I asked my brother and sister what they remembered about fishing with our dad. Although my dad occasionally fly fished, we mainly fished with spinning rods and reels. Lessons from fishing are some sort of a universal learning, though, right? On this Father’s Day, here are some memories — and memories in the making — in recognition of fathers and fishing.
Yesterday, Doug Lamborn voted YES to a bill that would turn over vast swaths of our country's National Forests...
Jamie Roth is no stranger to the fishing opportunities in our Pikes Peak region. He fished Cheesman Canyon with his father when he was in middle school. Back then, he fished it with spinners and a spinning rod and reel – some lessons learned from his dad who was a shore angler back on the East Coast. Then, one day, Jamie was on Gill Trail that leads into Cheesman Canyon and parallels the river. From that vantage point above the river, Jamie watched a fly fisherman’s steady rhythm while casting. “I had to try that.”
A couple of shoulder surgeries – three actually – over the last two years has changed Rick Murphy’s experiences out on the river, but it has not diminished his passion for fly fishing at all. How could it? He’s been at this for a long, long time. From commercial fly tyer, to saltwater fishing, to guiding our great fisheries in Colorado – Rick Murphy, one of Angler’s Covey sales staff, has pretty much done it all.
Pat Dorsey posted the following on his Facebook account about a fellow angler who fell and was injured last week in Cheesman Canyon. Please call the shop at 719-471-2984 if you have any information about the lost gear. Thank you.
As the weather begins to change to a consistently warmer temperature, the annual assault of melting snow ensues. And with melting snow comes something with which every fly fisherman is familiar: run-off.
Nine young men camped out in 11 Mile Canyon. The occasion: a bachelor party. They chose a guided fly fishing trip as the highlight of their gathering.
Part of the responsibilities of a fly shop is to promote the great adventure of fly fishing while working toward the conservation of local fisheries. To that end, Angler's Covey has, from the outset, embraced the conservation efforts to protect our local rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs. The clean up of the Dream Stream in October and this Sunday's clean up of the South Platte at Deckers are two grassroot efforts to conserve those popular fisheries.
Jamie Roth, one of the instructors for the upcoming Two-Part Streamer class, gets excited about the possibilities with streamer fishing. “This is a great technique for spring run off. You’re chucking big nasty flies for spring meat eaters.”
"The Bug Guy," Robert Younghanz discusses the caddis -- our May "Bug of the Month." Check out the video!
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?
1st annual Get Outdoors day
Introduction to Entomology