So maybe you’re like me. You’ve been fly fishing for a little while now. “Match the hatch” is not just a catchy phrase --you’ve gotten better at picking the right bug out of your fly box when you're fishing the South Platte or the Ark. And here you are, at the precipice, ready to tackle tying your own flies. So, what’s the motivation to take that step? What are the fly tying techniques that produce effective flies with efficient use of time?
One of our top classes is coming up over the next two Saturdays – our 301 Streamer Class. This two-part class –classroom presentation and streamside – will help you hone your knowledge of fish behavior, gear, and streamer techniques to target those big, hungry browns.
Fall fishing offers some great opportunities to hook up with some big fish throughout our South Platte drainage. The Dream Stream, Cheesman Canyon and Deckers, and Elevenmile Canyon are all renowned fisheries and for good reason – beautiful water holding hungry fish. For these reasons, it’s a good time to remember the etiquette and ethics that contribute to a good day on the water and ensure healthy fisheries for the future.
One of the most important topics in the realm of environmental policy issues right now is access to and protection of public lands. And it is a complex topic, for sure. Angler’s Covey, as a member of the outdoor recreation industry, has always strived to be a steward of our natural resources through our support of and collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, and Trout Unlimited. As David Leinweber, owner of Angler’s Covey, says “We can be the eyes and ears of the forest” (Gazette). Why is the topic of public access so important – economically, environmentally, and recreationally?
When you ask folks for fly fishing-themed photos, you can expect a couple things right off the bat. First, you’re going to get a wide range of great photos! From “grip and grin” pictures of “fish of a lifetime” to scenic shots to cool angles of even cooler anglers, the photos are going to reveal the beauty of this great sport. Second of all, the decision is going to be a tough one! We received over 90 entries for our first photo contest and here are your top three photos. And the winners are ....
The cold weather is not far away and it is time to be prepared for the challenges that the late season and winter fishing can create. Neil Luehring, one of our fly fishing guides and retired Captain on the Colorado Springs Fire Deparment, reminds us that hypothermia is a threat anglers face in fall and winter because of two crucial elements: water and dropping air temperatures.
Angler’s Covey Fall photo contest. Submit your fall fly fishing photo for a chance to win a half-day guide trip with one of Angler's Covey's guides.
Fall is just around the corner and that means exciting changes at Spinney Mountain reservoir! The ambient air temperature has been dropping and so has the water temperature at Spinney. Thanks to consistent precipitation this summer the reservoir is 96% full. As of this writing, inflows were 174 cfs and outflow was 155 cfs.
100 Years and counting! The National Park Service is celebrating 100 years of providing recreational activities and great outdoors adventures since 1916. And two of Colorado’s four national parks offer great fly fishing through the fall season!
Sometimes I take pictures of odd places and weird stretches of river. It probably seems strange to some people. I have taken my share of “fish porn,” too, those pictures of beautiful rainbow and cutthroat trout happily held in outstretched arms. But lately I have turned my camera to the place rather than the fish.
After the damage from our recent hail storm in Colorado Springs, insurance adjusters swarmed to our town. A group of five chose a day of guided fly fishing during their visit.
It’s the Dog Days of summer – when temps rise, fish are getting picky, and fellow anglers are making those “end of summer” trips before Labor Day rolls in. August is also a great time to explore many late-summer options when it comes to your fly fishing adventure.
We are well into Summer and the fly fishing at Spinney Mountain reservoir has been outstanding!
One of the most important factors in a trout's environment is cold, clean water. Trout LOVE cold water and therefor thrive in places like Colorado. Even at our elevation, though, most of our streams, lakes, and rivers can be negatively affected by water temperature.
David Caraghar developed a motto when he first started fly fishing some 60 years ago: “I’m not leaving the river today until I figure it out.” The motto came about when he was fishing in Cheesman Canyon, a section of river that could “humble you more than any other stretch of the South Platte.” He'd stick around until he had hooked up with a fish, even just one, and figured out that day's challenge. Seems like he lives by that motto still today: looking for new challenges and always “figuring out” the best approaches as a guide and a fly fisherman.
Colorado has over 2000 lakes that sit above 10,000 feet above sea level. A good number of those are above timberline (12,000 feet). Summertime affords us the opportunity to explore these alpine gems.
So it is probably one of the most written about topics in fly fishing (other than “what’s hatching?”): etiquette on the river. Do a Google search on the phrase “fly fishing etiquette,” and you get 239,000 results (in 0.43 seconds, I might add). While it is difficult to all agree on or come from the same school of thought on what defines “proper etiquette,” there is one basic “rule” on which we all can agree: respect the other angler’s space.
Dave Herber, an Angler’s Covey guide for the past eight years or so, has had a connection with the shop for over 20 years. In fact, as a professional in the photography business in 1990, he was hired by the owner, David Leinweber, to do some marketing photographs for the shop. He wasn’t even a fly fisher yet, but that was going to change ... in a big way!
The Zika Virus has been in the news a lot lately because of its rapid spread and significant impact on the babies of pregnant women once infected, confirmed to be the cause of severe fetal brain abnormalities, and the fact that there is no vaccine. (The CDC notes that it also affects adults with different symptoms.) Like so many illnesses, it is spread by infected mosquitos. The good news is that this virus is not yet in Colorado. The bad news is that you could easily travel to an infected area on vacation. And right here in Colorado, other mosquito-borne illnesses, such as West Nile Virus, are prevalent.
Ah, it's that time of the year that all fly fishermen and women look forward to, the time when we squint our eyes and frantically throw size 26 dry flies to rising trout. Trico’s (pronounced TREE-co, often mis pronounced TRY-co) are a small mayfly prevalent from about mid July to late September. Tricos are small, ranging from 3-7 millimeters in length. They become a staple on most every cold river in the west. On the South Platte, they turn into the preferred meal of trout. These hatches can be so intense that their swarms look like smoke above the river. Because of the density of these hatches, they tend to lure all of the trout to feed on the top column of the river.
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.
Annual Guide sale
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