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Meet Earl Hecker -- Angler's Newest Guide

01/24/15 at 07:07 AM | by Vince Puzick

Over breakfast the other day, Earl Hecker, our newest guide at Angler’s Covey, interwove three words into our conversation that revealed how he approaches this adventure called fly fishing: intuitive, instinctual, and innovative. This soft-spoken 33-year old guide, husband and father, and veteran of the Iraq war is a life-long learner in this sport.

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Starting the New Year in Comfort

01/15/15 at 07:14 PM | by Rachel Leinweber

When I realized I had once again misplaced any gloves I could use for my New Year's Day fishing trip, I panicked a little. Fifteen degree weather turns this girl into a wimp.

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Antero Reservoir to be drained, but possibly for only a year

01/08/15 at 09:36 AM | by David Leinweber

Denver's water utility will drain Antero Reservoir next summer for construction to rehabilitate the century-old dam. Denver Water said Wednesday the date for beginning the draw-down hasn't been set.

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Anticipation

01/07/15 at 04:45 PM | by Vince Puzick

In the not-too distant past, when I was just learning this adventure of fly fishing, I remember hearing and reading that good fly fishers "anticipate the strike." While I knew what they meant, I didn't understand what they meant. I think I understand now.

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The People You Meet ...

12/29/14 at 03:11 AM | by Vince Puzick

I had a chance to have breakfast with one of our new Guides, Earl Hecker, the other morning. (I'll have a "meet our new guide" blog in a few days.) He had a great story about his first fly fishing experience in Colorado that I wanted to share.

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Go with the Flow: Reflections on 2014

12/27/14 at 07:40 PM | by Vince Puzick

As we make our last cast of 2014, it’s a good time to take a look back at some of the milestones and memories that the year netted. So, in no particular order, here is Fly Fishing Reflection 2014.

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A Fishing Tale

12/24/14 at 04:15 PM | by Vince Puzick

‘Twas the night before Christmas; Santa needed a break Work had been non- stop and there was lots at stake. As he flew over the South Platte he knew it was fate --

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Winter Tips from Kenny Romero

12/23/14 at 08:35 PM | by Vince Puzick

Are you one of the many fly anglers who doesn’t think much about fly fishing after Labor Day? Many fly fishers who enjoy the other three seasons fly fishing in Colorado often neglect fly fishing in the winter for the obvious reason: it’s cold! But did you know some of the best fly fishing can happen during the winter months?

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Our Public Lands - NOT FOR SALE

11/19/14 at 06:15 PM | by David Leinweber

Without public lands, fly fishing as you know it would come to an end. Without people fishing, my business, Angler’s Covey, would not exist. Without businesses like mine, that depend on outdoor recreation, 646 billion dollars would be absent from the national economy. Beware: The sale of all public land is viewed by some politicians as good policy.

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Why tie?

11/10/14 at 02:30 PM | by Vince Puzick

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. You’ve even been known to say “oh, there’s a little hatch goin’ on” when you spot some bugs in the air at the family BBQ in your brother-in-law's backyard on the west side of town. And here you are, at the precipice, ready to tackle tying your own flies. So, what’s the motivation to take that step?

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Vote Early! Angler's Covey -- 2014's Best Fly Shop

10/28/14 at 07:11 AM | by Vince Puzick

My Fellow Fly Fishers and Citizens. OK, maybe it's not that formal of an election. But Gink & Gasoline is having a vote for the best fly fishing shop in all of the land. We would love your support! Why do we feel we've earned your vote? Let me count the ways ...

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Trout in the Community

10/07/14 at 06:00 AM | by Vince Puzick

Angler’s Covey is the host site of “Trout in the Community” – a joint venture between the Cheyenne Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Parks, the Catamount Institute, and Angler’s Covey. Trout in the Community is the first program of its kind nationally in Trout Unlimited -- and Angler's Covey is proud to be the pilot site!

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Outdoor Recreation is more than just fun!

10/02/14 at 01:30 PM | by David Leinweber

I just finished up a trip to Washington DC. Trout Unlimited had asked me to be a part of a team that met with the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, and staff members of a few Colorado politicians.

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Guide Cook-Off Winners!

10/01/14 at 09:39 PM | by Becky Leinweber

We recently held a fun event for our guides and staff - a healthy competition of our guides' culinary skills - a Guide Cook-off! Our competitors -- Greg Blessing, Jon Easdon, and Juan Ramirez -- cooked a meal like they would prepare and provide on any guide trip -- right off their tailgates!

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Boy Scout Merit

09/24/14 at 09:30 PM | by David Leinweber

If you came by the store last Saturday, you couldn't help but notice our packed parking lot and a whole bunch of boys running around.

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Seeing Redd

09/10/14 at 03:13 PM | by Vince Puzick

It’s just about time for autumn's great colors, and I’m seeing redd. Fall in Colorado means spawning brown trout — and it means a new conviction to treat the fish right. This issue is just black and white: stay off the redds.

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Coming Together for a Cause

09/08/14 at 07:32 PM | by Vince Puzick

Sometimes community means coming together for somebody you have never met. Dave Bryzcki, cousin of Angler’s guide and staff member Scott Tarrant, is facing the challenge of his life. Dave experienced what avid outdoorsmen and women face when they head into the backcountry: an encounter that nearly cost him his life. And we’re holding a drawing for a full-day guide trip to help raise funds to support the financial challenge that Dave and his wife, Lisa, will face.

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Beavers: Friend or Foe?

09/04/14 at 03:46 AM | by Vince Puzick

One of my favorite places to fish on the Arkansas is basically across the street from the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center near Salida. We’ve had many a good evening fishing a hole that is near a large beaver lodge not far from the bridge on Highway 291. The beaver that lives there, a large fellow, has often made it clear that he doesn’t like my evening fishing. He’ll come up out of the water, slap his tail, and disappear under the water. Coincidentally, I’ll move up to do some fishing from the bank. But his presence got me thinking — what’s the impact of the beaver population on Colorado streams?

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50th Anniversary - Congratulations

09/03/14 at 03:21 PM | by David Leinweber

Perhaps you've fished for Rio Grande Cutthroat’s in the South San Juan Wilderness, or hiked the Great Sand Dunes Wilderness, or taken a canoe trip in the quiet lakes of the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. At some point

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More than Fish Porn

09/01/14 at 05:24 PM | by Vince Puzick

I have a love-hate relationship with taking fish pics. Sure, I love seeing the photos others take, and I like to capture an image of a nice catch as much as anybody. And I have some great pictures of Jannetta with some of the fish she has caught. But last week in Elevenmile Canyon, I had a different motivation when I took a picture of a fish.

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Update: Bear Creek Watershed Restoration

08/13/14 at 01:44 PM | by Vince Puzick

The Bear Creek Watershed Restoration efforts continue. The work in North Cheyenne Canyon brings together many different organizations throughout our region -- as well as the state -- to restore the trails, creeks, and wildllife in this unique ecosystem.

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Crystal Ball: What Will Late Summer & Early Fall Have In Store?

08/02/14 at 02:05 AM | by Vince Puzick

Long spring run-off. July monsoons. Flows that rose and dropped like a bad stock market. Of course, we were able to get in some good (and even great) fishing, but we never seemed to hit a good rhythm with the consistently high flows through June and July. So I asked some of our Guides and resident experts for a prediction for late summer and early fall fishing. I mean, all this water has to have some pay-off in the form of autumn fishing, right?

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Let the Fish Go

07/22/14 at 08:25 AM | by Vince Puzick

Sometimes you have to let go of the fish that you never landed. I've been haunted by a fish I had on last week while fishing the Animas.

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Meet Julie Sprinkle

07/18/14 at 08:00 AM | by Becky Leinweber

In our effort to help you know our staff, guides and instructors better, we have asked them some questions about themselves and from time to time will share these in an e-blast. This week we are profiling Juie Sprinkle, our Clothing Guru and fly fishing guide.

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If this is your season to get serious, this is your boat!

07/14/14 at 08:10 AM

Floated the Arkansas with Dave Friday. Flows were around 1600…fishing was good! But this is not a fishing report…this is a gear review…a testimonial, nearly evangelical testimonial!

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Calendar of Events
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  • Open Fly Tying Night Events

    When: Jan 06, 15 7:00 PM Where: Anglers Covey

    No cost open night for all to come share and learn

  • Fly Tying 101 Events

    When: Jan 10, 15 9:00 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • Fly Tying 201 Nymph Class Events

    When: Jan 10, 15 10:30 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • 201 Introduction to Aquatic Entomology and Fly selection $30 Events

    When: Jan 10, 15 1:00 PM Where: Anglers Covey

    Learn about matching bugs to flies

  • Open Fly Tying Night Events

    When: Jan 13, 15 7:00 PM Where: Anglers Covey

    No cost open night for all to come share and learn

  • Fly Tying 101 Events

    When: Jan 17, 15 9:00 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • Fly Tying 201 Dry Fly Class Events

    When: Jan 17, 15 10:30 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • 101 Discover Fly Fishing Class $30 Events

    When: Jan 19, 15 6:15 PM Where: Anglers Covey

    Cost $30 Plus a Free Orvis Guide Book $20 Value

  • Open Fly Tying Night Events

    When: Jan 20, 15 7:00 PM Where: Anglers Covey

    No cost open night for all to come share and learn

  • Fly Tying 101 Events

    When: Jan 24, 15 9:00 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • Fly Tying 201 Terrestrial Fly Class Events

    When: Jan 24, 15 10:30 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • Learn to tie this tricky must-have pattern for the South Platte!

    Fly Tying 301 - RS2 Family Events

    When: Jan 24, 15 1:00 PM Where: Angler's Covey

    Learn to tie this tricky must-have pattern for the South Platte!

  • Open Fly Tying Night Events

    When: Jan 27, 15 7:00 PM Where: Anglers Covey

    No cost open night for all to come share and learn

  • Fly Tying 101 Events

    When: Jan 31, 15 9:00 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • Fly Tying 201 Streamers Class Events

    When: Jan 31, 15 10:30 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

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STORE HOURS

EVERYDAY 9am-6pm

 

  • Fly Tying 101

    When: Saturday, 01/31/15 9:00 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • Fly Tying 201 Streamers Class

    When: Saturday, 01/31/15 10:30 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • Open Fly Tying Night

    When: Tuesday, 02/03/15 7:00 PM Where: Anglers Covey

    No cost open night for all to come share and learn

  • Fly Tying 101

    When: Saturday, 02/07/15 9:00 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • Fly Tying 201 Nymph Class

    When: Saturday, 02/07/15 10:30 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • If you're curious about winter fly fishing, or want to improve you technique, this is the class for you!

    Winter Fly Fishing Techniques

    When: Saturday, 02/07/15 1:00 PM Where: Angler's Covey

    If you're curious about winter fly fishing, or want to improve you technique, this is the class for you!

  • Open Fly Tying Night

    When: Tuesday, 02/10/15 7:00 PM Where: Anglers Covey

    No cost open night for all to come share and learn

  • Fly Tying 101

    When: Saturday, 02/14/15 9:00 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

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