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What Defines Success?

06/26/17 at 03:14 AM | by Vince Puzick

What makes for a successful day on the water? A friend of mine shared some sage wisdom: a successful day on the river can be defined by how much fun the angler had. Sometimes I need to check my own expectations when I am out enjoying this adventure called fly fishing.

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Fly of the Week: Amy's Ant

06/22/17 at 07:13 AM | by Vince Puzick

It’s hard to say which fly pattern we all collectively like the most here at the shop. But somewhere real close to the top of all of our lists is the Amy's Ant.

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Fishing Cheesman Canyon

06/21/17 at 07:50 AM | by Vince Puzick

Cheesman Canyon is technical fishing even under more-or-less “normal” conditions. Increase the flows to 1100 cfs, stain the water the color of Lipton tea, and you have yourself some tough fishing conditions. That was the case during Jon Easdon's Learn to Fish Cheesman Class in the spring of 2015. Before we left the shop for the Canyon, Easdon said, “We’ll have to think out of the box a little today.” And thinking out of the box really paid off. Jon is offering the class again this Sunday, June 25, 2017. Registration info below! Here's a look back at that memorable class in 2015.

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Lessons Learned. Memories Made. Fathers Fishing.

06/18/17 at 04:30 AM | by Vince Puzick

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.

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Men of TODAY go fishing, talk fatherhood

06/16/17 at 04:40 AM | by David Leinweber

The men of the Today Show go fly fishing and reflect on fatherhood. This is a great clip to demonstrate that fishing is not always about the fish, but more about the adventure along the way.

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Father's Day Gift Ideas: From Head to Toe

06/15/17 at 07:39 AM | by Vince Puzick

From clothing ideas to gear to accessories, our Guides offer great gift ideas for Father's Day. Check out their suggestions and come into the shop for more!

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Class Close-up: Fishing Cheesman Canyon

06/13/17 at 12:25 PM | by Vince Puzick

Have you ever wanted to learn to fish Cheesman Canyon from a local expert? Cheesman is one of the area's most technical fisheries -- with the rich rewards that come from taking on the challenge! Jon Easdon, Director of Services, will be teaching anglers the techniques and strategies for fishing Cheesman Canyon on Sunday, June 25th.

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Class Close-up: 301 Nymphing Class

06/12/17 at 08:03 AM | by Vince Puzick

Want to learn some new strategies and techniques to improve your nymphing game? Angler’s Covey guides Juan Ramirez and Scott Voyles will be leading the two-part Orvis 301 Nymphing Class this Friday night (classroom) and Saturday morning (streamside) to help you flatten your learning curve.

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Tick Season: Be Aware & Prepared

06/11/17 at 06:07 AM | by Vince Puzick

Conditions this spring and early summer are just right for an annoying hitchhiker to invade your outdoor activities this summer: ticks. Officials at the Center for Disease Control are alerting us to be on the lookout for this small but impactful parasite when we venture outdoors.

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What I Want

06/02/17 at 03:06 AM | by David Leinweber

Father’s Day is fast approaching and I wanted to share a new product that honestly I feel is a breakthrough for a product that makes a difference.

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From A Guide's Perspective: What Makes a Great Trip?

05/28/17 at 08:40 PM | by Vince Puzick

So I asked a handful of Angler's Covey' guides what makes for a good guide trip -- from their perspective as guides. Even though the guides -- Greg Blessing, Steve Gossage, Jon Easdon, Kristina Dougherty, Jon Kleis, Justin Brenner, Zach Tokach, Scott Voyles, and Juan Ramirez -- had different opinions on some specifics, they agreed that a successful trip boils down to three big things: the teaching and learning experience, expectations for the trip, and the client's attitude toward the experience.

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Stillwater Fly Fishing: Try it, You’ll Love It!

05/24/17 at 04:36 AM | by Vince Puzick

Stillwater fly fishing can be one of the most effective and thrilling ways to catch large trout in Colorado. Many fly fishers overlook this fantastic opportunity in favor of rivers and streams because they believe that stillwater is too mysterious, or they just aren’t aware of the great fishing available on our local ponds, lakes and reservoirs. Fantastic fly fishing is just waiting for you in town, or a within a short one- or two-hour drive from Colorado Springs on the Pikes Peak water shed, on reservoirs on the South Platte river drainage, or on the many high country lakes “just up the road.”

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A Kayak Experience

05/22/17 at 08:10 AM | by Vince Puzick

Because our rivers and streams are not going to get bigger and aren’t going to grow in number, we have to begin looking outside the box in the search for different opportunities to explore our vast waters of Colorado. In this endeavor, we started to look at stillwater options in the region and different ways to fish these sometimes overlooked fly fishing destinations. Our partners at Pikes Peak Outfitters had an interesting solution: kayaks.

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CMCTU Unveils Name and Logo Change

05/16/17 at 07:51 PM | by Vince Puzick

Since 1986, the mission of the Cheyenne Mountain chapter of Trout Unlimited has been to conserve, protect, and restore cold water fisheries resources and their watersheds in the Pikes Peak Region and throughout the State of Colorado. And while their goal remains steady, the aesthetics of the brand have changed...for the better. Beginning on June 1, the local chapter will have a name change to Pikes Peak Trout Unlimited, with an updated logo and a new look on its website.

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A Look at the Colorado Fly Fishing Guide Academy

04/29/17 at 06:14 AM | by Vince Puzick

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.

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Time on the River

04/27/17 at 01:13 PM | by Vince Puzick

I’ve been thinking about time lately. How much we have. How we spend it. How an investment in time pays off. And since this is a blog for a fly fishing shop, how does time come into play?

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2015 CFFGA Graduate: Bob Taylor

04/26/17 at 11:50 AM | by Vince Puzick

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. Bob calls the Fly Fishing Academy one “heck of a memory for me.”

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Guide Talk: Steve Gossage Returns to the Covey

04/20/17 at 02:59 PM | by Vince Puzick

We're happy to welcome Steve Gossage back to the shop! After a couple of years pursuing some other opportunities, Steve has come back to be part of the Angler's Covey Guide line-up. "I've really missed the people," Steve says, "the customers and clients, and the great group of guides here at Angler's."

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Unconventional Tying Materials? Heck Yeah!

04/12/17 at 05:07 PM | by Becky Leinweber

As tyers, you know we've all been there, hopelessly searching through your materials for an exact match to what the latest fly pattern calls for. That feeling of despair when you realize you're missing that one special material that sets that pattern apart. Resigned to your fate you either tie something else or you jump in your car and head to your local fly shop to remedy the issue.

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Spring Outlook on Our Stillwaters

04/11/17 at 06:00 AM | by Vince Puzick

 As the weather warms, the action heats up with our warm water species. Travis LaMere, guide and assistant manager at Colorado Tackle Pro, gives us an outlook for some of our stillwater action. And don't miss out on our newest addition to our guided trip menu: kayak fly fishing!

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Travis LaMere @ Colorado Tackle Pro

04/09/17 at 03:07 AM | by Vince Puzick

Travis LaMere, assistant manager, fishing guide, and sales associate in our companion shop, Colorado Tackle Pro, grew up fishing the reservoirs in our backyard: Elevenmile, Spinney, Pueblo, Brush Hollow. When this Colorado native, born and raised in Widefield just south of Colorado Springs, says, “I’ve spent my whole life fishing,” it rings true. Spend a few minutes chatting with Travis and two things become apparent right away. He’s passionate about this sport, and he wants to get other people excited about it, too.

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Stillwater Patterns: Chironomids and Stillwater Nymphs

04/08/17 at 06:46 AM | by Vince Puzick

What's in Kenny Romero's stillwater fly box?

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Kenny Romero: Stillwater Specialist and Guide

03/27/17 at 06:30 AM | by Vince Puzick

Between ice-off in April and closing day at Spinney, Kenny Romero, Angler's Covey guide, loves to explore the stillwater opportunities of our local reservoirs. Read more from Kenny and about his "stillwater fundamental" classes here.

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Ice-off 2017

03/24/17 at 01:06 PM | by Becky Leinweber

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.

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No Bad Days

03/21/17 at 12:50 PM | by Vince Puzick

You've waited patiently for a break in the work week and a break from life’s demands to get to the water. You’re finally there, looking forward to a nice relaxing day. Then, all hell breaks loose. If you have spent any time fishing, you can certainly relate to those days where everything is just off. Here are a few tips to help you get your head back into the flow and change your day around -- or at least change your attitude.

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