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Now That's a Funny Story

06/22/18 at 05:19 AM | by Vince Puzick

When I interviewed Kevin Gossage for our Father’s Day feature about memories he had fishing with dad, Steve Gossage (one of our long-time guides here at the Covey), Kevin told me about the time fishing below the dam at Estes. It was such a funny story, I had to confirm with Steve.

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Kids Say the Darndest Things: Happy Father's Day

06/16/18 at 07:15 PM | by Vince Puzick

I started thinking about how an appreciation of the outdoors gets passed along from one generation to the next. As we approach Father’s Day, I reached out to the children of some of our Guides to see what they learned from their fathers about life in general, about nature, and about fly fishing, specifically. From seven years old to over thirty, there are some universal truths from these “kids.”

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Lessons Learned. Memories Made. Fathers Fishing.

06/13/18 at 05:00 PM | 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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Father's Day Surprise

06/11/18 at 10:05 AM | by Vince Puzick

Two years ago, Dave Herber shared this story of a Father's Day Surprise. What a great way to spend some time with your dad! Or, dads out there, maybe this is the year you'll share the passion with your children!

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Guide's Father Day Gift Ideas

06/09/18 at 07:51 AM | by Vince Puzick

Our Guides weigh in with their top picks for Father’s Day gifts.

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June 2: Get Outdoors Day - Colorado Springs

05/29/18 at 07:57 AM | by Vince Puzick

If Memorial Day is seen as the national launch to summer, then our local, hands-on start to summer is "Get Outdoors Day -- Colorado Springs" this Saturday, June 2, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Memorial Park and at Prospect Lake. This FREE event has activities and experiences for kids and adults. Biking, kayaking, paddling SUP boards, fly fishing, spin fishing, and more ... are all on the agenda. But that's only a little slice of what's in store!

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Awesome Mom: Edie Wren

05/20/18 at 05:45 AM | by Vince Puzick

It only takes a few minutes of talking with Edie Wren to know why her son, Hunter, nominated her, and she was selected, as “Awesome Mom” in our Mother’s Day contest.

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Celebrate OUR Public Lands: May 19, 2018

05/16/18 at 05:37 AM | by Vince Puzick

In May 2016, Colorado became the first state in the nation to celebrate Public Lands Day. The third Saturday in May is now designated as a day to celebrate all that public lands offer the citizens of Colorado, from our forests, rivers, and grasslands, to the state parks that belong to us all. So, this Saturday, May 19, get outdoors and enjoy our wild places!

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Small Stream Satisfaction

05/13/18 at 07:09 AM | by Vince Puzick

Our great adventure of fly fishing is awesome in the fact that it is not just one great adventure. That’s the beauty and the “life-long learning” aspect of it. Sometimes you want to chase the slabs, the hawgs that get all the Facebook likes and Instagram love. But maybe sometimes you want a little something different. And when I say little, I mean small – as in small stream satisfaction by fishing some of our backcountry creeks and streams.

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Time for a Small Stream Adventure!

05/09/18 at 06:33 AM | by David Leinweber

Of all the different disciplines of fly fishing, Backcountry Angling delivers the broadest form of adventure on a budget. Adventurers who travel the world come to Colorado to experience the wilderness and beauty we have just out our back door.

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Current Conditions and a Wacky Spring

05/04/18 at 05:19 AM | by Vince Puzick

The conversation at this time of year turns to spring run-off and questions about how high the flows may get and how long run-off might last. Well, this year it’s going to be pretty much a crap shoot in terms of trying to make any sort of prediction because of our relatively dry winter, at least in some parts of the state, and our current snow pack. Our resident and expert entomologist Robert Younghanz, “The Bug Guy,” weighs in regarding current conditions.

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Destined for Adventure

04/25/18 at 05:21 AM | by Vince Puzick

Sharing fishing stories over dinner with a group of anglers is not a bad way to end the day. You can hear the satisfaction of a good day on the water, tales of the number of fish to the net or the heft of that one that “may have been the biggest I’ve ever caught.” That was the mood after Day One of our two-day mini destination trip this past weekend. Angler’s Covey hosted the trip, and Three Rivers Resort & Outfitters and Willowfly Anglers out of Almont, Colorado delivered the adventure.

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Orvis' 50/50 On the Water: Why It Matters

04/09/18 at 06:48 PM | by Vince Puzick

From women-specific gear development, to education & adventure experiences, to nonprofit partnerships and women-centric storytelling, Orvis' 50/50 On the Water is here to inspire and celebrate women in the sport we all love. Why is Orvis committed to this endeavor?

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Destination: Great Spring Fishing

04/08/18 at 06:15 PM | by Vince Puzick

This mini-destination trip includes two nights of lodging AND two days of guided fly fishing with our friends at Three Rivers Resort in beautiful Almont, Colorado. Enjoy a full day float trip, and a full day walk/wade trip on some of the west's most storied waters: the Gunnison and Taylor River. This is an all-inclusive trip with the guided fly fishing and lodging provided.

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Ice-Off: Early Spring Fishing

04/05/18 at 03:37 PM | by Vince Puzick

First week of April and we're announcing "ice off"? Yeah, that's right! Spinney Mountain Reservoir opened last Sunday, and Antero Reservoir has been fishing great, so toss out any old ideas you have on the calendar about when to start your stillwater fishing. It's time. Kenny Romero reports on his trip to Spinney on Tuesday, April 3.

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

04/02/18 at 01:45 PM | by Vince Puzick

So I asked a handful of Angler's Covey guides what makes for a great guided fly fishing trip -- from a guide's perspective. Even though the ten guides had different opinions on some of the specifics 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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No Foolin' -- Spinney Res Opens Sunday

03/27/18 at 05:30 PM | by Vince Puzick

Spinney Mountain State Park is scheduled to open on April 1, 2018 at 6:17 a.m. for the 2018 boating season.

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Will Dykstra @ Colorado Tackle Pro

03/25/18 at 05:14 AM | by Vince Puzick

Our sister shop, Colorado Tackle Pro, will have a special presentation this Saturday for those of you like to chase Pike with conventional spin rigs! Will Dykstra will be presenting this Saturday evening at 6:30 pm on methods for going after a fish of a lifetime.

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PPWA & PPCTU Present: SLAM!

03/12/18 at 06:57 AM | by Vince Puzick

Invite your friends and join us for this fun, social event celebrating women in fly fishing co-hosted by Pikes Peak Women Anglers and Pikes Peak Trout Unlimited!

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Smith Optics: I can see clearly now

03/09/18 at 06:50 AM | by Vince Puzick

I’m a bit of a skeptic, I have to admit. I don’t always buy into all of the hype about a given product. Since I don’t have a lot of “disposable income” (when I’m not making these blog entries, I’m in the world of education), I am unable and very reluctant to make a purchase just for having the latest bells and whistles. But I finally gave in when a handful of guides here at Angler’s Covey kept saying that having high quality sunglasses was key – and Smith optics were top-notch. I made the purchase, and I can see clearly now.

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"Rude Boys" and Other Tips

03/04/18 at 02:46 PM | by Vince Puzick

The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing, co-written by Kirk Deeter and Charlie Meyers is one of those books that should be on every fly fishers bookshelf or sitting on their tying table. Just keep it handy. It’s packed with such great info in an easily accessible format. I had the pleasure of hearing Deeter’s presentation at our fly fishing hootenanny on Saturday where he shared his top twenty tips discovered over the years when he has fished in exotic places around our little globe.

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@ The Hootenannny: Kirk Deeter

02/27/18 at 04:24 AM | by Vince Puzick

Kirk Deeter -- writer, traveler, angler -- will present at our Fly Fishing Hootenanny on Saturday, March 3rd. Deeter is editor-at-large for Field and Stream magazine, and editor-in-chief for TROUT magazine, the national publication of Trout Unlimited.

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Colorado Springs Fly Fishing Hootenanny

02/25/18 at 07:34 PM | by Vince Puzick

Less than a week until the Colorado Springs Fly Fishing Hootenanny! The first presentation of the day will be from Matt McCannel, RIGS Head Guide, Umpqua Signature Tyer, SAGE Ambassador!

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This Valentine's Day ...

02/11/18 at 07:35 AM | by Vince Puzick

If you have a fly fisher in your life, he or she is probably waiting for those three magic words as we approach Valentine's Day: "let's go fish." And just like Cupid on this day of love and magic, our Guides can make any fly fishing occasion special with customized trips for two anglers on the river. But hurry -- you have to book these trips before Cupid's arrows fly on February 14 (but you can schedule them for dates that you choose)!

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PHWFF: Two Stories Out of Many

01/30/18 at 06:08 AM | by Vince Puzick

We've posted about the great films and the great raffle prizes that happen at the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T). But why? It's not about the films. All of the films tell stories, but the stories I enjoy the most are the ones told by the veterans involved with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing -- and all the proceeds from F3T ticket sales and raffle tickets go to Project Healing Waters. Two of those men over the last few years were very moving in telling about their experience with PHWFF: Larry Fivecoats and Brady Busby.

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