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Fish the Eclipse: Tips & Techniques

08/18/17 at 08:16 PM | by Vince Puzick

Because Monday’s solar eclipse is such a rare occurrence, I checked in with a handful of our guides to shed a little light on strategies for fishing the eclipse. So, read up and don’t let the celestial phenomenon throw shade on your Monday fishing adventure.

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Late Summer/ Early Fall Outlook for Stillwater

08/15/17 at 06:55 AM

Fishing Stillwater reservoirs like Spinney Mountain can be very rewarding and very challenging during late summer and early fall. The fall transition season is the time of year that can challenge even the most seasoned fly fisher. Like any river or stillwater, the more successful fly fishers are the ones that can quickly adapt to the changes in and on the water. A big part of the success equation at Spinney is access to where the fish are. Fly fishers with float tubes/pontoon boats and motor boats have greater access to locate weed beds where the big fish spend a large part of their day looking for an easy meal. I highly recommend using the appropriate water craft to make you mobile and accessible to where the fish are. Fish can be had from the shore, but your success will increase greatly on watercraft!

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Late-Summer Options

08/03/17 at 07:15 AM | by Vince Puzick

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.

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Couples on the River: A Birthday Story

08/01/17 at 02:00 PM | by Vince Puzick

We first met Charlie and Sita in the shop prior to their Couples Evening on the River trip. This trip was for Sita's birthday, and she was somewhat ambivalent about going fly fishing. We see this often as folks, and especially women, tend to have very little confidence or even much interest at the prospect of fly fishing. We assured her that she would have fun and to keep an open mind.

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Looks Like Rain

07/30/17 at 06:28 AM | by Vince Puzick

Looks like rain. And some more rain. And more rain. It’s “Monsoon Season” here in Colorado, and we have had a couple of weeks now of predictable rainfall in the late afternoons and evening. All the water has been great for our lawns, and they sure have impacted our local fisheries from the Arkansas River to the South Platte watershed.

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Bachelor Party on the River

07/24/17 at 01:09 PM | by Vince Puzick

John is getting married! For his bachelor party, he asked his Dad for a guided fly fishing trip in 11 Mile Canyon with his brother and close friends.

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Kaitlin Boyer: A Passion to Teach

07/20/17 at 05:13 PM | by Vince Puzick

“I love learning,” Kaitlin Boyer says. And that spirit of life-long learning is one of the principles of the newest fly fishing guide to join Angler’s Covey. Meet Kaitlin Boyer!

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Each Chance, Best Chance

07/08/17 at 07:32 AM | by Vince Puzick

Sometimes in my excitement to get my fly on the water, I rush things. This past week, while fishing some small streams at high altitude, I consciously worked on slowing things down. My goal was to make each chance the best chance.

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A Tenkara Experience

07/07/17 at 05:40 AM | by Vince Puzick

This is a post from a couple of years ago and my first Tenkara experience. Tomorrow, July 8, from 4:00 - 5:30 pm, Angler's Covey will be hosting a clinic on Tenkara fly fishing presented by Graham Moran -- aka Tenkara Grasshopper. I'm excited to learn what I can do better and a little nervous to see where I go wrong!

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Unspoken: A Pursuit of Rio Grande Cutthroat

06/29/17 at 01:47 PM | by Vince Puzick

Unspoken is a short film about pursuing and conserving Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout. The film was created primarily to inspire others to take action on behalf of the species. Unspoken was filmed and co-produced by Chris Johnson, owner of Living Waters Fly Fishing and Nathan Brown, Living Waters’ art and media specialist.

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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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