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F3T: Now a Word from Our Sponsor

01/20/18 at 05:55 AM | by Vince Puzick

Jon Easdon, Director of Services at Angler’s Covey, spoke with our sponsors of the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) which raises funds for the Colorado Springs Chapter of Project Healing Waters Flyfishing. Chris Hanson is the owner and CEO of 3GEngagement, adigital marketing company specializing in search engine marketing and optimization for automotive businesses across the United States.

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Five Simple Actions that Make a Difference

01/16/18 at 09:20 AM | by Vince Puzick

Simms offers five simple actions we can all take to make this a great year.

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Fly Fishing Film Tour 2018: Top 5 Reasons to Go

01/10/18 at 04:40 AM | by Vince Puzick

Here are the top five reasons to attend the Fly Fishing Film Tour on February 3! Get your tickets now!

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Class Close-up: Winter Fly Fishing

01/07/18 at 03:48 PM | by Vince Puzick

Hoping that Kenny Romero and Scott Voyles, Angler’s Covey guides, could teach this old dog some new tricks when it comes to winter fly fishing, I participated in their Winter Fly Fishing class this past weekend. This two-part class – lecture and streamside – was a great way to flatten the learning curve, learn some new approaches, and hone some skills to increase the chances to catch those January fish.

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The Dirty Dozen: Top Flies for Winter Fishing

01/03/18 at 11:50 AM | by Vince Puzick

The thermometer is saying winter conditions. You're all decked out from head to toe: base layer, a Simms' Rivershed fleece, maybe an Orvis Ultralight. And what are you going to put in your fly box? Time to check the Angler’s Covey "dirty dozen" flies for winter fly fishing.

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Reflections on 2017

12/30/17 at 02:04 PM | by Vince Puzick

At the eve of a new year, we tend to do two things. We resolve to do or try new things in the coming year to improve our lives, and we reflect on the year that is now in our rear view mirror. Jon Easdon, Director Services, shared that 2017 was “a refreshing year in terms of guiding. With fairly consistent flows throughout the year and no major drought or flooding issues, these consistencies were a welcome change from our roller coaster years before.” Our Angler’s Covey guides took some time to share some experiences that made 2017 memorable.

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A Fishing Tale

12/24/17 at 05:45 AM | 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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Think Small: Think Stocking Stuffers

12/06/17 at 06:00 PM | by Vince Puzick

Sometimes when we're out shopping for that angling-loving significant other in our life, we get caught up in thinking about the big items -- boots, rods, reels. Instead, go small! Here are some of the best stocking stuffer ideas that round out the accessories a well-equipped fly angler needs in that pack or on that lanyard!

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Guided Trips: Give the Gift of Adventure

12/05/17 at 05:00 PM | by Vince Puzick

A guided trip is the perfect gift for the angler in your life. Whether developing and advancing the angler's skills, learning how to fly fish, or exploring new waters, a trip will get the fly fisher in your life plugged in to a new adventure. With all of the gear included, all the angler needs to bring on a trip is him or herself. Here are a couple of our more unique guide trips available.

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Guide's Gift List for 2017

11/29/17 at 05:10 PM | by Vince Puzick

Sometimes gift shopping for your favorite angler is a tough challenge -- so much gear and accessories, so little time! Heck, it's a challenge even shopping for yourself. To make this year's gift giving easier, our Guides and Staff have compiled their top gift ideas for 2017. And don't forget, Saturday, December 2 is TU Day @ The Covey.

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TU Day @ The Covey: December 2nd

11/20/17 at 03:00 PM | by Vince Puzick

Saturday, December 2nd, is Trout Unlimited Day at Angler's Covey! 15% of all proceeds will be donated to the Pikes Peak Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The Shop is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Hypothermia: Symptoms and Response

11/08/17 at 07:15 AM | by Vince Puzick

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.

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Fall / Winter Fly Fishing Tips: Dress the Part

10/31/17 at 08:40 PM | by Vince Puzick

Most of the time when we utter the phrase "winter fly fishing," we get looks of disgust, disbelief, and undesired interest. If you plan right and wear the right gear, winter fly fishing can actually be quite comfortable. Here are some tips to make winter fly fishing a comfortable and enjoyable time.

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Why tie?

10/31/17 at 11:50 AM | 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. 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?

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Into the Adventure with Bradley and Mark

10/28/17 at 02:14 PM | by Vince Puzick

I ran into Bradley and Mark Smith at the Guide Yard Sale today and enjoyed hearing about their journey into the adventure of fly fishing. It all started when Bradley took the Women’s Class in early summer of 2016. Then she and Mark followed up with the 101 class. While their curiosity was high, they went on a guided fly trip with husband-and-wife team, Jim and Janine Young.

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Guide Yard Sale: Quality Gear & Great Prices

10/26/17 at 06:19 PM | by Vince Puzick

Why should you head on over to the annual Guide Yard Sale at Angler's Covey on Saturday, October 28? Well, here are three good reasons for you to ponder.

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Rachel Leinweber: Steward of the Earth

10/01/17 at 08:45 AM | by Vince Puzick

You’d think that since her parents co-own the largest fly fishing shop in the state that Rachel Leinweber grew up loving to fly fish. Well, you know how kids can be. Even with all of those fly fishing opportunities at her finger tips when she was young, it took until she was in high school for the bug to really bite.

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The Healing Found in Fly Fishing

09/29/17 at 08:58 AM | by Becky Leinweber

Many of you have experienced the healing qualities of fly fishing. Whether you need to de-stress from a challenging job or life circumstances, need the therapy of the gentle flow of water and sounds and smells of nature, or the physical strengthening of tissue and muscle following a medical procedure, fly fishing can provide so much more than a fun experience.

That was the case last weekend when we participated with Casting for Recovery for our 2nd Annual Mini Retreat for local Pikes Peak women who are survivors of breast cancer.

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Three Guides: Women on the Water

09/27/17 at 06:51 AM | by Vince Puzick

Women represent the fastest growing population taking up fly fishing. In 2012, the Denver Post spotlighted this growing trend and Orvis has launched its 50/50 campaign to get more women on the water. Forbes magazine recently featured Orvis’ efforts to cater to the woman angler in its article “Orvis: How To Reinvent A 160 Year Old Fly Fishing Company.” Three of our guides, Sharon Wright, Kristina Dougherty, and Kaitlin Boyer talk about their passion, experience, and goals on the water.

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Colorful Colorado: Fall Fishing

09/26/17 at 05:45 AM | by Vince Puzick

As we move further into fall fly fishing in Colorado, here are some photos submitted by our Facebook friends that capture this awesome season on the water. From the golden aspens to brown trout, the autumn months put the "colorful" in Colorado.

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301 Streamer Class with Steve Gossage

09/19/17 at 02:58 AM | by Vince Puzick

Steve Gossage is sometimes called “The Streamer Guy” around here. His first passion may be dry fly fishing because of the technical aspects, but he loves stripping streamers and, you know, the tug is the drug. Nothing like the trout smashing the streamer. Steve will be teaching the two-part streamer class coming up at the end of September.

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News Alert: Cheesman Canyon / Deckers Area Threatened

09/14/17 at 11:10 AM | by Vince Puzick

The U.S. Forest Service has confirmed that the South Platte River downstream from Cheesman Reservoir has been impacted by New Zealand Mudsnails. The invasive species was found at the Lone Rock Campground area about one mile upstream from “Deckers' Corner.”

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Fall Stillwater? Yes!

09/13/17 at 09:13 PM | by Vince Puzick

With the Fall season upon us, most fly anglers are turning their attention to chasing migratory fish. While this can be a worthwhile endeavor, crowded rivers, low fish numbers, and a whole lot of questionable river etiquette are the reality. My fall focus: stillwater.

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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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