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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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Hypothermia: Symptoms and Response

09/28/17 at 06:19 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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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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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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