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Protect the Spawn

10/18/20 at 06:37 AM | by Vince Puzick

"Standing with two new clients, you explain the spawning ritual as they watch trout spawn in front of them. They see the beauty, size, and markings, and they understand at the end of the day that it is not "just" a river with trout. They understand that there is a life cycle and that life cycle is being protected." ~~ Landon Mayer

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Annual Guide Yard Sale

10/16/20 at 07:05 AM | by Vince Puzick

You don't want to miss our annual Guide Yard Sale!

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Trout in the Community

10/06/20 at 03:50 PM | by Vince Puzick

Angler’s Covey is the host site of “Trout in the Community” – a joint venture between the Pikes Peak Chapter of Trout Unlimited (PPCTU), the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Parks (CWP), and Angler’s Covey (AC). Trout in the Community is the first program of its kind nationally in Trout Unlimited -- and Angler's Covey is proud to be the pilot site!

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Cross-Country Connections

10/05/20 at 09:34 AM | by Vince Puzick

This is not a blog about fly fishing.  It’s not a blog about techniques or strategies, not a blog about where to go and how to fish it when you get there.  No mention of products or merchandise.  It’s a blog about community and connection, long road trips and going it alone, and taking care of ourselves.

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Fall Fishing Forecast: Stewardship 2020

10/01/20 at 05:15 AM | by Vince Puzick

"Fish live in beautiful places," and nothing compares to the beauty of the Fall season. As summer slowly transitions into fall, we have some awesome fishing challenges on our local fisheries. The autumn season also means that we have to step-up our efforts to be good ambassadors of the sport and stewards of the earth. This “fall forecast” is both an invitation to fish and a cautionary tale.

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"Destination Kokanee" by Kaylee Pacheco

09/26/20 at 03:35 PM | by Vince Puzick

By Guest Blogger, Kaylee Pacheco

The Gunnison – Almont area has become one of my favorite destinations to pursue my fly fishing passion. Last weekend, Ryan and I traveled there on the mini-destination trip hosted by Angler’s Covey Director of Services, Jon Easdon, and Guide Justin Brenner.

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Retail Reflection: The Summer of 2020

09/24/20 at 06:17 AM | by Vince Puzick

At Angler’s Covey, we have never seen anything like the summer of 2020. As the state and federal governments worked out plans and strategies to open up the economy, the retail staff at Angler’s Covey worked hard to serve the customers looking to get outside. As Rachel Leinweber, General Manager, says, “This is what people picked when they had down time. They chose fly fishing this summer.” This upswing in people pursuing fly fishing was definitely felt in the shop.

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A Day in the Life

09/17/20 at 09:16 AM | by Vince Puzick

The guide’s role is to offer an experience on the water that the angler would not be able to achieve without the guide’s services. That role is motivated, too, by the desire to shape a trip that meets the guest’s expectations for their day.

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Lake Pueblo: Voluntary Fishing Closure in Effect

08/15/20 at 06:13 AM | by Vince Puzick

ANGLER ALERT! Due to low oxygen and warm water temps, fish in the Arkansas River from the Pueblo Reservoir dam east to Interstate 25 are under extreme stress.

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Dog Days of Summer

08/13/20 at 08:00 AM | by Vince Puzick

The “dog days of summer” is an old phrase dating back to Roman and Greek times. The ancients referred to the time when the Dog Star, Sirius, was rising in the night sky. The days were marked by heat, drought, and sudden thunderstorms. Human beings feel the effects of the dog days: lethargy, fever, bad luck. But don’t despair! What do these hotter days mean for fly fishing?

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Flatten the (Learning) Curve

07/29/20 at 02:02 PM | by Vince Puzick

“Give a person a fish, they eat for a day. Teach a person to fly fish, they’ll be enjoying it for a lifetime.” OK, I may be paraphrasing. The best way to flatten the fly-fishing learning curve is to take classes with experienced anglers and fly fishing guides (guided trips are also a great way to grow in this adventure – but that’s a topic for another blog). Our Orvis Introduction to Fly Fishing 101 and 201 classes are geared to get you fishing independently with greater success.

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The Trico

07/17/20 at 05:10 AM | by Vince Puzick

It’s that time of the year that all fly fishers look forward to. The time when we squint our eyes and frantically throw size 24 dry flies to rising trout. The Trico (pronounced TREE-co, often mispronounced as TRY-co) is a small mayfly prevalent from about mid-July to late September.

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Temperatures Rising: Flows, Flames, and Fish

07/15/20 at 02:27 AM | by Vince Puzick

Ahhh. Mid-July. Our thermometers are inching up into the red with long stretches of 90 degree + days, afternoon rain storms, and pleasant evenings with cooler air. We're about 1/3 of the way into the summer season, so we can look forward to more of this type of weather in the next few weeks. But increasing temps mean changes for the waters we fish and the forests where we walk those waters. Here are some tips for being good stewards of our fisheries as we head into "the dog days" of summer.

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Father's Day Wish List!

06/12/20 at 01:40 PM | by Vince Puzick

What do you get that fly-fishing dad who has his gear, every gadget and widget known to mankind, and enough ties to last for a 50-year career? We asked around the shop and got the best ideas from our guides and staff to make the Father's Day gift-giving a welcome surprise!

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Father's Day Contest

06/05/20 at 02:53 PM | by Vince Puzick

We want to hear your favorite outdoors / nature-related memory with dad. Even though we’re a fly fishing shop, we’re not limiting this contest to fly fishing. Outdoor adventures come in many forms, and we want to honor those fathers who introduced you to, or deepened, your experiences.

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Top Ten Stillwater Patterns

05/28/20 at 01:13 PM | by Vince Puzick

Stillwater season is upon us and the fishing has been lights out. Step into the realm of one of the most enjoyable approaches to fly fishing. After all, we have prime opportunities very close to home! Here are our top 10 Stillwater fly patterns ...

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A Day in the Life ...

05/18/20 at 09:09 AM | by Vince Puzick

I mostly make these blog entries and do some of the webpage content for Angler’s Covey, but Saturday I had the chance to spend the day in the Shop. My task was to restock the fly bins. Let me just say – dang, there are a lot of flies to be flung at hungry fish! But that’s a focus for a different day and a different blog. I wanted to give a little shout out to customers and staff who are still making this adventure a possibility even under weird circumstances.

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Rebounding: Stage 1

04/30/20 at 08:20 AM | by Vince Puzick

We're excited to announce that we are reopening on May 1, 2020 with Phase I COVID-19 guidelines in place. For the health and safety of our customers and employees, we invite you back to the shop and to our guide services -- while also using the measures outlined here! Get out, spread out, and go fish!

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Hank's Schwag-A-Thon

04/27/20 at 02:33 AM | by Vince Puzick

Add a little Hank Patterson schwag to your gear! A good friend of the Shop, a good friend of all shops, really, Hank Patterson is sponsoring a spectacular give-away! And what do you have to do to be eligible for this extravaganza? Do what comes naturally: support your local, independent fly shops and fishing guides!

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Stillwater Dreamin'

04/22/20 at 04:35 PM | by Vince Puzick

Although stillwater fly fishing can be one of the most thrilling ways to catch large trout in Colorado, many anglers overlook this fantastic opportunity in favor of rivers and streams. Maybe they believe that stillwater is too mysterious or boring. Or maybe some folks just aren’t aware of the great fishing available on our local ponds, lakes and reservoirs. And concerned about social distancing? No problem on our local stillwaters.  

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All-Star Performance: Rachel Leinweber

04/21/20 at 05:59 PM | by Vince Puzick

If you know Rachel Leinweber, you know she is not one to pat herself on the back or toot her own horn. She shows up to work and does her job – in this case, General Manager of Angler’s Covey. But one of the co-owners wanted to give a shout out to the work she has done this past month. And rightly so.

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Help Us Serve You Better

04/19/20 at 05:21 PM | by Vince Puzick

We want to take this opportunity to gather insights from our customers about how to serve your fly fishing adventures more fully!

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Do You Know the BWO?

04/09/20 at 08:16 AM | by Vince Puzick

If you check any “hatch chart,” you’ll see the Blue Wing Olive stretch across the page from March through October. This prolific mayfly serves up a consistent diet for trout in Colorado and fills up a good portion of an angler’s fly box, too. Hang around any fly shop, and you're likely to hear guides say, "BWOs were poppin,'" at some point in the conversation. What is it that makes this bug so interesting? We asked “The Bug Guy,” Robert Younghanz, about the science of the bug.

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Shop Small, Support Local

03/29/20 at 09:10 AM | by Vince Puzick

As an active member in the Colorado Springs community, it’s always very important for my family and me to support small businesses. Now more than ever, I feel it’s extremely important to help out those businesses as much as I can. Every little bit helps. Here are some great ways to support your local fly shop.

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Updated: Shop's Temporary Policies

03/24/20 at 05:15 PM | by Vince Puzick

As David, Becky, and Rachel say -- we're here for you, we have your back! The outdoors offer a great opportunity to practice safe social distancing while also receiving the health benefits that only nature can provide. Check out this video for the Shop's temporary policies!

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