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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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March Madness

03/18/20 at 03:18 AM | by David Leinweber

After a season of winter doldrums, we need March, a month of transition, to recapture our focus and lift our spirits amidst the challenges that surround our daily lives. It may not seem obvious but simply taking your mind off of a stressful situation can provide

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Social Distancing, COVID-19, & Angler's Covey

03/14/20 at 05:03 AM | by Vince Puzick

For those of us who love outdoor adventures such as fly fishing, that time spent on the water goes along with recommendations of “social distancing” and avoiding large gatherings, most of which happen indoors. It also helps calm the nerves and relieve some of the stress and concern that dealing with this health crisis brings. Read about our approach to COVID-19.

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Presenters and Tiers @ The Hootenanny

03/03/20 at 05:49 AM | by Vince Puzick

“With a full day of speakers, customers are going to have the chance to greatly elevate their game in all fly fishing disciplines. We have an amazing lineup of some of the brightest fly tiers in the game. This is a must attend event for every fly fisher.” To say that our Director of Services, Jon Easdon, is excited about this Saturday’s Colorado Springs Fly Fishing Hootenanny is an understatement! Here is the schedule of speakers, topics, and fly tiers for the Hootenanny.

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Q&A With Mountain Sports Products

02/27/20 at 09:14 AM | by Vince Puzick

Ross Kingsley, Alex Elkins, and Erik Johnson are the sales group from Mountain Sports Products and represent a long list of products we carry in the Shop. They’ve attended the Hootenanny for many, many years – dating back to before it was the Hootenanny. “The Covey's customer base is a very passionate and fun group of folks! We enjoy kicking off the spring season with you guys.” Here is my Q&A session with them about Hootenanny 2020.

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Umpqua @ the Hootenanny

02/25/20 at 05:51 AM | by Vince Puzick

Alec Gerbec is the Southern Rockies account manager with Umpqua Feather Merchants – a familiar name for Angler’s Covey customers. At the Hootenanny, Alec will be focusing on “Umpqua’s new pack line that we just launched at the end of last year. I think that the thought process towards designing the new packs for maximum functionality will get lots of traction during this event.”

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Scott Harkins @ the Hootenanny

02/24/20 at 07:35 AM | by Vince Puzick

I had the chance to talk with Scott Harkins who is our rep for several brands we carry, including Simms and Winston Rods. Scott has been a representative in the outdoors recreation market in the Rocky Mountain region for over 20 years. "I’ve attended the Hootenanny before it was the Hootenanny! It’s always been a good event and feels like the kick off for spring."

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Doug Garvey @ the Hootenanny

02/21/20 at 02:14 AM | by Vince Puzick

In the Hootenanny spotlight this week is Doug Garvey from Green Drake Outdoors, the shop's local representative for Orvis and Rep Your Water products. Doug told me that he "loves seeing the buzz" that the Hootenanny creates. "Everyone starts thinking about that next fish they are going to pursue -- and that creates a fun energy!" So, what does Doug have in store for Hootenanny attendees on March 7?

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Hootenanny 2020

02/11/20 at 06:28 AM | by Vince Puzick

Coming up in just three weeks, the Colorado Springs Fly Fishing Hootenanny! Saturday, March 7, at 9:00 a.m. Angler's Covey is the site for the largest fly fishing event in the region!

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Top 10 Reasons: Winter Fly Fishing Class

01/07/20 at 06:08 AM | by Vince Puzick

Angler’s Covey Guide Kenny Romero will be teaching the two-part Winter Fly Fishing course this Friday and Saturday, January 10 and 11. Often called “The Secret Season,” winter offers unique opportunities for the fly fishing angler. Here are Kenny’s Top Ten Reasons to Fly Fish in the Winter (drum roll please!).

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Our Guides Look Back at 2019

12/28/19 at 04:38 AM | by Vince Puzick

Every year at this time, I ask the guides at Angler’s Covey to look back and share the highlights of their year on the water. From taking on challenging conditions to growing as a fly fishing guide, their responses range from the profound to the educational. So before we welcome in 2020, here’s a moment of looking back.

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  • Orvis 101 Events

    When: Aug 01, 20 7:45 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    Orvis 101 Introduction to Fly Fishing

  • Orvis 201 Streamside Events

    When: Aug 02, 20 9:00 AM Where: TBD

    Orvis 201 Streamside

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